The Art Scene: 06.13.13

Local art news
“The Blue Room,” a watercolor on board from 2011, is part of “The Hitchcock Kiss,” a solo show by Annika Connor at QF Gallery in East Hampton.

Lights, Camera, Action
    QF Gallery in East Hampton will open Annika Connor’s show “The Hitchcock Kiss” on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Ms. Connor’s colorful paintings, which are based on fantasy, have an illustrative quality. Her subjects are abundant gardens, opulent rooms, regal animals, and  humans in their finery alone or as a couple.  She blends “contemporary moments with cinematic nostalgia,” according to the gallery. She also has an acting career, which tends to inform her artwork. The show will be on view through June 30.
Duo at Ashawagh
    Phyllis Kriegel and Gabriele Raacke, artists who have complementary visions, will exhibit their work at Ashawagh Hall in Springs beginning Saturday, June 15, with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
    Ms. Kriegel will show her series “After Baubo,” inspired by a fifth century B.C. stone figure.  Ms. Raacke will exhibit reverse paintings on glass inspired by circus performers.
Bast: Seafoam
    The Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton will open “Seafoam,” a solo exhibition of work by a Brooklyn artist called Bast, who otherwise remains anonymous, on Saturday.
     Bast is known in the art world for painted sculptures with a childlike sensibility made from objects found around Coney Island. New York City residents know him from his graffiti tags and posters on the streets. He uses collage and layering to fulfill his visions of competing and contradictory ideas of the city.
    The show will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through July 3.

Zeigler at Marcelle
    “Gavin Zeigler: A 30-Year Retrospective of Painting and Sculpture, 1983 to 2013” is on view at Bridgehampton’s Peter Marcelle Gallery through June 23. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Mr. Zeigler takes his inspiration from Kurt Schwitters, Jasper Johns, and David Smith, in mixed-media paintings of everyday objects such as pennies, keys, stock certificates, and bank checks. In his Minimalist sculptures, the surface and color of bronze are the subject.
     Mr. Zeigler, who is from Tennessee, went to school at Fordham University and works out of a Shelter Island studio.

Mallory Samson’s World
     “Extraordinarily Ordinary! Photos by Mallory Samson,” will open at the Southampton Historical Museum on Saturday between 4 and 6 p.m.
    The show is a group of photographs of the collections at the museum that the Southampton artist chose to document. The antique objects include dolls, toys, tools, vintage clothing, china, silver, 19th-century keys, antique horse-show ribbons, and other objects. A collage of about 150 of these images, ranging from five inches to five feet, will cover the museum walls.
     Ms. Samson was previously a fashion editor at Avenue, J. Crew, and Brides; the photography editor at Nike; and a member of the fashion staff at GQ and Self. She is a graduate of Kenyon College. The show will remain on view through Aug. 2.

Blooms of June
    On Saturday and June 29, Lois Bender will teach classes in watercolor using roses, lavender, and herbs taken from the garden at Bridge Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants have been encouraged to take along a chair and a snack as well as art supplies, which can also be purchased from the instructor. The class costs $35 plus materials. To register, which is required, those interested can e-mail

New Show at Canio’s
    Canio’s book store in Sag Harbor will display the photographs of Val Schaff­ner beginning Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. “Mindscapes” will include images of New York City and the South Fork, combining hard-edged buildings and a softer natural environment.
    Mr. Schaffner was the co-owner of the Nabi Gallery in Sag Harbor from 1996 to 2002 and New York City from 2003 until 2011. He has been taking pictures since the age of 15.