Catch a glimpse at a day in the life of young dancers rehearsing for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s signature holiday performance of Nutcracker on OREGON ART BEAT, Thursday, December 17 at 8pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

It’s the time of year that brings Santa Claus to mind. And the classic picture you have in your mind of Santa may very well be influenced by Bend artist Tom Browning. He’s the best-known painter of Santa’s in the country. ART BEAT drops in on this fine art painter whose canvases, including landscapes, portraits and Western art, sell for thousands.

Thom Bray was a Hollywood name during the 1980s. He’s been an actor, a director, a writer and producer. ART BEAT drops in on Bray who says he’s happier than ever these days teaching Television Studies at Portland State and drama in middle school.

ART BEAT repeats Sundays at 1am and 6pm. Video of the stories featured on ART BEAT can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at

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 2am 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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