February in the Hoffman Center Art Gallery

Exhibit Opens | Artists’ Reception
Friday, February 2 | 2-4pm

Gallery Hours

Friday & Saturdays | 2-4pm
Through Saturday February 24
Admission is free

Mixed Media, Painting, Collage, and Ceramics
Featuring Works of North Coast Artists:


Nancy Bond
Patti Breidenbach
J.S. Hauer
John Zogg

 French Village – Nancy Bond

  Queen Bee – Patti Breidenbach

David Wiegan Acoustic Blues

David Wiegan
Saturday | February 10 |7:00pm
Admission $10
Hoffman Center for the Arts |594 Laneda Avenue

David’s live performances are best described as edgy acoustic/electric blues-rock along with some originals. Cover material features Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, blues classics and a few Beatles and reggae tunes. He uses pre-recorded “loops” to create a full band sound when performing solo, including some 3 and 4 part harmonies.

David has played in a variety of bands and has recorded for Mercury Records and Harbinger Northwest Records. In 2004 he released a solo CD which is available on CD-Baby and i-tunes. In 2015 he released a solo acoustic CD which is also available at CD Baby.

David has also appeared on many television shows and has performed in a wide variety of clubs, festivals, fairs, and outdoor concerts including Northwind outdoor concerts on the north coast and outdoor concerts in Lincoln City for the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. He’s appeared at McMenamins’ Hotel Oregon, Golden Valley Brewpub, Turkeyrama, and Brown Bag Concerts. More recently he has performed at the Florence Chowder, Blues, and Brews Festival, Columbus Day Festivals, Chamber of Commerce events including headlining for the Fourth of July Concert on the Florence Waterfront, Windfest Concerts on the Florence Waterfront for the Port of Siuslaw, Wakonda Brewpub, Homegrown Pub, Backstreet Gallery, Power of Florence and Relay for Life outdoor concerts and has opened twice for the Henry Turner Jr. band from Louisiana.  Some of his performances at the 2016 Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation Benefit Concert are available on Youtube.

Invitation to Participate in Group Show: Texture

Hoffman Gallery Invites You to Create Textured Ceramics
for March Gallery!

 Show runs March 2-30 Work due by February 25

Please submit 1 to 3 pieces
70% commission to artists
Functional or sculptural- for display on pedestals
Carved, stamped, sprigged, shaped, coiled, punched, rolled. All textures welcome!
All colors (examples are unglazed clay just to show texture possibilities.)
Questions: email Mary at the HoffmanArtGallery@gmail.com

African Safari to Kenya

A visit to Kenya with Lynne Gross
Thursday, March 8 | 7pm
Admission: $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

A visit to Kenya through picture and narrative by Lynne Gross will be offered on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission for the event is $5.

Nehalem resident Lynne Gross, owner of the business Eagle Tours Kenya, has been arranging safaris to Kenya since 2012, creating customized trips and accompanying clients on the journeys.

“Kenya is my happy place and, no matter how many times I go on safari, I always have a new appreciation for the happy native people and the magnificent animals” says Ms. Gross. “Every person who has gone on one of these trips says it is one of the most wonderful experiences of their life.”

The photos and presentation will take attendees on a virtual safari visiting the geography, the culture, the people and the wildlife of Kenya, including a look at the iconic wildebeest migration.

“Travelogue Kenya Safari” is the fourth in a series of photography shows sponsored by the Hoffman Center to celebrate global culture and community through the lens of our local citizens.

Refreshments will be served and a discussion will follow the presentation.


Northwest Short Films Return to the Hoffman

The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
January, 26 | 7:30pm

Admission: $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda, Manzanita

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The collection of eight short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center in Portland from its annual juried festival. The works were shot in Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia. Total running time will be about 90 minutes.

Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager and Programmer for the Northwest Film Center, will attend the screening to discuss both the program and the center

The films to be screened are:

“Dinosaurs in the Hood” by Long Tran, Renton, Washington. A cinematic adaptation of a spoken-word poem about negative representations of African-American men perpetuated by mass media. (4 mins.)

“Float” by Tristan Seniuk and Volneak Sip, Seattle, Wash.Rocky Mang, a Cambodian hustler in 1990’s Seattle, spends his day slinging cheap cologne at the corner store between persistent attempts to convince a local barista to go on a date with him. (24 mins.) [*Judge’s Award: Special Mention]

“Vestibular Matching Soundtrack” by McKenzie Blake, Beaverton, Ore.Advances in technology also create linguistic rifts. Having been born largely deaf, a cochlear implant has provided the director access to sound, but at what cost? (9 mins.)

