You might not think of Eugene when you think of Cuban singers, but Jessie Marquez is out to change your mind. The sultry voiced singer spent years in Cuba studying the culture and the music. OREGON ART BEAT investigates how she’s mixing it up with jazz and creating memorable results. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, August 11 at 8pm.

Janet Ekholm is kind of an accidental artist. It was while living in Turkey and recovering from a serious back injury that kept her laying on the floor much of the day that she began to discover the artist within herself. Work and life got in the way of continuing her hobby until she moved to Florida and had some time to paint. Now she’s moved from soft pastels to oil pastels so she can paint with more vibrant colors. But despite the colors, this Corvallis artist’s goal is to create a painting that pulls you into a peaceful, serene world.

Meet the ladies of Dirty Martini, a musical trio who’ve been enchanting northwest audiences with heart-felt lyrics and fluid harmonies ever since their first gig. Find out how these talented singer songwriters learned to blend their unique voices into one remarkable sound.

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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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