Brad Lorang designs and creates striking wall hangings that reflect the landscape of Cascade Locks and the Columbia Gorge. He works in metal, cutting, grinding, shaping and building layers that form his 3-D metal scenes. He calls himself a representational realist who enjoys blending his technical and creative abilities. Tune in to OREGON ART BEAT on Thursday, January 13 at 8pm and watch the sparks fly in his Cascade Locks studio.

When Rogene Manas retired from her job as a graphic artist she was free to do anything she wanted on her canvases, but she had trouble creating works that satisfied her. It was on a trip to Mexico that she found inspiration for her paintings. Influenced by the folk art she saw, her paintings began featuring portraits of human bodies with plants or trees in place of a head. This Eugene artist talks to ART BEAT about her work and her artistic transformation.

It was by chance that Mylinda King discovered Marimba. Now she’s shifted her skills from piano to this instrument. She says anyone can learn the Marimba, which is similar to a xylophone, and she’s proving it with the youngsters at Buckman School in Portland. She says it’s a perfect instrument for kids.

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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

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