Your Support Makes All the Difference!

The arts are an important part of living well. They connect us with friends and family, foster creative expression, and bring joy to our lives. At the Hoffman Center for the Arts we provide an inspiring and welcoming place to explore, create, and connect with others. Your help makes that happen.

Your Support Connects Your Community with Arts and Culture

The Hoffman has slowly and steadily become an integral community hallmark making our area a unique and engaging place to live and visit. Your support helps volunteers provide affordable and relevant programming. Here are just some of the ways we have been able to connect your community with arts and culture this year:

  • Presented 25 classes in ceramic techniques and hosted record-breaking attendance at our open Clay Studio
  • Expanded our Open Gallery hours and exhibited the work of 100 artists in a variety of media
  • Launched an online platform for writing and painting to extend our geographical reach and depth of instruction
  • Hosted concerts by regional and local musical acts inside and in the garden
  • Offered nine visual arts workshops and started a Fiber Arts Circle
  • Presented readings and workshops by 13 Northwest authors, poets, and publishers
  • Held 23 events as part of our popular Art of Aging/Art of Dying conversation program
  • Presented monthly films, community concerts, travelogue slide presentations, and more.

Continuing the Momentum:  2018 & Beyond

Donations are essential to making all this happen. Won’t you join us with your support? With your help, we’ll continue to develop valuable programming that meets the interests of our community and the visitors seeking creative experiences during their stay here.

Your support makes a difference. Whether it’s a yearly membership of $25 or more, a sustaining donation of $50 or more per month, or a lump sum donation of $500, every contribution ensures our ability to continue serving our community of residents and visitors. Watch your mail for a letter from us with an envelope you can use to mail us a check.  Or, go to to find out more about how to give online.

Please contact us at or 503-368-3846 for help or to find out more about the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

The Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Therefore, your contribution may qualify for a deduction on your taxes. Oregonians can also earn a tax credit by matching their gift to the Hoffman Center with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust. Learn more about this valuable program by visiting

Acclaimed Documentary Woodsrider

Screening of Woodsrider
Friday, December, 15 | 7:30pm
Admission  $5

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the 2017 Oregon-made independent documentary film “Woodsrider” Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Tucked in the trees of Oregon’s Mount Hood, Sadie Ford, an introspective young snowboarder, camps alone, anticipating a winter of adventure and self-renewal in an acclaimed experimental, moody documentary.

Accompanied by her dog Scooter, her only constant companion, Ford snowshoes to build her nestled tent site, a place she feels more at ease than anywhere with four walls. Brief times in town provide breaths of social interaction and connection, but otherwise she chooses to spend time in solitude.

Striking a youthful yet elegiac tone, “Woodsrider” has been described as a meditative film about identity, home, and the way human experience echoes that of the natural world.

Directed and produced by Cambria Matlow, the film lasts 83 minutes. Matlow plans to attend the presentation of “Woodsrider” to discuss the film and answer questions. She screened her earlier film “Burning in the Sun” at the Hoffman Center last April.

A trailer can be viewed at





Burning Man: Desert Dreams

Burning Man: Desert Dreams
Lloyd Lindley and David Newhouse
Thursday, December, 14 | 7pm
Admission $10

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host “Burning Man: Desert Dreams” – a special presentation by Lloyd Lindley and David Newhouse, Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

“The evening will take you on a magical journey into the desert dreamscape of the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada,” said “Yeti” Lindley, of Manzanita, and “Zoom” Newhouse, of Hillsboro. “Where you are always welcomed home as you arrive to begin your own journey of sight, sound, self expression, and wonder.”

Lindley has participated in Burning Man five times, Newhouse four.

Since its beginning on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in the summer of 1986, Burning Man’s attraction has grown year by year into a temporary global city of 80,000 people. “They all, in varying degrees, come to celebrate art making and free expression, contribute without expectations, and enjoy a sense of community and friendship unmatched in our default world,” said Lindley.

“We live in a default world. We get up everyday, do the things we do, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day and subsequent days onward. But for some of us, in mid-August, we are welcomed home to a desert dreamscape, an alternative lifestyle, city, community and world.”

Burning Man is described as “an expansive place guided by 10 principles — simple, complete, inclusive, participatory, generous, self reliant and self-expressive principles that enable each person to be the person they are instead of the person defined by their employment, social status, means, or material possessions.” The attendees are considered the contribution to the humane spectacle that is Burning Man.

The event’s name comes from its culminating act — the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy (“the Man”) that traditionally occurs on Saturday evening.

“Burning Man fashion and Burner wear are optional for our Manzanita presentation,” said Lindley.

The event is a fundraiser for the Hoffman Center. Admission will be $10.

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


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 | 2-4 pm artist’s reception (note new hours)
Fridays and Saturdays | 2:00-4:00 pm 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!  Hoffman Gallery invites you to submit one to two pieces of 2-d or 3-d art inspired by the color white (icicle, moon, dove, etc), for January 2018.   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.  Final decisions about what items are shown in the gallery will be decided by the gallery committee.

If you have questions, contact

Show opens January 5  from 2:00-4:00pm with artist’s reception
and continues Fridays and Saturdays 2:00-4:00pm 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.