“The Merry Naiads,” a show of Michael Seif’s playful, evocative photographs, will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, June 7, at Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St. Another reception is scheduled for Friday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m, preceded by an artist’s talk for Island Institute members.

Seif’s images of underwater nude figures also are featured in the 2013 Island Journal, the Island Institute’s annual publication celebrating island life. Photographing his subjects — local women who feel at home swimming in the dark waters of a Vinalhaven quarry — sprang from Seif’s academic background in zoology, according to Tina Cohen in her introduction to the 2013 Island Journal folio. After beginning his photographic journey studying fish, he switched to the human form on the advice of one of his teachers. He discovered that human models moving in water created interesting effects: ripples, bubbles, distortions, fractured light, transformed features and mysterious textures, Cohen said.

Seif has had photography exhibits all over the country in both solo and group shows and published his first book, “The Fluid Figure,” in 2011. “The Merry Naiads” will run through July 26. Current gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, manager of Archipelago, at 596-0701 or lvietze@islandinstitute.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.