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Portland's Jam Skaters Dance On Wheels

Jam skating – also known as rhythm skating or rexing – is a style of roller skating that moves to a faster beat. It can even be a bit like breakdancing on wheels. 

The new Barbara Walker Crossing on the Wildwood Trail on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The bridge was designed by artist Ed Carpenter in partnership with the city of Portland.

Ed Carpenter On The Art Of Safe Passage

Artist Ed Carpenter has designed a sweeping, harmonious bridge, finally connecting Portland's the tranquil Wildwood Trail over a busy city boulevard.

Portland muralist Alex Chiu stands in front of his mural at the Portland International Airport.

The Art Of Representation: Muralist Alex Chiu

Alex Chiu is a Portland-based cartoonist and muralist whose work has gradually evolved from doodles to meaningful art that he uses to lift up and draw attention to Portland's communities of color.


For two decades Art Beat has traveled the state profiling hundreds of artists, offering a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process and fascinating insight into their work. Best of all, we hear the personal stories behind each one’s individual journey to their craft, learning what drives, inspires and ultimately shapes them as artists. Join us on Art Beat to meet Oregon’s extraordinary artists! Due to federal closed-captioning requirements, some of our stories are no longer available online. Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.