Jhenna Quinn Lewis creates beautiful still-life paintings, but her passion is to make her creations fool your eye. Each of her paintings are built of layers and layers of oils and varnish that trick the viewer into thinking the objects on her canvas are real. OREGON ART BEAT visits Lewis in her southern Oregon studio to see how she puts her own spin on the age-old art form of Trompe L’oeil. Tune in Thursday, August 4 at 8pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Soprano Rebecca Fromherz spends much of her time singing in the opera halls of Europe, but she always takes a little bit of her Dallas, Oregon home with her. Fromherz says her country-living roots taught her to listen to the silence that helps her connect to “The It” that every artist has at their core. ART BEAT looks in as she teaches students in a master class at Western Oregon University to find their “It,” and follows her through the forests and meadows of her Dallas farm where she finds the peace that goes with her everywhere.

When it comes to originality, Kim Hamblin has it “nailed” – literally. Armed with a hammer, a fistful of nails, a razor knife paper and wood, this Sheridan artist creates exciting mixed-media works that are a blend of form and function.

And an ART BEAT extra … Musician Thad Beckman performs with legend Tom Russell “Guadalupe” at end of the calendar and credits.

You can watch entire ART BEAT broadcasts at watch.opb.org. Video of the stories featured on ART BEAT can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at opb.org/programs/artbeat.


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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