She’s been called the Queen Mother of science fiction, but today Ursula Le Guin is finishing a book of poems about the Steens Mountains country, and working with photographer Roger Dorband. OREGON ART BEAT joins them in Harney County as she talks about her new book and reflects on her life as a writer. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, June 23 at 8pm and find out how this high-desert landscape inspired latest creation, Out Here: Poems and Images From Steens Mountain Country.

 She calls her work “lightscapes” but photographer Natasha Bacca has literally created a whole new form of photography art. Photography was making its transition from darkroom to digital just as Bacca was getting into it. She resisted. Not interested in making art with computers, she began experimenting with “writing with light” – literally the meaning of photography. We join her in the darkroom to see how she paints with light.

Babette Harvey’s work explores the human connection to nature. She has drawn and painted all her life, but when she discovered ceramics in college, she knew she’d found her niche. A passionate environmentalist, Harvey uses her ceramic creations to make a statement about the environment and our impact on it.

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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

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