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Season 16, Episode 5

Sidnee Snell; Plate and Pitchfork; On View: Wendy Red Star; Martin Waugh

Oregon Art Beat is OPB's Emmy Award-winning local arts series, entering its 16th season in fall 2014. Art Beat profiles artists, musicians and artisans from around Oregon and the Northwest.

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Quilter Sidnee Snell

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 3 a.m.

Sidnee Snell spent years as an engineer before engineering a process for creating dramatic fine art quilts. her quilts are both representational and impressionistic. Each quilt starts with a "paint by numbers" outline based on the shapes in a photograph, then she'll brainstorm with her palate of colorful fabric to fill in the blanks. These quilts are made to hang on the wall, not rest on a bed.

Plate and Pitchfork

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 2 a.m.

The art of plating food is explored.

On View: Wendy Red Star

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 1 a.m.

Wendy Red Star's socially critical installation draws inspiration and employs imagery from growing up on the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana.

Painter Gabe Fernandez

OPB | Nov. 13, 2014 2 a.m.

Gabe Fernandez is a painter who also works full time at St. Mary's Home for Boys. He juggles his painting career with his job, and his life as a parent and husband. He says that he uses discipline and careful scheduling to make it all work, but he wouldn't have it any other way. His paintings are poignant portraits of objects and landscapes that seem to be waiting for something to happen.

Cuba Libre, Part 1

OPB | Nov. 13, 2014 1 a.m.

Take a look as Damaso Rodriguez and Co. at Artist sRepertory Theatre begin work on a long-term original project, Cuba Libre.

On View: Geraldine Ondrizek

OPB | Nov. 05, 2014 2:58 p.m.

Geraldine Ondrizek, an artist and professor at Reed College, creates installations that explore personal and political issues related to genetics, ethnic identity, and disease.

Sculptor Grayson Malone

OPB | Nov. 05, 2014 2:49 p.m.

Grayson Malone creates distinctive and beautiful sculptures from concrete. From her start as a construction worker, she became familiar with the material, then began adding metals and other substances. These days she focuses on creating unique sculptures, always with a story. We watch her process of creating.

Painter Allison Bruns

OPB | Oct. 30, 2014 10:49 a.m.

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Waits - these are just some of the dynamic portraits Allison Bruns has done for Portlandia, VICE Magazine, Powell's City of Books and more. We'll see how Allison does it, as well as see her lesser known oil paintings.

On View: A Contemporary Bestiary

OPB | Oct. 30, 2014 10:41 a.m.

A Contemporary Bestiary exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem features work by artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia who incorporate animal imagery in their artwork as a means to address a wide variety of issues.

Author Cat Winters

OPB | Oct. 30, 2014 10:33 a.m.

Cat Winters has spent years preparing for her overnight success as a young adult author. She's been a writer with a passion for historical fiction for years, but had never tried writing for a younger audience. Her first YA novel has already won numerous awards. Her second YA novel is due out, and she's working on a third. She's also working on her first adult novel for a major publisher.

Soul Singer Ural Thomas

OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 3:53 p.m.

One of Portland's original soul singers, Thomas opened for Mick Jagger, Otis Redding and played the Apollo Theater 44 times before walking away from it all. Well, he's back. He's fronting Willamette Week's Best New Band of 2014, and he's once again Portland's #1 Soul Singer.

Ceramicist Hiroshi Ogawa

OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 3:46 p.m.

We visit master ceramicist Hiroshi Ogawa as he creates, then loads the dried work into his traditional Japanese "anagama" earthen kiln. For the next week, Ogawa and his helpers will fire the kiln with wood to a sustained temperature of 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. After a week of cooling, Ogawa conducts an opening ceremony, unloads the flame-painted pots, then celebrates with his community of potters.

The Making of a Dreamgirl

OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 3:19 p.m.

A glimpse behind the scenes at Portland Center Stage's production of Dreamgirls, including interviews with the  music director, the three "Dreams" and visits to the wig shop and the costume shop, as well as rehearsals.

Darkroom to Digital: An Oregon Art Beat Special

OPB | Oct. 16, 2014 midnight

Oregon has a remarkable relationship with photography: it is a history filled with documenting the grandeur of the west, staging some of the earliest exhibitions in the country of photographs as works of art, and pushing the boundaries of what a photograph can be.

Portland Summer Ensembles

OPB | May 29, 2014 12:36 p.m.

Portland Summer Ensembles give students the opportunity to play, study, and perform chamber music with other young musicians of a similar level.

Portland Poetry Slam

OPB | May 29, 2014 11:48 a.m.

We follow the Portland Poetry Slam during semi-finals and finals to see what makes a great slam poet and who will represent Oregon in the national finals this summer.

Carla and David Fox

OPB | May 28, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Art in the High Desert is a juried art show in Bend every August. It was started by Carla and David Fox, artists who live in Alfalfa, and had a dream of an "Art in the Pearl" type show based in Central Oregon. Recently, the show was ranked #14 out of all juried shows across the country - high praise for a show that's been around for less than a decade.

Reading William Stafford: Allison Frost

OPB | May 21, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Allison Frost from OPB radio joined an open mic poetry night dedicated to William Stafford. Listen now as she reads the late poet laureate’s poem “Yes”.

On View: Grayson Malone

OPB | May 21, 2014 4:52 p.m.

A quick look at the artwork of Neskowin artist Grayson Malone at the Rowboat Gallery in Pacific City. A preview for a longer story that will air in season 16 of Oregon Art Beat.

The Gift of Gravity - Part 4

OPB | May 21, 2014 4:49 p.m.

After a year of pre-production, filming and editing, Portland filmmaker Alicia J. Rose is ready to show her first short film to the world. We follow Alicia and her troupe of young actresses through all the celebratory and nerve-wracking action of a film festival premiere. This is part four in our series on the making of "The Gift of Gravity." The film will be available on Vimeo On Demand on June 17th, 2014.

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