Raise the Roof! Turnage Theatre

Watch this video to see images of the incredible Vaudeville theater that we’re preserving when we build our new roof.
Help Arts of the Pamlico’s efforts to ultimately bring early 20th century theater history back to life for all to see.

AOP Online

View our amazing art collections.  Find the piece you just have to have, and buy it from the comfort of your home!

Go to our new AOP Online and shop artwork, merchandise, and more!

150 W. Main St | Washington, NC 27889

252-946-2504 | info@artsofthepamlico.org

The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) is a vibrant hub of arts & cultural events & activities for adults and youth serving Eastern North Carolina. It is the state-designated arts council for Beaufort & Washington Counties, based in its Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, NC.  Join today and live art, give art!


Gallery Hours

The Arts of the Pamlico is open for exhibits and events. The arts council and theatre are currently closed due to COVID 19. Find us on Facebook and explore our website to learn more about upcoming activities!


Theatre Hours

Scroll down or click The Events or Exhibits Calendars for event or rental information & opportunities for artists.


Listen to our Podcasts

BOCO Town Podcast features interviews with all your favorite local artists, performers, musicians, and so many others who help make life in Beaufort County rich in arts and entertainment.

Our latest podcasts are featured here.

You can find our full catalog by clicking the button.

The Washington Daily News on BOCO Town Podcasts

“Arts galleries are shuttered, and the Turnage Theatre marquee is dark. But if you know where to look, there’s plenty of art to be found.
One of those places is on Arts of the Pamlico’s website, in a new podcast called BOCO Town…”

Shannon Reising - Wayne Stoeckert

Shannon Resing and Wayne Stoeckert are two local artists who are woven into the fabric of what our community experiences in the arts routinely. 

Shannon is a trained dancer and owner of Moulin Rouge de Danse. Her team offers…
Wayne has a long history of playing and singing in bands starting up north in New York State…

Paloma Capanna - Tim Bivans

Paloma Capanna joins us to share her journey into the writing world. An attorney practicing and living in Beaufort, NC, Capanna now has two professions having authored poems, a collection of essays entitled Nearly Fifty…

Tim Bivans joined us from his music studio in Auden. A popular musician and band member of 4 Asses and a Mule which has performed at AOP’s Historic Turnage Theatre. Bivans has deep roots in…

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Our New Intern, Emily

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BOCO Town Newsletter

Your complete guide to Beaufort County’s events and activities.

Arts of the Pamlico / Turnage Theatre

are making news every week.

 — When a local theater has to shut down because of a pandemic, the entire community’s economy can be affected.

The historic Turnage Theater in downtown Washington normally hosts plays, concerts, comedy and children’s camps, but the coronavirus has caused it to close its doors.

“It’s meant that events have been canceled. Artists haven’t been paid. Technicians weren’t able to work,” said Debra Torrence heads the Arts of the Pamlico, a regional arts council that runs the theater…”

Memorabilia highlights Turnage history

“Since its construction in 1913, the Turnage Theatre has been a hub of art and culture for Washington …”

During Economic Highs and Lows, the Arts Are Key Segment of U.S. Economy

Washington, DC—”According to the latest data issued today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts, the arts remain a vital component …”


Email us at info@artsofthepamlico.org for further information.

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Washington community comes together amid pandemic

By Latisha Catchatoorian, WRAL Digital Solutions

“As the nation starts to slowly reopen while still remaining cautious about the presence of the coronavirus, towns like Washington, N.C., are navigating their…”

Backstage art by BRAVO! Kids

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Silent Movies in NC - UNCTV Film Clip

The Historic Turnage Theatre is home to a mothballed silent movie & vaudeville theatre. Learn more about the silent movie era in NC at  https://www.unctv.org/blogs/arts/north-carolina-silent-films/

In The News – Blog Posts

Don’t Miss Another Podcast

Don’t Miss Another Podcast

Have you heard of BOCO Town? Arts of the Pamlico's latest creation is a podcast. Usually released once a week, these are a great way to learn more about your favorite artist, musician, performer, and other interesting talent in our area. Listen on the go!Listen to a...

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New! “arTshirts”

New! “arTshirts”

They're here! Colorful, complex, and cool. We call them arTshirts and you can buy this first-in-a-series T today.We worked with local high school artist Kayla Lilley to create a unique, nostalgic image that would convey the home of the Arts of the Pamlico, the impact...

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What’s Happening to Main Street?

What’s Happening to Main Street?

There's a great deal of activity right at our front door at the Turnage Theatre. It's called the Streetscapes Infrastructure Project and our Historic Downtown will experience an amazing face lift!Washington Harbor District Alliance (WHDA) is the organization,...

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23rd Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival

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Address: 150 West Main Street
Washington, North Carolina 27889

Phone: 252-946-2504


Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM

Thursday: 1 – 6 PM

Friday: 11 AM – 6 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM

Sundays – Mondays: closed

Plus, Day & Evening for Events

Arts of the Pamlico @ Historic Turnage Theatre

We’re just one block from the Washington Waterfront.

Come by boat and dock at the Waterfront! We are just a short walk to dinner and an event at the Turnage Theatre.

There is also plenty of parking behind the Theatre.

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