Gallery Presents “Earth. Water. Sky.” Show

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a showing of encaustic works — entitled “Earth. Water. Sky.” — by Washington artist Lara Blair throughout the month of October.

The show opens Friday, Oct. 6, with a special reception from 3 to 5 p.m. The works will remain up for viewing during regular Gallery Hours – Fridays and Saturdays, 3 to 5 p.m., — through October 28, plus anytime the Center is open for other events.

Blair is a photographer who discovered years ago that encaustic wax could enhance her photographs. After much experimenting, she realized that painting satellite views of the beach with encaustic medium was extremely fulfilling. This led to a studio filled with coastal creations done on birch panels and a career as an encaustic artist.

“Earth, water, and sky are the three essentials that inspire me to create art from a bird’s eye view,” said Blair. “I was always the child craning her neck to see the world from an airplane window. So I choose to take small pieces of this beauty, using wax, oil paint and various mediums, molding them into how I see the world — one piece at a time.”

Blair lives with her husband and two daughters on forested acres in Southwest Washington and enjoys teaching in the creative environment of a project-based Camas middle school.

Her website is www.LaraBlairArt.Com.


Diana Abu-Jaber will read from her latest book ~ Life Without a Recipe 

Diana Abu-Jaber reading: Life Without a Recipe
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 | 7pm | Doors open at 6:30
Admission for the evening reading is $7
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita | 594 Laneda Avenue

Abu-Jaber’s new culinary memoir, Life Without A Recipe, has been described as “a book of love, death, and cake.” Ruth Reichl calls it “bold and luscious” and “indispensable to anyone trying to forge their own truer path.”

Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York to an American mother and a Jordanian father. Her family moved to Jordan a few times throughout her childhood, and elements of both her American and Jordanian experiences, as well as cross-cultural issues, especially culinary reflections, appear in her work.

Her novels and a previous memoir have won numerous awards, including the Arab-American National Book Award, the PEN Center Award for Literary fiction, the American Book Award, the Northwest Booksellers’ Award and the Oregon Book award for Literary Fiction. Her books have been included in many “top books of the year” lists by National Public Radio, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the Oregonian and others.

Diana teaches writing and literature at Portland State University and divides her time between South Florida and Portland, Oregon.

Sweet and Salty: Writing the Food Memoir
Abu-Jaber will teach a writing workshop
Saturday, Oct. 21 | 10-12:30
Tuition is $40

Register using the “Add to Cart” button below.

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 give 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.

Following Abu-Jaber’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 “Food Memories.“

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 more information contact Kathie Hightower,

A Doctor’s Journey of Literary Discovery

A Doctor’s Journey of Literary Discovery
With Liz Cole

Fundraiser for Hoffman Center for the Arts
Wednesday, October 25 | 7pm
Hoffman Cenrer for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR
Admission $10

Liz shares glorious readings from the writings of the early 20th-century physician Sir William Osler  ~
“The Father of Modern Medicine”
~ and reflects on the ways in which medicine and literature illuminate each other.



Fiber Arts Circle

Fiber Arts Circle
Begins Sunday, October 1
2pm – 4pm
Drop in fee: $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 694 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita, OR

Get to know others who share your
enthusiasm for fiber art!

Hoffman Center for the Arts invites all fiber artists working in spinning, weaving, felting, fabric, knitting, quilting, and more to gather on the first and third Sundays of each month.

For information contact Jeanine Rumble


The Manzanita Writers’ Series Launches Two Online Courses

Publishing Your Chapbook
Visibility & Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book
Developed by John Sibley Williams
Tuition $49 for each course

The Manzanita Writers’ Series and Hoff Online launch two new writing workshops, evergreen courses that you can take at your own pace on your schedule. Register with the Enroll Now buttons below.

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.

Award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams created this hands-on workshop to explore 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.

With over 800 books per day published in the US alone, publicity for small press books has never been more necessary… and more difficult.

As an editor, literary agent and Marketing Director of Portland-based Inkwater Press, John Sibley Williams has learned all of this firsthand. In this course, he provides the expertise to help authors take on these obstacles.

The goal of “Visibility and Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book” is to provide writers of all genres with the necessary tools, money-saving techniques, and networking skills to market their books with maximum effectiveness.

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.

Join Your Fellow Writers in a Writing Lab to Better Polish Your Submission to the 6th Annual North Coast Squid Literary Journal Sunday, October 8

Sunday | October 8
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Workshop fee $10

Join fellow writers interested in submitting to the next issue of the North Coast Squid for a Writing Lab, Sunday, October 8. We will meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

The purpose of this workshop is to get feedback from fellow writers as you offer your insights to other participants on their writing. It will be a full session of learning for all of us, when your piece is being critiqued as well as when others are being critiqued. The session will be facilitated and timed so everyone gets equal attention and time.

