Gil Reynolds has given Paul Bunyan and his beloved blue ox new life. The Newberg artist spent three months painstakingly restoring the glass mural that is the focal point of Timberline Lodge’s Blue Ox bar. Originally created in 1938 by Portland artist Virginia Darce, the colorful artwork suffered water damage that left many pieces missing and broken. Removing the mural, matching glass that originally came from various manufacturers from Europe and the East Coast, and reinstalling it in just three months was no easy task. OREGON ART BEAT looks at some of the work that went into the restoration of this WPA work of art that’s a piece of Oregon history on Thursday, July 14 at 8pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Adam Hurst began playing the cello when he was very young. In fact, he says he’s probably played cello in his life more than he’s spoken. He’s known for his distinctive style of “gypsy” cello, influenced by Middle Eastern, traditional classical, and Indian Raga rhythms. Hurst plays almost every day – somewhere. It’s how he practices. He’s a familiar sight around Portland, performing outdoors at street fairs and festivals, and on tour. He’s also a woodworker, and shares the great story behind making his own “weatherproof” cello.
Dave and Boni Deal are masters in the art of raku, a form of pottery known for spectacular and sometimes unpredictable results. It’s a unique collaboration of talents, where Dave’s elegant pots overflow with Boni’s Northwest-inspired artwork. OREGON ART BEAT goes to their wooded studio in Camas to see how the fiery art of raku comes to be.
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About OREGON ART BEAT
OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 12th 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 1am 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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