Eleanor Murphey’s work harkens back to the classic beauty of the craftsman era and, she says, it’s her link to immortality. She painstakingly creates wax-resist ceramic art that is both functional and beautiful. She’s perfected the technique — the same basic premise used for batik, but on pottery — that gives texture to her work. OREGON ART BEAT goes to Bend to see how Murphey creates her pieces that she proudly says will be around long after she’s gone. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, July 28 at 8pm.

Brenda Mallory works with fabric and beeswax to create provocative art installations. She draws inspiration from natural forms as well as microscopic images from scientific textbooks and publications. ART BEAT follows Mallory over the course of about three years as she works on various installations.

“Doc” Denning performed with Roy Rogers, The Sons of the Pioneers, and Rex Allen to name a few. We go to Klamath Falls to hear him play and relate some great stories from his 70 years’ experience in show business.

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.


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 opb.org/artbeat.

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