The Inner Banks Artisans’ Center in Washington provides a place for those who practice art and for those who purchase it.
The artistically gifted clamor for a spot at the Inner Banks Artisans’ Center in Washington. Whether to display and sell or to hunker down in one of the 19 permanent studios and create — the center is a destination. What started as 10 artists selling out of a gallery in 2009 has grown to 80 artists and a wait list of 30 just two years later. Open to the public, the center offers a little bit of everything — blown glass and edible art, pottery and oil paintings. It’s a good spot for emerging artists who dream of one day hanging their work in a gallery, as well as art enthusiasts, looking to find beautiful pieces for their foyers.
Wander to the back of the Inner Banks Artisans’ Center, and you may hear some spirited plucking on an old-time banjo. Union Alley Coffeehouse adds yet another art form — live music — to the artsy space. Run by the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association, the coffeehouse is anything but the fancy latte lounges familiar to coffee drinkers today. Union Alley draws inspiration from another era when emerging musicians and forward thinkers gathered in coffeehouses to hear good music. Most of the music comes from traditional, string instruments, such as the fiddle or stand-up bass. With regularly scheduled performances and open-mic nights, attendees get a sample of all skill levels in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Inner Banks Artisans’ Center
158 West Main Street
Washington, N.C. 27889