Debra Fisher can’t get enough of making masks – for herself, for galleries and for theater productions. OREGON ART BEAT is off to Bend to see the many fascinating faces of Debra Fisher on Thursday, June 3 at 8pm. Also a look at Samuel Hinds provocative wood sculptures, and how musicians performing with Chamber Music Northwest assist young musicians.

When Debra moved from Ashland, where she regularly fashioned masks for theater productions, to Bend, she also made the transition from creating stage masks to what she calls her “fantasy” pieces. She forms her intricately designed masks out of everything from cardboard and layers and layers of paper mache to leather. They’re works of art that people love to collect and hang on walls. But whether its for the wall or the stage, folks usually can’t resist trying them on. Debra says mask making is a mysterious art form that tends to bring out the “childness” in people.

In Corvallis, meet artist Samuel Hinds. He makes provocative wood sculptures that curve and seem to move, and each one starts as a life sized clay piece.

Each year the greatest musicians in the world come through town to perform with Chamber Music Northwest. Some of the musicians stay a little longer to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. ART BEAT follows a young Portland musician as he learns from the greats.

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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 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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