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St. Petersburg, Florida makes a fabulous destination for art lovers, what with its prodigious lineup of art galleries, museums and more than a few annual arts-oriented happenings, including the Mainsail Art Festival. One of its newest and most high-profile art festivals is set to beautify and vivify the city’s neighborhoods this fall, and you can experience the magic firsthand as a guest of ours here at nearby Sirata Beach Resort!
We’re talking about SHINE, an awesome tradition introduced in 2015 by the non-profit St. Petersburg Arts Alliance that sees local artists as well as those invited from across the country and the world to enhance the city’s public art with murals. As the official SHINE website puts it, the festival “illuminates the power of art in public spaces by revitalizing areas, inspiring dialogue, and uniting our community–while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.”
The range of subject matter, style, color, and setting encompassed in the SHINE murals is extraordinary, and while it’s certainly very special to watch the muralists at work during the festival itself, you can also appreciate the creations anytime. You can tour the artwork painted in previous festivals—from Italian artist Hitnes’ beautiful Florida birds at the U-Haul location at 975 2nd Ave S to Sarah Sheppard’s dreamlike Life Reimagined painting at 719 Central Avenue—using these virtual galleries as your guide.
Mural-hopping your way through St. Petersburg is a wonderful way to appreciate the creativity and talent SHINE has brought to walls and facades across town, and to reflect on how enriching and stimulating public art can be. We’re looking forward to seeing what the artists participating in the SHINE Mural Festival will conjure up!
You’ll be within easy reach of the SHINE Mural Festival this October in St. Petersburg when you lodge with us here at Sirata Beach Resort. So, come enjoy our unmatched hospitality and Gulfside accommodations while you watch the latest series of public murals go up before your very eyes!