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Oregon Art Beat Kicks Off 15th Season with Michael Curry, Storm Large and More

OPB | Sept. 25, 2013 11 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 10:31 a.m.

New episodes of Oregon Art Beat return this fall, as the program kicks off its 15th season on October 10 on OPB TV. Since 1998, award-winning Oregon Art Beat has served as a powerhouse of arts reporting, profiling artists, musicians, and artisans from around the state and beyond. Show producers and crew have traveled extensively to capture the eclectic mix of creative talent in the Northwest.

In its 15-year history, Oregon Art Beat has profiled more than 900 artists and has offered the region an accessible window into the artistic community. The program also strives to inspire viewers to get involved in the arts within local communities.

“We have worked hard to tell the story of the creative depth of the arts in Oregon over the years,” said Jessica Martin, executive producer, Oregon Art Beat. “We look forward to continuing the exploration of the evolving arts scene in our region. We also continue to refresh the show to reveal new creativity, new ideas and new themes.”

 For the 15th season, audiences can expect to see a series of new, stunning show opening sequences, increased “on location” reporting, and more thematic episodes. Art Beat will also feature music videos from popular local artists. Additionally, Art Beat will continue to offer arts content across multiple platforms—including TV, radio, web and mobile—as part of OPB’s robust arts portfolio providing deeper coverage of arts and culture in the region.

The season premiere episode on October 10 will feature kinetic sculpture designer Michael Curry, who was previously profiled on Art Beat in 2001 when he created a performance called “Spirits.” Since then, he’s worked for Cirque de Soleil, Disney and many others. In the segment, Art Beat catches up him at his studio in Scappoose to see how his company has grown and his work has evolved.

In addition to Curry, the premiere also features a familiar face to Art Beat: Singer, Actress and Playwright Storm Large. Art Beat first profiled her when she was singing in clubs with her band The Balls. Now, after numerous stage and TV appearances—including playing at Carnegie Hall—Art Beat reconnects with her as she sings with Pink Martini and captures the band’s recent performance at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The October 10 episode also visits the School of Piano Technology for the Blind located in Vancouver, Washington. There, visually impaired students learn the work of piano tuning and restoration. Art Beat follows one student as he learns the skills and prepares a piano for Vancouver’s “Keys to the City” event, a program that makes pianos accessible to the public.

Other new Oregon Art Beat episodes in October include:

October 17, 2013  

  • Washed Ashore – In Bandon, tons of plastic is pulled out of the Pacific Ocean and turned into large-scale sculptures that speak to the issues our oceans face. 
  • Ka Lei Hali’a O Ka Lokelani Hula School – A look into Portland’s Hawaiian community with this hula school that is keeping the Hawaiian tradition alive.
  • “That’s My Art” – Jewelry maker Ashley Mersereau in Manzanita finds a way to create and sell her work in her own small hometown.

October 24, 2013    

  • Damaso Rodriguez – Art Beat profiles the new artistic director of Artist Repertory Theater as he prepares his company to perform a new award-winning play Foxfinder.
  • Sara Swink – This ceramic artist blends psychology and art, creating human and animal figures with a psychological stance.
  • Alicia J. Rose/The Gift of Gravity Part 1- Art Beat follows filmmaker Alicia J. Rose as she rehearses, films, edits, and debuts her short film “A Gift of Gravity,” with local cast and crew.

The Oregon Art Beat season premiere episode airs Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. on OPB TV.

For more information, please visit www.opb.org/artbeat. Videos of the stories featured on Oregon Art Beat are available at http://watch.opb.org/program/oregon-art-beat/ and http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/

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About Oregon Art Beat

Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy Award-winning local arts series, is in its 15th 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 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays and repeats at 7 p.m. on Sundays. Support for Oregon Art Beat is provided by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, the Kinsman Foundation, U.S. Bank/U.S. Bancorp Foundation, the Jackson Foundation and the Roundhouse Foundation. More information is available online at opb.org/artbeat.


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