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Call for Art - 56th Annual Fine Arts Show - November 1 Submissions

Arts of the Pamlico presents:

56th Annual Fine Arts Show

Submissions Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 2 – 6 PM

Call for Artists

The Arts of the Pamlico invites Artists aged 18 years or older to participate in its Annual Fine Arts Show. Each Artist is encouraged to submit up to two (2) pieces for the exhibit. This year AOP will host both an in person show and a virtual show of the works submitted.

All work must be:

  • original (no copies or classwork)
  • executed within the past two (2) years
  • for sale and priced at a competitive market price
  • not previously shown in an AOP Fine Arts Show

Please note that photographic images are not able to be included in this show.

AOP reserves the right to refuse any work it considers inappropriate for the exhibit.


Two-dimensional work must be:
 framed and securely wired (no saw tooth or single hole punch hangers)
 ready for hanging
 must not exceed 96 inches in any direction

Three-dimensional work must be:
 Suitably prepared for exhibition, including necessary stands.
 Weight of work not to exceed 100 pounds.
 Work requiring special installation must have advance approval by AOP.

Drop Off Date:

Drop off is on November 1 between 2 – 6 PM.


 Entry Fee is $20 for up to two entries for AOP Member Artists and $30 for up to two entries for Non-Member Artists Fee is payable in cash, check, or credit cards – checks payable to AOP.

 A maximum for two entries per Artist may be submitted.


 All works must be offered for sale.
 AOP retains 30% commission on all sales of AOP Members and 40% commission on all sales of Non-Members.Artists should include this commission in the retail price.                                                                             Sales are encouraged throughout the show.
 Purchased works not displayed in the Turnage Gallery may be taken on the date of purchase, all other work must remain on display until the end of the exhibit period.


Kelly Adams has taught at East Carolina University School of Art and Design since 1997 in the painting and drawing and first year programs. Adams trained at East Carolina University and received a MFA in 1996. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Atlantic Gallery NYC, Clemson University, Ohio Northern University, Chicago, and California. Internationally she has shown in Cologne, Germany and Pago Pago, American Samoa with solo shows in Florida, Maryland, and NC Museum of Natural Science. Working primarily in drawing media on personal and ecological themes, Adams believes that direct experience is crucial to understanding environmental issues. She has traveled extensively and lived in New Zealand, South Pacific islands, and Europe where she has instructed, lectured, and worked. Adams was selected for artists residencies in three National Parks within Colorado, Arizona, and Tennessee.


Outreach to sponsors and confirmation of awards given the negative financial  impact of COVID 19 is currently underway. Details will be posted soon.

Reception and Virtual Show:

If COVID19 restrictions allow, we will host the reception and award ceremony with the Juror at the Historic Turnage Theatre on November 5, beginning at 5:30 PM.

AOP intends to provide both in person and virtual shows for each exhibit to support artists having a bigger reach and increasing access to local and regional artwork and artists.

Details about how to submit images of your work for the virtual show are below.

Virtual Show Image Submission

  • Artists take photos of their own work.
  • Submit photographs to Elizabeth Full view and close up photographs encouraged for each art piece.
  • Deadline to submit is November 1, 2020 at 6 PM by email.
  • Maximum of 2 works per registrant, maximum of three images per work.
  • Standard Commission of 30% for members and 40% or non-members.
  • Virtual Show runs in tandem with the in person show. The timeframe begins one week later than the in person show, from November 12, 2020 – January 15, 2021. Submissions must be available to be sold during this time.
  • Send a head shot or photograph of you taking a photo to Elizabeth as well please in an individual email.
  • Send one work per email and label the subject line as follows… Fine Arts Show 2020 Piece #= Artist Name.
  • Send the following information in the body of the email:
    • Your Name
    • Title of work
    • Dimensions
    • County of Residence
    • Price
    • Any additional information or notes may be shared as well to guide our collective effort.

Virtual Show 

  • An example of AOP’s virtual shows may be viewed at
  • The online slideshow will be set to music, can be paused.
  • A draft slideshow will be sent to participants to review for text edits only provided back to Elizabeth Reed in a shot time frame so be on the look out please. Please note – Edits to your slides only are requested. No edits to the music, speed of the slides or edits to graphics or other features will be able to be made to the Show.  And no additional edits to the Show, once complete, are possible.
  • The Arts of the Pamlico will post the final show on our homepage, FB pages, put in our email blasts, press articles and share with our art networks.
  • A link to the final show will be shared with participating artists to post and share before the Show goes live!

