Portland is a beautiful city that many painters have chosen to put on canvas. One Portland artist who is beginning to make a name for himself also features the cityscape, but perhaps not in the way you might expect. When Brin Levinson first started painting, he did a lot of figurative work, but he lost interest in painting people. The city became a much more fascinating subject. His paintings have a haunting quality. They’re devoid of humans, but Brin loves to mix animals with places around the city that people don’t usually go on a daily basis. Brin talks about his creative process with OREGON ART BEAT on Thursday, April 26 at 8pm on the stations of OPB TV.

Betty Feves was an influential ceramic artist in Pendleton during her lifetime. ART BEAT revisits the life of this artist through images from her home, archival footage, and the words of James Lavadour and Namita Wiggers. The Museum of Contemporary Craft is putting on a show of her work in Spring 2012.

Singer/songwriter Laura Viers turns her attention to kids with her new album Tumble Bee, which won the Parent’s Choice Gold Award. As a new mom, singing for kids seemed like natural thing to do and she discovered she could really do some quality work in that genre. Viers talks with opbmusic’s Jeremy Petersen about balancing motherhood, creativity and touring. And we get a look at her colorful performance before an audience composed primarily of children.

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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 opb.org/artbeat.

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