PAINT THE TOWN: SHINE MURAL FESTIVAL
Social media accounts will get a lot of likes this week when the Shine Mural Festival returns to St. Petersburg. It kicks off Friday and runs through Oct. 26. This year there are 16 local, national and international artists or artist groups who will paint walls and streets throughout the city with a concentration in the Warehouse Arts District. There are also four community murals, including the already completed Pride and Love mural, led by Jay Hoff and Chad Mize with LGBTQ youth. This year’s artist roster includes Low Bros from Germany, Shok-1 from England and Taj Tenfold from Jamaica. Local artist Palehorse is participating after his collaborative mural with Tes One on the State Theatre was painted over. On that note, people who were outraged when San Francisco-based artist duo Morning Breath’s 2015 mural on Central Avenue was obscured by construction will be pleased to know that the artist duo are returning this year, painting their retro advertisement style on the Coney Island Sandwich Shop (250 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N). They’ll also lead a Drink and Draw at Green Bench Brewing Co. (1133 Baum Ave. ) from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The Vitale Bros. will be painting a ground mural at the North Shore Pier (901 N Shore Drive NE) in partnership with Pangeaseed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans that will highlight ocean preservation.
This year’s festival is packed with events, including Burn, the Morean Art Center’s big street party, with glassblowing demonstrations in the hot shop, access to the Bask, Jujmo Daniel Lloyd-Miller and Kodi Thompson exhibitions in the gallery and live music, food trucks, body painting and fire dancing in the street. Some tickets include open bar and entrance to the Chihuly Collection. $50-$120. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. moreanartscenter.org.
The grand finale on Oct. 26 will be a big daytime party, with an Indie Flea market, a panel on conservation with the Pangeaseed Foundation, art cars in Carmada and the reveal of the Inside Out Project, which features up to 200 portraits of community members and covers a massive building. Free. 2 p.m. to sunset. 28th Street and Fairfield Avenue S.
And now you can learn the stories behind the previous Shine murals and the ones being created with an app for your smartphone. It’s called Pixelstix and can be downloaded for free. Touch your phone to the plaques on the murals and information about them will be revealed. The app also has interactive maps of the locations of the murals, so you can curate your own tour. Visit pixelstix.com for a how-to on getting and using the app.
Find a complete listing of events and a mural map online at shinemuralfest.com or at Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails (1111 Baum Ave.) and next door at Baum Ave Market.
CHECK ’EM OUT: STUDIO TOURS
In nonmural news, clusters of artists on both sides of the bay are opening their studios to the public this weekend. Visit them and see the creative process at work.
The first tour of the Old Southeast Enclave reveals the work of 16 St. Petersburg artists. Meander through the picturesque neighborhood to discover new artists or visit longstanding ones. The variety includes paintings from Lance Rodgers, printmaking from Annie Johnson and Jack Manwaring, wearable sculpture from Spathose and Joni Schinske’s paintings of vintage cigar labels on board. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Find a map for the self-guided tour at the Chattaway, 358 22nd Ave. S.
Several exhibitions are on display on the Heights Art Studio and Gallery Tour: “Gina Osterloh: Pleasure/Pressure” at Coco Hunday, “Will Douglas: Montage River” at Quaid Gallery and, at Tempus Projects, “Waist Deep” and “K. Tauches: Signs-in-Space.” Those are just a few on the tour, as well as studios Bleu Acier and Eastwild Studios. $20, $10 students and seniors. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Get the wristband and map at Tempus Projects, 4636 N Florida Ave., Tampa. tempus-projects.com.