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. 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.
Born in Rocky Mount, NC, she is a 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, VA.