Most people have probably never seen a koto or even know what it is. This ancient Japanese instrument is a hollow wood box about six feet long. And Eugene’s Mitsuki Dazai is an expert at playing it. She plays traditional Japanese music, but she also plays bluegrass and other unexpected tunes on this distinctive-sounding 13-stringed instrument. OREGON ART BEAT introduces us to this teacher and performer and the haunting music she loves to share. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm.

Felicia Capuia’s talent was initially revealed in a college art class. The ability she displayed while sketching a still life in charcoal was evident to her teacher and provided the inspiration to pursue her art. Now this busy college student has big dreams for where an art career might lead. But her personal journey began far from the Northwest. Felicia’s family emigrated from Zambia to escape the civil war. And although she doesn’t remember her native land, her paintings reflect her African roots. As a teacher at Self Enhancement Incorporated, she’s helping other youngsters on their own journey of discovery.

Kelly Baker has worked on big budget productions with Director Gus Van Sant but what he really likes is making his own small budget films. Find out how a truly independent film gets made and why he says it makes him so angry.

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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

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