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Season 18, Episode 3: The Shape of Things

Meet painter Robert Schlegel who shares his longtime interest in structures and architectural forms. Hop on the TriMet's Orange line to see an art gallery by train. Karen Wippich shows us what inspires her collage paintings. Ashland wood turner Dan Tilden crafts wood into natural vessels. And we remember nationally renowned Oregon artist Rick Bartow.


For nearly two decades "Art Beat" has traveled the state profiling hundreds of artists, getting a behind the scenes look at the creative process and insight into some of the Northwest’s world class art.

Best of all, we hear the stories of each and every one’s individual journey to their craft, learning what drives, inspires and ultimately shapes them as artists.

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Ashland Artist Starts ‘Dialogs With The Anthropocene’

OPB | Broadcast: April 4, 2019

Painter Claire Duncan taps into a shared feeling for a powerful gallery show.

Ana Aguirre Prints Life and Death

OPB | Broadcast: April 4, 2019

Painter and printmaker Ana Aguirre skillfully combines bright, saturated color and intricate knife cuts to create striking celebrations of the female figure and the themes of life and death.

Lake Oswego Arts Program Highlights Importance Of Public Art

OPB | Broadcast: April 4, 2019

Lake Oswego is home to more than 39,000 residents and some of Oregon’s most striking pieces of public art. They’re part of an ongoing public arts program, Gallery Without Walls.

Handmade Classical Sounds: Luthier Jeffrey Elliot

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 28, 2019

Jeffrey Elliott is one of the guitar world’s most respected luthiers, hand-crafting acoustic guitars for renowned guitar players for over 50 years.

Corn Husk Baskets Give Kelli Palmer A Piece of Home

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 28, 2019

Warm Springs weaver Kelli Palmer is a master of the corn husk basket, an intricate form Kelli is helping to keep alive.

Stephen Hayes: In The Hour Before

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 21, 2019

In November of 2015 Stephen Hayes was working in his studio when he heard the news on the radio: mass shootings (and a bomb attack) had killed 130 people in Paris. 

Pander Brothers Paint Mural For Rialto

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 21, 2019

The dynamic duo of brothers Jacob and Arnold Pander are known for their colorful and graphic style as comic book artists and innovative filmmakers.

The Painted Plate: Nodoguro And The Art Of Food

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 14, 2019

Ryan and Elena Roadhouse opened their restaurant Nodoguro in 2015 and have been impressing diners with their beautiful and sumptuous dishes ever since.

Ben Buswell Explores Dimensions In Photographs

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 14, 2019

Artist Ben Buswell is best known for his work with photographs – work that re-purposes photographs as sculptural objects.

Nora Sherwood On The Path Less Traveled

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 7, 2019

Nora Sherwood went from a career in tech to one in art and illustration. The journey was painful but she has no regrets.

Gabriel Lipper: Exploring Decadence Through Art

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 7, 2019

Gabriel Lipper is an fine artist based out of Ashland, Oregon, working primarily in oil painting.

'Love, Santa': Lee White Illustrates The Magic

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 27, 2018

Illustrator Lee White finds the essence of Santa in his depiction of a young girl's letters to him in the book "Love, Santa."

Roll Hardy: Painting Portland's Impermanent, Industrial Beauty

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 1, 2018

Landscapes scarred by time and the remnants of transient visitors. Places at the periphery of Portland, filled with existential silence and potential danger. This is the world Roll Hardy paints.

'Black Nativity' Lights Up Portland's Holiday Season

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 1, 2018

A profile of one of Oregon's longest running African-American theater companies, as they produce August Wilson's "Two Trains Running" for the stage.

Singer Jimmie Herrod Commands The Stage

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 25, 2018

Portland singer Jimmie Herrod is Pink Martini's latest singing sensation, and he's commanding spontaneous standing ovations.

Elizabeth Woody: Transcending Chaos Through Art

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 25, 2018

Elizabeth Woody, Oregon's eighth poet laureate, is the first Native American to be named to the position.

Exploring Transition: Artist Shu-Ju Wang

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 18, 2018

Portland painter and book artist Shu-Ju Wang explores themes of transition and fear in her deeply personal work.

Life After Life: The Art Of Stephanie Brockway

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 18, 2018

In Stephanie Brockway's hands, the past life of an object is fuel for the energy in her new art.

Cultivating Wisdom In A Chinese Garden

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 11, 2018

Portland is home to one of only a handful of Chinese gardens in North America.

Reflections On Peace: The Portland Japanese Garden

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 11, 2018

The Portland Japanese Garden is considered one of the finest examples of the art form outside Japan.

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