Armed with a biology degree, Lyla 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 day-long oil painting “events.” Tune in to OREGON ART BEAT on Thursday, August 25 at 8pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and observe her painting in some of Oregon’s most remote settings.

It’s the official chorus of the Oregon Symphony. Consisting of 20 professionals and a balance of highly qualified, carefully chosen volunteers, the 120-130-voice choir presents choral masterworks not every choir can do. ART BEAT takes a listen to the soaring sounds of the Portland Symphonic Choir and meets the director, Steven Zopfi.

Eugene’s Gary Kirk welcomes us to his garden. It’s a hidden gem of artistic expression. He enjoys landscape architecture, but the beauty of his art is that his best work doesn’t look man-made.

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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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