Best Of 2017

BEST ART THUG: Derek Donnelly


Donnelly’s been around a long time, and he was one of the artists behind St. Pete’s mural-driven rise to art-topia prominence. He’s long preached the integrity of the work, so it was only somewhat surprising that he took to Facebook Live back in June to stream an obscenity-laden confrontation with local entrepreneur/talentless opportunist Brenton Bruns II over said opportunist’s unlicensed use of mural images. In the video, Bruns keeps his cool, claiming he just wants to help local artists; Donnelly goes old-school, and becomes a Digital Age folk hero in the fight for artists’ rights, perhaps not coincidentally gaining a commission for the first mural along the ‘Burg’s tony Beach Drive. —SH