The word is out — James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys is a band worth paying attention to. OREGON ART BEAT travels to Pendleton to meet the talented young men who make up this rocking group. Friends ever since school days, they connect on both personal and musical levels. Hear them perform their music – a blend of different styles and genres with captivating lyrics – on Thursday, April 1 at 8pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Sculptor Beth Heron lives and works in Ridgefield, Washington where she built a huge studio that houses her own foundry and welding facilities. She does all her own work. Her bronze and stone designs are influenced by mythology and her own experiences.

ART BEAT returns to Pendleton to catch up with painter James Lavadour  — the first artist profiled on the show. His paintings reflect the colors and textures of the central Oregon landscape, and he still finds inspiration on his almost daily drives through the countryside.

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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 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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