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Art Planner: New SHINE murals, new art shows in downtown St. Petersburg, Todd Still at Dunedin Fine Arts Center


The St. Petersburg ArtWalk is a monthly event, but Saturday's is probably going to be a standout. It'll have the usual complement of new gallery shows but it also coincides with SPF 16, a monthlong celebration of the arts presented by the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg with support from the city. The biggest event in SPF 16 is the SHINE Mural Festival, and the 21 new murals should be completed by the ArtWalk. The galleries stay open until 9 p.m. So, lots to see and do.

Trolleys, most of them free, will shuttle you around the venues, and restaurants and bars abound in most of the arts districts hosting the walk.


"Paradise Cities: Urban Art in Florida" is a group show at the Morean Arts Center of 10 female artists who consolidate a street-art aesthetic into their studio work. The works are created for gallery display by Hilary White, Iryna Kanishcheva, Joelle Dietrick, Angela Delaplane, Jennifer Kosharek, Cecilia Lueza, Jeannette St. Amour, Suzy Schultz, Naomi Glueck and Sarah Sheppard. Delaplane and Lueza also created murals for SHINE. While you're there, check out a new mural by Ya La'ford and community volunteers.

Dave Williams has been a respected artist in the Tampa Bay region for decades and once worked at the St. Petersburg Times, now the Tampa Bay Times. His mixed-media works incorporating images and items from pop culture populate the walls of galleries and homes. This body of art, completed over the last 15 years, embodies the inspiration he has taken from and given to street art before it became mainstream.

A free opening reception is from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, coinciding with ArtWalk. Both exhibitions continue through Oct. 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (727) 822-7872.


Grant Peeples is best known as a musician and composer with nine studio albums under his belt. He has plenty of subject matter for his songs and ballads. A self-described Florida "leftneck," he lived for 11 years on an island off the coast of Nicaragua, reported building a small resort and installing the first flushable toilet. He returned to the U.S. in 2006 and found even more fodder for his music. His gravitation to visual art has been in the form of word art combined with objects, some contributed by friends. Also in conjunction with ArtWalk, a free opening reception is Saturday from 5- 9 p.m. when you can meet Peeples. He will appear in concert Sunday at 5 p.m. at Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Admission is $15. (727) 323-2787.


Secret Walls is a 10-year-old movement that began in Europe, a battle of the street artists who compete individually or in teams in a 90-minute contest using only black paint on a white surface. It's celebrated in hundreds of cities. St. Petersburg will be the site of a Secret Walls Thursday in conjunction with the SHINE Mural Festival. Artists Caratoes, Michael Reeder (who painted one of this year's murals), Jujmo, Greg Mike and the Vitale Brothers will gather at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE, for a face-off beginning at 8 p.m. (Don't fret; they won't be painting on the museum's walls.) Free.


Yes, St. Petersburg is a happening place for the arts right now, but the larger area has plenty going on, too. If you have ever taken your kids to the Dunedin Fine Art Center for camp, classes, events or a visit to the onsite Children's Museum, you know the work of Todd Still. He's the creative brains and sweat equity in all kids-related programming at the center. His collection of repurposed and recycled art was also the subject of "#EPIC," a summer show of superhero interpretations.

Still has a lot to talk about and you're invited to come to 1143 Michigan Blvd. at noon Thursday. Tickets are $5, coffee will be provided and if you want to have lunch, call the Palm Cafe there in advance to order it. (727) 298-3322.

Art Planner: New SHINE murals, new art shows in downtown St. Petersburg, Todd Still at Dunedin Fine Arts Center 09/07/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 11:06am]
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