Sheryl Tuorila Fine Art Tile
Sheryl Tuorila is one of more than 190 artists housed in the historic Northrup King Building, the largest and most-populated artist studio complex in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. But the work created within the Sheryl Tuorila Fine Art Tile studio effortlessly remains unique and simply one-of-a-kind.
Sheryl moved to Northeast Minneapolis in 1999 after getting a degree in printmaking. She began working with Josh Blanc at his studio, Clay Squared to Infinity, where she learned the art of tile making. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement, she helped Josh with the marketing of his studio while she experimented with mosaic work using plates, china, glass and mirrors.
“It has always been about materials,” says Sheryl. In earlier years, she did jewelry and quilting which was all about beads and textiles. She is now known for her signature handmade tiles and mosaics. Sheryl’s materials may have changed but her appreciation for them hasn’t.
Sheryl has done many public arts projects throughout the metro including the carrot sculpture outside the Eastside Food Cooperative located on Central Avenue. Several other projects include a bench for the Mother Baby Center at the Children’s Hospital; artwork for the Roosevelt Library in South Minneapolis; and a series of artwork for the Hennepin County Medical Center.
Sheryl is involved with the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and the Arts District in a number of ways. As a member of NEMAA, she served as advertising coordinator for the annual Artist Directory & Art-A-Whirl Guide publication, which is how she met a number of other artists working in the District and was able to expand her network. “My time with NEMAA has been an incredibly valuable experience,” she says while going on to mention the strong sense of community that exists between member artists. Sheryl is also a member of the Handmade Tile Association and the Mosaics Guild – which she helped start.
Now in her seventh year on the fourth floor of Northup King, Sheryl is still attracting people to her studio and gallery space by teaching classes, hosting meetings, and participating in Art-A-Whirl, First Thursdays, Art Attack and the Fall Fine Arts Show. “People that attend these open studio events often come back,” says Sheryl. “People enjoy seeing how my work is changing through the years.”
Sheryl is also embracing the use of social media to market her studio, garner a larger following and connect more with her audience. She displays photos of her projects in various stages of completion so that people can visually see the progress. “I want to show the process of art and the time that goes into it so that people can understand the value of fine art and fine craft.”
Sheryl frequents businesses in Northeast such as Crafty Planet, Unique, Eastside Food Cooperative, Recovery Bike Shop, Maya Cuisine, Art Materials and Central Ave. Liquors. Her house sits on the Mississippi River, so sometimes Sheryl even likes to kayak downriver and visit Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge.