Tere Mathern is a dancer and choreographer with a passion for modern dance. She’s also one of the co-founders of Portland’s Conduit Dance. Whether she’s working by herself or with a small company of dancers, her movements and physical gestures are evocative. OREGON ART BEAT drops in on a rehearsal to discover why she’s making such waves in the modern-dance world. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, July 1 at 8pm.

Gwen Seemel makes her living doing commissioned portraits, but she really loves to do portrait “theme shows.” Either way, you’ve likely never seen a face drawn as colorfully as Gwenn draws them.

This Wallowa artist wants you to walk all over her work. Kim Morris is a rug weaver whose hand-loomed creations are an amazing display of color and texture and as durable as they are beautiful. Learn how she came to weaving and why there is a story behind every rug she makes. 

ART BEAT repeats Sundays at 1am and 6pm. 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 2am 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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