Sunday, September 23, 2018

Street art is sweet on St. Pete's Central Avenue

St. Petersburg is home to some of the best street art in the world, if you know where to look. The alley to the north of Central Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets has been transformed into an extraordinary gallery space. In this unlikely location, some of the city's most talented and unsung artists display their work in large form, expressing ideas and emotions that give the area bold splashes of color. The paintings range from abstract whorls of paint to detailed depictions of snake and bird heads peeking out of flowers.

Artist Chad Mize of Bluelucy (an art and design collaboration group) worked with artists Phillip Clark and Nikolas Kekllas to create a mural of the '60s model Twiggy on the backside of the Blue Lucy art gallery in the 600 block of Central. The work was finished in four days this year. "I did this style of coloring (for) a little bit of a different color palette than the rest of the murals around here," Mize said.

On a recent nearly spring afternoon, a group of teens trailed through the alley admiring the work. "I wouldn't want to be here (in St. Petersburg) if it wasn't for this place" said Pinellas Park High junior Hanna Kenyon.

Her friend Jacob Skilton, who is a freshman at the University of Central Florida, described what the street art conveyed to him.

"The city is nostalgic," he said.

     
 
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