Shipping Container Art Studio Opening in Pinellas Park

Derrek Donnelly‘s work continues to make the Burg a more vibrant and inspired city. Considered to be one of the founders of St. Pete’s mural craze, Donnelly’s work can be seen along the walls in the 600 Block of Central Avenue’s alley, in Rococo Steak and on the back of Florida CraftArt. Donnelly continues to serve as a local influencer in the arts community, engaging residents young and old. The artist has done live paintings at the Sundial, at the St. Pete Food and Wine Festival and at The Vinoy.

The artist will soon take up residence in Pinellas Park’s art district inside a shipping container studio at 5705 Park Boulevard. COVE (Creative Opportunities and Visual Entertainment) will serve as Donnelly’s new creative space. Construction on the building began in November of 2015 and represented a shift toward local arts in the area.

The quarter of a million dollar building is made of 8 ft. by 40 ft. shipping containers. idesign, the firm behind the concept, helped craft the two-floor building. The first floor will serve as studio space and the second floor is an apartment. Donnelly has already begun preparing pieces for the studio’s November 26 grand opening. You can learn more about the space and follow its progress on Facebook.

COVE will be in good company in the newly formed Arts Village. Earlier in 2016, Wordier Than Thou opened their literary gallery at 5741 75th Avenue, joining Studio at 5663, Pompei Studio and SWARTZ Gallery in the burgeoning area.


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Written by Brian Bailey


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