Word & Image Open for Submissions March 1 through April 7

Deadline has been extended to April 7, 2017.

Entries will be accepted March 1 through April 7, 2017 for the third annual Word & Image project, a summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center for the Arts pairing artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.

Here’s how it works:  12 selected artists and writers will be randomly paired at a Hoffman Center gathering on June 2.  Each will be given printed copies of the other’s submitted work.  Then each writer and each artist will create new work in response to one of the three pieces submitted by their partner.  A writer might create a new poem in response to a watercolor, for example.  A photographer might make a new image in response to a prose piece.

The artwork will be exhibited at a Hoffman Center event on August 26, where the writers will also read their new work.  The paired work will be printed on broadsides which will hang in the HCA gallery as well as published in a book.  Both will be available for sale.

The Hoffman Center’s Word & Image project is open to artists and writers who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. In order to provide opportunities for new contributors, those who participated in both the 2015 and 2016 projects are not eligible to submit to this year’s project.

Here’s one of our favorites:  Debra Simmons submitted her poem “Good Intentions” and Karen Gale painted “Sunday Dinner” in response.

Key Dates:

March 1 – April 7: Initial submissions due from writers and artists

May 1: Participants announced

June 2: Selected artists and writers paired at a kick-off gathering

July 15: New (response) work for the Word & Image exhibit due from each artist and writer

August 26:  Opening reception and reading at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

Participants will be selected by a judging team of past participants.

 

For complete guidelines click here.

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:  http://savedbylovecreations.com/2012/10/50-things-to-make-from-paper-bags.html

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 hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

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

Concert: Swing Cats on March 4th

Swing Cats
at the Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita
Saturday, March 4th, 7:00
$10 admission
The Swing Cats are a four piece jazz group from Astoria.
They play a variety of music from the swing era, jazz standards, bossa nova, blues, and even a rock and roll song or two.
With two hot guitarists and a tight rhythm section this small combo can really swing.
Come listen or dance in the intimate setting of the Hoffman Center for the Arts.
No big drive, no big lines, no big price – enjoy great music in your local house concert setting.

Hoffman Gallery Highlights Processes

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will feature the works of five artists in its Gallery during the month of March. The pieces will be on display every Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning Mar. 3, and all other times the Center is open for programs.

The show is built around the theme “How We Create” and highlights the processes the artists follow in creating their work.

The five are Lloyd Lindley II, painter (ink, gouauche, and oil glazing); Susan Webb-Rebecchi, textiles; Kathleen Kanas, basket weaver; Sol Neelman, photographer; and Corinne Beuchet, ceramics.

Photo: Lloyd Lindley II is one of the artists featured at the Hoffman Center during March.

Photo Credit: Artist’s Photo

Hoffman Center to Feature Short Films by Teens

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen a selection of films created by teens from throughout the Pacific Northwest for the “Fresh Film Northwest” program at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24. Admission will be $5 and refreshments will be available.

The dozen short films, shown as part of the Manzanita Film Series, were drawn by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its competitions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Entries were judged on Freshness & Originality, Persuasive Point of View, Emotional Impact, Technical Proficiency, and successful Risk-Taking.

Submissions came from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Vancouver, BC. Total running time will be 60 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

 “Words Of Wisdom” (Portland)

A grandmother’s advice spurs a granddaughter into action. (4 min.)

“Leo & Clark” (Portland)

Young men compare notes on the pursuit of happiness. (5 min.)

“Home” (Vancouver, BC)

Abby’s strange powers help her find a world to call home. (8 min.) Winner: Creative Expression Award

“Abduction” (Vancouver, BC)

A story of abduction and lost love. (1 min.)

“Toccata” (Vancouver, BC)

Striving for perfection, piano practice turns to obsession. (3 min.)

“Living Honestly” (Seattle)

What it’s like to come out to families and friends. (7 min.)

“Losing Alberta: Gentrification in Northeast Portland” (Portland)

How gentrification has changed a Northeast Portland community. (11 min.) Winner: Integrative Learning Award

“What I Would Say” (Portland)

True feelings are revealed in hypothetical terms. (6 min.) Winner: Heart Award

“Buster Was A Man” (Everett)

What does it take to break out of a daily routine? (5 min.) Winner: Creative Self Expression Award

“Rectangles & Straight Lines” (Portland)

A cityscape full of patterns, shapes, shadows, and movement. (3 min.)

“Solved” (Portland)

Coming up with a solution under pressure. (1 min.)

“Shakesburn” (Portland)

A stolen tri-cycle, fruitcakes, and clever insults collide. (5 min.)

