Poetry Submissions Welcomed

North Coast poets can still enter the 2022 Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize competition.

 The slots are filling up, but there is still time to submit to the Hoffman Center’s annual poetry contest, the Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize.

The winning poet will receive a $100 cash prize and see their work published on the Hoffman Center website and newsletter in April. Second and Third place poets will also be published.

Poets may submit up to three poems of 30 lines or less, on any subject.

The contest is limited to the first 50 poets who submit. As of January 15, there was still room for more entries. The submission window closes January 31.

Follow this link for detailed guidelines and submission button, as well as a feature about last year’s winner, Brittney Corrigan.

The entry form requires a clear connection to the North Oregon Coast in the poet’s biographical statement, as well as a $7 entry fee.

Submissions will be judged by Lana Ayers, MFA, publisher of the Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series since 2001. In 2010, she created MoonPath Press to publish poetry collections by Pacific Northwest poets. She has authored nine collections of poetry and recently released her first novel.

The top three poets will be notified in March.

Thank You Partners!

Thank you local Business Sponsors and Partners!

Please join us in showing your appreciation for their financial support by being a regular customer to our
local businesses and thanking these individuals when you see them.  It truly “takes a village.”

Business Sponsors

Living Room Realty – Brokers Hans Tonjes, Dave Leach, and Tosha Reinmiller
Finnesterre – Terri Desaro, Fred Kassab and Manager Ann Maizel
Polaris Gallery – Scott Wilson

Ocean Inn – Larry and Janice Zagata
Meadow and Corey Davis Brokers – Cascade Sotheby’s Realty
Columbia Bank – Manager Jessie Davidson
Sunset Vacation Rentals – Manager Amy Van Dyke
Little Apple Grocery – Chung and Judy Lee

In-kind sponsors

Cloud and Leaf – Deborah Reed
John Longfellow Construction

Foundations

The Oregon Cultural Trust
Tillamook PUD
The Miller Foundation
Oregon Arts Commission
Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation

2022 Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize Opens January 1

The Hoffman Center for the Arts sponsors the Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize in January 2022

Poets from the North Oregon coast are invited to compete in the Hoffman Center’s annual poetry contest, the Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize.

The winning poet will receive a $100 cash prize and see their work published on the Hoffman Center website and newsletter in April. Second and Third place poets will also be recognized.

Poets may submit up to three poems of 30 lines or less, on any subject.

The contest is limited to the first 50 poets who submit, so early entries are encouraged. The submission window runs from January 1 to 31.

Follow this link for detailed guidelines and submission button, as well as a feature about last year’s winner, Brittney Corrigan.

The online entry form requires a clear connection to the North Oregon Coast in the poet’s biographical statement, as well as a $7 entry fee.

Submissions will be judged by Lana Ayers, MFA, publisher of the Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series since 2001. In 2010, she created MoonPath Press to publish poetry collections by Pacific Northwest poets. She has authored nine collections of poetry and recently released her first novel.

The top three poets will be notified in March.

Find Fun & Connection

 

Volunteers at the Hoffman!

Huzzah to those who give their time and talents!  The Hoffman thrives seventeen years on because volunteers are the heart and soul of our art center. In 2021 nearly 100 people pitched in to help the Hoffman evolve and persevere during another tough, exhausting year. We continue to offer weekly events through the gallery, visual arts, writing, clay services, and horticulture despite another year of obstacles.

The list of volunteer contributions, big and small, is a mile long. Volunteers keep our art center not just viable but advancing. In a real measure of success, volunteers made art available and a creative focus for our community this year.

We have openings! Come volunteer with us. Here are a few ideas, but volunteers often define their roles. The really fun part of volunteering is each of us decides what work will make 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.
  • Participate with the visual arts team to identify and present instructors.
  • Dig, plant and weed in the Hoffman Wonder Garden if you love plants and being outside.
  • Volunteer your spreadsheet skills if you love numbers and crossing the t’s.
  • Help in the clay studio if you have ceramics experience to share.

Contact us at Volunteer Inquiry.

Community Writes Gears Up for Busy New Year

Many years ago, Sinclair Lewis was badgered into conducting a guest lecture to a group of aspiring writers at Wesleyan College. There, he grumpily asked students to raise their hands if they someday hoped to be writers.

