Martin Waugh sculpts with a most uncooperative subject — water. His exotic “water sculptures” last for a fraction of a second and then disappear. But thanks to his unique photography, images of his creations last forever. Waugh describes himself as a physicist by training, computer programmer by trade and an artist by accident. He’s used his technical training to customize his speed-lights to produce ultra high-speed bursts of light timed to coincide with the water droplet’s motion. As if that weren’t enough, he created a computerized drop controller that manipulates the space between drips of water to the millisecond, allowing him to engineer collisions of drop-against-drop, “sculpting” splash patterns that make up his signature work. Waugh shows OREGON ART BEAT how he creates images that are so well crafted, they almost seem too good. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, March 24 at 8pm for a look at his remarkable art.

Shanna Trumbly started painting just three years ago – but she’s been making a living as an artist since she was 19. She uses bright colors, crisp details, surprising images and sometimes words to create pictures that tell stories. ART BEAT visits this Eugene artist to find out how she employs lots of different elements in a common theme.

Nokie Edwards and his legendary band, The Ventures, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. ART BEAT caught up with him in Salem shortly after that honor to hear his reflections on his life as a famed guitarist.

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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

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