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

The Arts Count

The Arts Count: Tell Us Your Story
Funding for arts and culture is in jeopardy, both nationally and in Oregon. As a community art center, the Hoffman Center for the Arts wants to shine a light on all the ways the arts have had an impact on people’s lives. We will share a selection of these stories with the community at-large and at various advocacy opportunities this spring to make sure our legislators know the value we place on the arts. Help us by sharing your story from February 14, 2017 through April 23, 2017.

How have the arts affected your life?
Tell us in your own words how the arts have made a difference in your life. How have they have brought you joy? Helped you solve problems. Connected you to a community. We want to know.

Leave a comment below or send us a postcard at Hoffman Center for the Arts, PO Box 678, Manzanita, 97130. We’ll also be collecting your stories at all our events and workshops over the next couple of months.

We also encourage you to show up for any of these advocacy opportunities.
While most of the Hoffman’s funding comes from individuals, we also benefit from State funding. Since our beginning, the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (a conduit of support from the Oregon Cultural Trust), has helped fund the installation of our first kiln, events like the Dark & Stormy Festival and the Word & Image Project, and most recently a sizable grant to help us launch our online learning platform. The Oregon Humanities has provided speakers for important conversations. The Oregon Arts Commission gave us a small operating grant just this year. Without this support, our programming wouldn’t be what it is today.

Friday, March 3, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at:
Port of Tillamook Bay
Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officers Row
TILLAMOOK
Help us protect public funding for arts, heritage and the humanities in Oregon. Use this opportunity to tell budget writers we must protect funding for arts and culture in Oregon.

 Monday, April 24, 2017
Advocacy Day 2017 for Arts and Culture–Join the Cultural Advocacy Coalition for advocacy training, meetings with elected leaders and an opportunity to meet with your legislators.
11AM-2PM
Oregon State Capitol
Hearing Room 50
Salem, OR
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advocacy-day-2017-tickets-28768942682
Register here: http://www.oregonculture.org/take-action/

In case you plan to be in Washington, DC
March 20-21
Arts Advocacy Day
Americans for the Arts, http://www.americansforthearts.org
Washington DC

 

 

Strengthen Your Paintings Class offered on July 8-9, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a two-day “Strengthen Your Paintings: The Foundation of Composition and Value” workshop the weekend of July 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Led by Eugene-based Carolyn Gates, a frequent Hoffman Center instructor, the class is designed for students age 18 and up. Beginning level is fine. Some drawing skills preferred, but not necessary.

Tuition for the workshop will be $100, with a possible materials fee. The class will be limited to 10 students.

“Strengthen Your Paintings” will focus on concepts that are foundational to the art. “Day 1 will cover the elements of good composition. These are the bones of any painting,” said Gates. “Day 2 will explore value, the lights and darks, which are the muscle behind what makes a painting really work.”

“This class will include both lecture and hands on application of the concepts,” she added. “It is geared to the beginning student who wants to delve a little deeper. Examples and demonstrations will emphasize watercolor, but other mediums can also benefit from this class.”

Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, Calif., and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. She won a commission in 2004 to paint the Stations of the Cross for a permanent installation at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church outside Portland.

She has been awarded several private commissions in watercolor and colored pencil and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Interested persons can register for “Strengthen Your Paintings” via the “add to cart” button below. The deadline for registration will be Saturday, June 24.

 
Questions about the “Strengthen Your Paintings” can be addressed to Gates at carolyngates@comcast.net. Her website is www.cmgates.com.

 

 

Class: Expand Your Digital Creativity on May 6, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer an “Expand Your Digital Creativity” workshop Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wes Cropper, who taught a digital arts class at the Center in 2014, will lead the workshop. He lives in Portland. Fellow artists Jim Hockenhull, of Salem, and Lorraine Richey, of Portland, will accompany him.

Tuition will be $55, with a $25 materials fee. The class is designed for students 12 and up, and is limited to 20 participants. The registration deadline is Saturday, Apr. 15.

“Expand Your Digital Creativity” will cover the basic parameters of digital arts, hardware and software needed for different approaches, starting concepts, narrative content, specific images and goals, and flow of process.

Participants will be encouraged to bring examples of work they have done, even if it’s little more than an enhanced photograph. Suggestions will be offered on ways to take things further, using whatever devices and apps are available. Group discussion will be encouraged at every stage of class.

Examples of Cropper’s art will go on display at the Center beginning Friday, Apr. 21, with an artist’s reception from 2 to 4 p.m. that day.

Cropper’s website is www.udoart.com.

Hockenhull’s website is   www.jimhockenhull.com/about.html.

Richey’s website is www.lorrainericheyphotography.com.

Interested persons can register for “Expand Your Digital Creativity” on-line using the “add to cart” button below. The deadline for registration will be Thursday, Apr. 20.

 
Questions about the class can be referred to cropper at wes@provenmedia.net.

Images pictured above by artists from left to right: Wes Cropper, Jim Hockenhull, Lorraine Richey