Katy McFadden makes ceramic figures that are bigger than she is by using a variation of the coil technique, one of the oldest methods of pottery making. Her creations evolve over a period of weeks, taking on a different character as the clay and her vision changes. OREGON ART BEAT takes us to see how Katy tackles the challenges of building clay up as big as life. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, April 15 at 8pm.

Artists Shane Bennett and Dan Cohen paint one of the largest fine-art murals in the U.S. to celebrate the wildlife of Portland’s Oaks Bottom refuge. See what it takes to translate the artists’ vision into a giant painting designed to draw attention to the natural beauty around it.
Chien Tan is a violinist with the Oregon Symphony. But in her spare time she plays a little violin. We don’t mean she practices a little — she actually plays a small violin. Learn about the origins of the relatively new — and very tiny — treble violin. Discover the challenges Chien had in mastering it, and hear the soaring melodic sounds that she produces with it.

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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