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Call for Art - 56th Annual Fine Arts Virtual Show - Submit Online Nov 1 - 13

Arts of the Pamlico presents:

56th Annual Fine Arts Show

Submissions Accepted Online Only in 2020

Submit photos November 1 – 13, 2020 via email to e.reedaop@gmail.com

Call for Artists

Due to COVID-19 safety issues the Arts of the Pamlico’s 56th Annual Fine Arts Show will be virtual this year. While the format is different and submissions will only be accepted via photographs emailed online, we did not want to miss a year of the show which is designed to both highlight and support artists in our region. The show will still be juried. The Juror will provide an online feedback forum. The People’s Choice Award will be chosen through online entries limited to one per person using a proven system. The cash awards and ribbons are exceptional again this year – see below.  The Show will be different but we hope it will still be as high quality and diverse as it has become, reach even more people and keep us all safe.

Artist Criteria

Artists must be a current Artist, Individual or Family Member of the Arts of the Pamlico to submit artwork. Visit artsofthepamlico.org/membership to join. Artists aged 18 years or older may participate. Each Artist is encouraged to submit up to two (2) pieces for the virtual exhibit.

This year the show will begin later – on  December 1, 2020 and remain live through the end of the year. All works submitted will be included in either the juried show or the submission category show with all winners noted.

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 photographed images that are not part of a mixed media piece 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
 ready for hanging if sold
 It is not limited in size for this show but dimensions must be provided

Three-dimensional work:
 It is not limited in weight or size this show but dimensions and weight must be provided

Submission Date Online

All entries are submitted via a photographed image of the work.


 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. Credit Card or PayPal payments may be made at this link.

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


 All works must be offered for sale.
 AOP has reduced its commission in half to 15% commission on all sales of AOP Members and 20% commission on all sales of Non-Members.Artists should include this commission in the retail price.                           AOP will seek press, provide a linnk to the show to share, push out the show on social media and through tourism and art venues online. Sales are encouraged throughout the show. The work submitted must be available for purchase through December 31, 2020.


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.



$500 – The Francis M. & William R. Roberson, Jr. Best in Show Award


$500 The Dr. William E. Kidd People’s Choice Award

 Creative Illusions Award

$300 – Best Entry for Abstract Work – Anonymous Donor

The Lane People Prize – Any Media depicting a Person or People

$150 – given by Louise and Harold Lane


             $100 Sponsored by ReLeaf Washington

Frankye K. Rumley Textile Award          

            $100 – Sponsored by Bettie Bonner Bradshaw

Sound Rivers Award Best Entry expressing the River as a Valuable Asset

$75 – Sound Rivers

FIRST Place for Best Entry depicting Life in NC

$100. Sponsored by Steven Lee of Lee Chevrolet

SECOND Place for best Entry depicting Life in NC

$50. Sponsored by Steve and Susan Spaanbroek of Cypress Landing

BEST Entry for Mixed Media

$100. Sponsored by Ed and Shirley Mann of Cypress Landing

THE YOUNG Ones Award – Best Emerging Artist (age 35 & under)

$100. Cypress Landing Woman’s Club

PLEIN AIR Award – Best Entry depicting a scene in Washington, NC city limits

$50. Sponsored by Art Tyndall Studio


           $50. Sponsored by MJ Peters of Cypress Landing


$25. Sponsored by Carol Mann of Lemonade Gallery


$25. Sponsored by Candace Dale of Little Shoppes

First Place Ribbons for the following Categories:

Oil/Acrylic sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico

Pastels sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico

Three-Dimensional sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico

Pottery sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico

Second Place Ribbons for the following Categories:

Oil/Acrylic sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico

Watercolor sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico

Three-Dimensional sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico

Pottery sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico


Virtual Show Image Submission Process

  • Artists take photos of their own work or arrange for photos of their work to be completed for submission.
  • Submit photographs to Elizabeth e.reedaop@gmail.com. Full view and close up photographs encouraged for each art piece.
  • Deadline to submit is November 13, 2020 at 6 PM by email.
  • Maximum of 2 works per registrant, maximum of three images per work.
  • Reduced Commission of 15% for members and 20% 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 December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021. Submissions must be available for sale 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
    • Type of work – oil, mixed media etc,
    • Dimensions and Weight if applicable
    • 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 https://vimeo.com/417977962.
  • 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 d.torrenceaop@gmail.com.
  • The artist will be contacted if a purchase is requested to determine shipping or delivery costs and arrangements.


Contact Elizabeth Reed at e.reedaop@gmail.com.



Plein Air - October 17

Arts of the Pamlico presents:

Paint Out! in Belhaven

New date – October 17th – 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 may be found at https://www.darearts.org/asg.








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 e.staebellaop@gmail.com.

  • 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 www.bctma.org.

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

    • October 17, 2020 (time to be determined).  https://www.artsofthepamlico.org/events/workshop-ruth-wyands-three-part-blues-guitar-bath-nc/

    • 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  https://pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/.
  • Writers Conference – Pamlico Writers Group’s annual conference has been moved from April to September 25 & 26, 2020. For more information go to https://pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/.

Create Outside!

Paint Out! in Belhaven – October 17, 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 www.naturalfibersgroup.org & 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.