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Capturing St. Pete’s Artistic Side: a photoessay

Art is everywhere in St Petersburg, FL (aka St Pete). It’s in the museums and galleries, painted on the sides of the buildings, and drawn upon the sidewalks. With 5 unique arts districts, 3 mainstream art museums*, over 50 independent galleries, and 50+ murals, St. Petersburg, Florida is a first-rate arts destination. In September 2015, the city hosted two new arts festivals – the St. Petersburg Mural Festival (SHINE) and the St. Petersburg festival of the arts & culture (SPF) – with the goal of cementing St. Petersburg as one of the nation’s leading art destinations. 2016 saw the expansion of SPF to a month-long festival of the arts with 57 events spanning 149 venues. One hot September day during SPF, I tried to soak in as much of the St. Petersburg arts scene as I could. The combination of natural and man-made beauty was stunning.

These flowers are part of the Urban Brew & BBQ's beer garden on Central Ave., one of St. Petersburg's art districts.
These flowers are part of Urban Brew & BBQ’s beer garden on Central Ave., within St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District.
The mural on the side of Urban Brew & BBQ, from Man Made Murals, depicts Central Ave in the late 1800's-1920's, with the train representing Urban exploding onto the scene.
UB&B Express, from Man Made Murals, depicts Central Ave in the late 1800’s-1920’s, with the train representing Urban Brew & BBQ exploding onto the scene on 6/11/2013.
Roger's Rug Care, at 1701 1st Ave N, features murals from Daniel Mrgan (left) and Michael Reeder (right) created during SHINE 2016.
Roger’s Rug Care, at 1701 1st Ave N, features murals from Daniel Mrgan (left) and Michael Reeder (right) created during SHINE 2016.
Dasic Fernandez SHINE 2016 mural on Central Avenue
Dasic Fernandez SHINE 2016 mural on Central Avenue
St. Petersburg Marina
St. Petersburg Marina

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Flock of feral parrots near the St. Petersburg Marina
Flock of feral parrots near the St. Petersburg Marina

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Banyan tree in Straub Park
Banyan tree in Straub Park
Chalk walk in Straub Park
Chalk walk in Straub Park

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Glass blowing demonstration in Straub Park
Glass blowing demonstration in Straub Park

*The Dali Museum, The Morean Arts Center, and the Museum of Fine Art

Jennifer Ring

Jennifer Ring is a freelance writer & photographer living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida’s west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.

http://flillustrated.com

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