Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts will unveil its newest exhibit this Saturday, Aug. 3, with an artists’ opening reception from 3 to 5 pm and an artist’s talk at 4 pm. Refreshments will be served. The show, which will include paintings by Samyak Yamauchi and Ben Rosenberg and ceramics by Kristy Lombard and Donna Miller, will run through Sunday, Sept. 1.

“Every painting starts the same way, with no preconceived idea of what it will look like,” said Samyak Yamauchi. “I start by painting strokes and layers of color, making all kinds of marks and flipping the paper, canvas or board until I have an abstract of color, mark making and texture. I continue layer after layer, until I get an intuitive nudge that it’s time to start looking for an image or a gestural suggestion, and the painting grows from there.”

Painter Ben Rosenberg includes beloved family pets in his works, including a rescued dachshund named Muso and homeless to homed cat Bunny.

“We weren’t sure how the two would get along so at first Bunny stayed in the studio but over the next few weeks the nameless homeless cat became our Bunny, after Bunny and the Wailers. He adopted us and most especially he adopted Muso.”

Pacific Northwest native Kristy Lombard uses the environment as the source of inspiration for her work.

“Something as simple as a bird on a telephone wire or a tree in a park can spark my creativity,” she said. “Patterns and textures from fabric or plant life inspire me to create tactile surfaces that fingers want to touch.”

Ceramicist Donna Miller tried many ways to create art before finding “the one.”

“I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands,” she said. “Stripping bark from downed branches to weave baskets, digging in ancient river beds in search of elusive opals, cutting glass for colorful mosaics. And then I discovered the Hoffman Clay Studio, took a class and found my creative passion, hand building with clay.”

The Hoffman Gallery is located at 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita. For details on this and upcoming shows, visit

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