Drink + Draw: Green Bench Partners with Artists for Unique Summer Series

The Burg is a bastion for creatives. Impeccable murals, rare exhibits, and historic landmarks help the Sunshine City glow. Creativity isn’t prevalent in just the art community. Ingenuity and individuality are the key drivers in the local business scene.

To complement the growth of our city, and to expose residents to craft spirit of the Burg, the award-winning Green Bench Brewing Company has partnered with local artists for a special drink and draw series. The first event in the Drafts series will be held on Tuesday, May 16, from 7-9pm.

Josh Sullivan to lead first event

The inaugural host will be artist and St. Pete pin king Josh Sullivan, better known as Josh Comics. From David Bowie and Ron Swanson, to Bart Simpson and the state of Florida itself, Sullivan as immortalized pop icons in pin form. His pen and ink work is currently on display at Pizza Box in the EDGE District.

The 2-hour-long drop in artist spotlight will offer attendees insight into the craft and process of their favorite local artists. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own Supplies). Feel free to ask the host questions about design and technique as you create your own art. All participants will receive $1 off beers during each session.

Full Schedule:


Tuesday, May 16 

Josh Sullivan:

Josh Sullivan has been a comic artist for 20 years and a painter for the past fifteen. His creativity and travels have gotten him on TV (local, national, and international), in publications (local, national, and international), and on radio stations across the country. Sullivan has been nominated for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Mini-Comic category and won Best Bizarre Sense of Humor during the 2002 Best of the Bay Awards from Weekly Planet. In 2006, he was named one of the Top 20 artists under 25 to watch in Tampa Bay. My work has appeared in the  Tampa Bay Times, the Palm Beach Post, countless ‘zines, on CD covers, show flyers, and more.



Tuesday, June 13

Chris Parks (Palehorse):

Bent on contributing to the bizarre and fantastic nature of human culture here on planet earth, Palehorse spends his time mastering his chosen medium of digital illustration, exploring as much as possible, unlocking imaginary realms and invoking creative muses to guide his work. With each project, whether it’s a personal exploration or corporate commission, his aim is to remain open to creative insights and bring to life images and experiences that will allow the viewer to see something familiar in a new and interesting way.



Tuesday, July 11

Sebastian Coolidge:

Enigmatic muralist Sebastian Coolidge moved to St. Pete nearly a decade ago. It didn’t take long for the acclaimed artist to make his mark on the city. The prolific artist has partnered with the likes of Derek Donnelly and Thirst McFly to create murals that serve as the insignias of St. Pete. He’s donated his talents to help create iconic designs for Whigfest and Burgatory. In 2015, Brighthouse Networks featured Coolidge in a campaign focusing on artists making a difference in their communities. 



Tuesday, August 8

Johnny Vitale:

Johnny Vitale, of the Vitale Bros., was “born with the skill” that was passed on by both his Irish and Italian grandparents. The Vitale Bros. family business of hand painted murals and lettering began in 1992 and has continued to evolve to meet the needs of their clients, while also satisfying their never-ending hunt for the next unique project. Their skillfully executed accomplishments have included art events, set design, fine art reproductions, faux finishing, and commercial exterior painting, among many other endeavours.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: andrew@rkc.me