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Absent any takers, Senate mural in limbo

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You can’t give away some art these days. At least 10 museums or other institutions have declined an offer from the Florida Senate to donate its “Five Flags Mural“—now in storage—that formerly adorned the wall outside the chamber’s 5th floor public and press galleries in the Capitol. “Most cited the size of the mural and their limited capacity for storage as the reason why they could not accept it,” Senate spokeswoman Katie Betta said Thursday. The nearly 40-year-old mural, installed during…

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St. Pete’s youngest mural painter is Gibbs student

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At 17 years old, Justin Wagher is St. Pete’s youngest wall muralist. The Gibbs High School senior has eight murals painted in and around St. Pete on the sides of buildings. The works were a part of Wagher’s senior project at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts program. Each of the young man’s murals contains a similar motif. They all depict a woman in grayscale with flashes of pink as an accent. And they’re not just pretty pictures. Wagher…

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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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