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Short Film Festival Returns to Hoffman Center


The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22. Admission will be $5 and refreshments will be available.


The collection of 10 short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its annual juried film festival. Films were made in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The total running time is 85 minutes.


The films to be screened are:


  • “Painting John” by Audrey Hall, Livingston, MT. Through the intimacy of life portraiture, a lone rancher and a wandering artist forge an improbable bond. (10 min.)
  • “Maikaru” by Amanda Harryman, Edmonds, WA With inspirational optimism, Maikaru doesn’t let a childhood filled with violence and human trafficking dictate his future (7 min.)
  • “Rez Carz” by Clancy Dennehy, Vancouver, BC. Abandoned cars rest silently in fields for decades, still holding secret conversations within their bodies. (7 min.)
  • “The Beast Inside” by Amy Enser and Drew Christie, Seattle. Told with spoken rap and hand-drawn animations, a teen in a homeless family describes his challenges and celebrates the triumph of his creative self. (4 min.)
  • “The Bear’s Progress” by Malia Jensen, Portland. An inhabited bear costume wanders in the landscape doing what bears do and do not do. (9 min.)
  • “Anxious Oswald Greene” by Marshall Axani, Vancouver, BC. A man visits a fantasical clinic to address his crippling anxiety and his fate falls into the hands of a blind nurse, a talking fly, and an eccentric doctor with a knack for rhyming. (15 min.)
  • “Proximity” by Joshua Cox, Portland. A Victorian gentleman and a sixties cowgirl explore the kitschy depths of love and betrayal. (4 min.)
  • “Cooped” by Mike A. Smith, Portland. Only a doorknob and an non-opposable thumb stand in the way of a housebound dog. (9 min.)
  • “Taco Night” by Kyle Eaton, Portland. Two old friends who haven’t kept in touch drop by a party where they encounter a combative couple. (16 min.)
  • “Dave’s Beard” by Evangeline LaRoque, Eugene. A catchy song elucidates the nocturnal secret life of Dave’s adventurous beard. (4 min.)


The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year. The Center is located at 594 Laneda Ave.


Information about the Hoffman Center is available at


Hoffman Center Sets Talent Showcase


The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host its seventh annual Community Talent Showcase with two performances – Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31.

The Saturday show will start at 7. The Sunday matinee will begin at 2 p.m.


The shows will include 10 to 12 acts, featuring local musicians, singers, dancers, readers, or perhaps magicians or jugglers, and other Tillamook County talent.


Admission will be $10, and all proceeds will go to support the Center’s general operating fund.


Auditions for the showcase will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. Acts interested are asked to contact the

Center at [email protected]. A registration form is available online at


“These showcases are always fun for everybody – audiences and performers alike,” said organizer Dave Dillon. “We have a lot of talent around here, so we encourage people to come out and enjoy themselves.”



Hoffman Center offers watercolor classes


The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host four weekly watercolor classes for adults in February.


Led by Rockaway Beach artist Doreen Lindstedt, sessions will be held on Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuition will be $100 for all four sessions.

Lindstedt After the Storm 6200

“Watercolor is like no other medium in its transparency, its ‘stained glass’ appearance,” said Lindstedt. “It has the reputation of being a difficult method of painting, but with some demonstration it can be conquered.”


She added, “Some background in art making will be helpful for the classes, but it’s not required.”


Lindstedt is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Northwest Watercolor Society. She has paintings in the Portland Art Museum rental sales gallery, and exhibits at Fourth Street Gallery in Manzanita, Cannon Beach Gallery, LSU Animals in Art, and OSU Art in Agriculture.


Persons interested in the classes can register online for “Watercolor Class” at


Questions about the class can be addressed to Lindstedt at [email protected], or 503-355 2233.

Lindstedt Tidepoolers 6200


Workshop to Teach Humor Writing


Bob Balmer will teach a writing workshop on “Mining Your Life for Laughs” Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Tuition is $50.

Bob Balmer

Students will explore humorous writings in class and then discuss what about them makes people laugh — from exaggeration, to characterization, from one-liners to irony and many other techniques. Special attention will focus on how authors use events from their lives for humorous material.

Interested persons can register at


Website provides several essays to read ahead of the workshop.
Reception Set for Artist Doreen Lindstedt


The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a reception for Rockaway Beach artist Doreen Lindstedt Sunday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.


Lindstedt will teach watercolor classes at the Center Wednesday afternoons during the month of February.


Persons interested in the classes can register online for “Watercolor Class” at’s “Register for Workshops” page.


Several of Lindstedt’s works will be on display at the Center throughout February.

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