Hoffman Gallery

Hoffman Gallery Show November 2022
November 4–27 | 1:00-4:00pm
Fridays through Sundays
Opening Reception November 5 | 2:00-4:00pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita



November Exhibition paintings by Levering Thomas 
& ceramics by Women Who Wood Fire


Levering Thomas

The Peter Iredale series evolved from an unplanned winter drive last February.  I had considered veering off 101 on my way to Astoria many times to view this 1906 shipwreck located in Fort Stevens State Park.  Descending from the parking lot, I was overcome by the many shapes, angles, and colors of the ship and the surrounding landscape.  The incredible light of a perfect afternoon allowed me to capture in photos the ochre, burnt orange and sienna rusted portions of the structure that glowed in contrast to the steel blue iron structures and gray-white barnacles. Cast shadows prevailed.  Shallow water slapped at the remaining skeletal supports. I was drawn to the abstract imagery, feeling of mystery, and the strange spaciousness of the ship’s remains.

This photo experience coincided with the second year in an art program that inspired me to take more risks, using my intuitive mindset to change the course of a painting.  Working in a series pushed me to dig deeper with the exploration of change over time and kept my desire for self-discovery fresh.  As I added and subtracted layers of paint, mediums and collage, I reflected on the changes we all experience over time.  It is my hope that the viewer can enter the space and create their own stories.

Women of East Creek Exhibit –
Women Who Wood Fire


Artists Erin Cooper (left) and Dara Lundberg

The Women of East Creek recognizes and celebrates all women woodfire artists. This exhibition is a mix of artists, whose ages, lengths of careers in clay, and style vary. Their challenges are likely to be ones you share and their ways of addressing them might be applicable to your own lives and careers. Each artist exhibits a high level of craftsmanship and clear artistic voice.  The exhibit showcases the range of possibilities within the genre, presenting different temperatures, firing approaches, clays and fuel sources.

The anagama kiln (Japanese: 窖窯) is an ancient type of pottery kiln brought to Japan from China via Korea in the 5th century. An anagama (a Japanese term meaning “cave kiln”) consists of a firing chamber with a firebox at one end and a flue at the other.

​The East Creek Anagama was built in 1983 by Oregon artists Nils Lou, Tom Coleman, and Frank Boyden with the mission to bring ceramic education via wood firing to the west coast. The first of its kind built west of the Mississippi, the kiln and 20 forested acres on which it sits were owned and managed by Nils Lou.  When Nils died unexpectedly, the kiln and property were in limbo. Thanks to a community effort, East Creek Art was established with the purpose of continuing the East Creek educational mission and the rich tradition of making.

  •  November 4, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 5, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 6, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Opening Reception
     November 5, 2022
     2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 11, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 12, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 13, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 18, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 19, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 20, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 25, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 26, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  November 27, 2022
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

November Gallery Show