The music of sunny Brazil might seem a little out of place for the rainy Northwest, but OREGON ART BEAT found a singer who is dedicated to the Bossa Nova beat and is helping create fans every time she performs. Nancy Curtin’s heritage is Irish, but after years of Celtic singing, she decided to expand her horizons found a new calling in Brazilian Bossa Nova. Tune in to OREGON ART BEAT on Thursday, June 30, at 8pm to find out about her discovery gave her new life as a singer.

 Laura Berman is a fabric artist who describes her work as painting with wool. We get a glimpse into her Philomath studio as uses the felting process to create brightly colored scarves and sculptures. Her signature scarves are made with the labor-intensive wet felting. The dry-felting process, which is less physically demanding, is used to fashion what she calls her felt vessels and sculptures which are strong, lightweight and whimsical.

 Ed Edmo grew up near Celilo Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. He learned the art of storytelling from his father who entertained him in the evenings with Indian legends. Like his father, Edmo also became an accomplished traditional Native American storyteller. He is also an award-winning playwright and poet. ART BEAT looks at the life and career of this long-time figure of Northwest Native culture and how he is bringing traditional culture to contemporary audiences, and passing down his craft to the next generation.

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OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 12th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at

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