It’s easy to see that singer/songwriter Beth Wood loves to share the joy of what she calls her “troubadour music.” This self-described “barefoot acoustic enthusiast” from Eugene started out as a pianist, but when she picked up a guitar, it was transformational. Playing the piano, she says, was about interpreting other people’s music — but playing the guitar led her to discovering her own music. She lets OREGON ART BEAT in on the stories behind a couple of her recent songs. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, July 7 at 8pm.

Sculptor Jud Turner maintains that making art, at least for him, is a blue-color job, combining a lot of labor with a little inspiration. His sculptures, made of recycled materials, take on an eclectic array of subjects. But bones and skeletons are perhaps the most haunting motifs in Turner’s work. He insists this isn’t because he has a dark side. Rather, he says these objects illustrate an organic process he aspires for in his work.

Lauren Kessler writes award-winning literary non-fiction from her home in Eugene. She immerses herself in everything from video games to green building to research, then writes her books. She’s the author of the “Stubborn Twig” about a Japanese family in Hood River that was chosen as an “Oregon Reads” selection. ART BEAT checks in on her latest project.

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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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