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FLAIR for the Arts in Largo's Ulmer Park

There were poets and painters, musicians and sculptors. Some performed spoken word and sang on the open microphone. Others displayed their photography, sketches and paintings.

Saturday evening, 18 local artists gathered in Ulmer Park for the July installment of FLAIR for the Arts, an event coordinated by the city's special events department.

FLAIR for the Arts, a summer program held monthly, is in its third year. Although the public is invited to attend, and approximately 50 passers-by did stop to peruse the art on display, FLAIR is not about ticket sales, said Randi Kosiewska-Short, special events planner for Largo.

"We want FLAIR to be about bringing back what attracted artists and musicians and poets to their work in the first place. It's a chance for them to celebrate art and each other,'' she said.

The next FLAIR is scheduled for Aug. 22. The monthly theme will be character. However, event organizers don't want artists to be the least bit stifled.

"We list monthly themes for inspiration only. We don't want them to be seen as rigid. This is all for inspiration.''

Piper Castillo, Times Staff Writer

If you go

The next installment of FLAIR for the Arts will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22 at Ulmer Park. The event is free. Concessions will be sold. Artists, photographers, poets and musicians interested in participating can visit or e-mail

FLAIR for the Arts in Largo's Ulmer Park 07/28/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:49pm]
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