Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll to Speak About Death

Death: Ok it happens and sometimes not in a timely fashion.
So NOW what? A bit of Preparation Perhaps?

Tuesday, April 25th 2017 | from 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Suggested donation: $5

Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll will guide us into and through a hands-on-session about what we can do now (like NOW) — you know, “just in case death happens”— because it does. The event is part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

There are so many stories of what folks had to do and go through after the death of a beloved. Some of us have been involved in just the last two weeks trying to piece important material together after the sudden death of a community member, searching for the wills, the numbers of relatives to call, computer passwords!

What are your stories and what must we do for the loved ones we will leave behind?

A cadre or network is emerging of those willing to help when a community member or one of our own family is caught unprepared – we’d love to expand our numbers.  Would you like to get involved?  It appears to be a calling….

And let’s actually write out some of those things (like how to find those wills, or papers or the phone numbers of relatives who live far away) for those who come to take care of us.

Bring pencil and paper and let’s do some work together.

Yes, actually do some work—help each other out…talk about all this — together.  It matters.

Conversations like this will allow us to engage with our deaths-our own Service – and those of our community beloveds, as well as address the legacy we will leave for the living.

Claudia, Paula, and Lane have each been actively engaged, providing guidance, care and comfort for those dying and their families and their friends for many years. With varied backgrounds in ministry, health care, hospice, spiritual pursuits and service they are often called when death is calling.

Feel free to write to Claudia prior to the gathering at claudiaejohnson@gmail.com

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Paula Sansum, psansum@gmail.com

 

Quilling Class Set for April 22, 2017

View Kim’s work in the Hoffman Gallery
April 7-20

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a one-day “Paper Gone Wild” quilling class in April for students 8 to 80.

Led by award-winning quilling artist Kim Nickens, the class will meet on Saturday, Apr. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition will be $30, with a $25 materials fee. The class is limited to 12 students.

Students will use quilling tools and paper to create delicate, intricate and unique artwork. The class will teach basic techniques and information on the history of the art form. Each student will leave with a completed project, card, ornament, or hairpiece.

The term “quilling” is thought to come from the origin of the art in which bird feathers or quills were used to coil strips of paper around. The art is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt or China. In later years, quilling was practiced throughout Europe as a leisure activity for the affluent.

Nickens is an award winning quilling artist from Portland with work represented by several venues, including The Real Mother Goose Gallery in downtown Portland, and Portland International Airport.

Interested persons can register for “Paper Gone Wild” using the “add to cart” button below. The deadline for registration will be Thursday, Apr. 20.

Questions about the class can be referred to Nickens at papercutkim@aol.com. Her website is www.papercutkim.com.

Shaping Your Watercolors ~ Carolyn Gates

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a two-day “Shaping Your Watercolors : Composition, Color & Concepts for Beginners” class Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Led by artist Carolyn Gates of Eugene, students will learn basic concepts of creating compositions, color and color mixing, and painting techniques.

The concepts will be applied to painting from life and painting from photographs. The class is designed for adults 18 and older, beginning level. Some drawing skills are preferred, but not necessary.

Gates studied watercolor with Satoko Matouji at Lane Community College in Eugene as well as with premier watercolorists Carol Carter and Judy Morris.

She has won numerous commissions to paint in watercolor and colored pencil. Gates has had several shows around Oregon and has taught a beginning watercolor class at The Hoffman before. She says she enjoys helping people find their own voice of expression by sharing concepts that are fundamental to producing strong paintings.

“I investigate beauty, shape and color and in doing so, hope to uncover the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.”

Gates lives with her husband and their cat, Nibbles. She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. For more information and to view her work, go to her website at www.cmgates.com.

Tuition will be $100, with an additional $4 materials fee for paper.
Students must bring materials from the materials list below.
Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Materials List
Any of these materials are easy to find online at either Jerry’s Artarama (www.jerrysartarama.com) or Dick Blick (www.dickblick.com)

 Paper
140# Arches Cold Press paper will be provided for all class projects. (Materials fee)

Sketch book
Bring your favorite sketchbook, to use for thumb nail sketches and planning ideas

Brushes
Bring any watercolor brushes you already have. Synthetic brushes are the least expensive, and you should get the best you can afford. I recommend Winsor Newton Sceptre Gold II for a Sable/Synthetic blend.   Pure sable brushes are the best, but are the most expensive.

