June News Update


Dear Community,

Though we long for this separation to end, we are cautious for all the well-known reasons.  Through June all in-person activities remain cancelled at the center. Everything we are doing is “virtual” through the internet or outside in the garden. Here is a quick look by program- we hope you find something to nourish your creative soul.

The Wonder Garden:  It’s eye candy time! The sun is shining, the garden is exploding, and our popular WG Wednesday walk-throughs with Ketzel Levine are back. Curated tours are every Wednesday, 10-11am. This year, reservations are a must to limit group size.  Please book directly through Ketzel at [email protected]. Of course you can always take yourself through the WG, even stay awhile; we simply ask that you maintain appropriate distance from other visitors and volunteers.

Music: What has 88 keys & 2 cords? The classical keyboard music & the art of vocal song! We are pleased to announce “Music Appreciation You Always Wished You’d Taken” starting June 18. Taught by Peter Kramer, this is your chance to enrich your life by hearing music differently. Taught in the intimate setting of a Zoom class, participants will be assigned music to hear from YouTube each week. Here is the low-down Music Appreciation. Please join us!

On-line Exhibit: Check out the growing collection of art on our website called “Creating in Place: Connecting in a Time of Uncertainty.”  We invite everyone to submit newly-created art for posting online.  Because… “Science will get us out of this, but art will get us through.”*

Writing: The Writing Program Team is working on the Word & Image project, the writers and artists have been selected, and we will be having a virtual “Pairing Party” on June 12th where we literally pull names out of hats–one writer and one artist.  Each person of the pair will have until July 31st to respond to a piece of their partner’s work. The final result will be unveiled at an art show and reading on October 2nd, as well as a book of the entire collection, which will be available for sale.

Visual Arts classes: We have a very fun class coming up on June 11 called “Sketchbook Journaling: Gardening in the Time of Corona” via Zoom. Taught by one of our popular instructors, Melissa Young, this is a class for everyone- no drawing or painting skills required- just a sense of adventure. Check out the details Sketchbook Class.

Gallery: We will not open through June. Our hope is to re-open sometime in July and feature the March exhibition through the end of that month.  It’s a wonderful show and we were only able to be open one weekend before closing due to the pandemic.  In August, if we are able to be open, we will resume our exhibition schedule with Lloyd Lindley, Dorothy Holmes Mohler and Bev Cordova.

Clay Open Studio continues to be closed through June. To open we must be able to ensure we can limit the numbers of people and provide adequate room for appropriate distancing.  Unfortunately, in our limited space and floor plan, this is something we cannot do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy learning more about ceramics.  During this down time, ceramic artists might enjoy online offerings such as those found at: Ceramics Monthly or Pottery Making Illustrated. Also check out the highly entertaining BBC series: The Great Pottery Throw Down

We are determined to find ways to nurture creativity even now and to be here on the other side of the pandemic. Until then, stay well and be creative!

Thank you. From all of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts,

Mary Roberts, Board President
On Behalf of our Entire Board of Directors and our Dedicated Volunteers
For more info: in[email protected]

To support the work of the Hoffman Center for the Arts, please consider sending a donation to Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon 97130. Or contribute on-line

*Moe Willems (illustrator and Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home) during a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon.


Wonder Garden News

This week in the Hoffman Wonder Garden
May 12, 2020

Halimium lasianthum  ssp. formosum.  wooly rockrose

Don’t miss what’s happening right now where each day plants strut their superb spring plumage and growth spurts.

If you’re in need of a life-affirming experience and are comfortable being out and about, take a wander through the Wonder Garden. The plant life is irrepressible.

This week we feature:

1. Limnanthes douglasii ssp. nivea — Douglas’s meadowfoam

2. Gilia tricolor — Birds’ eyes

3. Silene uniflora ‘Druitt’s Variegated’ — catchfly, sea campion

4. Halimium lasianthum  ssp. formosum — wooly rockrose

5. Aquilegia longissima selection — long-spurred columbine



Tool Shed For The Wonder Garden

Someday is Now!

“Someday, we said, we’d have a tool shed for the Wonder Garden. Backseats were meant for better things. Starting with a generous donation from Chip Greening in 2018 and recent funds from raffling  a stained glass window created and donated by Jo Newhouse for the Manzanita Day – Tool shed money! Then came Lloyd Lindley, who donated his design skills to create a moveable, arts-center worthy structure. Then came the versatile Philip Hammond who assisted Lloyd nail by nail in a collaboration of friendship, art and wonder. A village, in word and in deed! Thank you all.

