As we celebrate another successful — and colorful — SHINE Mural Festival and enjoy new outdoor art in St. Pete, the Arts Alliance is grateful for the energy and humanity that spark each year’s SHINE Bright Spots.
“Bright Spots are a way for SHINE to be inclusive,” explains John Collins, Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. “Outdoor art brings people together to create art that is accessible to all, at all times. We celebrate diversity as we inspire and engage our community.
“This year SHINE involved the Boys & Girls Clubs, LGBTQ+ Youth, the Gibbs High Mural Club, Creative Clay, a local laundromat, a public pier with business volunteers – and also local artists whose work is now on 12 traffic signal boxes.”
Take a look at 2019’s vibrant community projects!
Our thanks to photographer Edel Mohr
Come Out St. Pete Community Mural
2437 CENTRAL AVE
Noted Lego artist Jay Hoff worked with Chad Mize and teens from St. Pete’s LGBTQ+ Welcome Center to create Pride & Love.
Jay and his team got this mural done before SHINE’s official start, so the artwork could be part of the Come Out St. Pete celebration – a perfect and positive photo opportunity.
You can watch a video of WTSP
talking with Jay Hoff and his team
as they paint Pride & Love.
Boys & Girls Clubs Community Mural
1011 22ND ST S
SHINE honored the historic Quonset hut-style Royal Theatre with a mural celebrating the history of what used to be one of the few movie theaters African Americans could visit. “I don’t think we’ve ever painted a historic building before,” admits SHINE Mural Festival Coordinator Jenee Priebe. “But we were able to get permission from the city to create a mural.”
Artist Brian McAlister worked with the surrounding community on the design. “There’s this really long, low wall,” Jenee explains. “The mural starts with the original history of the movie theater. There’s a film roll and bottle caps – because back then, if kids brought in a bottle cap, they could get in the movies for free.
“Then it transitions into ‘Great Futures Start Here,’ which is the Boys and Girls Clubs tagline. And then there are portraits of different famous people – some are athletes some are artists or movie celebrities. And at the end there are some actual portraits of students in the Boys and Girls Club program at the Royal Theatre. All the people represented have some connection to St. Petersburg or to the Boys and Girls Clubs, like Angela Bassett, Serena Williams.
“So it shows the history, starting from the movie theater then going on to becoming an arts program.”
Brian McAlister teaches at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. Students from the Gibbs High Mural Club and members of the Boys & Girls Clubs program helped him get this monumental mural done.
2788 FAIRFIELD AVE S
SHINE brought the global Inside Out art project to St. Petersburg. Created internationally-acclaimed street artist and TED Prize winner JR, this project is turning the world inside out in a big way – using photography as a vehicle for change by literally putting a face to an issue.
Inside Out showcases and celebrates the creative, vibrant and diverse spirit that lives in the hearts of our citizens, deepens our cultural perspectives and unites our extraordinary community.
Inside Out St. Pete features up some 300 photographic portraits covering The Factory St. Pete, a new creative facility in the Warehouse Arts District and the future home of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. These portraits are representative of our rich diverse community.
Inside Out highlights another medium of street art by using wheat pasting to apply the portraits. This impermanent method is one of the oldest forms of “guerilla-style” street art and in conjunction with the black and white portraits it brings a world-class, must-see installation to St. Petersburg.
Please note: The Inside Out mural helped celebrate the end of SHINE 2019. That location is currently under construction but you’ll be able to visit the mural again when construction’s finished in Spring 2020.
Find out more at insideoutproject.net
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Creative Clay teaches people with physical and neurological disabilities how to be working artists. They’re known for colorful, dynamic artwork and adventurous community engagement – always an exciting ArtWalk stop.
Muralist, tattoo artist and Creative Clay teaching artist Todd Frain painted a mural on Creative Clay itself, based on designs by Creative Clay’s member artists – that livens up the view for drivers on busy 1st Avenue South.
You can find another SHINE mural painted
by Todd Frain from a Creative Clay design here.
North Shore Pier
901 N SHORE DR NE
Cecilia Lueza is known for her colorful public art projects, including the vivid “ground mural” that turns asphalt into art at the busy intersection of 5th Street North and Central Avenue.
This project brought color to an area not known for art before — the concrete pier that stretches into the Bay, just north of downtown.
“It’s exciting because it will be visible in all the aerial photos of the new Pier,” explains Jenee. “And it was an area that was a little bit unloved.”
Cecilia Lueza Art Projects created the design. Dynasty Financial Partners sponsored the project and pitched in. “Sixty of their people came and helped paint this beautiful design,” says Jenee.
“It was a real labor of love because it’s very close to the water. And as you know, we had terrible weather leading up to the festival – and even first few days of the festival. We power-washed it but after the rain it had to be completely cleaned again and all the seaweed removed, and all the saltwater. Just trying to keep it clean enough and dry enough to actually paint was quite difficult.”
But as you can see from the photos, well worthwhile.
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1810 DR ML KING JR ST S
Aimed at bringing art to low-income communities, The CLEAN Campaign paints vibrant murals on laundromats around the country. And while the artists work, The Laundry Project invites the community to wash their clothes for free – turning laundromats into community centers.
“Cory Robinson is a Tampa-based artist who came and painted the same wall that we painted two years before for the CLEAN Campaign,” Jenee explains. “So it’s very much Cory’s style, with these beautiful little flowers across the whole thing and there’s a little cat in there – and it’s just really super fun and brightens up that area.”
Also, keep an eye out for a dozen new works of art decorating metal traffic signal boxes at downtown St. Pete intersections.
John Collins is moved by these lovely community efforts. “I am incredibly proud and thankful to Jenee Priebe and our volunteers who have grown our Bright Spots program.”