Far enough away from the city to serve as a retreat, yet close enough to be connected to Oregon’s largest arts and culture center, Manzanita and the Nehalem Bay area in general are brimming with artists.
Whether you are an artist or an art lover, you can find inspiration in the Three Villages.
Start with Manzanita’s Hoffman Center For The Arts, a community arts center located downtown. There you can find a wide variety of workshops taught by knowledgeable, creative artists. The center also hosts live musical performances, film screenings and readings from nationally recognized authors as well as an ongoing clay program and writing lounge which, for a small drop-in fee, are open to the public.
Manzanita is home to several fine art galleries and a bookstore that offers everything from the classics to bestsellers to work by up-and-coming authors.
There’s even an outdoor area, Hoffman Gardens, just across the street. There, you can take in a variety of seasonal events, including Hoffman Center’s summer music schedule.
At any given moment, there is an exhibit hanging in the North County Recreation District Gallery in Nehalem for all to see. NCRD is also home to the newly remodeled Performing Arts Theater where you can find a variety of programs such as concerts, talent shows, and theatrical productions.
Believe it or not, CARTM, a nonprofit recycling center located near Nehalem Bay State Park on the outskirts of Manzanita, is another hive of local art activity. Part of the organization’s mission is to encourage reuse of materials through creative expression. The group founded and continues to co-sponsor one of the area’s most well-attended events, the Trash Art Show, held each summer at North County Recreation District in nearby Nehalem. Be sure to check it out to see some of the more inventive adaptations of items that would otherwise have found their way into the Dumpster.
In the fall, you can attend, or if you are adventurous participate in, the Trashion Show. Also sponsored by CARTM, the event spotlights models wearing ensembles they have been made from cast-off materials. It is one of the community’s most-loved spectacles. Both the Trashion Show and the Trash Art Show sell out quickly, so be sure to order your tickets early.