NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Roosevelt Library to dedicate new artwork Saturday

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The new artwork at Roosevelt Library will be dedicated during a special event tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m.

View the many fine art mosaic panels now hanging on the recently rennovated library’s walls. Artist Sheryl Tuorilla will be available to speak to attendees.

Create your own paper mosaic art with volunteers from the Minnesota Mosaic Art Guild.

The library is located at 4026 28th Ave. S.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

“Zen Tile, Flowing Ovals and Squaresville Tiles are my signature handmade tiles, and the meditative process of creating them provides me with an artistic retreat,” remarked Tuorilla on her web site. “Working with the wet clay, cutting the individual tiles, meticulously applying glaze and loading each piece into the kiln allows time for reflection.”

After the tiles are made, she mindfully select each piece for her mosaics, to create balance among shapes and colors until the work is complete. “My organic mosaic designs are often enhanced by the addition of fossils, sliced agates, stained glass and polished river rock,” said Tuorilla.

“The finished artwork functions as a stopping point for the viewer, allowing them to clear their mind for a moment and allow their eyes to meander through the individual tiles and experience the journey of color and shapes. New materials blend with natural materials to illustrate a sense of history and timelessness.

“These pieces are ideal as hanging artwork or sculpture but are dynamic when actually installed on walls. The terra cotta tiles are exterior grade and fine for most outdoor applications,” she added.

During her career, Tuorilla has experimented with other artistic mediums, but once she created her first mosaic piece over 10 years ago, she said she never looked back. “Mosaic work is a medium that offers limitless possibilities with regard to ideas, materials and applications,” said Tuorilla. “I only wish there were more hours in the day to create this beautiful work.”

She lives in Brooklyn Park on the Mississippi River, an environment she feels compliments and inspires her organic flowing style of artwork.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

A used book sale will be held at Roosevelt Library on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Most books, withdrawn from the Hennepin Conty Library system or donated by the public, will be priced at $1 or less. Book donations will be accepted at the library beginning on Sept. 7. Funds raised will benefit the library.