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Artists take common items to incredible new heights. Get schooled at the University of Oregon's Comics and Cartoon Studies minor, the first of its kind. Meet Chris Cole who integrates the mechanics of a bicycle into his kinetic sculptures. See how jewelry maker Ashley Mersereau finds a creative way to sell her work in a small town, and behold Cardistry, a surprising form of card magic!

Oregon Art Beat is OPB's Emmy Award-winning local arts series, now entering its 18th season. Art Beat profiles artists, musicians and artisans from around Oregon and the Northwest. Tune in Thursdays at 8 p.m. 

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Program Funding Provided By:

Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird

Ronni Lacroute

Additional Support Provided By: The Jackson Foundation, The Roundhouse Foundation