When the entire class raised their hands, Lewis is said to have offered this famous admonishment: “Well then, go home and write!” The author then abruptly left the podium and walked out the door.

When you think about it, Lewis has a point: If you want to write and be successful at it, you ought to stay home and well, write.

That’s where Community Writes comes in.

It’s gearing up for a big new year that will provide writers with strong ties to the north Oregon Coast more avenues to strengthen their writing muscle.

Last year, when the Hoffman Center for the Arts launched the program, it invited writers to submit short pieces of fiction, nonfiction or memoir, focusing on rotating topics each quarter.

This upcoming year, it’s taking it up a notch or two.

Community Writes will now be monthly instead, and poetry will also be included!

The program is open to all – whether you are a published writer or not – and contributions will be published on a rolling basis on the Hoffman Center website, hoffmanarts.org. Contributors also will be offered an opportunity to read their work at periodic open mic events. There is a $5 fee per submission.

Here are the guidelines:

Beginning in January, fiction, nonfiction, essay, memoir – and poetry – will be accepted. Submissions should not exceed 800 words, and should include an image, if possible.

The writing must be inspired by the prompt designated for each month, though the title does not need to include the prompt topic.

The prompts for 2022 are:

January – Rain

February – Presidents

March – Wind

April – The Cruelest Month

May – Lust

June – Bursting Out

July – I Love a Parade

August – Wilting

September – Renewal

October – Spooked

November – Thankful

December – Celebrations

Contact:     Lynn Steinberg, 206-900-1798

Ellis Conklin, 314-304-2821

Community Writes, co-leads

 

 

Oregon Cultural Trust

Dear Community!

If you have visited a museum in Oregon, attended an arts performance, tuned into public radio, or appreciated the preservation of our state’s history, it’s likely that you’ve benefited from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The Cultural Trust was created by the state legislature in 2002 to fund culture in the state into perpetuity. Currently, more than 1,400 nonprofits, including Hoffman Center for the Arts are eligible to receive funds from the Cultural Trust.

Those funds are provided by Oregonians like you who receive a cultural tax credit for their donation to the Cultural Trust. Spreading the word about how easy it is to take advantage of the tax credit is how we grow funding for statewide culture. Here’s how it works:

1.     Total your donations to qualifying cultural nonprofits to which you donated all year. A full list of qualifying nonprofits can be
found here

2.     Give the same amount to the Cultural Trust by Dec. 31 by mail or online

3.     Claim the amount donated to the Cultural Trust as a tax credit when you file your taxes.*

Your Cultural Trust contribution comes back to you in the form of a decreased tax bill or potentially an increased refund. You just doubled the impact of your contribution at no additional cost to you! Here is how it works: Cultural Trust How-to.

As you continue to support Hoffman Center for the Arts with your generous contributions, we hope you’ll also match your donation with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust to strengthen funding for all of the cultural organizations that protect our great state’s famous quality
of life.

Remember to make your donation by December 31. Learn more or donate at CulturalTrust.org or (503) 986-0088 or consult your
tax preparer.

*Up to $500 for an individual, $1,000 for couples filing jointly or $2,500 for Class-C corporations.

November 30th is Giving Tuesday

November 3oth is Giving Tuesday!

                                          Artist-Chayo Wilson

This day reminds us to support organizations that work to make this community remarkable and engaging. Your financial gift of any size to the Hoffman Center helps keep our vibrant and community-centric arts and culture programming thriving. Learn more about our annual campaign here and please consider making a donation.

Your dollars go far locally. We also ask on behalf of our community of not-for-profit organizations that, along with us, exist because of your generous financial support..

Aprons! We have Hoffman Artist aprons in stock. These make a great gift for an artist, cook, or gardener. Our apron has three spacious pockets and comes in a dark sage color with black print.  Available for $20 at the Hoffman Gallery every week Friday through Sunday, 1-4pm. It is practical, stylish, sturdy, and easy to mail.  The apron was printed in Wheeler at Pelican and Piper. A portion of every sale supports the Hoffman Center.

