OREGON ART BEAT is on location at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem for a look at the current exhibition, “Timeless Renaissance,” and guest curator Ricardo De Mambro Santos is on hand to tell us about this collection of Italian drawings. Also featured on the second show of the new season: a “thrifty” photographer; a company of actors; a printmaker who combines cultural influences; and a visit with a Native-American artist who is passing on her knowledge. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, October 13 at 8pm as ART BEAT continues its award-winning exploration of art in our region.

Grace Weston - You might see our first artist at thrift stores or yard sales rummaging through toy bins for the things she needs to create her images. Meet Portland photographer Grace Weston and find out what triggers her imagination.

Artists’ Repertory Theatre - Being a professional actor can be a hand-to-mouth existence. However, at Portland’s Artists’ Repertory Theatre, actors can get nine months of work — guaranteed. This artistic home allows actors to make a living while exploring their creativity. Meet artistic director Allen Nause and the members of the company.

Yuji Hiratsuka - Yuji Hiratsuka is a print maker who grew up in Japan but didn’t start studying Japanese traditional art forms extensively until he moved to Corvallis to attend graduate school. He has lived in Oregon for more than two decades now, constantly working on his intaglio print process to create dramatic, stylized work in which each figure has a drama or story surrounding it. Yugi makes four-color prints from a single copper plate. It’s a time-consuming, physically demanding process that allows for only small runs. He also teaches printmaking at OSU, and enjoys imparting his passion for his art to students.

Lillian Pitt – ART BEAT introduced viewers to Lillian Pitt way back in the early days of show. These days, in addition to making art, Lillian is also passing that knowledge along to a new generation.

A great place to keep up with ART BEAT is on Facebook (facebook.com/OregonArtBeat). And there’s more arts coverage on OPB’s Arts & Life page (opb.org/artsandlife), where new stories on the arts appear daily.


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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