Portland based Native-American artist Marie Watt is in the process of building a national career. Her sculptures, drawings, prints and large-scale installations have shown across the nation. A member of the Seneca Nation, she often uses blankets and blanket imagery in work that explores the everyday stories and connections we share as families, friends and communities. Last year, OREGON ART BEAT cameras followed Watt as she created her large installation piece, “Engine,” for the prestigious Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia for their show “New American Voices.” Tune in Thursday, December 16 at 8pm for a look at a collaborative process spanning 3,000 miles.

Next meet Sarah Landwehr. She’s a young artist working in silk screening, etching, and collage. She loves printmaking because she can work with the process to vary results, and because it is more flexible than painting. In her collage art, she pulls images from a wide variety of sources to inspire her original drawings, which she then collages and prints.

Finally, catch a glimpse at a day in the life of young dancers, rehearsing for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s signature holiday performance of Nutcracker.

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.

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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 opb.org/artbeat.

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