For Susan Luckey Higdon it’s all about color. This self-taught Bend artist sees color all around her, often in unexpected places. Working with both acrylics and pastels, her works are bold and vibrant representations of the beauty that surrounds her in central Oregon. Tune in to OREGON ART BEAT on Thursday, August 12 at 8pm to see how she followed a dream, going from a career in advertising art to one of an accomplished painter.

Choreographer Erin Shannon shows what it takes to transform raw talent into a precise cast of dancers for a production of “The Producers.” It’s a tedious process that sometimes requires hours to learn a minute’s worth of choreography. We follow Shannon from the first day of rehearsal at the Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts to the dress rehearsal for the show.

It’s standing room only to see the Portland Megaband’s annual concert. With more than 75 musicians, it’s one of the largest folk music ensembles in the country. Join the Mega Band as they prepare for the show and meet the woman who keeps them all in tempo.
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OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 11th 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 2am 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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