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The Shine Mural Fest returns to St. Petersburg. Here’s what to know.

Shine is loaded with a wide range of events this year, including a street party at the Morean Arts Center.
Chad Mize, left, and Jay Hoff in front of the "Pride and Love" mural they completed with LGBTQ youth this month as part of St. Petersburg mural fest Shine. [Courtesy of Annie West Ellzey]
Published Oct. 16


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.

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 for a how-to on getting and using the app.

Find a complete listing of events and a mural map online at or at Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails (1111 Baum Ave.) and next door at Baum Ave Market.


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.

Artist Joni Schinske, who will open her studio during the Old Southeast Enclave studio tour on Saturday, paints vintage cigar labels on old fence boards. [Courtesy of Joni Schinske]

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.


  1. The Holiday Open House at Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor will feature Estella Fransbergen's glittering gold clay torso with a skirt of crystals on Nov. 23. Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries
    Plus, a fire sale at the store inside USF CAM and a Trans Fashion Expo.
  2. Joan Miro's painting "Peinture" is on display in the "Midnight in Paris" exhibition at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou, Paris
    Plus, ‘Icons in Transformation’ by an acclaimed international artist and an announcement from the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
  3. A mermaid attraction at the Shine mural festival finale is an example of what to expect at Fairgrounds, an immersive art attraction coming to The Factory St. Pete. Courtesy of Liz Dimmitt
    Two art compounds include hands-on ways to appreciate art, plus breweries that encourage visitors to make a day of it.
  4. "Ai Weiwei: Zodiac (2018) LEGO" will be on display at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota starting Nov. 16. Courtesy of Jason Schmidt
    Plus, Tampa Museum of Art presents “the Making of a Museum” and Karen Lamonte takes over the Imagine Museum.
  5. Jamie Randall and Mark Clarson have collaborated to make decanters based on extinct birds. Courtesy of Alec Miller Arts
    There’s ‘Sweater Weather’ at Mize and a lecture at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, too.
  6. “'The Grasshopper and the Ant’ and Other Stories as Told by Jennifer Angus" installation, which is composed of 5,000 dried exotic insects, is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg through Jan. 5, 2020. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Jennifer Angus’ installation, ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant,’ is her largest to date.
  7. An electrical box is seen directly across the street from John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg on Oct. 31. A mural by Shine mural festival artist iBoms was removed after parents' complaints. CHRIS URSO  |  Times
    The edgy work by Jabari Reed, a.k.a. iBoms, was installed near John Hopkins Middle School.
  8. Leslie Peebles is the featured artist at Dunedin's Art Harvest on Saturday and Sunday. Courtesy of the Junior League Clearwater-Dunedin
    Plus, Babette Herschberger’s deceptively simple surface studies bring color to the Leslie Curran Gallery in St. Petersburg.
  9. A cyclist heads east on the Pinellas Trail in St. Petersburg on Monday. With a grant from NOAA, mural artists Blaine Fontana and Jeremy Nichols, both of Portland, Ore., are creating a mural for the Shine Mural Festival on the exterior of Bama Sea Products that features Florida sea creatures. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The St. Petersburg mural festival ends with a daytime party on Saturday.
  10. Work continues on the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, seen here in August 2019. The museum was scheduled to open in December, but now the date has been pushed back again to early spring of 2020.
    The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement was originally slated to open in 2017. That has changed many times.