Film Series Screens “The Maestro” on Friday, July 28, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the 2016 Portland-made independent feature film “The Maestro” Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The film tells the story of Felix Kruger, a contemporary eccentric young classical composer commissioned to write his first major ballet. His struggles with writer’s block and a drinking problem, however, jeopardize his music and threaten to destroy his relationship with his girlfriend and those around him.

Through a series of eye opening events, his music begins to reflect his own inner journey and transformation. It is also through the mentorship of his good friend Leonard, a 65-year-old retiree, and a surprising secret that Kruger discovers the power and importance of life’s simple things.

“The Maestro” was written and directed by David Lunday. He also stars in the movie, along with Dennis Fitzpatrick, Haley Talbot, and Robert Projansky.

Lunday is a composer himself, and has scored feature films, documentaries, instructional DVDs, and iPhone apps for over 15 years.

“The Maestro” was an official Selection for the 2016 Madrid International Film Festival and the Los Angeles CineFest. It lasts 86 minutes.

A trailer can be viewed at http://www.lundaypictures.com/#trailer

 

 

 

 

Film Series Screens The Curio on June 23, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the 2015 feature comedy/narrative film “The Curio” Friday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Filmed in Portland and directed by Dicky Dahl, the 88-minute movie is Dahl’s take on the conflicting demands of a struggling filmmaker trying to raise a family while at the same time following the path of an artist.

Dicky, his ex-wife, parents and brothers appear as themselves in the film, as scripted material, footage from the director’s married life, and interviews with family and friends paint the picture of a somewhat misguided late-bloomer experiencing all the freedom, loneliness and humiliation that come with having to start over when the bloom is off the rose.

“The Curio” is Dahl’s first feature film. His cinematographer was Scott Ballard, a number of whose  films have been previously shown at the Hoffman Center, including “Death on a Rock,” “A Standing Still,” and “The Black Sea.”

A trailer can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/68810889.

Strengthen Your Paintings Class offered on July 8-9, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a two-day “Strengthen Your Paintings: The Foundation of Composition and Value” workshop the weekend of July 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Led by Eugene-based Carolyn Gates, a frequent Hoffman Center instructor, the class is designed for students age 18 and up. Beginning level is fine. Some drawing skills preferred, but not necessary.

Tuition for the workshop will be $100, with a possible materials fee. The class will be limited to 10 students.

“Strengthen Your Paintings” will focus on concepts that are foundational to the art. “Day 1 will cover the elements of good composition. These are the bones of any painting,” said Gates. “Day 2 will explore value, the lights and darks, which are the muscle behind what makes a painting really work.”

“This class will include both lecture and hands on application of the concepts,” she added. “It is geared to the beginning student who wants to delve a little deeper. Examples and demonstrations will emphasize watercolor, but other mediums can also benefit from this class.”

Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, Calif., and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. She won a commission in 2004 to paint the Stations of the Cross for a permanent installation at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church outside Portland.

She has been awarded several private commissions in watercolor and colored pencil and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Interested persons can register for “Strengthen Your Paintings” via the “add to cart” button below. The deadline for registration will be Friday, June 30.  Contact hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net after June 30, to see if there are still spots available.  

Questions about the “Strengthen Your Paintings” can be addressed to Gates at carolyngates@comcast.net. Her website is www.cmgates.com.

 

 

Art of Aging Presents “Turn Up the Music in Your Life” on June 13, 2017

Earthtones Music Therapy. (Heidi Hoffman Photography)

Turn Up the Music In Your Life! Presentation for the Art of Aging/of Dying series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 3 to 5 pm.

Jodi Winwalker, LCSW,MT-BC, of Earthtones Music Therapy Services will inspire you to explore the joy of music and researched reasons for including more music in your life.  You’ll learn about exciting brain research in recent years, and the ways music can prevent or delay brain aging.

