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. His is also an award-winning playwright and poet. OREGON 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. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, May 6 at 8pm

ART BEAT follows Tomasz Misztal as he creates a beautiful altarpiece for a new church in Bend. It took him over a half year for Misztal to sculpt his eight-foot long bas relief panel in clay depicting “The Last Supper.” The commission was both an honor and a blessing.

Finally, get a sneak peek at the gypsy jazz music of quartet Swing Papillion.

You can watch entire ART BEAT broadcasts at watch.opb.org. Video of the stories featured on ART BEAT can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at opb.org/programs/artbeat.

Check out the ART BEAT blog at http://blogs.opb.org/artful/

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 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 opb.org/artbeat.

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