Clay Studio to Hold Ceramics Sale May 7

clay sale in the garden (2)The Hoffman Center Clay Studio in Manzanita will hold a Ceramics Sale on Saturday, May 7, the day before Mother’s Day,  from 10 am to 3 pm in the Hoffman Gardens.

Buy something special for mom (or yourself) and feel great about supporting a good cause! Proceeds benefit the Clay Studio at the not-for-profit Hoffman Center for the Arts where the entire community—both residents and visitors—can enjoy and explore arts and culture.

Sale will be held in the Hoffman Gardens on the corner of Division and Laneda, across the street from the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon.

For more information email

Hoffman Center Issues Talent Audition Call

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host its seventh annual Community Talent Showcase in late January and has issued a call for local performers to audition.

Auditions are set for Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. This year’s talent showcase will include two events – Saturday night, Jan. 30, and a matinee on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 31.

“We’re looking for a variety of music, magic, comedy, singing, reading, actors, or whatever would entertain the audiences,” said Center board member Dave Dillon. “Acts need to be no more than five minutes long and suitable for all ages.”

The Center hopes to have 10-15 acts per show.

Showcase admission will be $10, and all proceeds will go to support the Center’s general operating fund.  Registration form for performers available here.





Blue Moon 2015 Graphic 6072Celebrate “Once in a Blue Moon”

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will celebrate “Once in a Blue Moon” Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m., with a variety show featuring local individuals and groups performing moon-themed music and acts.

The event will include a gallery showing of night sky photographs by Linda Cook from her “Starry Night” collection.

“We haven’t seen a Blue Moon since Aug. 2012,” said organizer Tela Skinner, “so this will a be great opportunity to mark the occasion.”

Performers will include Sherrie Wolf, Trillium Blue, the Ferrets, the Rag Tag Singers, and Rosa Erlebach. There will also be a moon song sing-along. Gary Seelig will emcee.

The event will be a fundraiser for the Hoffman Center. Admission will be $10

A “blue moon” is rare because it happens only when a second full moon appears in any particular month.

Blue Moon Event coming in July

blue moon logo attemptWe haven’t seen a BLUE MOON since August 2012, but this year we’ll be celebrating ONCE IN A BLUE MOON on Friday, July 31st at Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Join Sherrie Wolf, Trillium Blue, The Ferrets, The Rag Tag Singers, Rosa Erlebach and The Blue Moonies, for music and other moon inspired entertainment and art.

Some of the music you’ll hear:
Blue Moon
Moon River
Moon Shadow
Honky Tonk Moon
Moon Dance
Moon Over Nehalem
Once in a Blue Moon
Harvest Moon
Musicians and Other Performers:
Would you like to sing Elvis’s “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again” or do you know how to Moonwalk?
Do you have an idea for a skit about the moon? No actual mooning.;)
We’d love to hear from you!  Email if you are interested.

Garden Art Sale Set in Manzanita

Garden Art Sales Items 672The Hoffman Center Clay Studio artists will hold a garden art show and sale Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hoffman Gardens.

Handmade items will range from decorative pieces, such as garden jewelry, wall art, and decorative stakes, to functional works — berry and salad bowls, teapots, votive candleholders, and sconces.

A wide variety of pots for both indoor and outdoor plants will also be available.

Organizers say the sale will be the perfect place to shop for Mother’s Day gifts.

Proceeds from the event will support community programs at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, including the Clay Studio.

The Hoffman Gardens are located on Laneda Ave. next to the Manzanita Library.

Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal on Saturday, April 18

SquidCoverEdition4Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal at 7pm on Saturday, April 18. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Sixty-six writers submitted 140 pieces. Thirty-five were chosen by outside judges. Lindsay Hill judged poetry, Deborah Reed judged fiction and Lauren Kessler judged non-fiction.

This year’s new category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The Squid includes 19 pieces of art and photography from local artists as well. (24 artists submitted 74 pieces).

This edition was partially funded by a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. The rest of the expenses are covered through in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

The campaign-funding goal was $3000. Support from local fans as well as friends and family of Squid volunteers and submitters raised $3600.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2015.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $5 cover price go to produce future editions of the magazine.

The Hoffman Center will be announcing another great project for local writers and artists during the evening’s activities.

Hoffman Center Awarded Lighting Grant

IMG_4618The Hoffman Center in Manzanita has been awarded a Tillamook PUD Community Support Grant to install LED track lighting in its gallery presentation areas.

The $2,790 grant will enable the Center to purchase enough additional track lighting to complete the long-planned project, and arrange for Chesnut Electric to do the installation.

“Glenna Gray, one of our key volunteers, encouraged lighting and other improvements to ensure future art displays are easier to view,” said project manager Dave Dillon. “We are grateful for her vision and impetus to pursue the TPUD funds.”

Talent Showcase Returning on February 28, 2015

cts fred and friendsThe very popular Hoffman Center Community Talent Showcase will return next February, so now’s the time to start planning your act.

The show will be held the evening of Saturday, Feb. 28.

We’ll be looking for a variety of local performers – comedians, singers, magicians, musicians, actors, or whatever – 12 to 15 acts in all.

More information will be provided after the start of the new year, so stay tuned.

See more pictures from the last Community Talent Showcase.