Hoffman Center Presents Photographs and Ceramics for May Exhibition | Community

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

Opening Reception May 7 | 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

Brian Churchill

Art and photography have saved the lives of many people in these strange and difficult times. As we push through the clouds of a harsh winter and “step into spring,” creativity continues to keep many of us sane and connected to ourselves and the world around us. . As a photographer, I found solace behind the lens, explored my surroundings, and shared my images with the world. As life emerges from the long, damp mist of winter, opportunities appear and come to light, offering each of us new hope for the future.

Don Beckman

Don Beckman

Leaves are appearing, trees are blooming, and flowers are popping up almost magically everywhere. The grass is growing and it’s time to mow again. Spring has arrived on the Oregon Coast! The ocean still remembers winter with occasional, waning storms that roll and splash over piers, sea stacks and send waves crashing onto beaches. The low fog of summer has yet to set in and the clear, freshly washed evening sky offers some of the most dazzling sunsets of the year. The last couple of years have been tough times, and I’ve found that capturing images has helped bring the beauty of nature indoors and given people a reason to smile.

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

And the day came when the risk of staying squeezed into a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin

It’s spring, and oh, how we’ve been looking forward to your return! The awakening of all life forms is triggered by the warm days that dispel the damp darkness of winter. The monotonous coastal fog lessens earlier in the day, allowing the sun’s rays to tickle the canopy of trees that grow skyward. Their cupolas display luminance with brilliant white halos. The flowers unfurl and display their vibrant beauty with tendrils covered in drops of morning dew. Marine mammals roam the coastal waters in search of food that will nourish mothers and their newborns. Pollinators work their magic to spread the seasonal regeneration of flowering beauty. Many stop frequently to rest, while others soar anxiously, seizing the moment to reap the rewards as they soar above brilliant bouquets. The most ambitious among them work overtime in the moonlit evening, then magically return 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

Ceramics by Sam Newman

Sam Newman

Beautiful and earthy, the tradition of wood-fired pottery thrives in Oregon thanks to the potters of East Creek Art; a group of artists dedicated to the ancient art of Japanese wood burning.

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

These beautiful works of art are baked for 3-6 arduous days by constantly fanning the fire and flames in the anagama wood-fired kiln – reaching and now finally 2400 degrees.

Fly ash and volatile salts fill the atmosphere inside the kiln and result in beautiful ash-glazed natural wood works of art of unpredictable colors and textures only achievable using this traditional technique.

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