“One misconception about workshops is the you learn the most about how to be a better writer on the day your story is discussed – not true. …It’s when someone else has their turn at bat that you actually get to see what is going on; the view is always clearer without all those emotional defenses in the way.”
— Ann Patchett, from the essay “The Getaway Car,” from the collection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Please bring $10 (workshop fee) and 10 copies of one piece you are considering for submission to the Squid (one poem or one prose piece–1500 words, fiction or nonfiction). RSVP by emailing Space is limited.

All Squid submissions are due by midnight October 31, so this session will allow you editing/polishing time. Work must be submitted electronically via the ‘submit’ button at

Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category (ages 18 and under).

All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art, photos and photos of sculptures will also be solicited for cover art and inside art, with final art chosen by a committee.

The North Coast Squid, a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Manzanita Writers Series, showcases the work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. The next issue will be published in March 2018.

If you are looking for inspiration and examples, copies of the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal are still available for sale at Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, Manzanita News & Espresso and other local retail stores. Proceeds of the $7 cover price will go to produce future editions of the magazine.

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 more information contact Kathie Hightower,


“Priorities: Getting Clearer About What You Want for the Rest of Your Life”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita

What is most important to you as you age? What is your personal potential? How can you make choices to reflect the priorities in your life?

Tela Skinner will offer participants an opportunity to ponder questions designed to help them recognize what holds meaning in their individual lives now, and as they age.

According to Carl Jung, the tasks of late life are very different than those during youth and middle age. During this session we’ll look at how we each define those tasks and how to integrate them into our lives.

As a social science researcher, Tela interviewed hundreds of people in late life. She came to recognize the value of asking questions and digging deeper with each answer. Tela holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Gerontology. Her Master’s thesis on Gerotranscendence, a shift in perspective on the aging process, looks at how we, as aging humans, can re-evaluate our place in the world and our natural progression towards maturation and wisdom.

Participants will have a chance to think about different aspects of the aging process (physical, spiritual, social, mental, psychological, practical, creative). They will also take a closer look at what is working in their lives, and what isn’t. Participants will contemplate preferences and values and how they spend their resources (time, energy, money).

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, October 10, 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



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 Raku Firing At the Studio

September 24 | Sunday | 10-4
Organizers: Sharon and Steven Gibson
Fee $10
This is a special event for firing Raku outdoor at the Clay Studio.
On Sept. 24, glaze firings are scheduled for morning or afternoon with sign up forms available in the Clay Studio during open hours.  Forms are due no later than Sept. 20 in order to plan the firing. The firing will be rescheduled if it rains.

We strongly suggest that pieces for Raku be constructed from Raku clay and bisque fired at cone 08. The bisque firing will start Sept. 18 and we recommend that glazes be applied at least 24 hours in advance of RakuFee is $10.

Space is limited to 12

Sign up online by clicking on the Add to Cart button below or by mailing your check for “Raku Firing” to Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130.

  Questions? Contact us at:

R.J. Marx Quartet to Perform at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

R.J. Marx Quartet
September 30 | 7:00 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda, Manzanita
$10 admission

“The R.J. Marx Quartet features a world-class frontline of saxophone and guitar exploring some of the most challenging and rarely-performed compositions of the major jazz composers from the 1940s to 1970s, as well as an array of traditional favorites.”

The band is led by saxophonist R.J. Marx who began his love affair with jazz while still in high school in 1971, followed by studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and later studies with celebrated jazz pianist Pete Malinverni and saxophonists Ralph Lalama and Charlie Lagond. As a professional journalist Marx maintained his lifelong interest in jazz, writing for the website Jazz Central Station and creating artist profiles for regional and national publications. Marx has been a member of the Jazz Journalists Association for more than a decade.

Guitarist John Orr has played all over the western states. Fluid in many styles of music, his main influences vocally include the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Mose Allison, Louis Prima, and guitarist influences Django Reinhardt and Barney Kessel.

Bassist Joe Church started playing guitar the age of 16 and by the age of 18 had switched over to bass. He plays many other instruments including lap steel, flute/sax, ukulele, fretless electric bass, mandolin and banjo, though the bass has been his primary focus. Because of his advanced improvisational skills, he soon found himself in the role of a highly sought-after session player who bands would call when they needed someone to fill in with limited rehearsals.

Drummer Dave Gager started playing drums at the ripe old age of 11, influenced by ‘The Beatles’ cartoons. His 5th grade band teacher politely informed him that ‘guitar’ wasn’t an option for the class, so he settled on the drums and has never looked back. Dave has recorded and performed with a host of regional, national and world-class musicians, dividing his time between studio sessions and touring. Dave continues to provide recorded drum tracks from his small, but potent home recording studio, and has gained a reputation as an in-demand session player for musicians/bands of every genre. He also offers drum lessons to students at every skill level and musical style.

For more information or clarification please contact