HOW WE GOT HERE ...
On June 9th, 2016, Tyrell A. Thompson was shot and killed in an attempted robbery in the Central West End. At 28, he still had a ton of living to do.
Tyrell, also well known as “Rell Finesse,” dedicated his entire life to art and the art community. He spent every working hour and beyond perfecting his craft. For most of his life he was the epitome of a dedicated, starving artist. In the last year of his life, Tyrell was employed as a graphic designer at LockerDome and spent every free minute creating paintings, graphics, and drawings in his downtown loft. He was well known for his ‘Power Ranger’ saga, and was beginning his new ‘Dragon Ball Z’ series at the time of his death.
Tyrell’s loft was more than just his home but a creative hub for him and his friends. His famous “Wall” that displayed all of his artwork, is the backdrop of countless memories and photos. A lot of people not only lost a great friend when he passed, but also found themselves without a space to gather, fellowship, and create.
Kayla Thompson, Tyrell’s sister, founded the Finesse Center as a way to immortalize Tyrell’s life work as well as create a space that fosters creativity for artists and creatives just as his loft did.
The Finesse Center, named in honor of the late Tyrell A. Thompson, is a co-working space designed to be a collaboration community and resource for creatives located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
Among the biggest challenges for a creative, freelance professional is finding an inspiring place to work, meet professionally with clients, as well as network and access resources. The Finesse Center is the answer to community's needs by providing a creative space to work and play.
The Finesse Center is more than just an empty desk or lounge area. It is equipped with amenities such as wifi, desktop computers, printers, digital cameras, backdrops, easels, canvasses, and more all available for its dedicated members.
In addition to providing a place to work, The Finesse Center is a place for creatives to network and mingle. Members have access to seminars, workshops, and discounts to weekly events.
Art and culture are the portals for artistic knowledge and discovery. The Finesse Center is a place for people across all of the arts to come together to learn, connect, and share. Our mission is to create an environment in which creatives can thrive in St. Louis. As an establishment of support and resources, the Finesse Center exists to help foster your passions and life long dreams - a place for creatives to make a way.