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Maggie Duffy - Times Arts Writer

Times Arts Writer

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. Photographer Griff Davis captured the first meeting of Vice President Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. and their wives, Patricia Nixon and Coretta Scott King, on Independence Day in Accra, Ghana on March 7, 1957.
    A famed photographer captured Martin Luther King Jr. and Nixon in a conversation that was incendiary at the time.
  2. Fashions by De Johnea Bianca, a designer involved in the Fashion Market that will take place in Tampa on Jan. 18.
    Plus, a pre- Gasparilla fashion and hair event and markets dedicated to a healthy lifestyle.
  3. A photograph by Anastasia Samoylova from the "FloodZone" series, on view at USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa through March 7.
    Plus, check out site-specific installations from the Morean Center for Clay.
  4. Demetri Martin will perform at Tampa Theatre on Jan. 18.
    'A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ ‘The Screwtape Letters’ and ambitious Florida Orchestra collaborations round out the list.
  5. Ai Weiwei's "Zodiac (2018) Lego" is on display through Feb. 9 at the Ringling Museum.
    Ai Weiwei’s ‘ Zodiac (2018) Lego’ is the big draw, but four other exhibitions each hold their own.
  6. Janna Doughty's "Friends" is included in "Please Stand By," which will open on Jan. 10 at Mize Gallery in St. Petersburg.
    Plus, a quartet of new openings and an artist’s talk with contemporary Chinese artist Sun Xun.
  7. A photo taken during a previous Cocktails and Couture, the art and fashion party that will revisit the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Jan. 11.
    Plus, a mock wedding to help nail the big day and a night market at Daddy Kool Records.
  8. Drumline Live will high-step through the Straz Center in Tampa on Jan. 14.
    Comic Matt Braunger at Side Splitters and a Duke Ellington tribute by the Florida Orchestra, too.
  9. A vendor's display at Vintage Marche, a new monthly market that will launch this weekend in St. Petersburg.
    Plus, an art festival in Dunedin and the new year’s first Indie Flea.
  10. A crowd watches Tibetan Buddhist monks from India's Drepung Gomang Monastery dissolve their sand mandala during the Sacred Art Tour at Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg in 2018.
    Plus, ‘Halloween in January’ features work by the Peach Moon and there’s an outdoor photography exhibit in Sarasota.