As part of the Art of Aging series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita Jodi Winwalker offers a dynamic and engaging presentation on how and why the aging brain needs music. This is a rare opportunity to explore singing, movement and playing simple instruments that will inspire you. No prior musical experience is necessary to enjoy and benefit from this session. Admission for the presentation is $5.

Jodi Winwalker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Music Therapist, and founder and CEO of Earthtones Music Therapy Services, LLC.  She is a popular and entertaining presenter with over 35 years of experience developing music therapy programs for children, adults and seniors.

Earthtones Music Therapy. (Heidi Hoffman Photography)

Her company, Earthtones, is a university-affiliated internship site for graduating music therapy students from Marylhurst University, Utah State University, Seattle pacific University and Berklee College of Music. In addition to providing life-changing music therapy services, Jodi lends her expertise to community projects such as the Sing Here Now community choir for persons living with dementia, and the Music Now! program that brings Oregon Symphony musicians and music engagement to assisted living homes. A recipient of the 2007 Betty Isern Howery Award for professional excellence, Jodi is committed to informing the public about the power of music and increasing people’s awareness of how they can use music to promote their own health and access to music therapy for those they care for.

“Those who have met Jodi know first hand that her heart, compassion, and joie de vivre knows no bounds.”  Staff Facebook post

“It is difficult for me to impart fully enough Jodi’s beautiful spirit.  She is truly one of those persons who light up a room with her presence and can make everyone feel at ease with her gifts of sharing and bringing out in others the deeply human capacity for music.” Mary Ruhl, Manzanita resident

Join us to explore the value of music for yourself and your loved ones. 

 For further information contact Tela Skinner, telaskinner@gmail.com

Seeking Volunteer Gardeners

We are seeking additional volunteers to join us in cleaning up and maintaining the beautiful Hoffman Garden for another season.  There will be 10 work parties beginning April 22, 2017 through early November when we ready the Garden for winter.  We work about two hours primarily in the late afternoon, from 3 to 5 PM.  May and July have work parties at the beginning and ending of each month in order to have the Garden looking nice for planned events.  The more people who volunteer the easier the work to maintain our lovely garden.

The next work party is Wednesday, May 3 2017 from 3 to 5 PM.

Each work party is ended with food and drink and time to socialize and relax.

The planned schedule is:

Wednesday, May 24th
Wednesday, June 21st
Friday, July 7th
Wednesday, July 26th
Wednesday, August 16th
Wednesday, Sept. 20th
Wednesday, Oct. 4th
Wednesday, Nov. 1st

Please join us for one or all of the work days.  If you would like additional information or would like to volunteer, please contact Madeline Olson at allanmadeline@aol.com or Karen Babbitt at wcgarden@gmail.com.

Book Release Event on May 12: May the Forest Be With You

Save the date of May 12 for the book release celebration of May the Forest Be With You a project of Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection. The Hoffman Center for the Arts will be the setting as the creation of 24 different local artists, writers, scientists and musicians will be released for sale for the very first time from 7:00-9:00 PM on Friday May 12, 2017.

May the Forest Be With You celebrates forests and trees, and shines light on the consequences of logging as it is currently practiced on habitat for fish, birds, animals and humans. The enormity of the devastation to local forests through clear cutting and spraying has been the focus of RBCWP for five years.
The book was created when local writers were invited to write about trees and forests.

The writings were shared with local artists to be illustrated. Submissions include works by Robert Adams, Lloyd Lindley, Nancy Webster, Joan Cutuly, Roger Dorband, and many others. The result is a beautiful tribute to our forests.

The event will include book sales, display of the artist’s originals, readings by the writers, and music by Sonya and Fred, as well as the Rhythm Method, a local improve band. Join us for an inspirational evening.

Writers’ Retreat in Manzanita June 2-4, 2017

Join us in beautiful Manzanita Friday evening June 2 through  noon on Sunday, June 4 for an inspiring and constructive writing retreat.  Learn more about the writing craft, as well as the business of writing, and best of all, have fun in one of the most magical places on the Oregon Coast—Manzanita.

