The Art Scene: 02.14.12

Local art news
Steve Haweeli’s “Crosstown Passion” is one of more than 70 submissions to the “Love and Passion” show at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend.

Love and Passion
    This weekend, Karyn Mannix Contemporary will present the eighth iteration of the “Love and Passion” series of Valentine’s Day shows at Ashawagh Hall. The subtitle this year is “The Naughty Show,” with mature themes of an erotic nature from more than 70 artists.
    The exhibition will open Saturday afternoon at 1 and then have a reception that night from 5:30 to 8. Alfredo Merat will provide music, along with performances by the Neo-Political Cowgirls and Adam Baranello and the A&G Dance Company. The evening also features a 50-50 raffle to benefit the Springs Food Pantry.
    On Sunday, Teri Kennedy will host “The Wild Side,” a poetry-and-performance open microphone event that begins at 11:30 a.m. Maria Bacardi and Michelle Murphy are the featured poets.

Devil’s Workshop? Not!
    “Not the Devil’s Workshop: Women’s Hand Work, 1800-1930” will be the next show at the Southampton Historical Museum, opening on Saturday and running through April 27. Sheila Guidera, an antiques collector and the curator of the show, used the phrase “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” as her inspiration.
    Her collection contains 19th-century mirrors decorated with paintings of landscapes and flowers — a popular handcraft at the time — as well as samplers, tatting, lace, and other unique objects and products of female needlework done in the downtime between preparing meals and other chores and raising a family on the South Fork.
    The show will coincide with National Women’s History Month in March. The opening will be held on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.