No 12 round, No 8 round, No 4 round, 1″ flat (optional), 1/2″ flat (optional)

Paint
Bring any transparent watercolor paints that you have (NOT Gouache or Acrylic). The minimum suggested palette would consist of the following (options in parentheses):
1 Yellow (Aureolin, Cadmium Yellow or New Gamboge)
1-2 Reds (Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red)
1 Blue (French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue)
1 Green (Winsor Green, Pthalo Green, Sap Green)
1 Brown (Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Sepia)

If you want to buy new watercolors, I recommend using “Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour” My suggested palette for the beginner is:
French Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Sienna
Aureolin (Yellow)
Cadmium Red
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Winsor Green (Yellow Shade)

This palette of colors will allow you to mix some nice oranges, greens, purples, and grays. It has a nice mix of warm and cool tones.

Other Supplies
Palette: to put your paint on, and mix colors

HB Pencil
Kneaded eraser
2 plastic water containers (for example: Nancy’s yogurt containers)
Paper towels
Masking tape

Small spray bottle (optional)

For Day Two:
Photographs
On day two we will be painting from photographs. Please bring 2-3 photographs that you would like to work from. If possible, please bring the photos in black and white as well as color.

The subject matter should be something that you are inspired by, but also somewhat simple, perhaps a photo with one main subject matter, i.e. a flower, a bird, your pet, a still life, a vignette of a few objects.

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Features Mark Cavatorta Ceramics

Ceramic works by Mark Cavatorta will be featured and available for purchase during April in the Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery in Manzanita. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, Apr. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. and the show will continue every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., plus all other times the Center is open for programs throughout the month

Cavatorta’s ceramic art builds upon the sense of design and incremental building demonstrated in nature, from the cellular level to nests and hives and massive stratified geologic formations. His studio is located along a salmon-spawning, year-round creek, which flows into the Nestucca River and he lives a short drive from the beach. The cycles of ocean, creek, and salmon are important images in his work as he works to convey a sense of place.

Cavatorta started his medical technology career with a degree in Biology from the University of Illinois. Soon after moving to Portland in 1977, he took a class in ceramic arts and pursued advanced art and teaching classes while continuing to work in the medical field. By 1994, Cavatorta earned a master’s in teaching and began teaching art at Nestucca Junior/Senior High School. Since 1995, he and his wife Kim, in conjunction with the non-profit Community Arts Project, have conducted a summer art camp for kids (Slug Soup), and in 2002 initiated an art literacy program at Nestucca Elementary School which expanded to Garibaldi Elementary School in 2005.

The gallery is part of the Hoffman Center for the Arts located across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue. Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org online or contact hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com.

Manzanita Writers’ Series Expands Offerings to Include Writing Workshops “Online and at the Beach”

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Each online course (5 weeks worth of sessions) is $199.
The optional retreat weekend is $99.

Learn More & Register

This May, the Manzanita Writers’ Series expands offerings to include writing workshops “Online and at the Beach,” as part of Hoff Online, a new Hoffman Center for the Arts program that will offer writing and visual arts workshops.

In its ninth year, the writers’ series brings regional authors to the coast for author readings and workshops. To augment that program, Online And At The Beach will provide more in-depth instruction online over a five-week period. Students will be able to work on their own schedule as well as interact with the instructor and fellow students.

The initial series begins May 1, 2017, and culminates in an optional writing retreat weekend in Manzanita the weekend of June 2-4, 2017. Registrations open April 1.

Jennie Shortridge will teach “Putting Your Prose to Work” and Megan Kruse will teach “Creativity Catalyst”. Read more about the classes and register at our new Hoff Online page.

The optional weekend retreat will allow students to meet their instructor and fellow students, enjoy additional craft writing sessions on building tension even in quiet stories, and on the transformative power of setting and “stuff.” After a session on effective open mic readings, participants will have an opportunity to read their work at Open Mic. Optional activities will include “Yoga for Writers,” hikes and a fun Prompt-O-Rama (a new writing prompt every five minutes for an hour).

Jennie Shortridge

Megan Kruse

View author bios here.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. For more info contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Publishing Your Chapbook

CLASS IS FULL

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop “Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays” on April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

We are currently enjoying a small press renaissance, with countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision.

Join award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, “Publishing your Chapbook” will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

John Sibley Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and Marketing Director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, John has an MA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40

Register online by using the Add to Cart button below.

Mary C. Myers, Med, BCC, to Speak

Art of Aging/of Dying series
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 3 to 5pm.