Community Message


Dear Community,

It is so strange to see our normally bustling building so quiet. We miss you. Because the Hoffman Center is such a hub for connecting, the need for physical distancing has hit very hard.  We want you to know that we are working on how to best serve the community.

Some programs lend themselves to cyber sessions. Several of the writing programs have been moved online to great success. We also had an engaging horticulture class. There will be more coming up — hopefully a visual arts workshop focused on journals, and a horticulture class about hardy geraniums. For these efforts and other current information, please visit our website and look at the program you are interested in, or check our calendar.

We also have an ongoing project for these difficult times. It’s called “Creating in Place: Connecting in a Time of Uncertainty”. Click for more information. We invite everyone to submit newly-created art for posting online. Visit the page to see the wide variety of creative expression from our community. Plus, we invite you to submit, through the end of April, for our popular Word & Image project.
More information here.

We hope to reopen the gallery – ensuring adequate distance and limiting the number of people inside, when restrictions are loosened. We’re also exploring how to show some of our special films via the Internet, which would allow for some discussion after each screening.

In other programs, it is not so obvious how and when we can safely re-open. The clay studio has small spaces, limited doors, and narrow passageways. It will certainly be awhile yet. Most of our visual arts classes have been cancelled or postponed. Our last two music events of this year had to be cancelled.

On the other hand, the Wonder Garden is a magical place to visit right now. Our garden lead, Ketzel Levine, has spent hours weeding, moving, and speaking with the plants. It shows. The Arctostaphylos (Manzanita) beds are looking better than ever, and new flowers are emerging. We ask that visitors observe appropriate physical distance from others and our volunteers so we can keep this community treasure open and safe for all.

Our financials will take a hit from this closure.  We are buoyed by your interest and encouragement and need your financial support to help see us through. Please consider making a donation online by clicking here or sending a check to Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon 97130.

Thank you.

From all of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts,

Mary Roberts, Board President
On Behalf of our Entire Board of Directors and our Dedicated Volunteers
For more info: [email protected]


And the winner of the Wonder Garden raffle is …

We’re delighted to announce the winner of the Wonder Garden Raffle

Congratulations to Larry Paluck, the proud owner of Jo Newhouse’s gorgeous stained glass window created for the Hoffman Center to benefit our Wonder Garden.

Thank you, Jo, for your enormous generosity. And thanks to everyone who bought tickets. The Wonder Garden will be all the more beautiful for your support.

Manzanita Day was a surprising delight in view of the circumstances. Forty plant lovers attended Neil Bell’s online presentation, Manzanita: The Shrub Worthy of A Town. The gathering was quite lively! We were impressed.

Stay tuned for more horticultural how-to’s in the near future. In the meantime, if you’re in need of a life-affirming experience and are comfortable being out and about, take a wander through the Wonder Garden. The plant life is irrepressible.

Two Ways to Share Your Art

While we can’t meet in person, the Hoffman Center for the Arts is excited to offer two ways for you to share your work.

Creating in Place: Connecting in a Time of Uncertainty

We’re inviting local artists, writers, and film makers, forced to stay home or apart during the Covid-19 threat, to create works reflecting the impact the situation is having on themselves and the community. How are family, friends, neighbors and colleagues dealing with the isolation and worry, while still trying to stay connected?

Visual artists are asked to sketch, draw, paint in any medium or multi-media, or collage whatever they’re feeling, and submit a digital photograph of the finished work. Three-dimensional works created for the occasion are also welcome, as is photography. Writers are invited to submit poetry, essays, and stories, and film makers can send us links to their works on video platforms like Vimeo or YouTube.

Word & Image: A Dialogue Between Writers and Artists

The 5th Word & Image project will be accepting entries from April 1 through April 30, 2020. This Hoffman Center program pairs artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.

The twelve selected artists and writers will be randomly paired.  Each writer and artist will be given copies of the other’s submitted work.

Over the summer, 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 end result will be a gallery show in October, readings by the writers, and a book that captures the entire collection.


Thank You Gary and Sue for Live Music at the Hoffman

With gratitude to Gary Seelig and Sue McGrath

Sue McGrath and Gary Seelig

This is a note of gratitude and acknowledgement to Gary Seelig and Sue McGrath who have been the red-hot engine behind the Hoffman music program. They were hoping to go out with a bang featuring favorites Terry Robb in April and The Ben Rosenblum Trio in May. However, Covid19 had other plans.

