Anne Weiss plays and writes an incredible range of songs – from gospel to blues to folk and everything in between. She started as an environmentalist, and gets lots of inspiration from the nature she finds around her in Oregon. Weiss performs and chats with Oregon Art Beat about how she uses her music to build community on Thursday, March 1 at 8pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

For Kevin Christman it was a battle between “left brain” for engineering and “right brain” for art. In school, he was encouraged to keep art as a hobby but study engineering to make his living. And that’s what he did for awhile. Frustrated that he couldn’t give his art the attention he wanted, he quit his day job, moved to Santa Fe and began making molds for bronze sculptors. His next challenge was finding a balance in working for others and making his own art. He has no regrets leaving his engineering career, but that right-side of his brain still influences his art.

Painter James Lavadour has been prolific since Art Beat visited him in its first season back in 2000. He describes his inspiration and process of making art in this update. Take a drive with him out onto the lands of his Eastern Oregon home, then back into his studio where invites us to look closely at his paintings, their surface and the messages they hold. Listen and watch as explains his engagement with paint and the unfolding of image.

Also, information on an upcoming exhibit of the Betty Feves’ work. The late Feves was very influential to James Lavadour.

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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