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:

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

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

CLASS CANCELLED — Hoffman Center Sets Multilayer Papercutting Class

paper cut collageThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Multilayer Papercutting” Class” class Saturday, Sep. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Led by artist David Friedman of Portland, students will use papercutting tools to create delicate, intricate and unique artwork.

Tuition for the class will be $55. A $35 materials fee should be paid directly to the instructor on the day of the class.

Friedman is an award winning artist from Interstate University, Central Washington, Sara Sturgeon Gallery

“Papercuts as an artform have a long tradition. German, Jewish, Japanese and Chinese traditions all have their styles,” said Friedman. “My work brings papercuts into a contemporary format. Many are multilayered and dimensional.”

Interested persons can register for “Multilayer Papercutting” on-line at The class is limited to 12 participants, and requires using sharp knives/utensils

Questions about the class can be sent to Friedman at His website is

Hoffman Center Offers Sketching Class

Renee Delight Hadshot c 6072jpgThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a three-session “Living the Sketchy Life” workshop in January for adults – beginners to experienced.

Led by Manzanita artist Renee L. Delight, classes will meet on Wednesdays, Jan. 13, 20, and 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tuition will be $60 for all three sessions.

The class will cover drawing fundamentals, materials and supplies, experimenting with different drawing mediums, developing a sketchbook habit, and creative problem solving. All sketching and drawing will be done from life.

Students can bring their own equipment or the instructor will provide a sketchbook and drawing tools for a one-time $12 materials fee.

Delight is a plein air painter and avid sketchbook user. She received training in classical realism at the Ashland Academy of Art, and can often be found painting year-round on north Oregon coast beaches.

Interested persons can register for “Living the Sketchy Life” here.  CLASS FULL as of 1/5/16.

Questions about the class can be referred to Delight at Her website is

Bookcraft Class Set at Hoffman Center

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The Hoffman Center for the Arts will offer an all-day Bookcraft workshop Wednesday, June 24.

Led by Eliza Holliday, the workshop run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is designed for students age 12 and up. Tuition will be $60. No previous experience is required, and all materials will be provided.

Students will learn a variety of book forms, including single signature stitching, Japanese binding, accordion books, single page or French fold books, burrito books, and flag books.

They will come away from the class with five to seven small book forms and instructions on how to complete future projects.

Holliday creates lettering, design and illustration for U.S. and international client. She also teaches calligraphy and book arts at retreats, conferences, guilds and community colleges, and libraries as well on-line lessons. Her website is

Click here to register for this class.

Hoffman Center Offers Embossed Card Making

Embossed Textured Class Image 6-72The Hoffman Center in Manzanita will host an “Embossed, Textured and 3D Card Making” class Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will be led by Trish Kindberg, and is designed for students age 15 and up. Tuition will be $25, with an additional $5 materials fee.

Lake Oswego-based Kindberg has taught classes from her studio and to non-profit organizations. Students will learn to make one-of-a-kind, textured, embossed greeting cards with giftware, buttons, and die cuts. The result will be unique pieces of artwork to give to friends and family.

Students will need to bring their own scissors, double-sided tape and liquid glue.

The class is limited to 10 students. Interested persons can register here.  

Hoffman Center Offers Pencil and Charcoal Drawing

CharcoalFlyer2 copyThe Hoffman Center in Manzanita will host a Pencil and Charcoal Drawing Techniques Saturday, June 27. Class hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will be led by Wes Cropper, and is designed for students age 13 and up.

Tuition will be $50, with an additional $20 materials fee.

Students will learn how to draw objects in perspective and apply texture, lighting and shading to create complete composition. Students will take home their drawing kits and three finished pieces of art.

Newberg-based Cropper teaches drawing at ITT Technical Institute. His 30-plus year career as a professional artist includes traditional fine art and digital methodology.

Interested persons can register here.  

Read All About It: Hoffapalooza!

