Hoffman Center 2020 Annual Report


“I have not written in a long time. I always looked at the writing classes as something way out of my league. Where do you get the ideas?
This class is making me rethink that. I will definitely continue with my memoirs and maybe venture into a writing offering other than memoirs. I never did art until I took my first watercolor class at the Hoffman and now I am hooked. Thank you! ” Miriam Rogers

“Without your many offerings, things would have been so much more bleak – I am grateful for the Hoffman!” Sue McGrath

These are two of the many messages we received from Hoffman participants over this past year. We are especially pleased to have been part of helping people explore, create, and connect through arts and culture.

Click through the link below for our full annual report of activities and highlights.

Mary Roberts
Board  President

Click here to view Annual Report


A Smile Really Pays!


Did you know? If you sign into your Amazon account at AmazonSmile and select Hoffman Center under Arts and Culture charities, ½ of 1 percent of all your purchases will be donated to us? At no cost to you!  Easy Peasy and pennies will flow. Some folks can’t be bothered with pennies anymore, but we definitely count ours!

In other news – lots of activity at the Hoffman, so check the Hoffman Calendar and peruse your choices. Right now, you can still sign up to appreciate the history of vocal music starting March 17 or join a writing class, take botanical drawing, or get your ceramics fired through our kiln services.

Our Gallery is free to visit—this month featuring 55 community artists from the North Oregon Coast interpreting the theme Black and Blue. Alert: don’t miss the fun on Manzanita Day March 31! Concocted by volunteer Ketzel Levine, we’re celebrating our namesake town for the second year. Proceeds from raffle and virtual talk go to maintaining our Hoffman Wonder Garden, the “place to meet” for those in the know.

Scholarships to defray the expense of classes are available for those residing within 50 miles of the Hoffman! Check out Scholarships.

The Hoffman is all about building community through creating, connecting, and exploring the world of art. We’d love to hear from you.

Mary Roberts

Board President
Hoffman Center for the Arts

Thank You Partners!


We are grateful to individuals, businesses, and organizations that make this art center in our small, rural community possible. Their support enables us to offer writing classes and events, a clay studio, visual arts classes, a gallery, and so much more.  That we exist is a testament to our community—founders, volunteers, donors, businesses, and foundations.

Today, we are expressing a special thank you to the businesses and foundations that helped fund our operations or special projects we’ve completed over the past 18 months. Please join us in showing your appreciation for the support they provide by being a regular customer in our local businesses so we keep them thriving.

Business Sponsors:

Living Room Realty (who gives quarterly!)
Polaris Gallery
The Little Apple
Columbia Bank
Ocean Inn
Meadow and Corey Davis
Sunset Vacation Rentals
Cloud and Leaf


The Oregon Cultural Trust
Tillamook PUD
The Miller Foundation
Hardy Plant Society
Oregon Arts Commission
Manzanita Tourism Grants 

Hoffman Board Of Directors


Covid Update


We gotta hang in there!

After months and months of social distancing and struggling to recognize our masked friends, we’re longing to return to regular activities. Based on the data and what experts are telling us, however, we’re imagining autumn for in-person classes and events. While we continue to observe safety guidelines, we want you to know our hearts are in it: we are committed to being here for you, back in our building with lots of opportunities to create art.

We promise to keep you updated as things change. In the current situation, we encourage you to continue creating at home—check out virtual class offerings in our bi-weekly newsletter and on our website on the calendar Hoffman Arts (or under each specific program).

You can visit the Hoffman Gallery in-person (masked and socially distanced) and now online to see the most recent hanging art and ceramics. Open Fridays through Sundays 1-5, in March we feature our annual community-wide color show. This year’s theme is Black & Blue. The community show is always a lively and captivating collection of art from individuals up and down the northwest coast.

How about a creative shot in the arm for makers and viewers alike: March in the Gallery


Mary Roberts

Board President
Hoffman Center for the Arts

Announcing the 2021 Winner of the Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize

The Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the winner of the 2021 Neakahnie Mountain Poetry Prize

Portland resident and regular visitor to Manzanita, Brittney Corrigan, won this year’s Poetry Prize held by the Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Hoffman Center for the Arts.  Corrigan will receive a $100 cash prize for her poem “Aubade for Manzanita.”

“The poems I had the privilege of reading possessed qualities of grit and grace, some spending more time with shadow, others more time with sun. All the poems on offer represented well the tumultuous times we’ve been living through. Such a difficult decision to single out three poems— like trying to decide among peony or rose or hydrangea,” said Lana Ayers, the judge for the contest.  “’Aubade to Manzanita’ was a poem I kept returning to again and again. Here the poet brings to life this beloved north coast town in such a deeply personal way, and yet we can find our own experiences resonating within it.”

Lana is a poet herself and the managing editor of the Concrete Wolf chapbook series and MoonPath Press.

