Hoffman Gallery

Hoffman Gallery Show August 2022
August 4-28 | 1:00-5:00pm
Thursdays through Sundays
Opening Reception August 6 | 3:00-5:00pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita


Featuring the works of ALXSw,
George Wilson, and Kopali Serna


Contemporary Painter, Photographer, Writer, Permaculture Designer

Studying martial arts introduced me to Shodo and Zen traditional works. I’ve been deeply impacted by studying the use of empty space in the works of Zen Reishis. Additionally, the placement of an artist’s chops (the red seals) are the final balancer of a composition.

Like most 2D arts the first works of a student of Shodo (the art of the brush) are precise, structured, predictable as identifiable kanji or phrases, as with realism in western painting; the orange in a bowl is predictably recognizable. There is no strain or inquiry required to extract any particular meaning. Similarly a shodo practioner may evolve to energetic free forms such as grass style (flowing kanji) and bokuseki (expressionistic). At this juncture shodo works are more an expression of energy than form, more about being than direct commentary. Diving into the deep end is the point after all, as essence is primal and personal. . .who you take with you is increasingly inconsequential and mysterious.

View more work by  ALXSw here


George Wilson

I paint watercolors, soaking the paper, sometimes on both sides and applying washes of color and tone wet on wet to create atmosphere and form. As the paper dries I add detail and structure using sketchbook and memory as source material. I like to paint the shapes of birds and sea stacks; the vertical staccato of old river pilings, the wake of ducks on the river.


Kopali Serna Ceramics — Hearthside (2022)

This series explores the story of a hearth that lay frozen for generations but has undergone a time of thawing and regeneration. I conceptualized the series from my perspective as a self-taught indigenous artist, at one point separated from my traditions through the impact of colonization, but now intuitively and joyfully rejoined.

The pieces are made with the setting of a functional kitchen hearth in mind. Pots made to cook by the fire, vessels to hold water, seeds, and medicines in such a space.
I work with a palette inspired by the colors of corn. As a result, the glaze color combination is used to accentuate the natural beauty of the clay bodies.

The viewer may encounter nostalgia but is invited to think critically of this tendency to perceive indigenous culture as frozen or lost in the past. After all, the elements and the daily rituals which connect us to these exist now.


  •  August 4, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 5, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 6, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Opening Reception
     August 6, 2022
     3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 7, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 11, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 12, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 13, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 14, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 18, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 19, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 20, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 21, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 25, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 26, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 27, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  August 28, 2022
     1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

August Gallery Show