Be sure to stop by the Hoffman Center on Saturday, July 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’re excited to show off some of the changes to our performance and gallery spaces, as well as the newly expanded Clay Studio.  Plus, you’re invited to explore all sorts of demonstrations of what the Hoffman Center has to offer, including clay, drawing, writing, reading, music, letterpress, mixed media, and book and paper arts.  Click on the Hoffapalooza Schedule for a printable schedule of events.  There’s no admission.

Local businesses and individuals have also generously donated over $1,500 worth of products and services for our fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes. Enter to win a $25 gas card from Bayside Shell & Grocery, just for showing up. Click on this list of Hoffapalooza prizes to see all of the wonderful raffle prizes and special silent auction items.  Raffle tickets are just $1 each,  12 for $10, or 25 for $20.    All proceeds go to the Hoffman Center Operating Fund.

And that’s not all!  Over 20 local artists will be showing and selling their art, including pieces made in the Hoffman Center Clay and Life Drawing Studios, and other art classes.  There also will be a display of art by kids in the Outside the Box Arts program.

Did we forget anything?  Well, there will be a lemonade stand on the front porch, plus tasty hand baked goods donated by Kim Miller.

We’ll see you there!



Geometric Origami Class on May 22nd

Geometric Origami: Folding Paper into Modular Shapes

Sunday, May 22
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Ave., Manzanita
Price: $30

Please complete the registration form and return it with a check to PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130

In this class, students will learn to make 5 geometric shapes :

-6 sided cube,

-6 sided polyhedron with window-like openings,

-12 piece gyroscope,

-12 piece “ring” made from recycled calendars or maps


Teaching will be primarily through demonstration. Students will also learn to follow written directions with origami folding symbols for each shape.

Students are asked to bring 36 sheets of 6″ by 6″ origami paper.

Recycled maps will be available for the 12 piece “ring”.

This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate folders, ages 10 to adult.

Barbara Baum Freethy, M.Ed. is a private practice therapist in Portland, ME., working with children who are challenged by attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders. She frequently uses origami as an expressive therapy tool to enhance children’s self-esteem and creativity. Paper folding also has the added benefit of increasing learning skills such as sequencing, visual spatial perception, eye hand coordination and the ability to follow auditory and visual directions.

Barbara is also a paper artist who has been teaching paper folding to adults and children for the past 15 years.

Paste Paper Weekend

Instructor:  John Freethy
Saturday & Sunday April 30 & May 1
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Hoffman Center – 594 Laneda Ave.
$35 for 1 Day/ $60 for both Days

Switching over to an extended format, these two classes will each be 3 hours. The beauty of two classes in a row is that those who come to the first day will be able to do the optional second layer on their papers on the second day. It is not necessary to come to both days, but there is a discount if you do. John will be bringing many examples of what can be made with paste papers to inspire students with what they can then create with their pieces.

Students will learn how to use a mixture of paste and acrylic paint to create patterns, designs or other images on heavyweight paper. Brushes and textured tools are used to move the paint around on wet paper creating multi-layered effects. The results can be art in itself, or can be used in many other forms, such as bookmaking, origami, collage, mixed-media artwork, gift boxes, greeting cards and more.

For more information and to register, contact John via email or call him at 207-776-4868.

Paste Paper Making (with a twist)

This class takes the standard paste paper class that John has been teaching to an expanded level. He will be encouraging students to experiment with working on a larger scale this time (there will be lots of 9″x12″ paper on hand too) to see what they can create by expanding the workable area. This will also tie in to a second class, bookmaking, so that those who attend the second class already have paper to work with.

Returning students are encouraged to bring their previous work to add a second coat to, if desired. New tools will also be available for use at the class.

Date and Time:  Sunday, March 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:  Hoffman Center 594 Laneda Ave

Price:  $25, all materials included

There are only 4-6 spots still available (depending on table availability).  Contact John Freethy at or at 207.776.4868.