OREGON ART BEAT remembers some of the artists featured on the show who have passed on. This special program along with every ART BEAT broadcast preserves a permanent record of Oregon and Northwest artists’ work and their unique voices. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting Television on Thursday, November 25 at 8pm for a special tribute to the following artists:

Laura Russo – She was a passionate champion of Northwest and local artists. We remember the esteemed gallery owner and arts advocate.

John Callahan – John Callahan was a cartoonist from whom we expected acerbic, outrageous humor. But many people don’t know that he had another talent … singing and songwriting.

Shane Bennett – Artist Shane Bennett passed away not long after ART BEAT filmed this segment of him and his colleague Dan Cohen painting one of the largest fine-art murals in the U.S. celebrating the wildlife of Portland’s Oaks Bottom refuge.

You can watch entire ART BEAT broadcasts at watch.opb.org. Video of the stories featured on ART BEAT can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at opb.org/programs/artbeat.

Check out the ART BEAT blog at blogs.opb.org/artful/ and join us on facebook at facebook.com/OregonArtBeat.


OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 12th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at opb.org/artbeat.

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