What would happen if Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington met Jimmy Hendrix in 1920 and had the ability to use electric instruments? Well, it just might sound a bit like the Shanghai Woolies. The Shanghai Woolies play an eclectic mix of jazz music. They swing, bop, and the band even includes an electric guitar. Started by Gavin Bondy from Pink Martini, with singer Mel Kubik, the band is making its mark on the Portland music scene. Hear what the fuss is all about on OREGON ART BEAT on Thursday, July 22 at 8pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Carolyn Cole is perhaps one of the most successful abstract painters in Oregon. Her paintings combine dense surfaces, abstract geometry and layers and layers of paint — but the secret to her success is plain old-fashioned hard work.

Mary Schlick has devoted the last four decades of her life to preserving Indian basketry traditions from the Mid-Columbia region. More than simple bags to carry food, these baskets hold a wealth of symbolism for Native Americans. Learn how these exquisite baskets were made and the ways Mary is working to pass on the tradition.

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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 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 opb.org/artbeat.

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