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St. Petersburg, FL — Many wonderful surprises await guests at The Candy Factory, Bloom Art Center’s newest immersive art exhibit opening October 29 and 30.
Celebrating the classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, teams of local artists are transforming Bloom’s indoor and outdoor space into a confectionary funhouse of candy-colored murals and sculptural art.
Grand Opening weekend will be a scrumdiddlyumptious Halloween extravaganza filled with sweet and fanciful delights. Visitors can dress up as a favorite character (or as anything they like) and come to enjoy delicious art, music by DJ Mega, and more. Local vendors, including Pinellas Chocolate and Tidal Boar Ginger Beer, will entice the sweet tooth as guests explore this larger-than-life homage to Willy Wonka.
What: The Candy Factory: Grand Opening Weekend
When: Saturday, October 29 from 6 p.m. to midnight / Sunday, October 30 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Where: Bloom Art Center, 910 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tickets: $ 7 in advance, includes 3D glasses, available at www.startbloomin.com (click The Candy Factory)
Since its publication in 1964, Roald Dahl’s fantastic tale has become one of the most enduring children’s stories of all time, selling more than 20 million copies in 55 languages worldwide and inspiring artists everywhere.
The Candy Factory is presented by the award-winning artist teams who created Down the Rabbit Hole, garnering 2016 Creative Loafing Tampa Best of the Bay awards for Best Immersive Art Exhibit (Critic’s Choice) and Best Gallery Show, Non- Museum (Readers Poll).
One of St. Petersburg’s fastest growing community arts collectives. Bloom Art Center is a 7,000-square-foot multi-purpose venue and workspace where artists create, educate and collaborate in ten working studios. Events and workshops are held in our gallery, local bands rehearse and record on our stage, and our building is blanketed inside and out with murals by more than 30 regional and visiting artists – the most murals on a single site in St. Petersburg.