Christmas trees symbolize community partnerships

Published 5:29 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2017

There’s a different kind of art currently on display at Arts of the Pamlico’s Turnage Theatre.

Nine Christmas trees decorate the gallery space, each decorated by an organization that has the arts in common.

“They’re all partners, art partners with us, or community partners, so we’ve opened up the venue to allow them to share information about their art form or community service,” said Debra Torrence, executive director of Arts of the Pamlico. “We feel like we should be supporting our community the way they have supported us.”

Those organizations are the Beaufort County Community Orchestra, Beaufort County Choral Society, Rock the Pamlico, improv comedy group I.C. Comedy, the Pamlico River Quilters’ Guild, Harbor Church, Salvation Army, Pamlico Writers Group and the Natural Fibers Group — most of which use the Turnage Theatre space for meetings, shows, workshops and more. Many of the ornaments decorating the trees are handmade, and those occupying the quilters’ guild’s and the community orchestra’s trees are for sale. Other ornaments for sale at Turnage include an item just in: a Turnage ornament emblazoned with a silent movie projector. Also for sale are mugs of the same design, Torrence said.

The quilters’ guild tree is a precursor to the guild’s coming exhibit Nov. 30 at the Turnage. The show will be on display through the month of December, Torrence said. The opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and is open to the public.

The Turnage Theatre is located at 150 W. Main St. in Washington. For more information, visit