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Museum of Fine Arts, SPC to host ‘Art of Politics’ roundtable

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Art is a powerful medium of political expression — and has been since the beginnings of recorded history. But in a political arena saturated with terse, ephemeral electronic messages, does art — especially public art in an urban environment — still have legitimacy in fostering civic consciousness and building social capital? That is a question which a distinguished author and panel will attempt to answer in a forum at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. It is…

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“Xtreme Ethel” highlights St. Petersburg’s long history with AARP

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Last month’s SHINE mural festival has been all the talk of St. Petersburg residents and visitors, but if you don’t think AARP when you think of the city’s burgeoning mural scene, you don’t know … Ethel. Among the many new spray-painted artworks gracing the city’s walls, one in particular is my favorite. On the 8th Street side of the Morean Arts Center, local star muralist Derek Donnelly has painted “Keep on Cruisin’ (Xtreme Ethel)” on the wall of the elevated…

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