More St. Petersburg walls were emblazoned with colorful murals this week thanks to the Shine Mural Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival produced by the St. Pete Arts Alliance included 16 local, national and international artists or artist groups. There are also five community murals, including the Pride and Love mural led by Jay Hoff and local artist Chad Mize with LGBTQ youth.
The festival started on Oct. 18, just as Tropical Storm Nestor was threatening to rain out the weekend. But with the exception of a rainy Monday, the skies cleared and the murals were on track to be completed by Saturday.
Four murals went up on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N in Historic Uptown and the Fringe District by Brooklyn’s Morning Breath, Germany’s Low Brows, Los Angeles-based Drew Merritt and North Carolina’s Taylor White.
Two murals dedicated to ocean preservation through the PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans went up along the Pinellas Trail. Oregon artists Blaine Fontana and Jeremy “Plastic Birdie” Nichols’ mural on Bama Sea Products was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The Vitale Brothers went for a pop art take on sea life.
New to the festival is an app called PixelStix that reveals the stories behind the murals. Download it for free and use its interactive map for a self-guided tour.
Shine-related events on Saturday include bike mural tours, scavenger hunts and a beach cleanup at North Shore Park. The grand finale on Saturday is a free daytime party at the Factory (28th Street S and Fairfield Avenue) 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, with up to 200 portraits of community members.
Find a complete listing and mural map at shinemuralfest.com or at Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails (1111 Central Ave.) and next door at Baum Ave Market.
See the murals here.