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Season 17, Episode 1

Follow innovative performance artists, Boaz Frankel and Phillip Ross who literally pedal to interview their next local celebrity. View Laura Heit's extraordinary installation work as an animator, filmmaker and puppeteer and see how, using only an x-acto knife, James Allen reveals the unexpected art in almost any book.


"Oregon Art Beat" is OPB's Emmy Award-winning local arts series, now entering its 19th season. The program profiles artists, musicians and artisans from around Oregon and the Northwest.

Follow artists on their incredible creative journeys this fall Thursday nights at 8 pm or watch any time on our website!

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Minor White Captures The Ornate Beauty Of Portland's Past

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 16, 2017

Images captured by photographer Minor White in the late 1930s are the only remaining connection to the ornately decorated cast-iron buildings that once lined the streets of Portland.

Dao Strom's Work Aims To Destabilize The American Vietnam Narrative

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2017

Portland artist Dao Strom uses image, music, writing and spoken word to explore the intersection of her Vietnamese birth and American life.

Vu Pham Examines Vietnamese Diaspora Through Film

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2017

Portland filmmaker Vu Pham has a distinct, developing voice in his films, which manifests in a dark, contemporary noir style and tone.

Oregon Plein-Air Painter Anton Pavlenko Embraces The Abstract

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2017

Plein-air Painter Anton Pavlenko explores the world of abstract and moves into a new direction.

ShadowMachine Embraces Portland's Animation Talent

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2017

Awarding-winning ShadowMachine has set up shop in Northwest Portland. Animator Isaac Sagastume shares his story and experiences working with this Portland-based animation house.

Portland Artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins Makes Meaning From Everyday Life

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 26, 2017

Jessica Jackson Hutchins is known for making striking, profound art out of unlikely materials.

Andiel Brown Takes Gospel To New Heights

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 26, 2017

Andiel Brown is director of the gospel ensembles at the University of Oregon. He's also an athlete who attended UO as a scholarship football player and currently competes in bodybuilding competitions. He explains how his two passions intersect.

The Oregon Garden, A Labyrinth Of Botanical Wonders And Creative Expression

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2017

The Oregon Garden showcases 80-acres of botanical wonders intermingled with a permanent display of sculpture and art.

William Hernandez Brings the Heart of Peru to Portland

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2017

William Hernandez is a figurative and abstract painter from Lima, Peru, who has made his artistic home in Portland.

Highlights From The Oregon Eclipse Festival

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

A glimpse at the largest eclipse-watching gathering in the country. "Art Beat" highlights from a new story coming this season from the Oregon Eclipse Festival in Big Summit Prairie.

'Neural Echoes': Kindra Crick And The Science Of Creativity

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

Fueled by artistic passion and innate curiosity, Kindra Crick bases her work on scientific research.

Fred Harwin Hand-Paints Windows To The Soul

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

Fred Harwin is an “ocularist” — he makes prosthetic eyeballs, hand-painting each one so it perfectly matches the patient’s other eye.

Lan Su Chinese Garden Welcomes The Year Of The Rooster

OPB | Broadcast: May 4, 2017

The Chinese New Year celebration at Lan Su Chinese Garden introduces us to some cultural activities including the lion dance performance and illuminated lanterns.

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Invites Painters To Get Outside

OPB | Broadcast: May 2, 2017

The Pacific Northwest Plein Air painting event encourages artists to immerse themselves in the natural landscape

Portland Winter Light Festival Sparks Illumination

OPB | Broadcast: May 4, 2017

By the time February rolls around here in the rainy northwest, most folks are going a little bit crazy. A respite from those mid-winter woes: the Portland Winter Light Festival

Portland Animator Rose Bond Changes Where Animation Lives

OPB | Broadcast: April 21, 2017

Rose Bond calls herself an animator and media artist and says she includes “a lot of social practice, a lot of public involvement” in every piece she creates.

Animator Joan Gratz Embraces Technology To Create Her Newest Films

OPB | Broadcast: April 27, 2017

Joan Gratz has worked in Portland’s animation scene since its earliest days.

Rural Eastern Oregon Retreat For Ceramic Artists

OPB | Broadcast: April 20, 2017

The LH Project is a residency for ceramic artists near Joseph, Oregon.

Art And Nature Come Together In A Meaningful Way At Sitka

OPB | Broadcast: April 20, 2017

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is home to workshops and opportunities for artists to retreat and create work.

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