The guitar might be the most popular instrument today, but back in Renaissance times, the coolest thing you could learn to play, was the lute. Oregon Art Beat takes viewers to meet Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane and learn why he’s devoted his life and career to the sounds of old Europe. With over 30 albums and tours that take him around the world, he is keeping lute music alive. Tune in to the stations of OPB TV on Thursday, March 29 at 8pm and hear what’s old and new for the lute.

Sekko Daigo is one of Japan’s greatest shodo (calligraphy) masters. The writing of the first calligraphy of the year is an important ceremony, and in Janurary, she was featured at the Portland Japanese Garden. Art Beat follows her as she teaches a class.

Armed with a biology degree, Lila Messick began her career by drawing birds and plant life with scientific accuracy. Today, she captures the incredible scenes surrounding her home at the Malheur field station with daylong oil painting “events.” Art Beat takes us to eastern Oregon to observe her painting in some of Oregon’s most remote settings 

Tune in Thursday, March 29 at 8pm. And watch Oregon Art Beat anytime online at

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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

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