Murals make St. Pete SHINE

An open-air museum-with dozens of murals gracing downtown buildings, that's how some folks are now describing St. Petersburg. And this week, the public can see 16 additional murals being created as part of the SHINE Mural Festival.

St. Petersburg, Fl – An open-air museum—with dozens of murals gracing downtown buildings, that’s how some folks are now describing St. Petersburg. And this week, the public can see 16 additional murals being created as part of the SHINE Mural Festival.

“It’s an international mural festival, so we’re flying in artists from all over the planet,” explains festival curator Chris Parks. “It’s a way for the community to come out and watch this happen and watch this come to life.”

Besides the artists from far-flung places like Italy and Hong Kong, some local artists are also painting murals. Cecilia Lueza of St. Petersburg is among them and she’ll be creating a first for the Tampa Bay Area—a street-level mural. The intersection of Central Avenue and 5th Street will be painted.

Gallery: St. Petersburg Street Murals

This is the second year for the festival and a party to celebrate its conclusion is also new this year. There will be live music, food, and a maker’s market on Saturday, September 10th. The block party takes place at 13th Street and Central Avenue in the parking lot of Furnish Me Vintage.

If you’d like to watch the murals being created, you can find a location map here.

 

(© 2016 WTSP)


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