Simaia 2, 2013, by Barbara Vaughn
Here’s your word of the day: Optasia, which means “vision” or “apparition” in Greek. It’s also the name of photographer Barbara Vaughn’s new month-long exhibit at Quogue Gallery in Southampton, and a pretty apt moniker considering her visual trademark: Vaughn is known for capturing reflections in undulating bodies of water, which turn something as simple as boats or buildings into abstracted works of art à la Joan Miró or Gerhard Richter. And her subjects are diverse, from architecture along the Venetian island of Burano to — just in time for Independence Day — patriotic Stars and Stripes.

This weekend, in addition to Optasia — the opening reception for which takes place on July 4th, 4 PM to 7 PM — Vaughn’s works will also be on view at ArtHamptons, at the Quogue Gallery booth (#211).

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