The Shine Mural Festival returns to St. Petersburg


In what has become one of St. Petersburg’s most artistic traditions, the Shine Mural Festival returns for its eighth year on October 14.

Produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the list includes international artists — James Bullough, Mad C and Caratoes hail from Germany, with Ben Johnston from Canada and Marina Capdevila from Spain — as well as national artists including 123Klan (Los Angeles ), Imagine (Nepal/Boston) and Reginald O’Neal and Baghead (Miami).

Rounding out the list are Jeff Williams, Dream Weaver and Van Der Luc from St. Petersburg; Ashley Cantero and Egypt Hagan of Tampa; Sydney Prusso of Dunedin; and Tasko of Clearwater.

With excitement building as new murals appear throughout the city, several Bright Spot community events cement the festival’s interaction with residents.

Beginning October 14, a Bright Spot community project in partnership with the Florida Wildlife Corridor begins. Led by St. Petersburg-based artist Alyssa Marie, the public is invited to participate in the creation of a numbered mural entitled “Wild Ride” at St. PetersBark (3001 Central Ave.) through October 18. , the Florida Wildlife Corridor commissioned 50 murals across the state to raise awareness for its protection.

Two Bright Spot activities are taking place simultaneously on October 15 during the official festival launch celebration at Childs Park in St. Petersburg. Tampa-based artist Jason Harvin, who paints under the business name Wayward Walls, will paint an intersection mural titled “Crossway Crux” at 46th Street and 11th Avenue S. It coincides with the Carmada Street Carnival at the Childs Park Rec Center and presents Tampa artist Nneka Jones paints a car live.

Jenee Priebe, director of Shine, said the committee had been in talks with the Childs Park Neighborhood Association for more than a year about the idea of ​​the intersection mural as a way to combat speeding in the area. Priebe said a Bloomberg study found that asphalt murals or any art on the roads significantly reduced traffic accidents.

In another collaboration with Polaris Slingshot, St. Petersburg artist Amy Ilic-Vope has customized a three-wheeled vehicle that will be displayed at multiple locations throughout the festival, including the Carmada Street Carnival.

This detail shows the artwork created by St. Petersburg-based multimedia artist and designer Chad Mize, which he painted on a Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheeled open-air roadster, for the Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg in 2021. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

On October 21 and 22, Chad Mize and Friends – a group of local artists and community members – will paint barricades along the Pinellas Trail near 20th Street S. The project is called “We Are St. Pete “.

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The Vitale Bros. of St. Petersburg donate a three-story residential mural to the Parc Center for Disabilities. Titled ‘Rise and Shine’, the mural was inspired by their late aunt, who was helped by the organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

It’s not since its first year that the festival has had a seat, but this has one this year in the rental offices of the upcoming Orange Station residential development in the Edge neighborhood. People can visit the location at 965 Central Ave. for wall maps and merchandise.

A final party will take place October 22 at the brand new Morean Workshop Space (2025 Third Ave. S), featuring installations by Caratoes that include a performance, an installation by Baghead, digital installations, and indoor and outdoor screenings. outside of YUNGBLD, Brian Nichols, Stephen Palladino and Acute Perception.

While planning a mural festival is no small feat, Priebe takes pride in the lineup and events.

“It’s exciting to be in eighth grade and it’s going to be a great year,” she said.

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