The Arts of the Pamlico is the state-designated arts council for Beaufort and Washington Counties, based in its Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, NC.


AOP is a vibrant hub of arts & cultural events and activities serving Eastern North Carolina.

AOP is home to several art groups & troupes, and an art stop to buy local art and sweets & treats.


Gallery Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 1 – 6 PM

Friday 11 AM – 6 PM

Saturday 11 – 4 PM


Theatre Hours

The Historic Turnage Theatre is open nearly every day for a variety of events.

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Contact Us

150 W. Main St

Washington, NC 27889


Art Beat Column April 15

Art Beat  - A Genre for Everyone  Looking for arts and cultural close to home? Art Beat, from the team at the Arts of the Pamlico’s (AOP) to learn about arts and cultural programming offered in Beaufort County is an opportunity to learn about arts activities in your...

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City Council Supports Roof Campaign

 Arts of the Pamlico Executive Director, Debra Torrence appealed to Washington City Council for support toward its urgent need for roof repairs. Read the full article in Washington Daily News:

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Artist Donates Paintings

Proceeds from several of artist Karyn Drum's paintings that are currently on display will go toward the Turnage Theatre's "Raise the Roof" campaign.Read the full article in Washington Daily News Article will open in a new window:

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Art Beat – Week of April 15 2019

In this week's issue:   Easter Parade, Saturday, April 20 I.C. Improv - Saturday evening New! Sunday in the Park concert series beginning May 5th          and so much more... Your Art Beat Newsletter will open in a new...

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Art Beat – Week of April 8 2019

In this week's issue:   Ballroom dancing April 12th See the Wizard of Oz movie  - 80th anniversary! New Concert in the Park series beginning in May          and so much more... Your Art Beat Newsletter will open in a new...

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We’re Rebuilding Our Roof at the Turnage Theatre

Our Raise the Roof capital campaign is officially underway! Every dollar counts. Please consider a donation and then forward this post on to those in your networks near and far.   We can raise the roof together! Any and all support you can provide will help to...

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Address: 150 West Main St.
Washington, North Carolina 27889

Phone: 252-946-2504


Tuesday – Thursday 1 – 6 PM

Friday 11 AM – 6 PM

Saturday 11am – 4pm

Sundays, Days & Evenings 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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