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Season 17, Episode 7

Sculptor Tannaz Farsi's multimedia work focuses on themes of identity, displacement and memories. See the First Folio - the Book That Gave Us Shakespeare at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Watch how DanceAbility founder Alito Alessi teaches mixed ability improvisational dance and Tallmadge Doyle explores both art and science in her printmaking.


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.

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Meet sculptor Tannaz Farsi who uses sculptural forms from both found objects and fabricated parts to create her multi-media work. She explores identity, displacement and the memories of one’s homeland.
Farsi is participating this year in the Portland Biennial of Contemporary Art, July 9 - September 16, as part of a two-month celebration showcasing Oregon artists who are defining and advancing the state's contemporary arts landscape.

Watch how DanceAbility International founder, Alito Alessi, teaches mixed ability improvisational dance. Alessi travels the world to work with “all people.” by creating new ways to understand dance, movement, and one another.
You can see a performance by DanceAbility, Saturday, July 30, 2016  at the Children’s Festival, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Island Park, Springfield, OR.

Enjoy Art Beat's close look at First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare while on tour at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, back in January 2016. Viewers come face to face with an original 1623 book believed to be the entire collection of Shakespeare's works assembled after his death.
This exhibit is currently touring the United states, including 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies, and a theater!
A complete list of host sites and tour dates is right here!

And Tallmadge Doyle who is known for her work where science and art intersect and informs her print making.  Doyle etches and prints copper plates while exploring themes like the flora and fauna of the northwest, and outer space! These days, she’s researching a new body of work about owls.
Doyle's smaller prints can be seen this summer at the A-6 Gallery, Bend, OR.  - July 1, 2016 through August 26, 2016 

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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