About Oregon Art Beat
From an operatic baritone to a bit and spur craftsman to everything in between, Oregon Art Beat is an Emmy award winning weekly television series produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). It profiles artists of every kind from across the state and links to upcoming events. As Executive Producer Jessica Martin explains, "The purpose of Oregon Art Beat is to introduce people to the arts and cultural events happening in the community. We know we've accomplished our mission if, after watching the show, viewers get involved."
The People Behind Oregon Art Beat
- Greg Bond
- As a senior staff videographer and editor with OPB, Greg Bond has worked on several local programs including Oregon Field Guide and Oregon Art Beat. National PBS projects include History Detectives and Time Team America. His documentary work includes a local production about physician-assisted suicide, an international/national production on West Point, and a series on artists called "Works in Progress" for the Annenberg Foundation.
- Greg has contributed toward stories for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as well as national education program videos that accompany school texts that teach French and Spanish to students. His background is in television news (KATU), and he's experienced in medical videography/photography as well. He's proud to be a native Oregonian with a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and AA degree from Bellevue Community College.
- Lynne Clendenin
- Lynne Clendenin's career path took a U-turn from the study of classical music and violin when she moved to Hawaii in the '70s. After enjoying the life of sandals, sailboats, recitals and ocean breezes, she moved back to the mainland and served as an educator/animal handler and spokesperson for a wildlife reserve before returning to school to study broadcast media. Lynne has pursued her passion of working for public radio since the mid-'80s. Lynne has held many different positions at OPB, including announcer, producer, radio operations manager, program manager and program director. She is currently vice president of Programming at OPB. She also serves on a number of national advisory committees, helping producers polish new and existing programs.
- Jule Gilfillan
- Oregon native Jule Gilfillan joined the Oregon Art Beat team in early 2010 after several years working in Los Angeles as an award-winning independent director, producer and writer. Jule's credits include programs for NBC, MSNBC, HBO, Sundance, MTV, A&E, Discovery and others. Jule got her undergraduate degree in Asian Studies and lived in China for six years, then earned an MFA in film and TV production from USC's film school. An enthusiastic music lover, hiker and camper, Jule is delighted to be back in Oregon exploring the state's arts, culture and outdoors.
- Robe Imbriano
- In over 25 years in television, Oregon Art Beat producer/reporter Robe Imbriano has worked with everyone from Peter Jennings to Bryant Gumbel, Diane Sawyer to Oprah Winfrey, winning a few awards along the way. He was part of the original ABC News production teams of Primetime Live, Day One and World News Now. For public television, he's aired stories for Now With Bill Moyers, Nova scienceNOW, History Detectives and Life 360. He's a charter member of The Documentary Group. And Robe has more than once had to pinch himself while interviewing Supreme Court Justices about the Constitution for the Annenberg Classroom, covering Grandmaster Flash with Robert Krulwich, or holding Lena Horne's hand backstage. He feels the same way around some of the incredible talent here in Oregon. He lives in Portland with his wife, Helena Huang, daughter Lu, and dog, Ella.
- Jessica Martin
- Jessica Martin, Oregon Art Beat's executive producer, has produced numerous local and national productions for OPB. Her varied repertoire includes work on series such as Oregon Field Guide, The Collectors, and Neat Stuff.
- Jessica's documentary work includes two award-winning films on aging, as well as historical documentaries, including the award-winning films Rose City Remembered and The Three Rabbis.
- With Oregon Art Beat, Martin has profiled artists of every stripe from accordion players to abstract painters. With the show going strong for over 10 years now, she's gone from wondering "How many artists can there be in Oregon?" to "How can we ever profile all of the artists on our ever-growing list?!"
- Katrina Sarson
- 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. Katrina has produced and written for PBS, HGTV, Food Network, Fine Living Network, ESPN and many others. Her interest in education and media includes a Masters in Education (Technology in Education); and she has taught media literacy skills to elementary and middle school students in the Portland Public Schools for the past three years. She enjoys living in Portland, especially hiking in Forest Park, eating locally grown food, and attending the Jazz Festival every year.
- Tom Shrider
- Videographer Tom Shrider has worked at OPB since 1980, and has seen it change from a sleepy local station to a nationally known production house. He won a regional Emmy in 2001 for his videography and editing on The Oregon Story: Rural.com about Halfway, Oregon. He loves gardening and travel.
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- Story Ideas
- Some of the best ideas for the show come from viewers' suggestions. Since Oregon Art Beat defines art and culture in the broadest sense, the stories that get produced are the ones that reveal the diversity of the state and feature an interesting person. Although an artist's creation is important, Oregon Art Beat focuses greatly on the artist. To submit a story idea, Contact Us here.
- Art Beat's Mission
- Oregon Art Beat has accomplished its mission if it provides interesting stories that keep viewers coming back to the show. And as Jeff Douglas said, "Being a part of Oregon Art Beat is its own reward if it leads to more people getting involved in the cultural events in their community."