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Season 17, Episode 8

This week on Oregon Art Beat - bits and pieces make up a magnificent whole. Meet pebble mosaic artist Jeffrey Bale who creates timeless, intricate designs from stones he gathers in the wild. Watch how Kayla Mattes weaves her modern tech-inspired tapestries on a 40-year old vertical loom. See botanical artist Francoise Weeks wearable creations, and get a peek at 50 Years of Pacific NW Sculpture.


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 us this week on Oregon Art Beat.  Enjoy this sneak preview!  We'll be exploring the art of bits and pieces that make up a magnificent whole!



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On View Now: Shaping the Collection: 50 Years of Pacific Northwest Sculpture

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016

An installation highlighting artists, donors, and collections that have contributed to the museum's holdings of Pacific Northwest sculpture over the last fifty years.

Weaver Kayla Mattes

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016

Meet Kayla Mattes, a Portland artist who spins digital references into an ancient art form: loom weaving.

Pebble Mosaic Artist Jeffrey Bale

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016

Jeffrey Bale began traveling the world, finding inspiration in the stunning architecture of Europe and SE Asia. He returned home and began creating elaborate and intricate pebble mosaics from stone he gathers in the wild. Today his work is world renowned.

DanceAbility International

OPB | Feb. 04, 2016

DanceAbility International brings mixed ability dancers together to learn, teach, and perform.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, On Tour From The Folger Shakespeare Library

OPB | Feb. 04, 2016

A very quotable book, on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene is shown by Curator of Western Art Johanna Seasonwein.

Sculptor Tannaz Farsi

OPB | Feb. 04, 2016

Tannaz Farsi uses sculptural forms and a wide variety of materials including both found objects and fabricated parts to create her work. 

Art is All in the Family

OPB | Dec. 17, 2015

Meet artists who make it, share it, and pass it on - Painter Shirley Gittelsohn, artist Yuval Golan's, Lillian Pitt's traditional arts  and Music Together.

New Works by Alumna Artist Betty LaDuke

OPB | Dec. 08, 2015

New Works by Alumni Artists - featuring painter Betty LaDuke who Oregon Art Beat first profiled in 2006. LaDuke illuminates food Oregon produces, the people who grow it, harvest it and bring it to our tables in a new book Bountiful Harvest.

Art Beat Update: Arvie Smith

OPB | Nov. 12, 2015

See what painter Arvie Smith has been doing since his appearance on Art Beat 15 years ago.

Glass Sculptor Eric Franklin

OPB | Nov. 12, 2015

Eric Franklin uses laboratory grade glass tubing to create full sized human skulls and skeletons, then fills them with neon, argon and other gasses to make them glow from within.

Author Brian Doyle

OPB | Nov. 05, 2015

Meet author Brian Doyle whose books are tales of characters, families and a Northwest he both knows and imagines.

Christina Kortum, Special Effects Make-Up Artist

OPB | Oct. 29, 2015

Christina Kortum creates special effects monster makeup for film, TV and haunted houses.

Alialujah Choir

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015

Alialujah Choir started as a side project for three experienced musicians. These days, it's become a band with a distinctive sound based on structure, rules, and solid friendships.

Chinook Carver Greg A. Robinson

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015

Chinook carver Greg Robinson carries on traditional Columbia River design.

Take a Tour of Public Art in McMinnville

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015

Katrina gets a tour of the Public Art in McMinnville from local resident Rose Marie Caughran, who was the public librarian for more than three decades.

Cuba Libre, an Oregon Art Beat Special

OPB | Oct. 15, 2015

The final installment of how to create a musical - Cuba Libre, with Artist Repertory Theatre

James Allen, Book Arts

OPB | Oct. 08, 2015

James Allen creates unique book excavations that transform books into sculptures.

Laura Heit

OPB | Oct. 08, 2015

Laura Heit explores big topics of death, destruction and spirits through miniature paper cutouts, shadows, and stop motion animation. 

Pedal Powered Talk Show

OPB | Oct. 08, 2015

The Pedal Powered Talk Show is as entertaining as it is green.

The Art of Grimm

OPB | April 30, 2015

Can't get enough Grimm? Get behind-the-scenes photos, links, interviews, credits and more.

Program Funding Provided By:

Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird

Ronni Lacroute

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