Help us Navigate the Boulders

Help us Navigate the Boulders

Dear Friends,

As another challenging year comes to an end, we are reaching out with a heart-felt thank you and humble ask for your continued support. We really are nothing without creative artists, eager participants, generous donors, energetic volunteers, and expert instructors. Only together do we realize our mission to be “a welcoming place for North Oregon Coast residents and visitors to create, explore, and enjoy arts and culture.” Huzzah!

Throughout 2021, the Hoffman Center maintained a robust on-line class schedule and presence in Clay, Horticulture, Visual Arts, Writing, and the Gallery despite the very real separation and other obstacles Covid caused.  Even with that challenge, we provided an abundance of virtual events to keep people creating and connected. And as a very special community event, our summer Tiny Gallery exhibit held in the Wonder Garden attracted more than three times the typical number of visitors to wander among the plant collections and delight in the tiny art galleries. We have enclosed articles from two regional publications, Artwatch and Ruralite, that feature the Hoffman Center for the Arts to give you a sense of what we’ve been up to and how we have adapted to the pandemic. This has been a big effort with significant success, demonstrating that your investment in us pays dividends.

Looking ahead, the Hoffman leadership is focused on providing a sustainable organization with a sound financial future and also planning for our first full-time staff member. This person will allow increased Hoffman Center operating hours; give day-to-day volunteer, visitor, and participant support; reduce volunteer burn-out; and help enhance programs.

Our success is created by volunteers, instructors, artists, participants, and donors. A gift of any size supports the Hoffman Center values of community and arts engagement, inclusivity, and an accessible environment where creativity, innovation and diversity thrive.  If you have not donated before, please consider the Hoffman Center.  If you can give again, we express our deep gratitude.


Click here to read about the Hoffman Center in Ruralite

Click here to read about the Hoffman Center in Oregon ArtsWatch


Sincerely,
On behalf of the Hoffman Board of Directors
Mary Roberts, Board President

Opportunity for Local Writers

Cannon Beach Library Seeks Submissions for
Writers Read Celebration
This year’s theme is ‘Recovery?’

Recovery manifests itself in myriad ways. The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series Committee invites local writers to consider what “recovery” means to them and to submit their works for the fourth annual Writers Read Celebration.

Writers of all ages can participate in developing this year’s theme, “Recovery?.”
The deadline for submissions is Jan. 24. A panel of volunteer judges will select 10 to 12 works to be read by their authors during the celebration, held via Zoom, on March 5.

This year’s theme “Recovery?” looks at the many meanings of recovery. Writers may approach the theme from any angle, and they may even ask if what appears to be “recovery” really is what they imagined.

All written formats will be considered (essay, story, poetry, prose, etc.) Authors are limited to three entries with a 600-word maximum per entry. Submissions will be accepted by email ([email protected]) or by mail (P.O. Box 486 Cannon Beach, OR 97110), though email is preferred.

Submissions should be in Word or PDF format and include a cover letter with the writer’s name, email and phone number. Please do not include the author’s name or contact information on the entry document so authors remain anonymous during the judging process.

The NW Authors Series Committee sponsors monthly author presentations and other events at the Cannon Beach Library. This is the fourth year of the Writers Read Celebration. Previous themes were: “Life on the North Coast,” “The View from the North Coast” and “Pandemic.” Last year’s Writers Read Celebration on Zoom is available for viewing on Cannon Beach Library’s website or on its
Facebook page.

 

Have You Seen Our Poetry Kiosk?

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 (and sometimes front) side of the Wonder Garden kiosk. Most of the poems for display in 2021-2022 were selected from our publications, the North Coast Squid and the Word & Image project. The poems for the post are selected by a committee including Phyllis Mannan, Emily Ransdell, and Shirley West.

September:  “Benediction for a Beach Dweller” (Sheltering), Phyllis Mannan, Manzanita
October:  “The Uprising” (Squid), Kit Patten, Tillamook and “We Three Ladies” (Word & Image), Ahna Ortiz, Garibaldi
November:  “Vigil” (Squid), Emily Ransdell, Camas, WA and Manzanita and “I Want Them Back” (Squid), Laura Bailey, Manzanita
December:  “A Woman on 22nd and Killingsworth” (Squid), Carey Taylor, Portland