PUNTA GORDA — When artist Don Maitz attends this weekend’s Pirate Fest, he will pay equally close attention to the visitors who come to admire his pirate creations. If they are decked out in authentic pirate costumes, as many are for the occasion, he even may transform them into art.
“These festivals help my research,” Maitz said. “I found that I didn’t have to rent costumes or buy my own props in order to paint them. It’s a business trip.”
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