SHINE Mural Fest Finale to include mermaids, Indie Flea, and debut of The Factory

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All good things must come to end, eve SHINE Mural Fest. The event always lives up to the hype. More than a dozen new murals are being added to the open air art gallery that is St. Pete.

Fortunately, when SHINE goes, it leaves a last mark on the Sunshine City. The festival goes out with a proverbial bang as a massive art party is planned at The Factory St. Pete, a 90,000 square foot facility that will soon be home to Keep St. Pete Lit, The Brewery Collective, The St. Pete Arts Alliance, Fairgrounds and more.

The Factory will be a home for the local arts, as designed by Liz Dimmitt, who some in Tampa Bay may remember from her work with the Vinik Family Foundation on The Beach Tampa at Amalie Arena.

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Posted by SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival on Thursday, October 24, 2019

Party to feature live mermaid show

Saturday kicks off with a community cleanup project. Residents are invited to “Get Trashed” with the Suncoast Surfrider Foundation. The organization is hosting a beach cleanup at North Shore Park from 8am-10am. Volunteers can meet at the beach volleyball courts.

On Saturday, October 26, The Factory will host one of the biggest art parties ever in the Burg. Here’s what’s going down from 2pm-sunset this Saturday.

Before we mention any of the activities, we have to bring up the LIVE MERMAID EXHIBIT. No need to head to Weeki Wachee. This Saturday, watch the mythical mermaid swim in 1,000 gallons of water.

This soulful siren is also behind Merbella Studios Inc., the leading provider of custom sculpted and hyper-realistic mermaid tails and accessories. That’s right, that’s a thing, and only in Florida.

You’ve seen her work at Weeki Wachee Springs, in commercials, television, and movies including The Little Mermaid.

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Posted by SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Only chance to see massive portrait installation

Things will kick off with a special presentation of the Inside Out Project. This large-scale, portrait installation showcases 300 wheat-pasted, poster-sized photos of St. Petersburg residents!

Don’t miss out. This will be your only chance to see this installation courtesy of photographers Todd Bates, Rashad Hobson, and Maria Flanagan.

Need to nosh? Guests will enjoy bites from Nah Dogs Vegan Hot Dog Cart, Vanchetta Food Truck, Three Generations Food Truck, and Latin Lunch Box. Plus beer trucks and water refill stations when you need to hydrate.

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Posted by John Collins on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Indie Flea Art Fair takeover

It will be a good day for those who are Indie Flea frequenters. The massive market will take over the space, bringing along some of the best artists, makers, and bakers in all of Tampa Bay.

We hope you’ll take the chance to see all the new murals in the ‘Burg during the day. Visitors can take a look at the largest mural of the festival by Blaine Fontana and Plastic Birdie, along the Pinellas Trail, just outside The Factory.

The finale will feature a discussion on the intersection of art, science, and advocacy with Executive Director, Tre Packard, Vitale Bros., Blaine Fontana, and more artists.

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Posted by SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Live music, screen printing, and art cars

Other day-of festivities include Live music and special performances by ACT St Pete, the Lakewood High School MARCHING SPARTANS, DEA & SAINT and more. CARMADA will be on hand for more spectacular live car painting by Jc Rivera.

Live screen printing of artist tees by featuring designs from SHINE artists Leo Gomez, Palehorse, and Morning Breath Inc. Yea, we plan to live in these shirts, folks.

The Factory is located at 2788 Fairfield Avenue South, and the finale event is free and open to the public.




Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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