The word is out: St. Petersburg’s SHINE Mural Festival is now a magnet for muralists. Out of the 18 or so plein air painters on the ticket for the festival’s eighth edition, Oct. 12-22, five are high-profile international artists whose work is known in the art capitals of the world.
“James Ballough, honestly, we have been wanting and trying to get here since year one, trying to align our schedule with his,” SHINE director Jenee Priebe says. “ And he’s coming with his podcast, Vantage Point, where he’s interviewed some of the biggest, best street artists for years. He’s going to do some interviews while he’s here for the festival, which is really exciting for us.”
Ballough is German, as is Mad C (a.k.a. Claudia Walde). “Mad C,” enthuses Priebe, “is one of the most highly respected graffiti artists in the world. For us to have her here is kind of crazy. All these people are the best at what they do in so many ways.”
Canada’s Ben Johnston, she adds, “is one of the greatest typographers out there right now.” And from Spain, “Marina Capdevila is so fun – I think what she brings is so unique; all of her murals are highlighting the elderly community, which nobody’s doing. I’m super excited about hers.”
Rounding out the international roll call is Belgium/Hong Kong muralist Caratoes, whose real name is Cara To. “Caratoes isn’t doing a mural – she’s our finale artist. She’ll build an installation Oct. 22 at Beth Morean’s new workshop space, which is opening in October.”
The space, at 2025 3rd Avenue South in the Warehouse Arts District, will be the site of the “Art Party” finale of SHINE on Oct. 22, with art installations and live performances, plus light and projection installations from four local artists and other fun stuff.
National SHINE ’22 artists:
123Klan, Los Angeles; Imagine, Nepal/Boston; Reginald O’Neal, Miami.
Local SHINE artists:
Jeff Williams, St. Petersburg; Dream Weaver, St. Petersburg; Van Der Luc, St. Petersburg; Ashley Cantero, Tampa; Egypt Hagan, Tampa; Sydney Prusso, Dunedin
The kickoff party, meanwhile, happens on the 15th at the Childs Park Recreation Center, in conjunction with the Carmada Street Carnival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will live vehicle painting, as well as an exhibition of cars painted in previous years of SHINE and an appearance by the Nomad Art Bus.
This – or close by – will be the site of one of the SHINE Bright Spots community projects. SHINE veteran Jason Harvin (a.k.a. Wayward Walls) has been engaged to paint a “ground mural” at the intersection of 11th Avenue and 46th Street South.
According to Priebe, “The Bloomberg Foundation did a two-year study on these ground murals – these asphalt murals – across the country. It found that they significantly reduce traffic accidents, and pedestrian accidents, whenever there’s at in the roadway. They actually used Cecelia Lueza’s ground mural from SHINE 2016, on Central and 5th, as part of that study. That actually had a 75 percent reduction in accidents.
“Childs Park has had some speeding issues through 11th Avenue South, 15th Avenue South, so we’ve been working with them and the city to try to find the right intersection to add some art.”
The other Bright Spot projects are:
Chad Mize and Friends “We Are St. Pete” Trail Community Project. Repainting the concrete barricades along the Pinellas Trail, near 20th Street South. Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Oct. 21 and 22.
Alyssa Marie “Wild Ride,” in partnership with the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The community is invited to help paint a mural at St. Peters Bark, 3001 Central, Oct. 14-18.
Vitale Brothers, “Rise and Shine” at Parc Center for Disabilities. Inspired by their late Aunt Nancy, the Vitales are donating a three-story residential mural to Parc, the longtime nonprofit serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The public is invited to watch the artists at work, to ask question and offer encouragement (the occasional bottle of water is always welcome, too).
Other SHINE events include Sketch Night with Sketchbook Project (7-9 p.m. Oct. 18) at the Morean Workshop Space; and Collectors Conversation at Bayboro Brewing, 2390 5th Ave South, Oct. 20: A panel of artists and collectors discuss beginning an art collection, including an NFT collection. Moderated by the Museum of Fine Arts’ Margaret Murray, the panel features Ales “BASK” Hostomsky, Chris “Pale Horse” Parks, Nneka Jones, Jennifer Lovelady and Kathy Gibson. Live music and frivolity to follow. Bayboro Brewing is releasing Spraycation, the citrus-inspired wheat beer that supports SHINE with every sale.
Artist details, painting locations and work dates are available on the SHINE website.