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Guide to Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg: Here’s what you need to know

It hits the streets Oct. 13-22.
 
Woes Martin, a Los Angeles-based artist, studies his rendition of pandas which he is painting on the side of the Bayboro Brewing Co. during the Shine Mural Festival in 2021. The festival returns in St. Petersburg Oct. 13-22, 2023.
Woes Martin, a Los Angeles-based artist, studies his rendition of pandas which he is painting on the side of the Bayboro Brewing Co. during the Shine Mural Festival in 2021. The festival returns in St. Petersburg Oct. 13-22, 2023. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Oct. 11, 2023|Updated Oct. 11, 2023

A beloved St. Petersburg tradition returns this fall: the Shine Mural Festival, running from Oct. 13 to Oct. 22. Now in its ninth year, the festival will feature 14 more murals created by local, national and international artists, as well as three community murals. It’s always a festive time to see new artwork as it’s being created. There are also events, activities and more art on display as part of the festival.

Here’s what you need to know.

How to tour the murals

You can visit the artists while they’re still painting, and since many of them are on the Pinellas Trail, you could bike, skate or park and walk.

You can also take a guided Shine bike tour through Florida CraftArt — but you must bring your own bike. It includes more than 30 murals and background on the artists and their inspiration. It covers an approximately 22-block radius, covering the back streets and alleys of four arts districts. The tours are happening at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Oct. 22; and at 3 p.m. Oct. 21-22. $40. A portion of the proceeds fund future Shine murals. Purchase tickets online at floridacraftart.org/product/shine-mural-tours-by-bike.

Once the festival has ended, through the magic of technology, folks can take a free, self-guided audio tour of the completed murals with the PixelStix app. You can also use this app to tour Shine murals from previous years.

For more information, visit stpeteartsalliance.org/shine-2023.

Artist lineup and locations

A map of mural locations for the Shine Mural Festival, happening Oct. 13-22, 2023 in St. Petersburg.
A map of mural locations for the Shine Mural Festival, happening Oct. 13-22, 2023 in St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of Shine Mural Festival ]

Bryan Beyung, Canada, Stewart Moving Co., 2875 Seventh Ave. S.

Loretta Lizzio, Australia, Stewart Moving Co., 2875 Seventh Ave. S.

A mural by Australian artist Loretta Lizzio, who is participating in the Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg Oct. 13-22, 2023.
A mural by Australian artist Loretta Lizzio, who is participating in the Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg Oct. 13-22, 2023. [ Courtesy of Shine Mural Festival ]

Chris Dyer, St. Petersburg/Peru, Stewart Moving Co., 2875 Seventh Ave. S.

Fabstraq, Tampa, Clay Coop, 2724 Sixth Ave. S.

Bunnie Reiss, California, MTBH Studios, 2700 Central Ave.

Sarah Sheppard, St. Petersburg, New Dawn Coffee Co., 2336 Fifth Ave. S.

Rhys Meatyard, St. Petersburg, The Werk Gallery, 2210 First Ave. S.

Michael Vasquez, St. Petersburg/Miami, Little Philly, 2063 Central Ave.

A mural by St. Pete/Miami artist Michael Vasquez, who is participating in the Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg Oct. 13-22,  2023.
A mural by St. Pete/Miami artist Michael Vasquez, who is participating in the Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg Oct. 13-22, 2023. [ Courtesy of Shine Mural Festival ]
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HOXXOH, Miami, Morean Workshop Space, 2025 Third Ave. S.

Andrea Wan, Canada, Trails Edge, 155 17th St. S.

Dave Bonsai, London, Cappa & Cappa, 1229 Central Ave.

Hannah Eddy, Nevada, CASA Support Center, 1019 Arlington Ave. N.

Max Sansing, Chicago, Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 Fifth St. N.

Artist Jones, Tampa, PSTA Ticket Office, 350 Second Ave. N.

Bright Spots Community Mural Projects

“Girl Power,” The Happy Mural Project and Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, CrossFit 9, 2727 Sixth Ave. S.

“The Path We Came,” Chenlin Cai (Philadelphia) & The James Museum, Lantmännen Unibake, 1927 Fourth Ave S.

“Fluid Structures,” Greater Public Studio & USFSP, University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus, Sixth Avenue South and Second Street South.

Events and activities

All City: Shine Kickoff Event: Presented by the Vitale Bros. and Diana Bryson, this weekendlong event celebrates the origins of graffiti with live painting, Letterheadz extension and tag wall curated by Tasko, tunes by DJ Hogie, cocktails from Brewed Awakening and food by Vegan Halal Cart and Nah Dogs. The party kicks off from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with the Art of Lettering workshop for kids from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (space is limited). Located at Overspray, 1934 Second Ave. S.

Shine Artwalk: From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, several galleries are showcasing current and former Shine artists:

Morean Arts Center: Shine 9 Group Exhibition featuring the work of Andrea Wan, Artist Jones, Bryan Beyung, Chris Dyer, Hannah Eddy, Fabstraq, HOXXOH, Michael Vasquez, Rhys Meatyard and Sarah Sheppard. 719 Central Ave.

ARTicles Art Gallery: Featuring the paintings and sculptural work of artist Cecilia Lueza. 1234 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.

The Good Folk Gallery at Creative Clay: SHINE 2016 artist Ali Vasquez and Creative Clay artists. 1846 First Ave. S.

St. Pete ArtWorks: An interactive sidewalk chalk mural. 2604 Central Ave.

Craftsman House Gallery: A showcase of work from Alyssa Marie of The Happy Mural Project. 2955 Central Ave.

Spraycation Release and Arts Leader Happy Hour: Bayboro Brewing Co. is releasing Spraycation, a craft beer made for the festival. Try it out and rub elbows with local arts leaders from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19. 2390 Fifth Ave. S.

Dark/Space: Curated by Michelle Tannu and Chad Mize and held at Space, this exhibition celebrates the darker-themed side of art, drawing inspiration from punk, metal, horror and science fiction. Participating artists include Dea & Saint, Rebekah Lazaridis, Palehorse, Calan Ree, Michelle Sawyer and Jeff Srsic. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 21. 855 28th St. S.