Pilgrimage: Photos and Stories of The Refugee Crisis in Greece on April 17

A Manzanita woman has been an up-close witness to the humanitarian crisis that has washed upon the shores of a Greek island — 6,200 hundred miles from the Oregon coast — the first, safe haven for tens of thousands of refugees desperately fleeing the death, destruction, and tragedy of civil and other warfare in the Middle East.

Mindi Bender, a retired special education teacher from Michigan, made it her mission to help however she could last year when she visited friends on the island of Lesvos. The island lies in the eastern Aegean Sea, facing the Turkish coast. At the closest point, the two landmasses are only 3.4 miles apart. That proximity has made the island a logical destination for refugees and economic migrants.

Bender will share her experiences — in pictures and words — with fellow Oregonians before she returns to Greece later this month. “Pilgrimage: Photos and Stories of The Refugee Crisis in Greece” will be presented Monday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Bender first learned of the refugee crisis in 2015. “I have visited Lesvos since 1989 for yoga retreats,” said Bender. “I love the people of Lesvos. Their economy and the tourist industry in Molivos village have been decimated by this crisis.”

Before international aid organizations arrived in the autumn of 2015, the local Greeks were dealing with the flood of refugees.

“The wider world didn’t take notice until media carried pictures of a drowned toddler washing ashore. I saw some online video footage recorded by someone I knew there who was dealing with the search and rescue efforts daily,” she said. “I recognized my favorite places all along the shoreline, and felt deeply called to go there and be of service. I found several local and international humanitarian aid groups accepting volunteers.”

Bender spent three months on Lesvos last spring, working with the local community, helping with the environmental clean-up effort, and volunteering with a humanitarian organization in a refugee camp. She also taught an English language class to refugee children from several different countries.

Bender hopes her presentation will give a human perspective on what has been happening. She will share photos, tell some stories, and have a variety of news articles to peruse. “I want to share the beauty of the people I met there. I want to personalize this crisis,” she said. “These are beautiful human beings living in dire circumstances, hoping to start new lives in safe places.”

The presentation in Manzanita will be free of charge.

Financial contributions will be accepted and greatly appreciated. All donations will be used to purchase a variety of necessary goods, educational materials, medical supplies, etc., and will be selectively distributed to directly benefit refugees and trusted organizations.

New Travelogue Program Features Local Photographers’ Works

Hoffman Center for the Arts is starting a new program called Travelogue: Celebrating global culture and community through the lens of local citizens.

Come and travel to exotic lands with community members as they show slides of their travels. Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow.

The Hoffman will host three of the Travelogue shows this year. On Thursday, May 4th, Christina Wilson will show her slides of southern India and Sri Lanka.

Christina Wilson took her first trip to Nepal and India in 1982. Since that time she has been traveling to exotic places all over the world. Her goal and passion is to visit all the interesting places she can find during her lifetime and document them through photographs.  Christina has come to love photography over the years.  “I always look to capture the essence of the moment” she says.  “I am NEVER without my  camera just in case the urge to click captures me. ”

Linda Cook will show slides of Cuba on September 21 and Mindi Bender will present slides of her upcoming trip to Greece in November or December.

Suggested donation: $ 5

 

Seeking Volunteer Gardeners

We are seeking additional volunteers to join us in cleaning up and maintaining the beautiful Hoffman Garden for another season.  There will be 10 work parties beginning April 22, 2017 through early November when we ready the Garden for winter.  We work about two hours primarily in the late afternoon, from 3 to 5 PM.  May and July have work parties at the beginning and ending of each month in order to have the Garden looking nice for planned events.  The more people who volunteer the easier the work to maintain our lovely garden. The full schedule of work days is on the Hoffman Calendar.

The first work party is Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1 to 3 PM in honor of Earth Day.

Each work party is ended with food and drink and time to socialize and relax.

Please join us for one or all of the work days.  If you would like additional information or would like to volunteer, please contact Madeline Olson at allanmadeline@aol.com or Karen Babbitt at wcgarden@gmail.com.

Mask Mania with Kathleen Kanas

Date June 21, 10am to 12:30 pm
Instructor: Kathleen Kanas

Popular teacher and local artist Kathleen Kanas will guide you step by step through the process of making your mask from clay. In 2.5 hours, you will have constructed a decorative mask that will require firing and glazing in follow up sessions during open studio. All levels of skill are welcome.

Cost is $40 and covers clay, glazes, oxides, firing, and use of tools.

Space is limited to 10

Sign up using the Add to Cart button below or by mailing your check for “Mask Mania” to Hoffman Center for the Arts, PO Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130.

Questions? Contact us at:  hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sculpting in Clay with Sher Davidson

June 2, 2017 | 1-3pm
Instructor: Sher Davidson

A visual artist for over 30 years, Sher worked as a metal smith to design and create custom jewelry. In the past thirteen years, she returned to painting and sculpting. She makes her part time home in Nehalem Oregon and in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. Her work was recently presented along side the painter who inspired them, Ruben Morales.

Sher will demonstrate the step by step process of creating sculpture from clay, starting with a sketch or photo to fully formed and ready for firing. This is not a hands-on workshop but Sher’s upbeat conversation style will make this demo very informative.  All levels of skill are welcome.  Cost is $30.

