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Portland creator Daniela Molnar explores the shape of loss

Artist Daniela Molnar does it all. She makes her own paint with pigments and water that she forages from the wild and in Portland. She is also a painter and a poet. Molnar has launched the New Earth Series, which includes shapes of glacier loss all over the world. She derives the "shapes of loss" from satellite images.

Singer-songwriter Jeremy Wilson still creates from the heart

A thread of artistic collaboration runs through singer-songwriter Jeremy Wilson’s life story, from his celebrated indie rock band, Dharma Bums, to ballet dancer, to a foundation serving others. Wilson's passion and humanity are expressed through his songs.

Amy Lay’s fine art from rural roots

Growing up on her family’s remote homestead in the Wallowa Mountains, fourth-generation Eastern Oregonian Amy Lay found companionship with the animals around her. Today, that intimate familiarity with animals makes Lay one of the most successful contemporary wildlife artists anywhere.

A woman holds a slice of pizza made of felt.

Portland artist’s felted sculptures look so good you’ll want to eat them

Portland felt artist LeBrie Rich creates life-sized felt sculptures replicating some of this nation’s most iconic snacks. Her work has been featured at galleries and museums throughout the country. “I've discovered in making this work that we all have these nostalgic connections to certain brands or certain foods, and they're connected to very deep, very real memories,” she says.

A remembrance and celebration of Oregon artists who died in 2021

It is with sadness but also a deep appreciation of their work that we remember artists who died in 2021. All of us on Oregon Art Beat are honored that these artists shared their stories with us. We celebrate their indelible contributions to the arts and culture landscape of Oregon.


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.