As OREGON ART BEAT kicks off its 13th season on OPB TV, some things remain the same – its lively coverage of uniquely talented artists – and some things change – there are now two new hosts to fill the shoes of the now-retired ART BEAT host and creator, Jeff Douglas. Katrina Sarson and Lynne Clendenin are your guides for this weekly exploration of art throughout Oregon and southern Washington when the new season of the show premieres on October 6 at 8pm.

This season ART BEAT casts an even wider net: In addition to meeting Oregon’s finest established painters, sculptors and performing artists, viewers will get to know more about some new and exciting artists, enjoy fresh takes on less traditional art forms – such as theater and glass – and have some fun with short takes on everything from a behind-the-scenes look at the Time Based Art Festival, to photography with wit.

The ART BEAT team visits will visit every corner of the state this year – from the tiny berg of Talent in southern Oregon, to the artists’ colony near Joseph in the northeast.

OPB continues to expand its coverage of the arts on the Web and on radio. A new arts-focused radio program is also in the works, and arts coverage is a mainstay on OPB’s Arts & Life page (, where new stories on the arts appear daily.

A great place to keep up with it all is on Facebook ( ART BEAT is everywhere this season!

To celebrate the season’s inaugural show on Thursday, October 6 at 8pm, ART BEAT will broadcast from the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem where the work of a number of the of the artists featured on the show is displayed, including the bold art of Kim Murton.

Ceramic artist Kim Murton creates quirky creatures in clay in her Salem studio. Kim, who worked as an animator for years before returning to her ceramics, explains how her creations provide an outlet for her animation skills and how “worry” actually motivates her.

Jean Wells Keenan has had a dramatic impact on the world of quilting – and she’s done it all from Sisters. She opened The Stitchin’ Post almost four decades ago, then started the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. She’s authored more than 25 books about quilting. And she’s a renowned art quilter in her own right.

Also, a sneak peek at a story we’ve got in the works – Vagabond Opera!

Now, more about the new ART BEAT hosts.

Viewers may recognize Katrina Sarson, an ART BEAT producer for five years and frequent guest host of the show. Katrina began her broadcast career at Chicago’s PBS station (WTTW) and spent more than a decade as an independent producer in Illinois, Colorado and Oregon. She has produced and written for PBS, HGTV, Food Network, Fine Living Network, ESPN and many others. Katrina has a master’s in education and has taught media literacy skills to elementary and middle school students in the Portland Public Schools. She enjoys living in Portland, especially hiking in Forest Park, eating locally grown food and attending the Jazz Festival every year.

Lynne Clendenin’s career path took a U-turn from the study of classical music and violin when she moved to Hawaii in the ‘70s. After enjoying the life of sandals, sailboats, recitals and ocean breezes, she moved back to the mainland and served as an educator/animal handler and spokesperson for a wildlife reserve before returning to school to study broadcast media. Lynne has pursued her passion of working for public radio since the mid-‘80s. Lynne has held many different positions at OPB, including announcer, producer, radio operations manager, program manager and program director. She is currently vice president of Programming at OPB. She also serves on a number of national advisory committees, helping producers polish new and existing programs.


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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