Authors Jennie Shortridge and Megan Kruse will lead craft workshops on ways to build tension in your writing, metaphor, and making the setting feel real.  They’ll also take participants through a fast-paced “Promp-O-Rama” to help generate new work.

Rhonda Hughes, publisher and editor of Hawthorne Books, will join Megan and Jennie in a panel discussion on the business side of publishing.

To complement these topics, there will also be sessions on yoga for writers, tips for reading in front of an audience, and tools to help you commit to the writing life.

On Saturday evening Megan and Jennie will read from their latest works and there will be an opportunity for workshop participants to read short pieces as well.

Even with this extensive line-up of activities, there’s still free time for participants to go for a hike, beach walk, or even take a nap after a lunch at local favorite, Bread & Ocean.

This weekend retreat is just $99, if you register by May 22nd.  The price increases to $129 after that.

Included in the Writers’ Retreat will be a tote bag for you to carry your materials, plus a variety of offers and coupons from participating businesses in Manzanita.

Click here to find out more about Jennie Shortridge and Megan Kruse.  Click here for the complete description of the Writers’ Retreat.

Register now for the Writers’ Retreat by using the Add to Cart button below.

Member and Donor Brunch on Sunday, April 23

Join fellow members and donors of the Hoffman Center for the Arts for brunch on April 23rd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Choose from a variety of tasty home made breakfast items and get to know others in the community who care about the arts.

Board president Vera Wildauer will present an overview of the accomplishments of 2016, as well as highlights and plans for this year.  Plus, there will be door prizes!

Please let us know if you’re coming so our culinary volunteers can prepare enough for everyone by emailing hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

New Travelogue Program Features Local Photographers’ Works

Hoffman Center for the Arts is starting a new program called Travelogue: Celebrating global culture and community through the lens of local citizens.

Come and travel to exotic lands with community members as they show slides of their travels. Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow.

The Hoffman will host three of the Travelogue shows this year. On Thursday, May 4th, Christina Wilson will show her slides of southern India and Sri Lanka.

Christina Wilson took her first trip to Nepal and India in 1982. Since that time she has been traveling to exotic places all over the world. Her goal and passion is to visit all the interesting places she can find during her lifetime and document them through photographs.  Christina has come to love photography over the years.  “I always look to capture the essence of the moment” she says.  “I am NEVER without my  camera just in case the urge to click captures me. ”

Linda Cook will show slides of Cuba on September 21 and Mindi Bender will present slides of her upcoming trip to Greece in November or December.

Suggested donation: $ 5

 

Call for Art for the April Member Show

 

Get in on the Paper Bag Challenge!!

The Hoffman Center for the Arts will host a brunch party for its members on Sunday, April 23from 11 am to 1 pm. Please save the date; you will get an invitation to that event soon!

We plan to feature art by some of our members at the event and would like to include a piece of your artwork in the show. This year’s show features a Paper Bag Challenge. Paper bags can be cut, pleated, rolled, fringed, folded, painted, glued, stuffed . . . and so much more! Follow your playful muse as you create something unique to share with others! Feel free to incorporate other objects or media–the bag is just the beginning.

The Paper Bag Challenge will be on display in our Gallery through April 23.  For more ideas, click here:  http://savedbylovecreations.com/2012/10/50-things-to-make-from-paper-bags.html

All artwork should arrive at the Hoffman Center on Monday, April 3 from 2 to 4 pm and be ready to hang. We ask that you pick up your artwork on Monday, April 24 from 2 to 4 pm.  Questions, email us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

If you’re not yet a member, it’s easy to become one.  Simply donate $25 or more and help us bring the arts to life in our community.  It’s easy to do online here or send in a check to PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130.

Photo:  BagLite, (obsolete Ikea lamp base, small Unfurl shopping bag), Vera Wildauer