SHINE Mural Festival, Morean Arts Center partner with artist Ya La’ford

31 Aug 2016, Posted by Sarah Aldrich in Community, Events, Press Releases



August 30, 2016

SHINE Mural Festival, Morean Arts Center partner with artist Ya La’ford

St. Petersburg, Fla. – In conjunction with the 2016 SHINE Mural Festival, Ya La’ford will be installing Golden Wave along the 60 foot rear wall of the Morean Arts Center, located at 719 Central Avenue in the Central Arts District of Downtown St. Petersburg. La’ford resides in the arts hub of Historic Kenwood in St. Petersburg, but divides her practice between the thriving local art scene and that of her birthplace, Bronx, N.Y.

SHINE is a pioneering mural art endeavor intended to assemble some of the best local, national and international muralists, enchanting visitors to engage the power of art in public spaces by revitalizing areas, inspiring dialogue and uniting our community around creative exchange. La’ford’s contribution to the inaugural 2015 SHINE Festival featured a transformative 85 foot, blue lighted tunnel wrapped floor to ceiling in hand painted geometric lines, a site later staged to host several community storytelling events and cultural encounters.

Ya La’ford is a professor, visual painter, installation artist and muralist with an MFA from The Art Institute of Boston and exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Locally, The Historic Manhattan Casino, Shorecrest Preparatory School and James Weldon Johnson Community Library collectively feature creative partnerships with La’ford, along with many others.

Golden Wave, La’ford’s mural for 2016, will measure an impressive 60’ by 55’ complete with metallic acrylic and LED luminaries. The Golden Wave mural will depict recurring orbital geometric patterns that represent transformation and movement. The choice of gold to create the labyrinth stretches creative boundaries, symbolic of community power, strength and the quest to perfection.

Muralopia, a children’s book written by Ya La’ford, is presented in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Public Library, SHINE and Morean Arts Center. Illustrated by local children, Golden Wave will inspire student’s (ages 7-14) to submit designs into a city-wide competition, judged by their peers. The children’s selected design will be featured in the book and will best represent interconnectivity, love, peace, and a drive to create community.


The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.

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