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Season 16, Episode 2

Author Cat Winters; On View: Contemporary Bestiary; Painter Allison Bruns; Shook Twins

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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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.

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.

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