Local Artists Showcase Talent at Don’t Stop St. Petersburg

Don’t Stop St. Petersburg just came back for the event’s third year in the Arts District of downtown. Over 40 local and regional musicians came out to play on the streets showcasing some of the raw talent this city holds.

The event was crowded with people checking out all of the musicians, artists and other vendors that volunteered for the event. There was a wide variety of art styles and food, representing the artistic diversity in St. Pete. The event served as a great venue for bringing the community together for the day.

Several successful bands such as Underoath and Sleepwave have come out of St. Pete, and events like this are a great way for local musicians to get noticed and supported. The same thing goes for the other vendors that are hoping to grow their businesses.

Don’t Stop St. Petersburg was a great success, and there is no doubt that we will be seeing it come back again next year.

Operation Coexist: Making a Difference Through Music

St. Petersburg– Operation Coexist is a nonprofit organization that provides music education to at risk youth and kids in the foster care system. The 5013c began in 2012 in St. Petersburg and over the last few years it has grown into something that is reaching further than founder Katie Talbert ever imagined.

“I cannot describe the feeling I get when I think about the program and the impact I am seeing from it. Everyone seems to want to help me, to volunteer their time. Even famous musicians are reaching out,” Talbert said.

Children ages 4-18 years get the opportunity to take free music lessons and perform in groups or solo acts to showcase what they learn at Noisemakers, better known as “The School of Rock.”

Music is healing and organizations such as Operation Coexist use the power of music to better the lives of children in need, and make a positive impact and difference in the community.

USF St. Petersburg team plans to sail into history

University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus was established f fifty years. The sailing program is not quite as old, but there is still a lot of history in those sails and even more  in the surrounding  waterfront.

The USFSP Sailing program has been around for approximately 25 years; the sailors have made a name for USF over time are recognized as a nationally ranked team. USF St. Petersburg has a unique campus,  located the on Bayboro Harbor waterfront. The sailing program houses over 30 boats, making it easy for the students to get out of the classroom and right onto the water.

Team members say that a major reason they joined this sailing team was because of Coach Allison Jolley, an Olympic Gold Medalist in sailing. They are currently ranked tenth in the nation, with 45 members of the team.

“It’s really a lot of fun,” team member Alison Knowles said. “I have met my best friends on the team and we will be friends for the rest of our lives.”

The stomping grounds of the sailing team marks an earlier chapter of the campus’ history. In November 1939, much of the area became the US Maritime Service Training Station, where more than 120,000 members of the U.S. Army Corps, now the U.S. Airforce, trained during World War II.

This coastal campus holds a lot of history, and the sailing team plans to keep competing  to make some history of their own.



St. Pete Artists Paint the Town

Over the past two years, muralists Sebastian Coolidge and Chris Parks, also known as Pale Horse, have began to transform the city walls from a blank slate to vibrant, colorful pieces of art.

Coolidge has been a St. Petersburg resident since 2008, which is the same year he created his first mural. Since then, countless creations of his have made their way all over the city, and people constantly stop to admire his work.

“Sometimes I have no idea what I am going to paint until I get to the wall and have a brush in my hand,” Coolidge said.

The young artist, 26, did not go to school specifically for art, but he did always have a strong passion for it.

Another successful artist taking part in the creative community is Chris Parks. Parks attended the Ringling School of Art and Design, and he is now a graphic designer who works with major companies on a variety of works. He has several murals around the area as well which also get admired by the public.

“I love to explore. I travel to new countries all the time to learn and submerse myself in their culture so I can broaden my style.” Parks said.

While both artists have different varied backgrounds, they are both part of the same community and their artwork continues to leave a colorful and creative legacy on the walls of St. Petersburg.