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Season 15, Episode 17

Francoise Weeks; Marv Ellis, On View Now: Alison Roper; James Lavadour

Oregon Art Beat is OPB's Emmy Award-winning local arts series, entering its 15th season in fall 2013. Art Beat profiles artists, musicians and artisans from around Oregon and the Northwest.

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On View: Alison Roper

OPB | April 17, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Alison Roper, a principal dancer at Oregon Ballet Theatre, is retiring. In honor of her storied career, we asked her to step off stage and dance around Portland.

Hip-hop Artist Marv Ellis

OPB | April 17, 2014 2:23 p.m.

We visit Eugene native Garrick Bushek (aka Marv Ellis) in his home in the woods. "Marv" spins out rhymes as he takes us on a hike, seamlessly merging the urban and rural, sophisticated and home-spun, gritty and green. The story is punctuated with performance footage from a Mississippi Studios show and music videos, featuring instrumentation and a sound that are as eclectic as Marv Ellis himself.

Floral Designer Fran├žoise Weeks

OPB | April 17, 2014 11:08 a.m.

Françoise Weeks shapes dramatic fashion pieces using the greenest material she can find - plants! She's creating a dress and a dramatic head decoration for an upcoming fashion shoot, and shows us how she creates each piece from greenery and flowers.

Reading William Stafford: Robert Krulwich

OPB | April 10, 2014 1:56 p.m.

Journalist Robert Krulwich reads William Stafford's "For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid."

Wire Mesh Sculptor Eric Boyer

OPB | April 10, 2014 1:22 p.m.

Eric Boyer creates his unique sculptures from wire mesh. He started by primarily sculpting the human form, etching each shape by hand from the coarse mesh. These days he's working in more abstract forms. He was one of the first practitioners of this art in the country.

Trumpeter Farnell Newton

OPB | April 10, 2014 1:12 p.m.

Internationally renown trumpeter Farnell Newton plays, composes, and teaches us a thing or two about music and social media.

On View: Venice at PAM

OPB | March 26, 2014 5:22 p.m.

A tour of the Venice exhibition at Portland Art Museum with curator Dawson W. Carr, Ph.D.

Steve LaRiccia - Steampunk

OPB | March 26, 2014 4:42 p.m.

This Eugene-based artist updates steampunk, making elaborate designs that actually compute, show movies, and pour a stiff drink.  And when he's not building, he's collecting.  LaRiccia's home is its very own gallery, and he is the curator of "Les Salon des Refuses," an exhibit of work refused by the Mayor's Art Show in Eugene.

Darren Orange

OPB | March 26, 2014 4:11 p.m.

Darren Orange is a painter in Astoria. He's inspired by the ocean, a shipwreck on the Astoria coast, and the colors around him.

Artist Mary Josephson

OPB | March 20, 2014 3:10 p.m.

Mary Josephson is a painter, lithographer and mosaic maker who loves to create. She has an extensive background in fine art studies, but her work has an almost folksy quality.

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