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Seeing Things Differently

We catch up with Imago Theater and their latest project "La Belle". Meet a photographer who got his start shooting stills for the Oregon-born View-Master Company. See how Nicole Georges work takes us from graphic novels to zines, pet portraits to comic book workshops. And every summer, scores of painters descend on the lavender fields of Oregon.


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.

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