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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. Colleen Cherry as Harriet, the little girl who played with matches, in Jobsite Theater's production of "Shockheaded Peter." The company will reprise the production in their 2021-22 season.
  2. One of the multimedia features in Freefall Theatre's "The Rose and the Beast," which runs through Aug. 8.
  3. Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj has been named American Stage's next producing artistic director.
  4. The Black Keys will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Sept. 20, 2021.
  5. The cast of "Romeo and Juliet in America," presented by theater company American Stage, held at William Park in St. Petersburg through Aug. 1, 2021.
  6. "The Intrinsic Culmination of Sensuality" by Michael Fait is on display at the Blue Goose in St. Petersburg through Aug. 7.
  7. Local comedian Cam Bertrand's audition on "America's Got Talent" aired July 6.
  8. A previous Cool Art Show at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. The show returns July 24-25, 2021.
  9. Visitors stroll on the large grounds by the mansion at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in 2020 in Sarasota. The museum decided to close Tuesday and Wednesday because of Tropical Storm Elsa.
  10. Local comedian Cam Bertrand's audition On "America's Got Talent" airs at 8 p.m. July 6 on NBC.
  11. Matt Shapiro and Sonya Bryson-Kirksey sport the Puck MS T-shirt Shapiro created to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  12. Robert Fyvolent and his wife Brittany at a screening of "Summer of Soul" in Los Angeles. Fyvolent, who is a producer of the film, grew up in Tampa and will be at the screening at Tampa Theatre.
  13. Jack Harlow performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in 2019.
  14. Omarion will bring his Millennium Tour to Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  15. “This Blessed Plot, This Earth,” a mural painted by artist Elizabeth Indianos, is seen at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center.
  16. Pitbull performs on stage at the Amalie Arena in Tampa as part of his co-headling show with Enrique Iglesias in 2017.
  17. A rendering of Ya La'ford's sculpture "Intersections" on the St. Petersburg Museum of History's planned expansion.
  18. A gallery shot of Florida CraftArt's exhibition "Beautiful Bountiful Bowls." The St. Petersburg gallery is seeing an uptick in sales of handmade functional home items.
  19. Desmond Clark, Principal at St. Cate Fine Arts and “Curator at Large” poses with True Vine by Steve Prince. The James Museum is collaborating with the Carter Woodson Museum to present, "Reverberations."  The exhibition shares artwork from emerging and established Black artists who live and work in Tampa Bay and across the Southeastern United States. Through each artist’s own perspective, the exhibition challenges viewers with stories of structural racism and oppression, as well as celebrates hope and resilience.
  20. Katrina Stevenson, Spencer Meyers, Colleen Cherry and Kasondra Rose in Jobsite Theater's production of "Shockheaded Peter."
  21. The new organization Tampa Arts Alliance will support the arts in Tampa.
  22. An exterior shot of Articles/Leslie Curran Gallery and D-Gallerie, which have moved in next door to each other in larger spaces in the Historic Uptown neighborhood in St. Petersburg.
  23. A sculpture by Fernando Botero sits along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.