In addition to the winning poet, Lana recognized two poems as second and third place winners.  “‘In Second Grade’ by Karen Keltz is a poem that brought smiles as well as poignancy. Wouldn’t we all want to be the determined, loving, defiant speaker of this poem?” she asked. “And ‘Lilacs’ by Connie Soper depicts the reality of pandemic-caused separation from loved ones. The poem doesn’t shy away from darker themes, but also shines a light on nature’s ever-present solace.”

The next submission period for the Poetry Contest will be January, 2022.

Announcing Changing Faces and New Faces

Announcing Changing Faces and New Faces

Changing Faces

Please join the entire Hoffman Board of Directors in thanking three departing board members. Dedicated community members, we feel pretty emotional about these folks. But hey! none are actually leaving the Hoffman but have reached the by-law limit for consecutive board service. They all remain as vital volunteers.

Dave Dillon: Sixteen Years Board Service

David is an original Center board member and was a personal friend of the Hoffman Center’s namesakes—Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman. Having served from the very beginning, Dave wins the award for sticking with the Hoffman through thick and thin. What else would you expect from a career Naval officer but honor and service.

Dave has done it all and still does. Need someone to help fund raise, communicate, set up the audio-visual for an event, chair the board, or paint the planter boxes? There is no task too big or small. In addition to his multi-faceted board service, Dave serves as the Hoffman Center’s building manager (or as we say “the super”) and as audiovisual specialist. He also leads the Film Program, on hiatus during Covid.

Says Dave about his years on the board, “As the last of the original board members, I can reflect back to the earliest days of the Hoffman Center in 2004. We had lots of ideas back then for what the Center could be, but we listened most closely to the community.

To this day the Center’s success is a testament to the citizens and visitors who have participated in programs, created new ones, and generously contributed time and financial support to grow it into a cultural icon on the north coast.

I know Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman would be pleased with what has been done in their names.”

Vera Wildauer: Nine Years Board Service

Vera co-founded the Manzanita Writers’ Series in 2008, bringing regional authors to the coast for readings and workshops and encouraging local writers to share their work during Open Mic. First elected to the board in 2009, she left after her first, three-year, term for personal writing projects. Unable to stay away (there was a great deal of arm-twisting involved) Vera returned as a board member in 2014 and completed the maximum two, three-year consecutive, terms of service in 2020.

Vera’s contributions to the Hoffman are almost too numerous to list but let’s try: beyond co-founding and leading the Writing Program offering classes, contests, practice sessions, author talks, and publications, Vera served as board president from 2014 through 2018, leading the Hoffman through stressful financial years to a point of stability. During that same time, Vera spearheaded the selection and implementation of the key operational systems that enable us to function today: email marketing, donor management, the website builder, credit card processing, submission software, and online education resources.

Vera continues as a key volunteer of the Hoffman, leading the Writing Program along with a cadre of talented writers and remains responsible for the day to day maintenance and updates of our website.

Vera observes about her years of service “Looking back, I am amazed what a small group of dedicated people was able to do. There were so many moments that took me out of my comfort zone, but wow, how great to be able to make such a difference in our community. I look forward to seeing the Hoffman continue to thrive.”

Marcia Silver: Six years Board Service

Marcia moved to Manzanita full-time in 2013. By 2014 she was elected to the Hoffman Board and found it a way to get involved in her new community. Now six years later, she has completed her maximum two, three-year consecutive, terms.

For many years, Marcia has volunteered in a great number of roles and 2020 was no different. Marcia organizes the hosts who staff the Hoffman gallery and at times, hosts herself. She has led numerous Writing Lounge sessions. She chairs both the Grants and Scholarship Committees. Her consummate editing skills have been instrumental in all of our communications with the community in editing letters, broadcast emails, website updates and news posts, our bi-weekly newsletters, and our annual report. She has assisted the Art of Aging/Art of Dying program (on hiatus during Covid). Marcia finished her board service in the role of Vice-President.

“Working with talented, resourceful people to keep the Hoffman Center alive enriched my personal experience of the arts and, most importantly, gave me the opportunity to serve as well as be a member of our larger community.”

New Faces

Please join us in welcoming our newest board member,
Manzanita resident, Candace Kramer.

In 2006 Candace and her husband Drew Prell restored a Manzanita cottage that had been built in the 1940s by a Norwegian shipbuilder. To engage with the local community, they ran a Supper Club, bringing locals, old timers, and vacation homeowners together in the “Gather” dining garage space. They frequently donated their cottage for lodging to writers who came to town for the Hoffman Center’s popular Writers Lecture Series.

Kramer was a designer for Neil Kelly Remodelers. In 2014 Candace and Drew renovated their Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego, designed by architect Richard Sunderleaf in 1940, to include a kitchen and event space for music and film, working with the local Library and City on educational programing.  While Manzanita is now her full-time home, Candace still works for Windermere Realty Trust as a Broker in Residential and Multi-Family Real Estate in Portland.

Candace hopes to help the Hoffman reach the whole community and to assist us in realizing our long-term goals. She has a particular interest in music and may seek ways to enhance our music-related offerings.

