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From Mortician to Hat Maker, Airs Oct. 22, 2009

OPB | Oct. 13, 2009 4:45 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 11:14 a.m.

Gene Baldwin went from being a mortician to a master hat maker. He never expected to have a second career when he moved to Sisters a few years ago. Baldwin is one of a handful of custom hat makers in the country. Tune in to OREGON ART BEAT on Thursday, October 22 at 8pm and find out why he can guarantee his cowboy hats will fit better than any hat you’ve ever had.

Learning a brand new art can be tough — especially if you also have to battle cooties! A group of Portland fifth graders overcome their reluctance to learn ballroom dancing. ART BEAT drops in several times over the course of a couple of months to see how they were progressing.

In Mosier, meet artist Peny Wallace who creates 3-D portraits that are dead-on likenesses of her subjects. That’s because she covers her models in plaster before beginning an artwork. The “life casting” is just the beginning of this artist’s life-long quest to capture the true character of the human form.

ART BEAT repeats Sundays at 2am and 6pm. Video of the stories featured on ART BEAT can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at opb.org/programs/artbeat.

About OREGON ART BEAT
OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 11th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at opb.org/artbeat.

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