Life and Career
Sherry Williams Thurston is a prominent North Carolina artist, especially well-known along the Carolina Coast. From her gallery, open for the past three decades in the scenic fishing village of Sneads Ferry, she has gained acclaim for her wide variety of works in various artistic media. Her trademark-a depiction of watermen’s' boots, are known in eastern North Carolina as “Sneads Ferry Sneakers," but have other names in other places.
Thurston’s “ Sunrise in Sneads Ferry” colorful depiction of the popular coastal festival in 2003 was chosen to adorn both festival posters and t-shirts. Sherry offers limited edtion giclee prints of it in her gallery. The lithograph prints were sold out. She has been the cover artist for Sounds Magazine, based in Hampstead , NC . She created“Turtle Love”, a litho in a mixed-media work celebrating the turtle hospital at Topsail Beach , North Carolina . Sherry had a 2002 exhibit at Hampstead Arts, a four-decade retrospective of art she has had on publication covers from Topsail Island Advertiser, Sounds Magazine, Coaster from 1993 to 2000.
Born in Rocky Mount, NC, she is a 1970 graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville NC with a B.S. in Art Education. Thurston also studied under the renowned Jerry Coulter of James Madison University at Orkney Springs, Virginia in 1998 and the summer of 2001. Sherry is painting and teaching in her art gallery. Contact her for commission portraits or paintings.
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Sunrise in Sneads Ferry, © 2003
Designer of the
"Sneads Ferry Sneakers" 92© Sherry Thurston
Sherry Thurston - artist
328 Peru Road Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
Established in 1980