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Artists at Work: Bringing Murals to Life in Downtown St. Pete 2016-09-25

Artists at Work: Bringing Murals to Life in Downtown St. Pete

Exploring the art-filled streets of Downtown St. Petersburg at the start of SHINE Mural Festival was a captivating experience. Although I was using the art festival’s mural map as my guide, I often found myself wandering other side streets when I heard the drop of a spray paint can being dropped to the concrete floor. Where will the next artwork be emerging? It became a chase. Sure, gazing on a completed artwork is what our eyes are accustomed to. And usually, people do want to see finalized pieces. But art is more than that. Artists invest a piece of themselves when embarking on the artistic process. Watching an artist at work as they bring their vision to life is an intimate experience, and I’m thankful I was able to witness it during SHINE 2016.

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A vibrant spiral of blues, reds, yellows and greens slowly emerges from a once bland grey wall off of St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue. Street artist Ricardo Richey, who goes by Apexer, is known for using spray paint to create elaborate abstract patterns.

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Nearby and also on Central Avenue, Michael Vahl works to paint Salvador Dali’s portrait.

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A mystical creature, a creation by Alex Pardee, takes on the tall building side in an alleyway.

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A mystical creature, a creation by Alex Pardee, takes on the tall building side in an alleyway.

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All photos by Katrina Poggio


 

Source: Vivid Arts

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