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.


Online Art Shop

These amazing items are available by contacting Debra Torrence.
This members show is live through Aug 30, 2020.
Future Art Shows:
cypress landing Artists show June – Sept.
Annual Photography Show July – Oct.  
Fine arts show October – January.

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…”

Billy Vaughn - Al Powell

Join us for our 10th BoCo Town episode and take flight – really!

Bily Vaughn shares his love of flight and the background on how the flexible wing, Rogallo Wing, was created that led to hang gliding and numerous innovations.

Al Powell shares the first drone program for youth in Beaufort County, a partnership with Microsoft and how you can get involved with the IBX STEM Center. 

Ray Midgett - Ruth Wyand

Ray Midgett
“Ray joins us to share his passion for local maritime history. Listen in as Ray shares a bit of history about the river port Washington used to be, how a deadly twist of fate …”

Ruth Wyand
“Ruth Wyand, a one-woman band — literally — spent time with us sharing how she sings, strums, drums and shakes songs across a range of genres for a truly unique musical experience. Listen in to how Ruth…”

Check Out These Links!

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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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/

COVID-19 is taking a toll on the arts

“We want people to know that art doesn’t stop even in the worst of times, artists have continued to create and their art may look different, the subjects may change, but the importance of the arts and opening dialog and supporting our community is more important now than ever,” Torrence says. 

In The News – Blog Posts

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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Art Beat for week of March 30-2020

Art Beat for week of March 30-2020

Art Beat shares information about programs and efforts of your regional arts council, Arts of the Pamlico (AOP), and arts events at the Historic Turnage Theatre and across Beaufort County. AOP presents and supports the provision of arts programming for the community...

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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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