Sounds of the Season Featuring the Autoharp

Sounds of the Season
Thursday, December 7 | 4:00pm 
Admission is free
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue

North Tillamook Library in Manzanita is proud to announce they are partnering with the Hoffman Center for the Arts to bring the community a program entitled Sounds of the Season featuring the autoharp.

Adam Miller will present “Folksongs of the Winter Holidays” at public libraries throughout the west coast, and Manzanita is one of the lucky locations. This sing-along program features well-known and not-so-well-known traditional folk songs and carols for New Year’s, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice.

The Hoffman Center for the Arts will host the program on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM. There is no admission charge.

A resident of the Pacific Coast of Oregon, Adam Miller is one of the finest autoharpists in the world. He is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller. He travels 70,000 miles a year and has performed in concert halls from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle.

Travelogue to Focus on Greece

Travelogue Greece
Wednesday, December 6 | 7:00pm
Admission: $5

Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host the third event in its Travelogue series — “Greece,” Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Manzanita resident Mindi Bender has visited Greece more than a dozen times between 1985 and 2017, most frequently to the Island of Lesvos in the north Aegean Sea.

She has had opportunities to live with the Greek people and study their language. She delights in eating delicious authentic homemade Greek foods.

The photos will convey her deep love for the vibrancy of Greek culture and colorful, splendid scenery of this ancient land.

“Travelogue Greece” is the third 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. Admission is $5.

Last April, Bender did a presentation on the Middle Eastern refugee crisis that has been impacting parts of Greece, particularly the island of Lesvos, since 2015. She plans to provide a separate, in-depth update on that situation, including stories of the refugees she has worked with there, during another talk at the Hoffman Center sometime in the Spring 2018.

Confluence of Color

Artist’s reception
Opens Friday, December 1 from | 3-5pm
Continues Friday and Saturday | 3-5 pm
through Saturday December 30
Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery

Hand-made ceramic bowls in a wide range of colors and sizes from north coast potters

Colorful Monoprints from six visual artists


Acrylic Paintings by Chris Biegun

Swing into the Holidays with Jazzatti-tude!

Saturday, December 9 | 7-9pm
$10 cover | All ages
Hoffman Center, Manzanita

Jazzatti-tude is a quartet of  local talent. The band consists of Doug Proctor on keyboards, Robert Brook on guitar, Leo Lawyer on percussion, and vocalist Sydney Elliott.

Join us for an evening of lounge, swing, samba, and holiday tunes. Some snacks and beverages will be provided.

Bob Brook and Doug Proctor founded the group in 2012. Sydney Elliott joined the band in 2016, and Leo Lawyer joined the group this year.

Before Jazzatti-tude, Bob Brook was in Shy Jazz. Now, the group performs mainly on the Oregon Coast, from Tillamook to Astoria.

Sketchbook Class is Back in January 2018

Living the Sketchy Life is back!

Instructor: Renee L. Delight
Fridays ~ January 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2018 | 10:00am to 1:00pm
Tuition is $80 4 classes | $75 any 3 | $50 any 2
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita


The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a four-session “Living the Sketchy Life” workshop in January 2018 for adults—beginners to experienced.

Led by Manzanita artist Renee L. Delight, classes will meet Fridays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  Tuition is $80 for four classes, $75 for any three, and $50 for any two

Choose your Class Option in the dropdown box below (4 classes, 3 classes or 2 classes) and then click on the add to cart button. Or send a check to Hoffman Center for the Arts PO Box 678 | Manzanita, OR 97130 with Living the Sketchy Life in the memo line.

Class Options

As before, the class will cover drawing fundamentals, materials and supplies, experimenting with different drawing mediums, developing a sketchbook habit, and creative problem solving—all through the enjoyable use of a sketchbook. It will also encourage and develop a very deep and joyful way of engaging in the world around us. All sketching, and drawing will be done from life and all skill levels welcome.

Delight is a plein air painter and avid sketchbook user. She received training in classical realism at the Ashland Academy of Art, and can often be found painting year-round on the beaches along the north Oregon coast. Her work has been featured in several arts shows both locally and in Portland, OR. She currently lives and gardens in Nehalem, Oregon.

Materials List: (Salt and Paper or Free Hand in Manzanita; Dots ‘N Doodles in Astoria; or online at or

  • Sketchbook: 5”x8.5” is recommended, but no larger than 9”x12”. Strathmore’s Mixed Media sketchbook is suggested.
  • Drawing Pencils: Staedtler Mars Lumograph HB and 2B pencils. At least one of each.
  • Small kneaded eraser.

Optional materials:  watercolor pencils; brush pen or water pen such as Niji brand, (there are several brands, and any will do); and any other drawing mediums that students want to try.

