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 scwalsh@nehalemtel.net.

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 sgibson385@gmail.com.

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 hoffmanblog.org/donate. 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:  http://www.tillamookcountypioneer.net/r-i-p-kathleen-ryan/