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If you already read my gushing love letter to St. Pete, Florida, you know that one of the things I loved most was the city’s vibrant museum and gallery scene. The city is bursting with the work of true creative geniuses, hailing from around the block to around the world.

St. Pete Dali Museum

St. Pete Chihuly Collection

St. Pete Dali Museum

St. Pete Chihuly Collection

Many cities have impressive art collections. But what’s really unique about St. Pete is that you don’t ever have to step foot inside a gallery to admire a thought-provoking, fun, or photogenic piece of art — you’ll probably just drive by one, or spot one out of the corner of your eye when you walk by an industrial alley.

St. Pete has one of the best street art collections I’ve ever seen. And I’ve sure looked! I’ve admired street art in far flung places like Brazil and Malaysia, but still found myself fully captivated by the by Florida CraftArt.

St. Pete Street Art

I invited my aunts, who live in nearby Tampa and Clearwater, to join me for this Saturday morning adventure. We arrived early to the CraftArt Gallery to check in, and I was so glad we did — the local artwork in the gallery where the tour begins and ends was fun and fresh, and there were plenty of affordable gifts and pieces or art produced right in the Sunshine State to peruse.

Florida CraftArt

Florida CraftArt

Florida CraftArt

When we set off, I was surprised to see that there were at least a dozen others on the tour — reservations are definitely essential! I was also tickled to learn our tour guide was quite the expert — we were being led by none other than Diane Shelly, who previously served as the Executive Director of Florida CraftArt and was a driving force behind kicking off St. Pete’s inaugural in 2015.

Two editions of SHINE have left the city cloaked in color, a creative event that attracted artists from around the world to come turn St. Pete’s blank walls into urban canvasses. Block parties, bike tours, and illustration battles were all on the events list — I’m definitely keeping my eyes peeled for the third edition!

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Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

For the next ninety minutes, Diane led us around the Central Arts District, taking in more than thirty murals in just four short blocks. Some were serious, some were silly, some were colorful, some were black and white.

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

One piece that really captivated the crowd was an underwater-inspired piece known as the “Woomorial,” a tribute by several local artists to one of their own, Bill “Woo” Correira, who died in 2012 in his gallery on the very block where the mural is painted.

I swooned over the sweetly painted dumpsters, and the coral in the bottom corner of the mural made up by handprints from the local community.

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Another favorite? This small and discreet piece Only a Paper Moon by , and the bright and bold You Are My Sunshine by  and Josh Stover, celebrating local love for The Sunshine City.

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

I couldn’t resist the bold colors and great backstory of Mr. Sun, an advertising character created to promote the city of St. Pete in the 1940’s, and recreated by artist  and Nicholas Kekllas. My aunts also loved this taste of old Florida history!

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Look closely — can you see how this piece spells out and celebrates both the city of St. Pete and neighboring Tampa?

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

I really appreciated the backstory Diane provided on the pieces, the artists who created them, and the work that various groups are doing to keep the art scene of St. Pete thriving.

Attempts to profit off murals created by others are not without , but CraftArt is doing it right — with the artists’s blessings and support, and with the profits going back to the work. A portion of the proceeds of all tours goes to funding future murals, so kudos for keeping the art alive!

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Tour are run every Saturday morning from 10-11:30am.  The tour is $19 for adults, $11 for children and free for kiddos under $5. Private tours can be arranged at other times, so don’t be afraid to call if you’re visiting mid-week and super keen to soak up the knowledge.

The Central Arts District really is the most perfect place to spend a Saturday. Once you’ve wrapped up the walking tour, you’re just steps away from the Chihuly Collection and the Morean Arts Center and so many amazing lunch spots. You might luck out and be there on an Indie Market Saturday! If you’re in town the second Saturday of the month, stick around for the .

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

Florida CraftArt Street Art Tour

I took the mural tour on my very first day in St. Pete, which left me plenty of time to discover others in my next few days of wandering. Diane had given us much-appreciated directions to a few that weren’t on the tour, but most I just stumbled upon.

The standouts? Anything that celebrated St. Pete and Florida themes like gators, living local and the state’s famous produce. And you know I couldn’t resist a Wonderland mural!