Questions about the class can be referred to Delight at Her website is

Participate in the January “White” group show at Hoffman Center for the Arts

January 5 | 3-5 pm artist’s reception
Fridays and Saturdays | 3:00-5:00pm through January 27

Hello Artists of all kinds,  Whether you paint, quilt, write, pot, sculpt, create glass art, weave, or print, don’t miss out! You are invited to participate in the January “White” group show at the Hoffman Center Art Gallery. January is a dark time of year and gathering to celebrate art is balm for the spirit.

Art due January 2 during Clay Open Hours 10am to 4pm  (walk through and leave in the Gallery with your agreement)

Items will be offered for sale ~ 70% commission – artist and 30% – Hoffman Center

Show opens January 5  from 3:00-5:00pm with artist’s reception
and continues Fridays and Saturdays 3:00-5:00pm through January 27.

Mary Roberts Joins Hoffman Board

Mary Roberts, a resident of Neahkahnie, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Roberts graduated with honors from Portland State University, earning a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in management.

From 1995 to 2005, Mary Roberts served as CEO of Rejuvenation Inc. in Portland. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer for Hanna Andersson, also in Portland. Additionally, she managed inventory planning and purchasing management for Photon Kinetics and Freightliner Corporation.

In the non-profit world, Roberts has worked with the Women’s Foundation of Oregon, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Natural Step Network, Transition Projects, Artist’s Repertory Theater, the New Rose Theater, and Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts.

Since getting involved with the Hoffman Center, Roberts has been an active volunteer and participant in the Clay Studio and recently stepped up to take over the Center’s Gallery programs. “Art is an integral part of the kind of healthy, thriving, happy community that I wish to live in,” she explained.



Is the “Village Concept” viable for our villages? 

Report about the village concept
Tuesday, December 12 | 3:00 to 5:00pm
Fee $5.00
Art of Aging/of Dying series
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 


Is the Village Concept viable for our villages? 

For several months, a steering committee has been investigating the possibilities for creation of a Village hub organization for our local communities. The Village steering committee includes both long-time and newer area residents.  Members of the committee will report their findings and ideas at the December 12th Art of Aging series, 3PM to 5PM at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

What do we mean by “Village Concept?”

The Village concept is a model for organizing neighbors helping neighbors coordinate and deliver services for older adults so they can remain living in their own homes and active in their communities. A “Village” is a membership program that provides access to vetted professional services and to volunteer assistance, embracing a variety of preferences and needs. Typical Village services and volunteer opportunities include help with transportation, home repairs, household chores, yard chores, information referral and tech assistance.

As the majority residents in the villages of Neahkahnie, Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler are over the age of 55, and recognizing that some services older adults rely upon in urban areas are not available in our rural environment, a locally organized “village” service hub could improve the likelihood that residents will find ways to remain in the community.  While the model was developed with older adults in mind, the committee recognizes there are challenges for young adults who wish to live in our small communities, and that the Village model could provide for reciprocal services and support across generations.

“Nobody is completely independent. Sometimes in our lives we help a lot and we don’t need a lot in return. Other times we need a lot, and it’s okay to ask.”
— Mary Howe, Village Santa Cruz

“Health benefits are higher within Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) where physical and social environments facilitate greater activity and promote feelings of well-being.”
— Paul Masotti, PhD American Journal of Public Health July 2006

“Village members experience reduced isolation, increased independence, and enhanced purpose of life. These feet on the street resources, focused on social determinants of health, positively improve population health.”
—  Village to Village website

Find out what the steering committee has to report and how you can get involved in Village development.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  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

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, at

Ceramic Arts Circle

Ceramic Arts Circle
Nov. 3 | 2-3:30 pm 
Hoffman Gallery

Please join us prior to the November Gallery opening of “Strange Fauna”. All North Coast potters are invited to become acquainted with one another and to hear about opportunities to participate with the Hoffman Center Gallery.
This is an inaugural meeting.

Please RSVP to We hope to see you!

Hoffman Center Presents Horror Film for Manzanita Mystery Weekend

Portland-made independent feature film “Ekimmu: The Dead Lust”
Friday, November 17 | 7:30pm
Admission $5

As part of Mystery Weekend 2017 in Manzanita, the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the Portland-made independent feature film “Ekimmu: The Dead Lust”.

On a cross-country trip home a young couple make a late night stop in the unassuming town of Briar Creek. There they stumble across a mysterious girl lying along the dark roadside, with evil lurking waiting, planning, and plotting inside her.

When the two girls find that they are somehow psychically connected strange things begin to happen, and it’s only a matter of time before they can’t control the inevitable.

The following days will lead them to question everything, from their own existence to whether or not they have somehow opened a doorway to evil. The answers can be found in only the darkest of places, where the sins of the past become the sins of the future.

Shot in Portland and Colton, Ore., the film was written and directed by Andy Koontz, and stars Jeff Argubright, Carissa Becker, and Chloe Francis. Released in 2017, it lasts 74 minutes.

A trailer can be viewed at