The public art movement is booming in the ‘Burg, highlighted this past year by SHINE St. Petersburg, the mural festival that put the spotlight on the power of art in public spaces and will continue in September 2016.
Our speakers include Palehorse (Chris Parks), a talented St. Pete muralist known internationally, who will offer an artist’s perspective on the ‘Burg’s present boom and the role of public mural art.
Public art and what is appropriate to display made a “buzz” in St. Pete long before the present wave of murals, much of that buzz centered around artist George Snow Hill. His large murals depicting the history of flight found in the Tampa Airport as well as murals in St. Petersburg City Hall. The “buzz” his artwork created was centered around two other murals – depicting women in bathing suits and also “Picnicking at Pass-a-Grille”, a mural hung in St. Pete City Hall in 1945 and ripped off the wall in 1966 by Joe Waller (Omali Yeshitela). Diane Craig, an expert on the life and work of George Snow Hill, will present on these works.
Reception with light food & cash bar starting at 6:00 pm.
Short tours of nearby murals led by Florida CraftArt President Kathryn Howd ( tours offered during the reception).
The program will start at 7:00 pm in the recently renovated St. Petersburg Opera building – built in 1952, it’s a structure that has served a variety of uses over the years.
Tickets $5 for SPP members; $10 for non-members
Thanks to our generous Keep St. Pete Special program series sponsor,The Mesimer Team of Keller Williams St. Pete Realty