The new season of OPB’s long-running arts program Oregon Art Beat premieres Thursday, October 6 with an episode featuring artists who use traditional techniques in modern, surprising ways. The half-hour show highlights the work of porcelain artist Chris Antemann of Joseph, whose figurines upend expectations by playing with gender roles; and Olga Volchkova of Eugene, a classically trained painter who creates contemporary Russian icon paintings with a twist.
Next the Art Beat team travels to the Street Painting Festival of Grants Pass. Part of the Art Along the Rogue festival, this chalk art display employs tromp l’oeil techniques to create stunning visual effects. And in Hood River, artist Kelly Phipps transforms recycled, rusted metal into intricate lacey works of art. In addition to shovels and wheelbarrows, Phipps makes “rat rods,” custom cars decorated with beautiful cutouts. Her tool of choice? A plasma cutter that heats gas to nearly 30,000 degrees, slicing through thick metal panels with ease. As Phipps says, “I’m drawing with fire.”
About Oregon Art Beat Since 2000, OPB’s award-winning Oregon Art Beat has served as a powerhouse of arts reporting—profiling artists, musicians, and artisans from around the state and beyond. Now in its 18th season, show producers and crew have traveled extensively to capture the eclectic mix of creative talent in the Northwest. 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.