Cathleen Rehfeld paints a painting every day and posts it on her blog. It’s a project she began in 2007 which disciplines her to start and finish a painting in a day. She often visits the Farmer’s Market in Hood River for inspiration, picking a bunch of beets, flowers or peas to create her real-life, still-life works of art. OREGON ART BEAT watches as she paints a six-inch-by-six-inch painting of beets that she posts on her blog … where it becomes another work in her instant gallery. ART BEAT opens its show from the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, where some of Rehfeld’s work is displayed. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting at 8pm on Thursday, October 14.

Susan Banyas started out wanting to be a dancer, but found that storytelling was also important to her. Inspired by childhood memories of events surrounding segregation and forced integration in her Ohio hometown, Banyas wrote and directed a play about those times. ART BEAT drops in on the rehearsal of her “Hillsboro Story” for a look at the unique way she has of telling a story as much through movement as words.

His name is synonymous with some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. David Ornette Cherry does his legacy proud with his own brand of music. ART BEAT catches up with him at Jimmy Mak’s in Portland where he put together his “ensemble for improvisers.”

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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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