Ken Roth always loved art, but it wasn’t until after trying a couple of other careers that he turned to art full time. He’s now one of Central Oregon’s most successful painters. Roth has degrees in literature and economics and played semi-professional soccer. Finally, he had what he calls the “audacity” to pursue his passion as a career. OREGON ART BEAT travels to Bend to see how Roth gets his inspiration out in nature, then returns to his studio to capture it on canvas. Over the years, he’s become known for his landscapes, which have of late, become more abstract. Birds and portraits are also a part of his portfolio because there are so many things he wants to try. Tune in Thursday, April 14 at 8pm to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Artistic Director Beth Harper takes us on a tour of the Portland Actors Conservatory located in the historic Firehouse Theater in southwest Portland. This nationally accredited school for professional actor training welcomes students from all over the world come to its two-year program to train and perform with some of the region’s finest teachers, directors and actors.

Steve Cheseborough brings to life the acoustic country blues in the tradition of Blind Boy Fuller, Memphis Minnie, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and Bo Carter. He is a respected authority on the blues, the author-photographer of the acclaimed guidebook “Blues Traveling,” and a contributor to magazines and newspapers. His performances combine stories, history and live performance. Find out what brought this traveling bluesman to the Pacific Northwest from the Mississippi Delta, and the lengths to which he goes to recreate authentic 1920s and ‘30s country blues.

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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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