Leah Wingfield and Steve Clements have a great relationship, both personally and professionally. These two glass artists met 25 years ago when Leah attended a glass-blowing class Steve was teaching in Arizona. She was smitten with glass blowing and Steve. The two now live in Jacksonville and collaborate to create amazing cast glass pieces. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, February 18 at 8pm as OREGON ART BEAT gets a look at their collaborative process and its incredible results.

Kristin Mitsu Shiga is a metal smith who teaches classes in soldering part time and works full time as an administrator at the Oregon College of Arts and Craft. In her spare time, she makes a wide variety of art in her own studio, much of it inspired by peoples’ histories. Her jewelry pieces run the gamut from practical to whimsical and her conceptual art explores topics such as the collection she created for her master’s thesis called “Their Fathers’ Daughters.”

Think that tricky, fast Irish step dancing exists only on a stage with Michael Flatly? Well, you’re wrong! Portland is home to some great Irish dancing. Five years ago we met some students who, along with their teachers, were enthusiastic, energetic, and good enough to compete at the world championships in Ireland! Recently we caught up with them to get an update, and invited them to our studio.

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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