Arne Westerman had a very successful career in advertising. Then one night, while chatting about his job at a party, he realized he was tired of it. And when he saw some of George Hamilton’s amazing watercolors at a gallery in Raleigh Hills, he decided he had to take a class from him and try his hand at painting. That was the beginning of a new career for the nearly 50-year-old Westerman. The ad man turned artist tells OREGON ART BEAT about how he chose his new path and why people and color are such big influences in his work. Tune in to OPB Thursday, October 20 at 8pm.

Next, ART BEAT is off to school. They find kids in one classroom beating taiko drums; in another, they’re working on a natural mural; and in another, they’re out of their seats acting out the life of a salmon. It’s all about using art to relate to what they learn in the classroom. Connecting arts education to core curriculum is the mission of Right Brain Initiative. Since 2009, it has served schools in the tri-county area around Portland. ART BEAT visits some classrooms to meet educators and an artist to hear how – and if – it’s working.

There’s no need to travel to Louisiana for your next dose of the blues. ART BEAT tracks down the Northwest Boogie Cat, Norman Sylvester.

Also, a short profile of Elizabeth Leach. Her gallery just turned 30 and she has a show up of work by Lee Kelly and Bonnie Bronson.

A great place to keep up with ART BEAT is on Facebook ( And there’s more arts coverage on OPB’s Arts & Life page (, where new stories on the arts appear daily.


OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 13th 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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