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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

News | Books

Oregon Author Brian Doyle Dies At 60

OPB | May 27, 2017 2:51 p.m.

Award-winning Oregon author Brian Doyle died at his home in Lake Oswego Saturday after a months-long struggle with cancer.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Oregon Art Beat

Portland Animator Rose Bond Changes Where Animation Lives

OPB | April 21, 2017 1:38 p.m. | Portland

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.

Arts | Entertainment | local | NW Life | Oregon Art Beat

Animator Joan Gratz Embraces Technology To Create Her Newest Films

OPB | April 27, 2017 8 p.m. | Portland

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

Oregon Art Beat

Sculptor Chris Cole

OPB | March 30, 2017 8 p.m.

Chris Cole is a Bend artist who creates distinctive motor- and crank-powered sculptures.

Oregon Art Beat

Oregon Film Museum

OPB | Feb. 2, 2017 8 p.m.

Take a tour of the Oregon Film Museum in Astoria.

Oregon Art Beat

Portland Center Stage's Astoria Part 2

OPB | Feb. 2, 2017 8 p.m.

Portland Center Stage artistic director, Chris Coleman, adapts Astoria for the stage. Part 2 we pick up the story just six weeks before opening night.

Oregon Art Beat

Painter Jill McVarish

OPB | Feb. 2, 2017 8 p.m.

Jill McVarish paints extremely realistic scenes that could never actually happen, in a style inspired by the old Masters.

Oregon Art Beat

Portland Center Stage's Astoria Part 1

OPB | Feb. 2, 2017 8 p.m.

Portland Center Stage artistic director, Chris Coleman, adapts Astoria for the stage. Part I of the early creative process with the production team.

Oregon Art Beat

Dan Tilden

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 8 p.m.

Dan Tilden is an Ashland woodturner who brings the natural beauty of wood to each vessel he creates.

Oregon Art Beat

The Circus Project

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016 8 p.m.

The Circus Project teaches circus arts and life skills to kids and adults from their studio in SW Portland.

Oregon Art Beat

Icon Painter Olga Volchkova

OPB | Oct. 6, 2016 8 p.m.

Olga Volchkova paints traditional Russian religious icons with a twist - she modernizes the saints she portrays to incorporate her love of botanicals and plants.

Oregon Art Beat

Multi Media Artist Wendy Red Star

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016 8 p.m.

Wendy Red Star is an artist who works to help reclaim and reexamine imagery of Native Americans in a contemporary context.

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.

Arts | NW Life | Books

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.

Arts | Entertainment | local | 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.

Arts | local | 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.