She never starts with an image in mind, but lets the ink tell her what to do. So far, that’s working great for printmaker Denise Kester. OREGON ART BEAT visits her in her Ashland studio to witness this creative process. Tune into the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, April 8 at 8pm.

Meet a Corvallis couple that loves Cuban salsa so much they wanted to share it through teaching free lessons in Corvallis and Portland. From those classes they decided to form the dance group Rumbanana. And now they travel around the world to salsa dance competitions. They’ve won several, and they love the growing opportunities it presents to spread the love of this dance style to new people everywhere.

Eva Castellanoz received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for her work preserving Mexican traditional arts. She uses wire, paper and wax to make beautiful flowers by hand. She’s descended from Brazeros, the workers who migrated north to work in the factories and fields during World War II. Eva embraced her parents’ lessons on heritage and her knowledge of plants and herbal remedies is encyclopedic. ART BEAT travels to Nyssa to learn more about this remarkable woman and her tireless work to preserve Mexican traditional arts.

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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

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