Sales from Virtual Show:

  • Works may be purchased by contacting Debra Torrence at
  • The artist will be contacted if a purchase is requested to determine shipping or delivery costs and arrangements.


AOP will exercise the best possible care in the handling of works but shall not be held responsible for loss or damage for any cause.


Contact Elizabeth Reed at




Plein Air - August 15

Arts of the Pamlico presents:

Paint Out! in Belhaven

August 15 – Registration is now closed.


Funding - Individual Artist Grants - Fall 2020 Applications

NC Arts Council supported:

Individual Artist Grants

The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) is a designated as the arts council for Beaufort and Washington Counties by the NC Arts Council. Annually, regional grants to support individual artists are awarded in our region to support artists pursue their profession.

This year, the region has changed and will include fewer counties and counties that mirror our beautiful ruralness.

Details on the grants use, criteria for applications, workshops on how to complete the grant application and deadlines will be announced based on when the State Legislature completes the budgeting cycle for the new fiscal year.

Stay tuned!







Call for Art - 2020 Healing Vets Art Exhibit - October 1 - 3 Submissions

Arts of the Pamlico and Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities presents:

Call for Art 

2020 Healing Vets Art Exhibit

Submissions October 1 – 3, 2020

This show will be held in person if COVID 19 restrictions allow

or it will be shown online if we are prevented from gathering together in person.

Call for Art - ReLeaf's Washington's Celebration of Trees Art Exhibit - Postponed

Arts of the Pamlico and ReLeaf Washington presents:

Postponed – Watch for Updates

ReLeaf Washington’s Celebration of Trees Art Exhibit






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After school arts enrichment from 3 – 6 PM, for youth ages 5 – 15 years. $15/day.

Youth attending schools in the Washington city limits may ride Beaufort County Schools bus to the Turnage Theatre for drop off.

Contact Erin Staebell ay

  • Weekly Open Traditional Music Jams

    • Beaufort County Traditional Music Association (BCTMA) Jams most Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and Saturday mornings from 10 AM – Noon at the Historic Turnage Theatre. For more information, please visit

  • Ruth Wyand’s Three Part Blues Guitar Workshop at the Swindell Store in Bath, NC

    • October 17, 2020 (time to be determined).

    • Monthly Readers Theatre Online – Check Event Calendar.   

  • Writing Critique Meeting – Pamlico Writers Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each monthy at 7pm at the Arts of the Pamlico Historic Turnage Theatre.  For more information go to
  • Writers Conference – Pamlico Writers Group’s annual conference has been moved from April to September 25 & 26, 2020. For more information go to

Create Outside!

Paint Out! in Belhaven – August 15, 2020

Paint Out! is an AOP plein air or paint outside event for registrants of all levels. Registration is $10 per person. Limited registrations are available for this outdoor event which will comply with COVID19 restrictions. Registration is full and is now closed.


Fall series to be announced soon!


Natural Fibers Group Workshop:

  • First Monday of the Month: Natural Fibers Group meets at the Historic Turnage Theatre from 9 AM– 12 Noon.  Cost: based on class. See details at & on Facebook.


Creative Flow Watercolor Workshop

Explore watercolor painting as a method to relax and have fun! You will learn how to use watercolor paint to make vibrant colors and expressive paintings. In this workshop you create your own unique paintings and learn several techniques that you can use at home. This is a workshop to get you started and show you how to tap into your creative groove!  No experience necessary.

April 2020 Session cancelled due to COVID 19. A new workshop date will be announced soon!

All materials provided: 2 sheets high quality Arches watercolor paper, 4 sheets practice watercolor paper and watercolor paintbrushes, paints, and palettes.

Instructor:  Karen Warren, Artist

Karen has been creating art as early as she can remember.  She studied art at Michigan State University and Central Washington State University.  She enjoys working with various mediums including, oil paint, acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media.  A big part of her creative process is experimentation. She is drawn to new materials, combining them in different methods. Karen is also a jewelry maker and is owner of Doe Run Jewelry. Her art can be found on Facebook as Karen S.Warren Art and on Instagram as Doe Run Art.

Cost:  $52 ($50 cash discount) for AOP Members or $62 ($60 cash discount) for non-members.  All materials included in cost of workshop.  Pre-register and pay in person at the Historic Turnage Theatre or by calling 252-946-2504.