Space is limited to 20

Sign up using the Add to Cart button below or by mailing your check for “Sculpting in Clay” to Hoffman Center for the Arts, PO Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130.

Questions? Contact us at:  hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

 

Three Potters ~Three Perspectives

 

The ceramic art of North Coast Potters

Kathleen Kanas
Kathleen Larson
Pam Jacobson

Will be featured and available for purchase during the month of May
Hoffman Gallery, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita
Show opens with an artists’ reception
April 28 |3-5 and continues every
Friday & Saturday from 3-5 until May 21

Raven ~ Kathleen Larson

Sarah Smythe McIntosh to speak on Holistic Estate Planning

The Art of Aging Series presents:
HOLISTIC ESTATE PLANNING
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 3pm to 5pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts

Our local estate planning attorney, Sarah Smyth McIntosh of Law Manzanita, will discuss “Holistic Estate Planning” Admission for the event is $5.00.

Sarah will offer a workshop on a different perspective on estate planning – it’s not just about having a will when you die.

it’s about your life, legacy and death, who is around you when you die and how they help you die in the manner which you desire, and how they help you fulfill your life’s legacy

— it’s about making your life’s work mean something to someone beyond yourself

— it’s about your transition from life to death

— finally it’s about who you leave behind, and their transition as well, whether it is family, close friends, villagers, or charities that represent your values

It is about YOU, your family, your community, your life and your death.

Sarah is from Olympia, Washington and has been practicing law for over thirty years. She established her branch office in Manzanita, Oregon in 2010, and is licensed to practice in both Washington and Oregon. She has been active in the village of Manzanita since coming here with her family over the last 20 years. Her branch office, Law Manzanita, is located within a Gallery space located at 144 Laneda Ave across from the San Dune Pub. She has exclusive use of the gallery space during the week, to maintain absolute confidentiality for her clients. The space provides a more calming environment than a traditional office space, which helps her clients relax. Sarah makes estate planning less of a chore and more of an exercise of assessing one’s own legacy and putting it in perspective.

Sarah is very personable. She helped us walk through the maze of estate planning laws and made it much easier and more satisfying than we ever thought possible. We really appreciated her caring, and calming influence, as we learned how to navigate through the process, and reconcile our individual differences for how we wanted our estate managed during out lives and after our death“ – Local resident and client

Growing up on the Puget Sound, Sarah acquired a love for the sea which eventually drew her to the Oregon coast and Manzanita. Sarah has her undergraduate degree from University of Washington, and her law degree from University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University). She has served as General Counsel for her family’s sawmill business, and also General Counsel for a small community bank in Olympia. She has practiced in the areas of business, real estate, development, finance, land use and estate planning, as well as succession planning for family businesses.

Sarah is married to Gary McIntosh, and they raised three children together visiting Manzanita every summer for over 20 years, until they finally purchased a second home and then she established a second office in Manzanita. She has served on the Manzanita Business Alliance Board and was active in the North Tillamook County Rotary helping the organization obtain their 501(3)(c) non-profit status. She continues to volunteer for organizations to include the Lower Nehalem Community Land Trust, The Pine Grove Community Center and she is also an active sponsor of many local events such as the Mudd-Nick Foundation Auction, the Manzanita Farmers Market, Muttzanita and Manzanita Music Festival.

The Art of Aging 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 more information contact Tela Skinner (telaskinner@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.

 

 

 

 

 

Indalo Wind – An Evening of Acoustic World Music

INDALO WIND

In the intimate setting of
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Tickets $10

 

Indalo Wind is a Portland based acoustic ensemble led by father and son, Eric and Jacob Walter. Specializing in eclectic instrumental music, Indalo Wind offers up a unique blend of folk, blues, classical, and jazz, with melodic seasonings from around the world. With a repertoire that includes traditional songs from Italy, Ireland, and the Americas – as well as gypsy swing, Renaissance dance, flamenco, Japanese pop, and a host of unique originals – Indalo Wind plays music that is dramatically diverse, poetic, energetic, and thoughtfully entertaining.

For a third consecutive year, Indalo Wind will present a concert of acoustic world music at the lovely Hoffman Center for the Arts in the beautiful seaside town of Manzanita, Oregon. For this engagement, Indalo Wind founding members, Eric and Jacob Walter, will be joined by accordionist, Steve Cleveland.

BIOGRAPHIES

ERIC WALTER is a poet, performer, and musician whose interests span diverse artistic worlds. He received a BA in Theater from Reed College in 1983 and worked for many years as an actor, director, and producer in Oregon, North Carolina and Colorado. He began writing poetry in 1992 and has since authored six books. He has played in numerous bands and performance ensembles, and created soundtracks for theater, dance, video, and spoken word projects.

JACOB WALTER is a senior pursuing the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Tigard Senior High School in Tigard, Oregon. He is a prize-winning guitarist and composer, and a dedicated volunteer at his school and in his community. He is employed part-time as an intern at Youth Music Project in West Linn, Oregon. Jacob released his debut solo album, Surfing in the Rain, in 2015

STEVE CLEVELAND is a musician, poet, and playwright currently living in Portland. He plays piano and accordion with various groups, including The Sportin’ Lifers, Johnnie Ward and the Sharkskin Revue, and The Hot Club Time Machine. He is also church musician at Mt. Carmel Lutheran. His book of poetry, The Gold That Falls onto the Table, is available from StringTown Press.