Artists, performers honored at Turnage – Washington Daily News
Area residents were treated to a bountiful helping of their favorite art and live music last Friday, as artists from five local galleries and more than a dozen artists offered their best work during this year’s Art Walk and a first-ever open mic night. at the Turnage Theatre.
Friday’s event was the second art walk held since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, attracting fans of the popular event, which was held three to four times a year for at least a decade before the pandemic. . “I would like to bring that tradition back,” said Heather Summers, program and outreach coordinator at Arts of the Pamlico, which hosted an arts walk last fall, as well as the one last weekend. This time, participating groups included the River Walk Gallery, Lemonade Art Gallery, Art Tyndall’s Workshop and the North Carolina Estuarium, many of which offered refreshments as well as opportunities to enjoy – and buy. – the work of countless Beaufort County artists and artisans.
The evening also featured the start of Open Mic Night, which Summers says will become a regular fixture at the Turnage, most likely as part of the theater’s First Friday musical series, which “technically started in October with performances monthly musicals, but we officially started with Ruth Wyand in January, doing her Joanie Mitchell folk genre.
The evening’s performances were hosted by local musician and producer Chuck Phillips, who is well known for similar events at other venues. He said he was amazed by the variety of performances, which included a poetry reading, a comedic routine, a spirited rendition of “Friday Night By The Dashboard Lights”, a young Beatles tribute duo and several folk singers. The surprise of the evening was an eye-opening performance by 14-year-old Noah Cobb, who has been raising eyebrows at Beaufort County venues since October, with more than a dozen original songs and numerous country standards, sung in the style of a soulful young Johnny Cash.
“It was pretty cool. I wasn’t expecting poetry and comedy,” Phillips said of the variety represented by the performers last weekend. Summers added that the response to the evening last week’s open mic virtually guarantees that more of them will take place at the Turnage in the near future.