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Co-Host and Producer, Oregon Art Beat

Katrina Sarson

Katrina Sarson is a co-host and producer of Oregon Public Broadcasting's arts documentary show, Oregon Art Beat.

In addition to her work for Art Beat and OPB, Katrina has worked in television production for more than 15 years, starting at Chicago's PBS station WTTW and spending more than a decade as an independent producer in Illinois, Colorado and Oregon. She has also produced and written for PBS, HGTV, Food Network, Fine Living Network, ESPN and others.

Her works has been recognized with three regional Emmy Awards: one at WTTW and two for Oregon Art Beat.

Katrina holds a degree from Northwestern University and also a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She enjoys living in Portland, especially hiking in Forest Park, eating locally grown food and attending the Jazz Festival every year.

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Recent Articles

Oregon Art Beat

Author Brian Doyle

OPB | Nov. 5, 2015 midnight

Meet author Brian Doyle whose books are tales of characters, families and a Northwest he both knows and imagines.

Books | Arts | NW Life

Dear Mr. Doyle: Why Are There No Dogs In Your Novel?

OPB | Nov. 5, 2015 8 a.m. | Portland

Oregon author Brian Doyle has been collecting letters from his readers. Some love him, some ask questions and some ... well, you decide. At a recent appearance at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, he read aloud from a selection of letters he’s received.  

Oregon Art Beat

Christina Kortum, Special Effects Make-Up Artist

OPB | Oct. 29, 2015 midnight

Christina Kortum creates special effects monster makeup for film, TV and haunted houses.

Oregon Art Beat

Alialujah Choir

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015 midnight

Alialujah Choir started as a side project for three experienced musicians. These days, it's become a band with a distinctive sound based on structure, rules, and solid friendships.

Entertainment | local | Arts | Oregon Art Beat

Take a Tour of Public Art in McMinnville

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015 8 p.m.

Katrina gets a tour of the Public Art in McMinnville from local resident Rose Marie Caughran, who was the public librarian for more than three decades.

Oregon Art Beat

James Allen, Book Arts

OPB | Oct. 8, 2015 midnight

James Allen creates unique book excavations that transform books into sculptures.

local | Arts | NW Life | Oregon Art Beat

Mary Wells, Paper Mosaic Artist

OPB | April 23, 2015 midnight

Mary Wells works with tiny pieces of paper to create pieces that look like paintings - but they're paper mosaics.

Oregon Art Beat

On View Now: Chihuly Garden and Glass

OPB | March 19, 2015 1:53 p.m.

Take a quick tour of the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.

Entertainment | Arts | Oregon Art Beat

On View Now: SOU Schneider Museum of Art

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015 4:10 p.m.

A quick tour around Southern Oregon University's Schneider Museum of Art, as they showcase work from the faculty of the creative arts departments.

Oregon Art Beat

Dan Elster, photographer

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015 12:55 p.m.

Dan Elster is an Ashland photographer, who captures dramatic photos of wildlife in Oregon.

Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | Oregon Art Beat

Bill Rauch, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

OPB | Feb. 23, 2015 10:57 p.m.

Bill Rauch has been artistic director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2007. On the eve of OSF's 80th year, we catch up with him and get his reflections on his first seven seasons.

Arts | NW Life | Oregon Art Beat

On View Now: Geezer Gallery

OPB | Feb. 19, 2015 3:02 p.m.

The Geezer Gallery shows art made by people over sixty years of age.

Arts | Music | Oregon Art Beat

Bibi McGill, musician

OPB | Feb. 18, 2015 4:47 p.m.

From touring with Beyonce to yoga, musician Bibi McGill is comfortable in many settings.

Entertainment | Family | Arts | Sports | Oregon Art Beat

Jock Bradley

OPB | Feb. 9, 2015 10 p.m.

Jock Bradley has spent his career taking photographs that sell - but his new project is very close to his heart. It's called "Portraits of Cancer" and it's a tribute to his sister, who passed away of cancer in the summer of 2014.


Floral Designer Fran├žoise Weeks Creates Rings, Shoes, Handbags & More

OPB | April 17, 2014 midnight

Françoise Weeks creates unique fashion pieces such as rings, necklaces, headpieces and handbags  — all made from a wide variety of plants and flowers.

Arts | Oregon Art Beat

Artist Mary Josephson

OPB | March 20, 2014 3:10 p.m.

Mary Josephson is an artist whose work has a whimsical, folksy quality.

local | Arts

Caldera Camp Connects Urban Kids To Nature, Art

OPB | July 26, 2013 10:49 a.m.

Caldera is a place where an impromptu violin lesson takes place next to a group of kids making tie-dyed shirts, while another group of kids plays a card game called spoons.

Education | local | NW Life | Entertainment | Arts | Family | Recreation | Oregon Art Beat

Caldera, Arts Education organization

OPB | May 30, 2013 8 p.m.

Caldera brings arts education to students in Portland and Central Oregon.

local | Arts

Giles Clement Practices Wet Plate Photography

OPB | May 22, 2013 7 a.m.

Portland photographer Giles Clement uses an old medium to both challenge and inspire him as an artist. View a slideshow of some of his work.

local | Music

Local Band Chervona Performs on Russian Old New Year's Eve

OPB | Jan. 11, 2013 7:30 a.m.

The local band with strong Russian roots will be performing at their annual dance party this weekend. Check out video of their rehearsal for the big celebration.