Falling in love in the workplace has a whole new meaning when it’s two actors who perform together. John Tufts and Christine Albright met while acting at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and by the time they played Romeo and Juliet, their attraction to each other was undeniable. Oregon Art Beat visits with the now married couple in Ashland to find out how they share their lives on and off stage. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, August 2 at 8pm to see how they have carved out a conventional life under unconventional circumstances.

Tony Furtado is best known as a world-class performer on the banjo and slide guitar, but he’s also a sculptor. He got his first banjo on his 12th birthday and won the National Banjo Contest when he was only 18. Tony studied Fine Arts in college (and snuck into a lot of music classes on the side). But when he got the opportunity to hit the road touring with some established bands, he left college and sculpting behind. When he moved back to Portland about five years ago, he started sculpting again as a way to disappear from the intensity of the music business. He loves that working with clay is an exploration, and the fact the process puts him in a “happy place.” Tony demonstrates a bit of both of his talents for Art Beat.

We take a quick trip through the Pendleton Center for the Arts. This former Carnegie Library has been transformed into a thriving center for the arts offering gallery space and free art classes for teenagers.

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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