Time is a favorite theme in Chris Giffin’s creations. And the materials she uses to create her art have seen the passage of time. Giffin mines America’s past, to create assemblage art out of everything from tea tins to iron works from the industrial age. OREGON ART BEAT visits her at her church turned studio in Jefferson to see how she turns items cast off at junkyards and thrift stores into objects of art that tell a story. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, May 13 at 8pm.

Regulars at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland have seen Catherine Coulson play a wide range of characters over the years. She comes from an acting family. Her mother performed in Vaudeville, so she naturally gravitated to the profession. During her career she’s done films, television and plays. And for the past two decades, she’s acted in Oregon. But Coulson has left her mark on her community in more ways than on stage.

Acoustic blues and American roots songwriter Joe McMurrian is captivating audiences with his delta style guitar playing and smoky smooth voice. Learn how Joe has added an original twist to the time honored blues tradition.

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 http://blogs.opb.org/artful/

OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 11th 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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