Through their energy and passion for music, our community has enjoyed music from around the world. In four music-filled seasons Live Music at the Hoff! presented high quality and varied genres of music: from traditional music of Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina & Mexico to an all-women rock band, and just about everything in between, including a time-traveling queer Boyband. Our audiences were treated to many a magical  evening, from acoustic offerings, to country rock, jazz, blues, zydeco, klezmer, folk, and Americana. Live Music at the Hoff! introduced our community to many wonderful musical acts, and some of those acts returned to our stage including: Stumptown Swing, the Brazilian String Trio and the wonderful, Ben Rosenblum Trio.

Now, in 2020, there is music all over our community- from house parties to the grange, from restaurants to NCRD. Things have changed enormously since the early days of music at the Hoffman when the program was sparked by seed money from a generous donor. Vera asked Gary, who had produced two concerts at the Hoffman Center on his own, if he would like to administer this gift and be the coordinator of a LIVE music program. He said “yes” and LIVE music in Manzanita’s Musical Living room was off and running. Our warmest thanks to Gary and Sue and all the volunteers that helped make the program possible.

From all of us at the Hoffman


Writing Program Activities Cancelled Through May

Out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling or rescheduling all in-person Writing Program activities beginning March 17 through the end of May.

This affects the following workshops, classes, and author readings.

Writing Lounge:  all in-person sessions of the Tuesday Writing Lounge (both quiet and the peer led craft sessions), will be cancelled through the end of May.  However, we’re launching a Virtual Writing Lounge on May 12th.

Workshops and Classes

  • Apricot Irving’s memoir workshop has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 19th, 2020. Paid registrants have their tuition applied automatically to the new session.  If that date does not work for you, please contact [email protected] for a full refund.
  • PoetryFest 2020 with John Sibley Williams has been rescheduled to October 24, 2020. Paid registrants have their tuition applied automatically to the new session.  If that date does not work for you, please contact [email protected] for a full refund.  Meanwhile there are still a few spots available in his Poetry of Place workshop.
  • John Larison’s workshop has been cancelled.  Paid registrants can choose to donate their tuition, or receive a full refund.

Manzanita Writers’ Events: 

  • Apricot Irving’s author reading on March 21st has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 19th, 2020.
  • Leni Zumas’ author reading on April 18, has been cancelled.
  • John Larison and Nick Dybek’s Authors in Conversation event on May 16 has been cancelled.

If you are participating in workshops and events of any other Hoffman Center programs, please check the calendar to see whether they are still happening.

If you have further questions, please contact us at [email protected]  Stay well!

The Writing Program Team

2020 Poetry Contest Winner Announced

The Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the winner of the 2020 Poetry Contest

Part-time Manzanita resident, Connie Soper, won the poetry contest held by the Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Hoffman Center for the Arts.  Soper will receive a $100 cash prize for her poem “Digging for France.”

“The charm of this poem is the way a black & white photograph comes to life, awakening all the senses, as it does for the readers, reminding them of their own cherished photos,” said Lana Ayers, the judge for the contest.  “A sweet memory filled with wonder and language delicious as chocolat on the tongue,” she added.  Lana is a poet herself and the publisher of the Concrete Wolf chapbook series and MoonPath Press.

In addition to the winning poet, Lana recognized three poems as honorable mentions—”a strong group of entries that made judging eminently pleasurable and selection terribly difficult.” The contest attracted 38 poets with connections to the Oregon coast, who submitted over 100 poems.

  • “Nice Lady Walking on the Beach,” Kyle Bates
  • “Stilled,” Kelly Sievers
  • “Transmogrification,” Karen Keltz

The next submission period for the Poetry Contest will be January, 2021.



We Care About Your Health

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect the global community, the Hoffman Center for the Arts is looking for ways to navigate the rapidly evolving situation.  While we may consider ourselves relatively isolated at the Coast, many in our community are likely to fall into higher risk for complications from the virus.

Based on guidance from the CDC and other public health organizations, we’re putting the following practices in place:

  • Postponing or cancelling larger events as needed. One of those is our annual donor appreciation event. As circumstances evolve, we will decide about others.
  • Announcing cancellations via social media, our e-newsletter, and the BBQ. Please check the calendar on our web site  to view your event, or check our News and Announcements page for the latest information on cancellations. Please do not call our phone number, as that is only periodically monitored for messages.
  • Moving some events or classes to an off-site venue where possible, to allow for more “social distance.”
  • Waiving our cancellation fee for people needing to forego a workshop or class because of illness.

The most important action we can take is to encourage you to make the best decision for yourself. We care about you and want you to stay healthy

Find up-to-date recommendations and information at the following web sites.