St. Petersburg’s Shine Mural Festival (stylized “SHINE”) is back for its seventh year happening from Oct. 15-24 when viewers can guide their way through the city’s public art with help from an audio tour via the Pixelstix app (then refresh themselves with Shine’s new “Staycation” beer).
Mural artists from as far away as Germany (Case Maclaim) and Colombia (Gleo) will be painting 16 new murals thanks to a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and production from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. National artists include Greg Mike (Atlanta) Ricky Watts, (San Francisco), Bakpak Durden (Detroit) and Woes Martin (Los Angeles).
Local artists participating are Jenipher Chandley, Jared Wright, Jason Harvin, Miss Crit, Michael Fatutoa, and Reid Jenkins. Aurailieus is this year’s local “Open Call” winner—whose work can be seen in the new Daddy Kool space and Three Dog Bakery.
The week-long event also has Tampa artist Jujmo leading an educational course for the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation art club—helping kids interested in mural-making careers.
Other ““Bright Spots” of the week include St. Pete’s Leo Gomez curating a mural tribute to COVID-19 health workers at Bayfront Health, located at 744 6th Ave South. Local favorite Ya La’ford is working on the Love Line Project—“an enactment of positivity and the power of love to light our St. Pete community and beyond”—which includes a neon sign with a voted-on slogan.
And you’ll probably work up a thirst while Shining, so make plans to be at Bayboro Brewing Co.—located at 2390 5th Ave S—for the release of a custom Shine beer, “Staycation,” which a press release calls “a strawberry, orange, passionfruit ale.”
The party—where Row Jomah, sun dé, The Headtones and the Josh Nelms Project will play live music—is free to attend, but a $5 donation is encouraged.
Social distancing and masks are recommended while visiting the murals or events. For a full list of Covid-19 protocols, go here.
For more information, go to stpeteartsalliance.org.
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