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Season 17, Episode 6

What's Inside! See how and why glass sculptor Eric Franklin creates full size human skeletons and skulls that glow from within. Meet painter Mary Josephson whose portraits are all about interiors. And get an update on Arvie Smith - his powerful paintings reflect a deep purpose. Plus peek inside the home of Abbie Weisenbloom for house concerts!


Oregon Art Beat is OPB's Emmy Award-winning local arts series, now in its 17th season. Art Beat profiles artists, musicians and artisans from around Oregon and the Northwest. Tune in Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Join Oregon Art Beat this week as we look at What's Inside!

Meet glass sculptor Eric Franklin who explores the human form in glass. He brings us a unique perspective by filling full-size human skeletons and skulls with tubes of neon, argon and other gasses that glow and work through an elaborate system of electrical signals.

Enjoy an update on Arvie Smith, a Portland artist originally featured on Oregon Art Beat in 2001. Smith's paintings reflect a deep purpose. His larger-than-life paintings explore social injustices and help deepen our understanding of the African-American experience. You can also see some of Smiths work at the Portland Art Museum July 30 - November 13, 2016.

See work by Mary Josephson, a painter whose portraits are all about interiors and getting to the heart of the matter. Focusing not just on physical likeness but the story behind the person.

And hear how Abbie Weisenbloom opens her home and living room for house concerts by musicians from Oregon and around the world. You can check out Weisenbloom's website for Fall concerts!

Let's take a peek inside!


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