Gallery to Feature New Artists and Clay Pieces

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery in Manzanita will feature the works of local artists Pat Laird and Linda Petersen during the month of February. The show will also include an exhibit of ceramic containers created by artists in the Hoffman Clay Studio.

The exhibit will kick off with an artists’ reception Friday, Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on display in the Hoffman Center Gallery Fridays, Feb. 10, 17, and 24, also from 2 to 4 p.m., plus during times the Center is open for other activities.

Laird and Petersen are recent transplants to the coast. Laird moved to Cannon Beach from Battle Ground, Wash., and Petersen to Manzanita from Bend, Ore., after living several years in Hillsboro.

“Throughout the years I have worked with pottery, jewelry making, stained glass, quilting, woodworking and collage art,” said Laird. “However, it was not until after retirement that I began to seriously explore different methods of creating art through painting.”

“Creating artwork is all I have ever wanted to do from the time I could hold a paintbrush in my hand,” said Petersen. “Private or school lessons were not financially possible when I was growing up, so I relied on my eyes, my imagination and the DNA that ran through me, as my mother and grandmother were both artists.”

Laird is a past member of the Ridgefield Art Association and a former Juried member of the Alcove Art Gallery in Ridgefield. She has shown her pieces at the annual Holland America Tulip festival art show, winning in 2008.

Petersen’s works have appeared in various venues over the decades. “Art is everywhere, in everything and within everyone,” she said. “Discovering the art within us is one of the joys of life.”

“We are so pleased to have all these talented artists showing during February,” said Sharon Borgford, Gallery Manager for the Hoffman Center.


Vessels pictured here are among those included in the exhibit of ceramic containers created by artists in the Hoffman Clay Studio.

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More than ever, the arts play an important role in our community!

“I often tell my friends and former colleagues—from all over the country—that one of the best reasons to visit or live in Manzanita and the surrounding villages, is the fact that there’s a community art center here that is integral to the very spirit of the North OR Coast. The Hoffman Center is an ideal place to explore one’s creativity and make deep connections with others.”
~ Kathryn Stock, Nike Retiree & Manzanita resident

All of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts are committed to providing an inspiring and welcoming place to explore, create, and connect with others.  Along with the many dedicated volunteers, we need your help to make that happen. 

More Programming than Ever
This year we’ve grown our programs, adding more classes and opportunities for people to participate in the arts. We are delighted to reach locals who enjoy frequent working sessions in the Clay Studio, as well visitors who come to the area for a writing or art retreat as a creative respite from their busy lives. Here are some notable accomplishments this year:

·     Added Clay Studio classes in techniques for beginners and experts; increasing the number of visitors along with the volume of visits per person and collaborative work on projects such as the totem installation in the Hoffman Garden

·     Increased visual arts classes in sketching and drawing, watercolor, encaustic, and more

·     Added more workshops as part of the Manzanita Writers’ Series and increased the size of our North Coast Squid literary journal

·     Introduced a new community-driven discussion series:  The Art of Aging & The Art of Dying

·     Expanded our art shows—including a new Quilt & Fiber Arts Show and the Kathleen Ryan Art Retrospective Exhibit—and began offering Open Gallery hours on Fridays

Continuing the Momentum:  2017 & Beyond
With your help
, we’ll continue to develop valuable programming that meets the interests of our community. We’ll also continue to strengthen the organization by adding talent to our board and operating committees, further improving processes, and managing our finances with a goal to accelerate paying down our mortgage.

To be successful going forward, we need you to be a part of this important work.. Whether it’s a yearly membership of $25 or more, a sustaining donation of $50 or more per month or a one-time donation, every contribution ensures our continued high-quality programming and gets us closer to our long-term goals.

Please contact us at or 503-368-3846 if you have any questions or would like to discuss your donation with a member of our Board.

Intro to the Wheel  

Friday, January 20, 10am to 12pm    CLASS IS FULL
Mary Roberts instructor
This workshop Introduces you to the studio and our throwing equipment. We cover basic clay throwing and you will learn how to center clay and pull a wall. There will be hands-on time with the instructor.
The cost is $35 which includes three pounds of clay and two hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed.  The fee also includes glazes and kiln firing of your work.  The cost for follow-up work time is only $2 per hour and clay is available for $1.50 per pound. 
Space is limited to 4 students.  Sign up by delivering payment to the Studio, located at the corner of Laneda and Division Streets in Manzanita  or via Pay Pal here

 Studio hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays from 10 – 4
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Hoffman Center Features Four Short Films

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen four short films by Portland-based director Nathan Williams on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The films to be screened are:

“Things Left Behind” Post-apocalyptic hunters ponder who came before them. (10 min.)

