Shannon Weber weaves original, one-of-a-kind vessels from hand-gathered materials, including plants, and pieces of debris she finds on the beach. This self-taught artist, inspired by bird’s nests, takes her cues from those winged weavers as she fashions willow and other materials into distinctive creations that reflect her view of the world. OREGON ART BEAT visits what she describes as her “hobbit hole” of a studio in Cottage Grove to watch the creative process she calls playing. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, May 5 at 8pm.

Then it’s off to Corvallis and the OSU School of Agriculture to see one of the best art collections that hardly anyone knows about. Since 1983, OSU has been amassing an amazing collection of art that relates to where our food comes from. The art isn’t housed in a gallery, but rotates through the campus offices, and government offices in Salem and Washington, D.C. ART BEAT gives us a special look at some of the pieces the university has acquired over the years.

Shirley Nanette is one of the first names that come to mind when you’re talking about great jazz singers. She’s appeared in concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada, been the opening act for Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, substituted for Tony Bennett with the Spokane Symphony when he got ill, twice rode her own float in the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade, singing the entire length of the parade … and on and on. Oregon ART BEAT finds out why this jazz great has never strayed far from her Portland roots — much to the benefit of her many fans here.

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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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