We are really pleased to have someone with Candace’s professional background and passion for supporting the arts join us.
She will be an important member as we look forward, plan and implement the future of this important community asset.


Mary Roberts

Board President

Why I Volunteer

Why I Volunteer
A message from board president, Mary Roberts

When I retired from a succession of fairly stressful jobs, I thought I might relax: travel, garden, read, learn to be a potter. But within a couple years, I found myself stepping up as President of the Hoffman Board. And though I’m far less stressed than during my professional career, here I am again working hard.

Friends question my decision, but my fellow Hoffman volunteers understand. We may find satisfaction in different ways in the volunteer work we do, but for each of us, the payoff is profound.

Putting years of experience to work in our community on behalf of the arts brings excitement and joy. We take on unimagined projects that engage us intellectually, physically and socially. In addition to a sense of purpose, we find connection and friendship.

The Hoffman thrives sixteen years on because of its volunteers—the heart and soul of our organization. In 2020 (a year best seen in the rearview mirror), 116 people enabled the Hoffman to evolve and persevere during a tough, exhausting year. Most significantly, volunteers launched us into the online universe; their willingness to learn on the fly, often venturing beyond individual comfort zones, kept our community connected through visual arts, writing, music, artist talks, and horticulture.

In a real measure of success, volunteers kept art available to our community and beyond in this year of unprecedented restrictions on gathering. Volunteer contributions, big and small, keep our art center not just viable but flourishing.

Come volunteer with us. Here are a few possibilities, but volunteers often define their roles. Volunteering is fun when we get to do what makes us happy.

• Host a few hours every month in the gallery to meet art lovers and learn more about art
• Help organize writing and author-related events if you love books and writing
• Dig, plant and weed in the Hoffman Wonder Garden if you love plants and being outside
• Keep us safe and secure if you’re physical and can help caretake our building
• Help integrate and utilize our digital systems if you’re enlivened by technology
• Help advance our accounting systems if you love numbers and crossing the t’s.
Contact us at Volunteer Inquiry.

Mary Roberts
Board President

Help us protect Oregon culture!

Toodle-oo 2020

Before we put you well behind us, Oregonians have until 12/31 to make matching donations to the Oregon Cultural Trust for an incredibly cool tax credit that helps fund arts organizations across the state. Don’t miss out.

When you make a donation to any arts, heritage, and humanities non-profit in Oregon (um, like the Hoffman Center for example), you can double your impact for free through an Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit. Find out more HERE or call the Trust at 503-986-0088.

Some of your contribution to the Trust comes back to Tillamook County to support arts organizations. The Hoffman Center has received these grants five times over our 16 years, most recently a Covid Relief Grant in 2020.

Making the Hoffman Possible


Dear Community,

You make the Hoffman Center for the Arts possible.

Thank you donors and partners whose financial support is critical to sustaining us.
You put the wind in our sails and enable us to provide this community with a truly exceptional resource. Beyond meeting our necessary basic expenses this year, your support helped establish a scholarship fund for those who wish to take Hoffman classes and may need financial assistance. If you have yet to give, learn more about donating to us. How to donate

Thank you artists—both those who teach and those who learn.
You create art that gives inspiration and vitality to our community. You taught classes, delivered stimulating art to the gallery, wrote poems, painted, potted, and planted. You made Mask art and Created In Place.

Your talents make our 2021 classes and gallery shows outstanding. To learn more about these events beginning in January, visit our Calendar.

From all of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, we wish you happy and safe,

Mary Roberts
Board Chair

P.S. We always want to remind Oregonians that the Hoffman Center is also a qualified Oregon Cultural Trust arts organization. Your matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust reduces your state taxes dollar for dollar. Find out more at www.culturaltrust.org or call the Trust at 503-986-0088. Some of your contribution to the Trust comes back to Tillamook County to support arts organizations. The Hoffman Center has received these grants five times over our 16 years, most recently a Covid Relief Grant in 2020.

Have You Seen Our Poetry Post?

Since August 2020, the Hoffman Writing Program has featured a monthly poem by a writer with strong connections to the North Oregon Coast on the back side of the Wonder Garden kiosk. The poems are selected from our publications, the North Coast Squid, the Word & Image project, and our most recent, Sheltering, a collection of poems written by the students of our Introduction to Poetry class from earlier this year.  The poems for the post are selected by a committee including Phyllis Mannan, Emily Ransdell, and Shirley West.

Beginning in 2021, we will make monthly announcements of the work that has been selected.

August                  “Writing Poetry in April, 2020,” Vera Wildauer, Manzanita

September           “In a Time of Uncertainty,” Marcia Silver, Manzanita

October                “When This Is Over,” Shirley West, Manzanita

November            “Ode to Scrabble,” Tela Skinner, Neahkahnie

December            “On Watching the Netflix Show, Tidying Up,” Emily Ransdell, Camas, WA and Manzanita