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Season 18, Episode 14

Artists take common items to incredible new heights. Get schooled at the University of Oregon's Comics and Cartoon Studies minor, the first of its kind. Meet Chris Cole who integrates the mechanics of a bicycle into his kinetic sculptures. See how jewelry maker Ashley Mersereau finds a creative way to sell her work in a small town, and behold Cardistry, a surprising form of card magic!


"Oregon Art Beat" is OPB's Emmy Award-winning local arts series, now entering its 19th season. The program profiles artists, musicians and artisans from around Oregon and the Northwest.

Follow artists on their incredible creative journeys this fall Thursday nights at 8 pm or watch any time on our website!

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Dressing A Running Man: Mark Orton And The Art Of Film Composing

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 22, 2018

Oregon film composer Mark Orton has been scoring films since 2001.

Portland Illustrator Creates A Child's World In Watercolor

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 22, 2018

Children’s book illustrator, Lee White, shows us his studio process working between traditional watercolor and digital illustration. 

Musician Hauls Piano To 25 Of Oregon's Most Scenic Locations

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 15, 2018

Classical pianist Hunter Noack performs in the most remote and beautiful spots in Oregon.

Perfect And Improbable: Remembering The Oregon Eclipse Festival

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 15, 2018

"Oregon Art Beat" takes you to an epic arts festival built around the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Studies In Resilience: Claudia Marchini's "Homage To Slaves"

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 8, 2018

Peruvian-American artist Claudia Marchini's work is inspired by her research as a psychologist.

Put A Bow On It: Eugene Artist Kelly Durian's Next-Generation Neckties

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 8, 2018

Kelly Durian makes bow ties and suspenders for a new generation from her shop in Eugene.

Stop Planning, Stop Judging: Painter Jesse Reno's Wild Intuition

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 8, 2018

Jesse Reno believes in following his intuition when painting, forgoing a plan for his images.

Minor White Captures The Ornate Beauty Of Portland's Past

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 16, 2017

Images captured by photographer Minor White in the late 1930s are the only remaining connection to the ornately decorated cast-iron buildings that once lined the streets of Portland.

Dao Strom's Work Aims To Destabilize The American Vietnam Narrative

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2017

Portland artist Dao Strom uses image, music, writing and spoken word to explore the intersection of her Vietnamese birth and American life.

Vu Pham Examines Vietnamese Diaspora Through Film

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2017

Portland filmmaker Vu Pham has a distinct, developing voice in his films, which manifests in a dark, contemporary noir style and tone.

Oregon Plein-Air Painter Anton Pavlenko Embraces The Abstract

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2017

Plein-air Painter Anton Pavlenko explores the world of abstract and moves into a new direction.

ShadowMachine Embraces Portland's Animation Talent

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2017

Awarding-winning ShadowMachine has set up shop in Northwest Portland. Animator Isaac Sagastume shares his story and experiences working with this Portland-based animation house.

Portland Artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins Makes Meaning From Everyday Life

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 26, 2017

Jessica Jackson Hutchins is known for making striking, profound art out of unlikely materials.

Andiel Brown Takes Gospel To New Heights

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 26, 2017

Andiel Brown is director of the gospel ensembles at the University of Oregon. He's also an athlete who attended UO as a scholarship football player and currently competes in bodybuilding competitions. He explains how his two passions intersect.

The Oregon Garden, A Labyrinth Of Botanical Wonders And Creative Expression

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2017

The Oregon Garden showcases 80-acres of botanical wonders intermingled with a permanent display of sculpture and art.

William Hernandez Brings the Heart of Peru to Portland

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2017

William Hernandez is a figurative and abstract painter from Lima, Peru, who has made his artistic home in Portland.

Highlights From The Oregon Eclipse Festival

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

A glimpse at the largest eclipse-watching gathering in the country. "Art Beat" highlights from a new story coming this season from the Oregon Eclipse Festival in Big Summit Prairie.

'Neural Echoes': Kindra Crick And The Science Of Creativity

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

Fueled by artistic passion and innate curiosity, Kindra Crick bases her work on scientific research.

Fred Harwin Hand-Paints Windows To The Soul

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

Fred Harwin is an “ocularist” — he makes prosthetic eyeballs, hand-painting each one so it perfectly matches the patient’s other eye.

Program Funding Provided By:

Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird
John and Patricia Beckman Fund   

Additional Support Provided By:
The Roundhouse Foundation
The Jackson Foundation