Her name is Mary McDonald-Lewis but everyone calls her “Mary Mac.” You may know her from many other voices you’ve heard on television or radio. Call a company and she’ll direct you through the option menu. Need directions? She’s your OnStar guide. She’s voiced Lois Lane in the cartoon “Super Friends” and works as a dialect coach on the television series “Leverage” that is filmed in Portland. Tune in to OREGON ART BEAT on Thursday, November 10 at 8pm and meet the face behind this actor who is heard rather than seen.

Is it a sin to cut up an old quilt? That question was in Joanne Kliejunas’ mind when she made her first cuts into an old quilt to turn it into a jacket. A self-described frugal environmentalist, Joanne was always looking for ways to repurpose old clothes. When a friend suggested making clothes from quilts, Joanne was taken aback. Quilts were sacred items filled with countless work and intricate stitches and shouldn’t be destroyed. But when she fashioned a coat out of a worn quilt long packed away, she was pleased with the results. She finds giving new life to something that possesses so much spirit a rewarding endeavor.

And an update on Tomaz Misztal. Originally form Poland, this sculptor exhibits his work everywhere from Bend to the Vatican. He recently got accepted into the prestigious Venice Biennale, a major modern art exhibition.

A great place to keep up with ART BEAT is on Facebook (facebook.com/OregonArtBeat). And there’s more arts coverage on OPB’s Arts & Life page (opb.org/artsandlife), 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 opb.org/artbeat.

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