“Lost Winds” by Caryn Cline, Seattle, Wash.Plant materials taped directly onto the celluloid of 16 mm film and optically printed create unique rhythms, patterns, and images. (3 mins.)

“Time Well Spent” by Aaron Bourget, Seattle, Wash.
A hard-working artist is unfairly critiqued. (1 min.)

“Do We Leave This Here” by Julia Hutchings, Vancouver, B.C.
A journalist travels to the Peace River Valley to speak to residents about their community, which will soon be erased by the completion of a dam downstream. (17 mins.) [*Judge’s Award: Best Dram]

 “CultureTrauma” by Jodi Darby, Portland, Ore.
Using clips from Hollywood cinema, religious films, newsreels, and home movies, a reflection on what it means to have come of age in the 1970’s United States. (11 mins.)
[*Judge’s Award: Best Essay]

“A Mew Hope” by M. David Koesters, Portland, Ore.
A star fighter and her cat, who doubles as spaceship, must escape an army of soldiers in their own furry ships, or else face the wrath of pug planet. (5 mins.)

The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year.



Join Us At The Hoffman Center in 2018

 There’s nothing like the beach to feed your creative soul. And the Hoffman Center for the Arts provides a welcoming place to explore, create, and connect with others.

Explore our calendar for what’s happening this month. We hope to see here very soon.

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Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: The Power of LOVE!

 “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

January 13 – 15, 2018
The Oregon Coast Love Coalition (OCLC) invites you to join us for the 2nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend celebrating his message of love, hope and unity.  The theme for this year is
“The Power of LOVE!”

Saturday, January 13th | 4:00pm
The weekend kicks off on Saturday, January 13th at 4:00pm with a showing of the documentary film, “No Joke ! ” at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church , 36050 10 th Street, Nehalem OR. The film tells the story of three clergymen — a Rabbi, an Imam, and a preacher — who forge a lasting friendship that doesn’t require abandoning the unique beliefs they each hold. These three men have learned the art of “staying in the room with difference,” the deep connection that comes from “being unusually interested in each other,” and the freedom that comes when we “stop comparing my best with your worst.” Following the film, we will share a meal and break bread together . We will then have a discussion using the World Café model: shaping our futures through conversations that matter. The discussion will be moderated by Pastor Steve Wolfe.
Sunday, January 14th | 6:00pm
Hoffman Center of the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
Join us for an evening of storytelling. In “Unsung Heroes: Th eir Lives, Their Stories” members of our community will take us on a journey into the lives of others who made a substantial impact to the civil rights movement: Ruby Bridges, Bayard Rustin, Fannie Lou Hammer, Howard Thurman, Andrew Goodman, Bernice Fisher, Claudette Colvin, Tracy Sims, Emmett Till, Willa Brown, Ella Baker and Mahalia Jackson. T he performance ( featuring songs of the movement by LaNicia Williams).
Monday, January 15th | 8:30am – 2:00pm
We will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a community day of service. The Oregon Coast Love Coalition is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide service within our community through Tillamook county Habitat’s Ramps & Rails Program which offers loans to qualifying seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans. For more information on qualifying for a loan through Habitat or having a home serviced, please email Cami Aufdermauer atcaufdermauer@tillamookhabitat.org.

If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer, please email LaNicia Williams at coastalsoulnw@gmail.com
We will have a continental breakfast for team members at each location. Following work, we will have a community lunch prepared by Jake Burden, owner of Offshore Grill Rockaway Beach, Oregon, at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church, 36050 10 th St., Nehalem OR. All events are free to the public and family friendly. Our sponsors include: Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church, Nehalem Lumber, Offshore Grill, Cash & Carry, and community and friends of Oregon Coast Love Coalition.

The Oregon Coast Love Coalition was founded in 2016 by LaNicia Williams to help create and foster a culture of inclusion in the communities of the Oregon Coast, so anyone can visit or live here and be respected regardless of race, economic standing, political or religious background, sexual orientation or dis ability status. The group is dedicated to creating an environment where differences are set aside for the common denominator of love and community.

The Power of Humor and Laughter 


The Power of Humor and Laughter
Art of Aging/of Dying series
WednesdayFebruary 14 | 3:00 to 5:00pm
Admission $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 


Please note this is a change to Wednesday.
All of our Art of Aging/of Dying events will be on Wednesdays in 2018.