Legacy writing is the invitation and the opportunity to reflect on your stories and the meaning they convey, to write from your heart about what truly matters in your life. These are the treasures you pass on to future generations, your beliefs, wisdom and blessings.

An ethical will is a document written to communicate values and wisdom, history, stories, and love from one generation to another. It preserves who you are and what matters most to you. It’s a way for you to be remembered.

“I am passionate about legacy writing and creating ethical wills because I have seen the gift it is to writers as well as their loved ones, whether shared in the midst of life or at the end. We are story telling/story catcher people who make sense of our lives and our place in the world through story and through story we are able to share our deeper selves, our souls.”

— Mary C. Myers

Mary C. Myers served over forty years in ministry, including twenty-three years as a Board Certified Chaplain in acute care, hospice and outreach to the marginalized. Personal story has been the constant at the heart of her ministry. She is a Certified Legacy Writing Facilitator.

Join us to explore legacy writing and learn more about creating your own legacy letters and ethical will. Admission for the Hoffman Center is $5.

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Tela Skinner, telaskinner@gmail.com

Workshop: Writing the Food Memoir on October 21

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a writing workshop at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.  Sweet and Salty: Writing the Food Memoir led by Diana Abu-Jaber will be held on Saturday, October 21st, from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

Tell me what you eat, said Brillat-Savarin, and I shall tell you what you are. Lives are filled with stories and plots but none is juicier than the one told with food. Culinary memoirs are wildly popular, taking readers beyond memory into the senses—especially the deep pleasures of the appetite.  Food sharpens the focus, introduces universal themes, and endows writing with imaginative, emotional, and physical layers of complexity.

This workshop will look at ways to write life stories by peering through the culinary lens.

There will be writing prompts, exercises, discussions, and food. We’ll be tasting and thinking and comparing notes, considering all the ways that our connections to eating gives rise to remembering and inspiration. Come and see what you cook up. Bring your curiosity and your appetite, a sense of play and a sense of humor.

Tuition is $40. Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Raku Ready Discussion

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Facilitators: Steven and Sharon Gibson 

The beautiful glowing effects of Raku can not be achieved by any other means. But, Raku pottery often fails. We can help!

You are invited to a discussion with Steven and Sharon about how to make a Raku ready pot using the right clay and construction techniques. The firing session will be held  in late May or early June. Date to be set depending on weather.

You must have pottery experience to participate the Raku discussion and firing
Space is limited to 12.

Fee is $5.  Sign up online by using the Add to Cart button below or mailing your check for “Raku Ready” to Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130.

Questions? Contact us at:  hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Author Laurie Frankel to Read From Her New Novel

Laurie Frankel will read from her third novel This is How It Always Is
Saturday, March 18, 2017 ~ 7 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts,Manzanita
 

This is How It Always Is involves a family of five boys, the youngest of whom becomes a girl. Frankel has drawn on her own experiences as a parent with a transgender daughter, to write a novel for anyone who has to toss out the best laid plans in the face of the unexpected, and for anyone who finds changes both terrifying and miraculous.

 “Well-plotted, well-researched, and unflaggingly interesting…As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year.”―Kirkus

 “Frankel’s slightly askew voice…keeps the narrative sharp and surprising. This is a wonderfully contradictory story—heartwarming and generous, yet written with a wry sensibility.”
―Publisher’s Weekly

 “It’s early days, but this big-hearted novel about a family with a transgender child is in the lead for the most sensitively and sincerely told story of 2017… Frankel’s portrayal of even the most openhearted parents’ doubts and fears around a child’s gender identity elevates this novel. -People (Book of the Week)

 Frankel is the author of two previous novels, The Atlas of Love and Goodbye for Now. She lives in Seattle with her daughter and husband.

Frankel will offer a workshop during the day on “Project Journaling” from 1 to 3:30 pm.

Journaling about your writing project increases your productivity and publishing success. It works no matter what you’re writing (novel, memoir, short stories, nonfiction, poetry, blog posts). Most published authors use some version of this tool.

The idea is that in addition to writing whatever you’re writing, you also write about it — your goals/milestones, your thoughts about directions to go next, realizations about what you need to go back and fix, research done and how it might be incorporated, research that still needs doing, problem-solving, to-do lists. Learn how to make the most of this tool.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40. Register using the Add to Cart button below.

 
Following Frankel’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will
be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue)
For further information contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com