Call for Art: Ceramic Container Show in February

The Hoffman Clay Studio invites you to submit a ceramic-lidded container of your making for a February 2017 group show in the Hoffman Gallery.

Please bring your container to the Clay Studio during Open Studio on Saturday Jan. 28 or Tuesday Jan. 31 and fill out an artist’s form.  Artists are paid 70% of sales with the remaining 30% to the Hoffman Center for building and operating costs.
We will organize everything for a successful exhibition including set up, Artist’s Reception, promotion to the community, and gallery sitters for the duration of the exhibit through February.

Kathleen Ryan Retrospective Art Exhibition Set for November

kathleen and mask sqAll of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts want to express our sadness at the passing of Kathleen Ryan, our dear friend and a founding board member. Her energy and spirit will be greatly missed, especially in the Clay Studio.

A retrospective of Kathleen’s work will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts during November. Artist and friend, Susan Walsh will serve as planner and jury. If you have anything created by Kathleen you would like included in the show, please email a photo to Susan at

The show will be available for viewing beginning Sunday, November 6th, from 2 to 6 pm. The Kathleen Ryan Memorial Totem, created and constructed by clay studio volunteers, will be unveiled in the Hoffman Gardens that same day at 3 pm.  Kathleen helped design the memorial totem and envisioned the memorial as public art piece that would not only pay tribute to her, but would inspire others to create as well.

The gallery will also be open extended hours on Fridays from 2 to 6 pm, November 4, 11, 18, and 25. Organizers will be scheduling additional opportunities to view the exhibit. Check our calendar to check the dates and times the Gallery will be open, as new dates are being added frequently.  Contact Susan if you would like to serve as gallery host sometime during the first three weeks in November.

To honor Kathleen’s dedication to the studio and her love of ceramics as an art form, the Hoffman Center has established the Kathleen Ryan Fund. Some donations to the fund will be used create the totem memorial for the Hoffman Gardens. Donations will also fund projects to improve the safety and comfort of artists using the studio.  Fund raising is currently underway to replace the antique heater with a ductless unit and to pay for an electrical safety check and replacement of the breaker box so that the kiln and heater can be operated at the same time. Memorial donations will also keep the cost of classes and clay experiences affordable for everyone. If you have questions about the Clay Studio, contact Sharon Gibson, at

Contributions may be mailed to the Kathleen Ryan Fund, The Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Manzanita, OR  97130 or made online at Please be sure to include Kathleen’s name in the special instructions field.

Thank you for supporting Kathleen’s passion for nurturing the arts in our community.

For Kathleen’s complete obituary, please click here:



Hoffman Center Presents Works by Lloyd Lindley II–Reception July 1 6-9pm

lloyd lindleyThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will kick off a month-long display of works by Lloyd Lindley II — entitled “The World After Us in 5 Suites” – with an artist’s reception on Friday, July 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

“This exhibition of paintings and drawings is an exploration into an unknown future, an envisioned place where evolution progresses without the influence of humans,” said Lindley, a retired architect and lifelong painter who recently moved to the area full-time.

“Author Alan Weisman explored the sudden absence of humanity in his book ‘The World Without Us’ where inexplicably all people simultaneously disappeared,” continued Lindley. “What if one day people suddenly disappeared without a trace, leaving behind all of the inventions and technologies that made living easy, extended life and enabled humanity to thrive?”

Lindley calls his show “a visual sequel to Weisman’s prognostications.” He divided the series of paintings within five suites: The Biological Time Clock, Essence of Life, Husks of Humanity, Remnants of Industry, and Equilibrium. “Each series within each suite portrays an imagined evolutionary state, a virtual crystal ball view of the future of our tiny planet after us,” he added.

Lindley’s works can be viewed throughout July during Open Gallery hours every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., plus during all other Center events.

Hoffman Center for the Arts Launches “Open Gallery” Hours

gale art openingThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will hold “Open Gallery” hours every Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning March 4.

The Center frequently has art shows on display throughout the month, but it is not open except during specific events. Local artist and former board member Peggy Biskar developed the Open Gallery idea.

“It was a shame that people didn’t know when they could get in to see our latest shows, so we created a special time each week,” she said.

Center volunteers will be on hand during Open Gallery hours to greet the public, discuss the artworks, and help with sales if someone is interested in purchasing one or more pieces.

Call for Submissions for Word and Image Project

word image logoSubmissions are now open for an innovative summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. The exhibit will pair artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.

The “Word and Image” project will offer up to 15 selected artists and writers a unique creative experience, one that co-organizers Deborah DeWit and Emily Ransdell call “silent collaboration.”

“Writers have been writing in response to art for centuries,” said Ransdell. “We thought it would be interesting to create a modern take on the tradition by letting artists have their turn as well.”

Ransdell said that the project is a spin-off of the Hoffman Center’s weekly Writing Lounge, where local writers create short pieces in response to various prompts, often resulting in works that surprise the authors themselves.

“All creative output is in response to something — an idea, an emotion, or an image,” added DeWit. “This is not a ‘theme’ project, in which everyone is asked to interpret the same subject, but rather a way for each artist and writer to utilize their own personal point of view and style to interpret another’s creation.”

Word and Image is open to all artists and writers who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. Interested writers and artists should submit three samples of their work via e-mail to

The deadline for submissions is May 11, 2015. Selected artists and writers will be notified by Jun. 1 and paired off at a kick-off gathering on June 13. New work for the Word and Image exhibit will be due from each artist and writer by August 3rd, with an opening reception and reading to be held at the Hoffman Center on Saturday, August 29.

Click here for instructions for submitting words or images or by sending a message to

A Hoffman Center team, led by Ransdell and DeWit, will select participants. Ransdell is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing. A past recipient of an American Academy of Poets Prize, she is currently a member of The Poet’s Studio at The Attic Institute in Portland. DeWit, a full-time painter and photographer for 35 years, has exhibited widely. Her work is included in many private and public collections throughout the Pacific Northwest.