“Night Stand” A woman is suspicious about her boyfriend’s fidelity. (11 min.)

“C.B.” A socially awkward young woman reaches out to a more confident young man. (11 min.)

“The Dinner Table” A family’s interpersonal dynamics are played out around their dinner table. (18 min.)

In addition to directing, Williams is a photographer, editor and producer. His upcoming film “If There’s a Hell Below” will be screened at the Hoffman Center sometime in the Fall of 2016.C.B. Still 4072

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Conversation about Death and Dying March 15


Join us on Tuesday March 15 from 3-5 pm at Hoffman Center for the Arts for a conversation about Death and Dying in an informal round table setting.

There will be facilitation and some suggested topics for the tables but mostly it’s about whatever comes up.
It’s an important and often taboo subject in our culture – one that we were not brought up to examine too closely.  But the so-called Baby Boomers everywhere are calling an end to the silence (even though we can’t dispel much of the mystery.)

Tea, coffee and cookies will be served. Donations appreciated to help pay for the hall.

The conversation is sponsored by Fulcrum Community Resources.
Contact Lane deMoll,,  if you have questions.

Hoffman Center Awarded Grant

US Bank Check 151221 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita has received a $750 grant from U.S. Bank to enhance the skills of its Clay Studio hosts, who will in turn pass those skills on to studio visitors and other volunteers.

Organized in 2006, the studio is open three days a weeks. Studio users rely on the hosts to guide them in creating their art.

The funds will be used to hire a master teacher to introduce the hosts to various advanced techniques, including using oxides and interactive glazes, and creating large, hand-built works

“We are very pleased the Bank recognized our need and responded to our request,” said board president Vera Wildauer. “We appreciate their support.”

Film Series Presents “Cold Weather” Mystery

The Hoffman Center for the Arts will screen the 2011 feature film “Cold Weather” Friday, Nov. 20, as the opening event of the Mystery Weekend in Manzanita. The film will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Aaron Katz, “Cold Weather” tells the story of a forensic science student who returns to Portland after dropping out of college. When his ex-girlfriend materializes and subsequently disappears, he investigates with a co-worker, and the two men put their love of detective novels to use.

Film critic Roger Eibert said the film, “is good in so many subtle ways, I despair of doing them justice. It’s a thriller involving the personalities of its characters, who we get to know surprisingly well. It remains low-key even during its final big chase scene, which only involves one car.”

“Cold Weather” was shot in Portland, with additional scenes in Cannon Beach, and The Dalles. It stars Cris Lankenau, Triest Kelly Dunn, Robyn Rikoon, and Raul Castillo.

The feature lasts 96 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

Cold Weather GraphicA film trailer can be viewed at


Deborah Reed leads writing workshop on the Elements of Suspense – Saturday, November 21

DeborahReedSaturday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 1230, Deborah Reed will teach a writing workshop on the Elements of Suspense. 

Learn techniques to keep your reader turning the page. Students will read examples illustrating various ways to build suspense and should bring examples of work they aspire to. Everyone should also bring a piece of their own writing, which Deborah will critique in the class.

Deborah Reed is author of the recently released novel Olivay. Her novel Things We Set On Fire sold over 100,000 copies in the first six months, and Carry Yourself Back to Me was a Best Book of 2011 Amazon Editors’ Pick. She wrote the bestselling thriller A Small Fortune and its sequel, Fortune’s Deadly Descent, under her pen name, Audrey Braun. All of her novels have been translated or are forthcoming in German.

“If you’ve read any of Deborah’s books, you know she is a master at making her reader turn the page,” says Kathie Hightower, local writer.

Reed’s nonfiction has appeared in publications such as Poets & Writers, and the Literarian. Deborah holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) and teaches at UCLA’s Extension Writing Program, the Black Forest Writing Seminar at the University of Freiburg, Germany, as well as workshops and conferences around the United States and in Europe.

Held at the Hoffman Center, the workshop is $30. Register and get more information here.

This workshop is just one of the events of the Mystery Weekend put on by the North Tillamook County Library, the Hoffman Center for the Arts, CARTM, and NCRD. For a complete listing of events, click here.