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Season 15, Episode 14

Shine a Light; Mary Josephson; David Schwarz; Grace Weston

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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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.

Kevin Jones and August Wilson Red Door Project

OPB | May 21, 2014 4:34 p.m.

We'll follow Kevin Jones, co-founder of the August Wilson Red Door Project, through several projects including a monologue competition for high school students, directing a play, and conducting a talk-back after a performance with his partner, Lesli Mones.

Amenta Abioto

OPB | May 15, 2014 11:27 a.m.

Amenta Abioto is a one-woman wonder.  She writes, sings and plays all of her own music, ranging from gospel to punk.  Sometimes all at once.  We'll introduce you to Amenta as well as to her five artistic sisters and mother, all of whom came with her to Portland from Tennessee.

Art Beat Alumni Exhibition

OPB | May 15, 2014 10:47 a.m.

A quick look around during Opening Day of the Art Beat alumni exhibition, including interviews with a few artists and lots of footage of people mingling and shots of the art in galleries. Includes interview with Chris Haberman who curated the exhibition.

On View: Emerge

OPB | May 07, 2014 4:39 p.m.

Emerge 2014 is Bullseye Gallery's eighth biennial kiln-glass exhibition for emerging artists.

Julie Keefe - Creative Laureate

OPB | May 07, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Julie Keefe, photographer, uses her camera to showcase people who are often overlooked. She's an educator who encourages non-professionals to use cameras and their experiences to tell a story. She was appointed as the Creative Laureate of Portland - a unique position that she's using as a chance to encourage conversations about the arts, and arts experiences.

Musician-Composer Ben Darwish

OPB | May 07, 2014 4:16 p.m.

Musician-composer Ben Darwish respects every genre but won't be limited by one.  Soul singers and bluegrass stars are eager to play with him and love when they do.  The only label that seems to stick is "Amazing."

Terra Cotta Painter Patrick Noe

OPB | May 01, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Patrick Noe paints, transfers inverse versions of his paintings to wood, then uses that wood carving to press clay, which he then paints.  The results are remarkable clay paintings that come to life with character and dimension.

Painter Alex Reisfar

OPB | May 01, 2014 10:44 a.m.

Alex Reisfar's surrealist paintings remind us that nature and 21st-century man are colliding in unexpected and sometimes disturbing ways. We visit him in his cellar studio where he paints canvases that both illuminate the consequences of man's disregard for nature and explore the power of imagination.

Primus St. John

OPB | April 24, 2014 11:45 a.m.

Primus St. John is a poet who has been writing and teaching in Oregon since the 1970s. William Stafford said, "St. John's poetry helps us all feel related in one congenial humanity."

Dishwasher Portraits

OPB | April 24, 2014 11:09 a.m.

Painter Natalie Sept joined forces with Street Roots director Israel Bayer to highlight rarely seen but integral workers in the city.

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 Françoise 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."

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