Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts will host an opening reception this Saturday, Sept. 7, for its new show, featuring ceramics by Nicole Hummel, botanical drawings by Dorata Haber-Lehigh, drawings and paintings by Carl Whiting, and basketry and ceramics by Kathleen Kanas.

The reception will run from 3 to 5 pm with an artists’ talk at 4 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Each of September’s artists brings their own unique creative story to the Hoffman Center Art Gallery.

The show will feature a selection of recent work by Hummel, whose style continues to evolve after more than a decade as a potter.

“My functional pottery is an exploration of texture and form,” she said, “an offering to the fire and a vessel to enhance the rituals of our daily lives.”

Dorota Haber-Lehigh is an artist, educator and a naturalist with a passion for native plants of the Pacific Northwest. Born in Poland, Haber-Lehigh enjoys depicting flora of the Pacific Northwest, often native plants and portraying them with their sculptural and ephemeral beauty. Her passion is to bring attention to importance of ecological diversity of nature and emphasize nature’s afragility.

Carl Whiting is an artist, writer and environmental advocate residing in Wheeler. His favorite subject to explore, photograph, paint and write about is the infinite variety of life around beautiful Nehalem Bay, a place he first visited more than 20 summers ago. He has returned with his family every year since to walk in the woods, skip stones and follow the shadows of clouds across Neahkahnie Mountain.

Kathleen Kanas has resided in Manzanita since 1979, opening the 4th Street Gallery & Studio there in 1994. She has been creating traditional and organic basket styles for more than 50 years. Recently, she has begun to explore clay in conjunction with natural fibers Her work reflects her great appreciation for the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

“I still find great enjoyment going through my collection of bark, roots, rush and vines to see what will be worked together in my next piece,” she said.

The show runs through Sept. 29, available to view from 1 to 5 pm Thursdays through Sundays at 594 Laneda Avenue.

For more information, go to www.hoffmanarts.org/hoffman-gallery.

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