It’s art you can eat and art that looks good enough to eat on the next OREGON ART BEAT. First, Lisa Caballero paints still life scenes, but instead of fruits and flowers, she focuses on baked goods. Cupcakes, in particular, seem to hit a nerve with her fans. She says that baked goods are an emotionally resonant subject; a cupcake isn’t just a cupcake, it’s a reminder of one’s childhood, of time past, of being loved. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, December 22 at 8pm as ART BEAT takes a trip to the bakery with Lisa to buy the models for her next painting.

How do they make those foam designs on the top of your latte? ART BEAT gets a barista to spill the beans.

See how food stylist Carolyn Schirmacher creates images for print, fine art and commercials that look good enough to eat. We follow her from the grocery store to the studio as she sets up a photo shoot using game hens and pears. Preparing food to photograph is very different from cooking it. She explains the specialized tools that help her make food more photogenic, and the attention to detail and eye for design that she brings to the table as she works with a food photographer and a magazine editor.

Finally, it’s a tasty tour of Polly’s Cakes. From her small Hood River bakery, Polly Schoonmaker designs and bakes cakes that are as whimsical as they are delicious. Tune in and find out why Polly’s scrumptious sculptures have set the wedding world on its ear.

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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