Desmond Spann, aka DLux the Light, is a spoken word poet, a positive emcee and hip hop artist, and an educator who works to help kids express themselves. OREGON ART BEAT gets a glimpse into his creative process and watches him work with a group of kids. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, April 21 at 8pm to meet this multi-faceted entertainer.

Lisa Kaser started quilting at age 10. She discovered felting in college. But she’s been a closet painter all her life. And it’s the whimsical little creatures that she’s drawn since grade school that really got her noticed. Kaser has two creative zones in her home studio. Upstairs, she draws, paints, and cuts out and assembles her doodles, giving them dimension. Downstairs, she creates sculptures from felted wool, wax and bits and pieces from a variety of objects. Tune in to ART BEAT and meet some of her charming creatures.

After hiding his artistic abilities for years to raise a family, Nelson Davis had an epiphany while delivering a friend’s eulogy. He decided to make up for lost time and really start creating the art he loved. Davis combines his carving talents with “found” metal objects to fashion whimsical and engaging sculpture. ART BEAT tours the Ashland gallery exhibiting his work and watches as he assembles unlikely objects into sculptures with a message.

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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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