Hoffman Center features photography, ceramics for May show

Bryan Churchill, Don Backman, Loren Nelson, Gregg Goolsby and Ceramics by East Creek Friends of the Fire

At The Hoffman Gallery

May 6–29 | 1:00-5:00pm

Opening Reception May 7 | 3:00-5:00pm

Fridays through Sundays

Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita


Snap Into Spring

Bryan Churchill

Bryan Churchill

Brian Churchill

Art and photography have been a life saver for many during these strange and challenging times.  As we break through the clouds of a difficult winter and “snap into spring,” creativity continues to keep many of us sane and connected within ourselves and the world around us. As a photographer, I have found comfort behind the lens, exploring my surroundings and sharing my images with the world.  As life emerges from the long wet winter mist, opportunities break through and into the light, offering each of us a new hope for the future.

Don Backman

Don Beckman

Don Beckman

Leaves appear, trees bloom, and flowers arise almost magically everywhere.  Grass grows and it’s time to mow again.  Spring has arrived on the Oregon Coast!  The ocean still remembers winter with occasional and diminishing storms rolling in and splashing across the jetties, the sea stacks, and sending waves running across the beaches.  The low fog of summer has yet to appear and the clear freshly washed evening sky provides some of the most vivid sunsets of the year.  The past two years have been trying times, and I have found that capturing images has helped bring the beauty of nature inside and given people a reason to smile.

Loren Nelson

Although autumn is my favorite season in which to photograph, spring is a close second. The graceful and sensual forms of flowers, leaves, and other visual treats in our natural world, have always fascinated me. Until recently, I made all my photographs with a 4X5 view camera and printed the resulting negatives in a traditional darkroom. I now include a Nikon 35mm digital camera and my iPhone in my photography. My prints represent the transition from colder months into spring. This quote resonates with my anticipation of the spring season:

And the Day Came When the Risk to Remain Tight In a Bud Was More Painful Than the Risk It Took to Blossom. ~ Anais Nin

Gregg Goolsby

It’s Spring, and oh, how we have been longing for your return!  The awakening of all  lifeforms are cued by the warming days that chase away the dank darkness of winter. Monotone coastal fog diminishes ever earlier in the day, permitting the sun’s strengthening rays to tickle the canopy of trees that grow to the sky. Their cupolas display luminance with brilliant white halos. Flowers unfurl and display their vibrant beauty with tendrils coated in morning dew drops. Marine mammals ply the coastal waters in search of food that will nourish mothers and their newborn pups. Pollinators work their magic to propagate the seasonal regeneration of flowering beauty. Many pause frequently for rest, while others flutter away anxiously seizing the moment to harvest the fruit as they hover over brilliant bouquets. The most ambitious of the lot work overtime into the evening under moonlight, then magically navigate back to their colony with the nectar of life that sustains their society.

East Creek Ceramics Group Lori Allen, Sam Newman, Joe Robinson, and Aubrey Sloan

Ceramic by Sam Newman

Sam Newman

 Beautiful and earthy, the tradition of wood fired pottery thrives in Oregon through the Potters of East Creek Art; a group of artists dedicated in the ancient art of Japanese wood firing.

Friends of the Fire is a curated selection of seven artists who have had significant engagement with the East Creek Art wood firing community in Willamina Oregon.

 These beautiful artworks are fired over 3 to 6 arduous days of constantly stoking the fire and flames in the wood-fired anagama kiln – eventually reaching and maintaining 2400 degrees.

Flying ashes and volatile salts fill the atmosphere within the kiln and result in beautiful natural wood ash-glazed artworks of unpredictable colors and textures, only achievable by using this traditional technique.


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