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Hoffman Center offers painting with Wool workshop, Art of Aging/of Dying series and Film Series in coming weeks


The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the feature film “Vicious,” written and directed by Oregon independent filmmaker Jason Rosenblatt, Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Filmed in Portland, “Vicious” tells the story of a young woman who becomes the object of a stalker’s obsession. He refuses to leave her alone until she agrees to quit working as a stripper. She spirals deeper and deeper into the darkness of the world in which her oppressors have trapped her, until she gains the strength to overcome the negative forces acting on her life.

The 96-minute film stars Angela Nordeng, Tommy Harrington, and Jason James Richter.

The Hoffman Center screened “Struggles to Connect,” a collection of Rosenblatt’s works, in May 2018.

Rosenblatt is a writer, director and editor from Portland, with early experience at New Regency Entertainment and Creative Artists Agency. He is the editor for award-winning documentary filmmaker Heather E. Connell and often collaborates with fellow Portland-based filmmaker Sean Parker.

The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year.

Art of Dying

Sallie Tisdale will lead a Conversation based on her book Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them) for the Art of Aging/of Dying series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, from 3 to 5 pm.  Fee is $5. Cloud & Leaf will have Sallie’s books for sale at the event.

Sallie Tisdale’s book is based on workshops she has given for several years in how to prepare for death.  The workshop is based on blunt exploration of our fears and re-sistance to the fact of our own death, and the many ways we subtly accept the idea without fully accepting the experience. Several exercises as well as discussion help us move toward a deeper, experiential awareness of our own death and our hidden atti-tudes toward it.

Sallie Tisdale is the author of nine books, including Talk Dirty to Me, Stepping West-ward, and Women of the Way.  Her collection of essays, Violation, was published in 2015 by Hawthorne Books.  Her works have appeared in Harper’s Antioch Review, Con-junctions, Threepenny Review, New Yorker, and Tricycle, among other journals.  Tis-dale is the 2013 recipient of the Regional Arts and Culture Council Literary Fellow-ship.  She has received a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship, the James Phelan Liter-ary Award, and was a Dorothy and Arthur Shoenfeldt Distinguished Writer of the Year.  Tisdale is a long-time member of PEN and was a judge for the National Book award in 2010.

In addition to her award-winning writing career, Tisdale has been a nurse for many years, including a decade in palliative care.

We are honored to have Sallie Tisdale as part of the Art of Dying’s ongoing intention of supporting conversations about death in our community.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging/of Dying announcements, email Tela Skinner at telaskinner@gmail.com.

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). Fur-ther information is available at www.hoffmanblog.org online or contact Tela Skinner at telaskinner@gmail.com.

Painting with Wool

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer Painting with Wool, a one-day workshop March 2, 2019, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Workshop tuition is $40.00 plus a $25.00 materials fee.

Led by local fiber artists, Glenna Gray and Jeanine Rumble, students will explore how to create amazing 2-dimensional, painterly images by needling wool into fabric. Landscapes, portraits, abstracts, or animals—the sky is the limit!

This workshop will provide all the materials to allow beginners and experienced artists an introduction to this emerging medium. Students will be shown methods of making colorful images into wool felt, as well as fine linen. Embroidery hoops, needles, fabric and a wide assortment of wool colors will be available. Methods demonstrated include transferring drawings onto fabric, color blending, and layering.

Artists Gray and Rumble believe “expanding wool painting into multi-media, 3-D and wearable art offers limitless possibilities.”

Participants are free to bring their own drawings, photos or ideas suitable for a painting from 6 to 10 inches; or try some of the images provided in the workshop. Wool and other materials can be taken home after to the workshop to complete paintings.