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Maggie Duffy - Bright Spot and Arts Reporter

Bright Spot and Arts Reporter

I have fun covering Tampa Bay's thriving arts scene and my other passion, shopping. I'm always on the hunt for art exhibits, indie markets and small businesses to write about, so if you have one, please share it with me! I graduated from USF in 2004 with a degree in Art History, which comes in handy not only when writing art reviews, but also for the cool history stories I've been covering lately. I also worked professionally in the local art scene for years as a gallery manager and curator, so it's a thrill to continue to support the arts. I came to the Tampa Bay Times in 2006 as an editorial assistant and have found my writing voice in the past few years.

  1. Artist Ya La'ford poses for a portrait in front of "Constellation," which is part of part of her "Distance" exhibition at Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.
  2. Rendering of the Tampa Museum of Art's planned Education Center.
  3. Guests in Fairgrounds' popup "Lampscape" installation at the Factory St. Pete's First Look event in December.
  4. Scott Daniel and Matthew McGee star in "Scott and Patti: Get a Real Job!" at Freefall Theatre's drive-in outdoor theater.
  5. An image from a previous 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival at American Stage. 2021's festival is entirely virtual and focuses on themes of mental health.
  6. The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg's exhibition "Color Riot! How Color Changes Navajo Textiles." Onsite curatorial lead Stephanie Chill will give an online tour of the exhibit during Virtual Cocktails and Collections on Jan. 21.
  7. 1771 Designs' Siege the Playoffs T-shirt comes in white, red and creamsicle.
  8. Carol Upham in 2008 at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, shortly after she retired as president of the museum's board.
  9. A College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving truck.
  10. There are a variety of different New Year's Eve celebrations in Pasco and Hernando counties to ring in 2020.
  11. The cast of Asolo Rep's "We Need a Little Christmas": Jenny Kim-Godfrey, Ann Morrison, Matthew McGee, Eileen Lymus and Peter Amster.
  12. Signs inform visitors to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg in July about the use of face coverings and other pandemic precautions.
  13. Ummarid Eitharong of Orlando whose painting titled "Cosmic Moment" won the Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award at the 49th Annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in 2019. The festival will move online for its 51st year on March 6-7, 2021, but will continue to award prize money.
  14. Health care workers at a COVID-19 testing site at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in August.
  15. "Masked Crusader" by Leon Bedore, known as Tes One, was collected by the Library of Congress and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
  16. Gretchen Warren's Christmas tree is decorated with shells from her collection.
  17. Members of the Florida Orchestra perform their first concert since the pandemic shut down live performances for months. A socially distant and limited capacity crowd watched the orchestra's performance at the Mahaffey Theater on Oct. 31.
  18. A still from the "Read About It" pilot episode.
  19. Dominika Afanasenkov in a past production of Next Generation Ballet's "The Nutcracker"
  20. Opera Tampa will perform their 2020-21 season on the Straz Center for the Performing Arts' outdoor Riverwalk Stage.
  21. Keep St. Pete Lit's office at the Factory St. Pete, which premieres a First Look event on Saturday, Dec. 12.
  22. Outdoor markets, like the West Tampa Market shown here, abound this December.
  23. A succulent wreath from Tampa succulent florist shop Cactus Moon.