Join us for the Power of Laughter presentation by longtime Motivational Humorist, author and trainer Gail Hand, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Gail started her stand-up career in 1989 in San Francisco and has since toured with her Power of Laughter programs to over 1000 companies, universities & associations in the U.S. and Canada.  She has spoken to over 75,000 college students in 45 states over 20 years. She has produced the Power of Laughter Yoga clubs in over 500 organizations and will start us off with some Laughter Yoga on the 14th.

Gail is author of Are You Sure You Want to Post That? and The Power of Laughter: Seven Secrets to Living and Laughing in a Stressful World.  She’ll share those seven secrets. Her books will be for sale that afternoon. Check her out at http://www.gailhand.com.

There is plenty of research on the benefits of humor and laughter, for body, mind and spirit. Laughter changes brain chemistry and may boost the immune system. Humor may allow a person to feel in control of a situation and make it seem more manageable. It allows people to release fears, anger, and stress, all of which can harm the body over time. Humor improves the quality of life at every age. Even without the research, we know this intuitively.

During the dark days of winter, our original plan was to have a team of Art of Aging facilitators lead everyone in a few hours of adding humor and laughter into your life. Quite frankly, our group of mostly introverts was a little concerned (but committed) about pulling this session off. Then the universe stepped in and Gail Hand contacted us. Voila, an expert coming to town. Don’t miss this! Be ready to laugh!

You’ll walk away with a handout full of resources of movies, books and other resources to turn to when you need a laugh. Please bring any favorites of your own to share.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  There is a $5 fee to attend.

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/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 Tela Skinner –  telaskinner@gmail.com



Manzanita Writers’ Series will offer a new online workshop group: MWS Surge

MWS Surge ~ 8-week online writing group  CLASS IS FULL for this term.
Starting January 16, 2018
Fee $179

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to write more? To write weekly? Looking for a “sudden strong increase or boost, a surge” to your writing in the new year? Looking to improve the craft as well as the continuity of your writing? Join the new online writing workshopping group, MWS Surge, the newest offering from HoffOnline.

If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a regular writing workshop/critique group but can’t seem to make the time, or can’t fit other people’s schedules to your own, or would simply prefer to write at home but with feedback, here’s your chance. Starting Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the Manzanita Writers’ Series will offer a new online workshop group.

MWS Surge: Forward Momentum for Your Writing will include up to eight writers max, and will be lead by authors Jennie Shortridge and Megan Kruse. Each author will cover four weeks of the eight-week sessions. There will be one break for the week of February 12.

Every week, the writing of two students will be reviewed with both teacher and students providing feedback. Each student will submit two works of writing, 5 to 15 double-space pages each, over the eight weeks.

The key to workshop groups, especially with a writing teacher involved, is that each student/writer learns not only from the critiques of their own work, but from the workshopping of everyone’s work. In fact, most people would say that you actually learn more from the workshopping of others because it is easier to see what works and what doesn’t in a piece of writing that you are not personally invested in.

Whether you’re working on a novel, short stories, memoir or essay, this critique group will support your own surge in your writing, both in frequency and craft.

Our two teachers have been featured readers at the Manzanita Writers’ Series and were part of our first Writer’s Retreat in 2017.

Fee for the 8 weeks is $179. Registration can be completed at Hoff Online, using the Register Here button below. Remember, registrations will be maxed out at eight students so register soon.

About The Instructors:

Jennie Shortridge is the author of five novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew, and numerous magazine articles and essays. Her novels have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for film and television, and selected as Indie Next and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks. Jennie was also our first featured author at the Manzanita Writers’ Series in June 2008 and she's been back twice. She was the instructor for our first Hoff Online online writing course, and has taught for Hugo House and other organizations.

Megan Kruse studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home was released from Hawthorne Books, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was the recipient of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” for 2015.

Art Gallery will feature North Coast artists’ inspirations in white

Artists’ Reception
January 5 | 2:00-4:00pm

Through January  27 | Fridays & Saturdays
2:00-4:00pm | Gallery is free


Through January, the Hoffman Center Art Gallery will feature a show including a variety of art mediums inspired by white created by North Coast Artists.


This is the second annual “color” show in which we celebrate white  — the combination of all wavelengths of visible light.


 A wide community of artists from Tillamook to Astoria will participate. Creating… and enjoying… art is a way to stop and appreciate, most especially in this dark month of the year.