connecting art culture & community


The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) provides cultural opportunities through initiation, support, and presentation of artistic programs in Beaufort County and the surrounding region. It is a goal of the AOP to present a wide range of educational, entertainment, and cultural programs, and to encourage the same by advancing and supporting the efforts of local artists, arts organizations and arts businesses throughout the region.


With a 49-year history of serving rural eastern NC, AOP is one of the oldest arts councils in the state. Its diverse community encompasses a range of incomes, professions and interests. Housed at its Historic Turnage Theatre, constructed originally as a vaudeville theater in 1913 and expanded with a palace theatre to the rear in the early 1930’s, this community jewel has become the hub for community based arts and culture activities.


AOP programs, theater and gallery spaces are supported by funding from a combination of services, fees and private and public sources including state and local government, sponsorships, memberships, ticket sales, fundraisers, facility rentals, concession sales and endowment/investment income.


Beth Strange

Executive Director

Lexie Buck

Finance & Marketing Manager

252-946-2504 (office)
252-402-4805 (cell)

Jeffery Phipps

Artistic Director

Paul Harding

Facility Maintenance

Anthony Wooden

Operations Assistant

Fernanda Newman

Visual Arts Programs / Operations

Sarah Faircloth

Performing Arts Programs / Operations


Gail Baird

Chair, 2nd Term (Joined 2021)

Gayle Watson

Vice Chair, 1st Term (Joined 2022) Dance Instructor

Roland Wyman

Past Chair, 2nd Term (Retired, Electrical Engineer)

Heather Thienpont

Treasurer 2nd term (Joined 2021)

Terry Woolard

Secretary 2nd Term (Joined 2021) Senior Branch Office Administrator


Charles (Chuck) Caldwell

1 st Term (Joined 2022) Retired Attorney

Sarah Fite

1 st Term (Joined 2022)

Leesa jones

1 st Term (Joined 2022) Washington Under Railroad Museum, Director



Steve Barnes

1 st Term (Joined 2022) - WDN Reporter

Bob Douglas

1st Term (Joined 2022) Retired

Brittany Lane

1st Term (Joined 2022) English Teacher

Jayne Meisell

1st Term (Joined 2022) Business Owner

John Tate

1 st Term (Joined 2021) Attorney

Anthony Tyre

1 st Term (Joined 2021) Clear Point Behavioral Health Dir. US Army – Retired Mil. Police


Beaufort County Schools

Ashley Padgett

Beaufort County Comm College Representative

Clay Carter

East Carolina University Representative

Daniel Shirley

Aurora Representative

Cynthia Crane

Bath Representative

Gail Kenefick

Belhaven Represntative

Glaussia Hubers


Honorary Board Member

Linda Boyer

Honorary Board Member

Lynda Lane

Honorary Board Member

Sue Nicholson