St. Pete Street Art

St. Pete Street Art

St. Pete Street Art

St. Pete Street Art

St. Pete Street Art

The craziest part of all of this? I saw literally just a fraction of ! It’s already pretty obvious I’ll be back to St. Pete — I can’t wait to see what art I stumble upon when I do.

What’s your favorite city for bold and beautiful street art?

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18 Comments...
  • Dominique
    July 20 2017

    I always thought I would love seeing street art, but since my visit to Berlin in May I’m convinced! I would definitely like to check the street art in St. Pete if I’m ever in the neighbourhood!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 24 2017

      I’ve heard great things about the street art in Berlin! A tour will definitely be on my list when and if I make it to Germany.

  • Alanna
    July 20 2017

    Those are some beautiful murals! I was just up in Montreal for a week and was blown away by the amount of street art spread throughout the city up there. That is definitely a city worth checking out. It was my first time there and I know I’ll be back. Loved the cafes and artistic vibe!

    • Meihoukai
      July 24 2017

      Interesting — I would not have guessed Montreal was a city bursting with street art! I love being surprised about a place!

  • Marni
    July 20 2017

    Gorgeous street art! I’m a big fan of it, as long as it doesn’t interfere with historical buildings. The ones in St Pete seem to be just right, and I love the bold colours. My favourite is definitely the paper moon, though.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 24 2017

      Agreed, I think it’s best when street art gives color or interest to an otherwise industrial area.

  • Elizabeth Howell
    July 21 2017

    Wow! So many amazing murals I can’t decide which is my favorite! Best street art in New Zealand is a toss up between Christchurch and Dunedin… but I think Dunedin wins for me. Great post!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 24 2017

      Ah, I wouldn’t have expected New Zealand to have a major street art scene. Learning ever day!

  • becky hutner
    July 22 2017

    Hands down for me, the alligator with the produce!!! Second place, paper moon which has an elegance I think is rare in street art.

    Favourite street art cities for me so far are Berlin, Barcelona, East London & of course, my old hood of Venice Beach which I believe is one of the original street art hubs.

    While I’m a huge street art fan, I have mixed feelings about street art festivals. On one hand I am all about getting creative & pretty-ing up urban spaces & when done by local artists, I’m 100% for it. On the other — and I’m thinking about the festivals involving international artists — I can’t help but think it contributes to the same-ness of the world’s hip cities and a de-contextualization of place. It’s a bit strange to travel the world and see the same motifs by the same artists and the same cultural icons from Che Guevara to Twiggy. Obviously this is a function of globalisation and extends far beyond street art … Does this ever strike you on your travels? …how weird it is that you can find the coffee shops with chalk board menus and white brick walls serving acai bowls everywhere? I know there have always been global trends but in our present social, digital world, it seems to have hit an extreme!

    Just a thought. On the other hand, I love that street art is now a viable medium where artists have international commissions & obviously so much incredible work is produced as a result.

    • Meihoukai
      July 24 2017

      Very interesting and intriguing points! I do know what you mean about homogenization and I love the street art that focuses on the local motifs the most, which are most likely to come from local artists. That said, I think on the other hand there are probably very few paid opportunities for street artists, so festivals are a great way for them to financially support their work.

      I did a major double take walking down the street in Brooklyn the other day when I spotted a mural by Kobra, one of the Brazilian street artists I’d learned all about in Rio!

  • Ijana Loss
    July 22 2017

    Holy crap St. Pete sounds more and more amazing with every post you publish! I’m 100% seriously considering trying to drag some friends out there for a birthday or something sometime. These murals are amazing!!

    • Meihoukai
      July 24 2017

      I’d love to hear about it if you do! I had a BLAST!

  • Ali
    July 23 2017

    Amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Jessica
    July 24 2017

    Wow Meihoukai it all looks so beautiful and colorful! I would never think about heading to St Pete for the street art, but you convinced me I should put it on my travel bucket list! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      July 24 2017

      That’s what I love to hear, Jessica 🙂

  • Jamie Delaney
    August 14 2017

    Wow, loving all this colour! I’ve heard so much about St. Pete as a great area to explore (and even live).

    • Meihoukai
      September 15 2017

      It really does get great press as a wonderful place for millennial to move to! I can see why — I’d love to live there myself. All the culture and buzz of a city with a beach right there!