Joe Powers is a harmonica virtuoso who has toured the world. He plays everything from traditional classics to tango music – even classical music with a symphony orchestra! Tune in to OREGON ART BEAT on Thursday, January 26 at 8pm on OPB TV and see how he loves to challenge people’s expectations about what sounds good on the harmonica.

Nancy Jo Mullen knew from an early age that she wanted to be an artist. This southern Oregon printmaker finally has a studio of her dreams (that’s not the dining room table). Her prints, inspired by nature and influenced by math and science, attempt to make sense out of our lives as humans. And, if she ever has doubts about a certain project, she has a steady source to call on for advice and encouragement: a network of other artists that call themselves AMBUS. ART BEAT takes us to meet Nancy Jo and explore the joy she experiences every time she goes to the press.

Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Chamber Orchestra embarks on a unique collaboration with father/son team Hossein and Bobak Salehi. ART BEAT takes us to watch as they perform a cultural mix of music, blending ancient Persian instruments with the violins and cellos you’d expect from a chamber orchestra.

Sekko Daigo is one of Japan’s greatest shodo (calligraphy) masters. The writing of the first calligraphy of the year is an important ceremony, as we see when she was featured at the Portland Japanese Garden last January.

A great place to keep up with ART BEAT is on Facebook ( And there’s more arts coverage on OPB’s Arts & Life page (, where new stories on the arts appear daily.


OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 13th 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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