Hoffman Gallery

Hoffman Gallery Show December 2022
December 2–23 | 1:00-4:00pm
Fridays through Sundays
Opening Reception December 3 | 2:00-4:00pm
Hoffman Center | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita



December Exhibition Featuring works by Dennis Worrel,
Melissa Young, and The Coastal Tea Pot Show


Dennis Worrel


Art making for me is an ongoing personal exploration of the natural world around me.  I believe that the earth is a sentient, living being and not just a physical, inert mat upon which we unconsciously live.  I believe that it is paramount that we retain our connection to the natural world for our own physical and spiritual well-being. Franz Marc, the early 20C German artist, believed that industrialization destroys our awareness of the spiritual force of nature. In our modern, digitalized world we  seeme to have moved ever further away.

In these works, I painted and drew with acrylic inks, acrylic paints, colored pencil and graphite over botanical dye prints created by fellow artist and partner, Christine Harrison. I see these works as viewing windows where we can witness wild birds, animals, and mystical creatures hidden behind the veil of appearances.

Melissa Young-Time Will Tell


“Time Will Tell” is a series of mixed media portraits inspired by my maternal grandfather’s family photos and history. It is a nod to all family’s stories and characters from the past who make up who we are, and live on through us.

This story begins in 1859 with 18 year old Jessie Bruce Edgar, who travels with her family down the Mississippi River on a steamboat headed to Texas. In Alexandria, Louisiana, the boat burns to the ground at the dock, where they meet an older man who will later become her husband. He offers the family lodging, and provides her father and brothers work on his plantations. After she marries Mr. Jones in 1862, she has 2 daughters and is pregnant with a third (my great grandmother), when he dies in 1866. My great-grandmother Lillian Rebecca is born and raised on Sunnyside Plantation. She inherits one of the plantations, marries a scoundrel of a man, as the story goes…

As I uncovered pieces of the puzzle and this story unfolded, these sepia-toned faces looking at me from oh so long ago just came alive. I created their spirits more than their likenesses with wild colors and wild abandon.

The faces started with a letter that speaks of Lillian dated 1937, printed out and torn into pieces. The other side of the faces are from pages out of a book of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which I whited over, mostly obscuring the print. They’re worked on watercolor paper, using acrylic paints, ink pen, and collage bits from hand-made gelli-printed papers to add a punch of color.

“Time Will Tell” weaves a short story which is mostly true, and sometimes imagined to fill in the blanks.

The Coastal Teapot Show


It started with a poster of teapots hanging in the studio: a teapot that looked like a purse, one that looked like a starfish, another that was an ampersand. There were too many to take in. The colors, shapes and sizes had one thing in common; they were all functioning teapots. The idea of creating something fun, creative and useful became a challenge not to be refused.

A desire to feature the incredible talent of our coastal artists seemed like a perfect fit for such a project. Expanding the search for talent to also include southern Washington area potters opened the field to new artists.

Whether wheel thrown or hand built, all have been made with a creative eye for what can be done with clay and the imagination of the artist.


  •  December 2, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  December 3, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Opening Reception
     December 3, 2022
     2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  December 4, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  December 9, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  December 10, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  December 11, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  December 16, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  December 17, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  December 18, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  December 23, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

December Gallery Show