June News Update


Dear Community,

Though we long for this separation to end, we are cautious for all the well-known reasons.  Through June all in-person activities remain cancelled at the center. Everything we are doing is “virtual” through the internet or outside in the garden. Here is a quick look by program- we hope you find something to nourish your creative soul.

The Wonder Garden:  It’s eye candy time! The sun is shining, the garden is exploding, and our popular WG Wednesday walk-throughs with Ketzel Levine are back. Curated tours are every Wednesday, 10-11am. This year, reservations are a must to limit group size.  Please book directly through Ketzel at [email protected]. Of course you can always take yourself through the WG, even stay awhile; we simply ask that you maintain appropriate distance from other visitors and volunteers.

Music: What has 88 keys & 2 cords? The classical keyboard music & the art of vocal song! We are pleased to announce “Music Appreciation You Always Wished You’d Taken” starting June 18. Taught by Peter Kramer, this is your chance to enrich your life by hearing music differently. Taught in the intimate setting of a Zoom class, participants will be assigned music to hear from YouTube each week. Here is the low-down Music Appreciation. Please join us!

On-line Exhibit: Check out the growing collection of art on our website called “Creating in Place: Connecting in a Time of Uncertainty.”  We invite everyone to submit newly-created art for posting online.  Because… “Science will get us out of this, but art will get us through.”*

Writing: The Writing Program Team is working on the Word & Image project, the writers and artists have been selected, and we will be having a virtual “Pairing Party” on June 12th where we literally pull names out of hats–one writer and one artist.  Each person of the pair will have until July 31st to respond to a piece of their partner’s work. The final result will be unveiled at an art show and reading on October 2nd, as well as a book of the entire collection, which will be available for sale.

Visual Arts classes: We have a very fun class coming up on June 11 called “Sketchbook Journaling: Gardening in the Time of Corona” via Zoom. Taught by one of our popular instructors, Melissa Young, this is a class for everyone- no drawing or painting skills required- just a sense of adventure. Check out the details Sketchbook Class.

Gallery: We will not open through June. Our hope is to re-open sometime in July and feature the March exhibition through the end of that month.  It’s a wonderful show and we were only able to be open one weekend before closing due to the pandemic.  In August, if we are able to be open, we will resume our exhibition schedule with Lloyd Lindley, Dorothy Holmes Mohler and Bev Cordova.

Clay Open Studio continues to be closed through June. To open we must be able to ensure we can limit the numbers of people and provide adequate room for appropriate distancing.  Unfortunately, in our limited space and floor plan, this is something we cannot do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy learning more about ceramics.  During this down time, ceramic artists might enjoy online offerings such as those found at: Ceramics Monthly or Pottery Making Illustrated. Also check out the highly entertaining BBC series: The Great Pottery Throw Down

We are determined to find ways to nurture creativity even now and to be here on the other side of the pandemic. Until then, stay well and be creative!

Thank you. From all of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts,

Mary Roberts, Board President
On Behalf of our Entire Board of Directors and our Dedicated Volunteers
For more info: [email protected]

To support the work of the Hoffman Center for the Arts, please consider sending a donation to Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon 97130. Or contribute on-line

*Moe Willems (illustrator and Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home) during a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon.