OREGON ART BEAT pays a visit to the wonderfully odd world of Gesine Krätzner and her latest litter of grumpy pets. Krätzner’s sculptures of out-of-sorts animals seem to create a wonderfully odd world of their own. In fact, her creations seem so peculiarly alive, you almost expect them to move – and in fact they do! Many of them show up in the animated films Gesine designs and directs at Portland’s Laika studio. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, May 12 at 8pm and meet Krätzner and some of her quirky creations.

If you think you know what cello music sounds like, you probably haven’t heard the Portland Cello Project. PCP plays music from rock to jazz to classical, and everything in between. ART BEAT gets a glimpse behind the scenes of this loosely knit group and gets a listen to some of their unique renditions.

Gene Flores is a master of printmaking and a teacher. His Catholic and Hispanic heritage regularly figure into his work. His prints often appear ordinary, but close inspection reveals subtle intricacies that bear study and reflection. Flores wants his art to make people think. ART BEAT visits Flores in his La Center, Washington studio and drops into his classroom at PCC to find out more about the artist behind the etchings.

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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 opb.org/artbeat.

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