It’s been a while since we could gather in good company to watch a live performance, but Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) continues to make the best of these times by providing the community with opportunities to stay involved with local arts.
Over the past few months, AOP has worked to raise and replace the roof structure of the Historic Turnage Theatre. Upon completion of the roof structure, AOP hopes that they will be able to host a soft opening to reveal the reconstruction and restoration of the Historic Vaudeville Theatre in November. The Vaudeville Theatre was a popular form of entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th century that showcased several small acts on the same show bill. These acts included, but were not limited to: magicians, acrobats, comedians, trained animals, jugglers, singers, and dancers. For more updates on this project, follow this link.
If all goes as planned, the soft opening will include a viewing of the updated costume museum created by Jeffery Phipps. Phipps is a well-known costume designer that has designed for over 300 productions. Today, he is a member of United Scenic Artists, Southeastern Theatre Conference, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and The Historic Commission in Washington, North Carolina. He is also a board member of the Turnage Theaters Foundation. Over the summer, AOP members challenged themselves to transform color form shapes into costumes and paper dolls. These unique pieces will be on display as well.
AOP has a new art and sales exhibit space in Bath, NC at the old Swindells Store. The store is located on Main Street in Bath and is open on Saturday from 8:00am-3:00pm and on Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Artists are being sought by AOP to demo their work for viewing and sale. For just $30 a year, artists can join the exhibit as a member. Contact Debra Torrence at email@example.com for more information.
AOP’s 56th Annual Fine Arts Show will take place online this year. Although things may look different, AOP does not want to miss an opportunity to highlight and award artists in the region. Many cash awards, ribbons, and a Stewart’s Jewelers $500 freshwater pearl necklace are up for grabs. For further details, please visit the following link.
AOP’s fundraising efforts don’t sleep! Currently, there are several options for you to show your support for local arts in Beaufort County. Be a part of the new streetscape project in front of the Turnage Theatre by purchasing a dedication brick for $100. Seat plaque are also available for $250. Both options will be installed at the Turnage and will be there to stay! They also have a couple of t-shirt designs to choose from if you prefer to wear your support. All donations go towards support for arts and cultural programs in Beaufort County. Specifically, many of the donations this time around will help AOP launch an online arts program!
The Turnage Theatre bakery, Val’s Gourmet, is still open every Thursday-Saturday. Val’s pies and tasty leech cakes come highly recommended. Grab a slice of cake or the whole pie! You won’t regret it.
Have you checked out the new podcast in town? BoCo Town covers all the latest happenings with the local arts community. Each episode features a local artist or other honorable guest. To subscribe and download BOCO Town as new episodes are available, just visit your favorite podcast sites, such as Apple Podcast, iHeart, Spotify, Amazon Podcast, and more.
As always, watch artsofthepamlico.org and “Arts of the Pamlico’s Historic Turnage Theatre” Facebook Page for updates. You can also sign up to receive the monthly AOP newsletter on their website’s homepage.