It’s a double celebration of sorts … OREGON ART BEAT kicks off its 12th season broadcasting from Maryhill Museum which is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Museum director Steven Grafe talks about curating one of the museum’s new exhibits, “Comics at a Crossroads: The Art of the Graphic Novel,” which features a number of the artists from Periscope Studio who are featured in tonight’s second segment. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, October 7 at 8pm and get ready for a new season of creative exploration.


Meet one of Portland’s most revered artists. His roots go back to the very early days of Portland’s art scene. After 60 years of painting, art is still the most powerful thing in George Johanson’s life and on tonight’s program, he reflects on a life well spent in art.    


Next, visit Periscopes Studio — a collective of almost two-dozen artists who call themselves family and work in a shared space. The room is crowded with creativity and laughter. OREGON ART BEAT goes behind the scenes for a glimpse into the creative process of making comics and graphic novels.


Jim D’Ville is a key figure in Oregon’s ukulele revolution. Yes, a ukulele revolution is underway, especially in Portland where dozens of aspiring musicians have rediscovered this unusual little instrument. See why the ukulele has surged in popularity and hear how Jim’s uke fits right with his new jazz band, Caravan Gogh.  


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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.   


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