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Artist: Hoxxoh, Photo: by Edel Mohr

Happy Mural Project

About Happy Mural Project

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The Happy Mural Project is led by artist Alyssa Marie and her husband Braden. Alyssa is a fine artist originally from Colorado who relocated to St. Pete in early 2017. In a childhood art book Alyssa created at age 7, she drew a picture of a stick figure painting a canvas on an easel. The caption read “When I grow up I want to be an artsist” An “artsist” is exactly what that little girl would become. Alyssa has used oil paints to spread joy to collectors all over the globe. The Happy Mural Project began in an effort to expand this effect. While enjoying time in her studio, she felt as if her reach could even greater with large walls and giant sunflowers. She radiates happiness around everything and everyone she comes in comes in contact with. You will feel that energy with the walls of The Happy Mural Project.

This mural by The Happy Mural Project is at 4025 31st Street South, on two walls of the St. Pete City Theatre. A diverse array of enormous hands are holding giant sunflowers.

The murals are 11 feet high, and wrap around the front left corner of the building. The mural on the front is 40 feet wide and faces east, toward busy 31st Street South. The one around the left side is 27 feet wide. It faces south, toward a small side parking lot.

The background of both murals is four horizontal bands of blue. The deepest blue is at the bottom, fading into pale light blue toward the top.

On the front wall, to the left of the main entrance, a row of six enormous hands rise up from the ground, each holding a giant gold sunflower. The pointed petals are deep gold at the center and lighter on the edge. And they’re realistic – they’re not always uniform, some petals are bent, or floppy, like a real sunflower.

The six flowers point in six different directions. Most are looking up, toward the Sun. But one near the center is facing you. And the flower on the far right, looks back at the other flowers.

The hands that hold the sunflowers are painted from the wrist up, and hand is different. The wall includes a mix of skin tones – browns, white and Black – and a mix of genders and ages. A child’s hand is on the far left.

The mural continues around the left corner. On the left half of this wall is a large rectangular white card, framed on top and bottom by delicate green ferns, as if it’s held in place by the leaves.

On the card in blue is the John Lennon quote, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” “I’m a Dreamer” is larger, painted in flowing cursive letters.

On the right half of this wall, two hands are clasped together – one Black, and one white, fingers interwoven in a moving gesture. These hands hold three giant sunflowers. The flower in the center points at you, and the flowers on the left and right are angled in those directions.

Just below the right-hand flower is the signature of the Happy Mural Project – a gold vertical rectangle that’s visibly created by four stripes of paint – fatter where the brush starts and angling to a finer point as the brush runs out of color.

The words “the” and “project” are in lowercase gold letters. “HAPPY MURAL” is larger, in light blue capital letters.

The Happy Mural Project was sponsored by the Pinellas Community Foundation, and created during the 2020 pandemic by fine artist Alyssa Marie and her husband, Braden Everly. They create “paint-by-number” murals – drawing the outlines and and inviting other artists, and volunteers from the community, to help with the painting.

All their murals feature bright sunflowers, representing happiness, joy and love. As their website says, “We are showering the walls of this beautiful Earth with giant sunflowers. We are a passionate couple that believes that happiness is a choice and we want to help the world smile.”

Title: Hands of Change

Address: 4025 31st Street S

Building: The St. Pete City Theatre

Installation Date: 2020

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Chad Mize2022

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Greg Mike2021

Mwanel Pierre-Louis2021

Jenipher Chandley2021

Case Maclaim2021

Jared Wright2021

Bakpak Durden2021

Nicole Salgar2021

Ricky Watts2021

Gleo2021

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Jason Harvin2021

Miss Crit2021

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Emily Ding2021

Reid Jenkins2021

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Jujmo2021

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iBOMS2021

Chad Mize 2021

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Brian Butler2020

Lili Yuan2020

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BASK2020

Tatiana Suarez2020

Elle LeBlanc2020

Mason Schwacke2020

Alex Yanes2020

Kenny Coil and Marc Berenguer2020

Nneka Jones and Bianca Burrows2020

IBOMS2020

Cecilia Lueza2019

George Rose2019

Morning Breath2019

Vitale Brothers2019

Cory Robinson-CLEAN Campaign2019

SHOK-12019

Taylor White2019

Reda3sb2019

Princess Smith2019

Brian McAlister, Gibbs High Mural Club and Boys & Girls Club Members2019

JR-Inside Out2019

Paola Delfin2019

Jimmy Breen and Anthony Freese2019

Drew Merritt2019

Low Bros2019

Jay Hoff2019

Taj Tenfold2019

Leo Gomez2019

Palehorse2019

Blaine Fontana and Plastic Birdie2019

David Charlton2019

Todd Frain and Creative Clay2019

Haider Ali2018

Ya La Ford2018

Gibbs Rounsavall2018

Angela Faustina2018

Bekky Beukes2018

LOOK The Weird2018

Belin2018

Melanie Posner2018

Illsol2018

J and S Signs2018

Sarah Page2018

Nomad Clan2018

Tasko2018

Cecilia Lueza2018

Matt Kress2018

Michael Vahl2018

Noirs One2018

DAAS2018

Justin Wagher2018

ZuluPainter2018

Matthew Hoffman2018

Hueman2017

Joram Roukes2017

Jose Mertz2017

Stephen Palladino2017

Yok and Shero2017

Herbert Scott Davis2017

Jujmo2017

Lauren YS2017

Mikael B2017

ZuluPainter and Thirst2017

Axel Void and L.E.O.2017

Suarez Art2017

Cryptik2017

Daniel "R5" Barojas2017

Sam Yong2017

Ali Vasquez and Todd Frain2016

Angela Delaplane2016

Apexer2016

Arlin Graff2016

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Daniel Mrgan2016

Pixel Pancho2016

Michael Reeder2016

Alex Pardee2016

Cecilia Lueza2016

Jade2016

Pantonio2016

Nosego2016

ZuluPainter2016

Dasic Fernandez2016

Caratoes2016

Mark Gmehling2016

Ya La Ford2016

Ink Werkz Crew2016

Andrew Spear2015

Chad Mize, James Oleson and Pinellas County Center for the Arts2015

Erik Jones2015

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Hoxxoh2015

Michael Vasquez2015

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Morning Breath2015

Ricky Watts2015

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Carrie Jadus2015

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