Some people can talk to the animals and eastern-Oregon artist Brenna Tyler is one of them. But in this case, the animals also talk to Brenna … even when they are still in pieces. Brenna tells OREGON ART BEAT she just provides the hands that put them together. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, August 9 at 8pm and see how Brenna’s humility and gratitude give her work exceptional power and resonance.

Ashland Oregon is home to a wonderful boot and shoemaker. Although he has a master’s degree in psychology, William Shanor has always loved working with his hands. His love affair with leather began with shoe repair working for his father. When he came out of service, he began his own shoe repair business, but after nearly a half million repairs later, he decided to he wanted to make shoes. His boots and shoes are works of art and the fit you’ll get from a pair of his custom-made walkers is like nothing you can buy in a store. Shanor loves to innovate and create, and to share his craft. People come from around the world to learn from him. And that’s one reason why his boots may soon be an endangered item! 

Portland indie band Horse Feathers has made its mark on the music scene in Portland and beyond. Frontman Justin Ringle gives us the inside scoop about his songwriting style and we watch the band rehearsing and performing in the OPB studio.

A great place to keep up with ART BEAT is on Facebook ( And there’s more arts coverage on OPB’s Arts & Life page (, where new stories on the arts appear daily.


OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 13th 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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