Seogyeoshire Christmas Fayre

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On the continent of Jeogeot, is the village of Seogyeo, which is currently decorated for the holidays.

“Come visit our lovely first-annual Christmas fair set in the scenic Welsh countryside! Many booths to shop and visit, Christmas trees, treats, and even a skating pond! Located on the Zany Zen Railway and near Seogyeo Station.”

Upon my arrival, I was greeted by a Constable, who was a real, “live” avatar.

After looking at the booths, and wandering around the area, I explored the village until I found the Zany Zen Railroad, Platform 2.

There was a grand opening on Tuesday, the 13th, and the festivities will run until January 4th. The group notice said there is a Christmas special bus service. When I disembarked the train at Station 1, the Constable asked if I wanted a ride somewhere.

I had boarded the Santa Special train at Station 2, and enjoyed the ride. The landing for the Seogyeoshire Christmas Fayre.

“Some Portraits” by Bump Squeegee

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“Some Portraits” features collages by RL artist Bump Squeegee at Red Dirt Studios in the historic Virtual Chelsea Hotel Gallery District.

Statement:
“What makes collage compelling to me is exploration of symbiotic relationships between images that have traveled through time and space to arrive, together, in a new environment. An environment that gives those images new context and meaning.”

About the “digital prints”:
“As with RL prints, all editions are limited. Each of my digital images are numbered and limited to ten. Which “print” and how many are denoted with a fraction in the edit panel. for example, 3/10 indicates that this is the third of 10 prints. Only 7 more would be available in SL.”

The process:
“These digital assemblages are derived from a number of sources. Scans from old books, magazines, the web, as well as scans of original photos and drawings.
After that, it’s digital gumbo.”

First sentence of the artist bio:

“Bump Squeegee is a living, breathing, working artist and art educator from Oklahoma, USA.”

More of the bio in the 2022 gallery card on the bench.

 

 

Earl Dinkin at Rowling Art Gallery

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For years, I’ve enjoyed the art and quatrains of Earl Dinkin. He used to have several galleries in various places on the grid, all very unique. Then he was gone for a period of time.

I was delighted to learn that he has new pieces on exhibit at Rowling Art Gallery. The gallery is located on a 2048 parcel in Rowling owned by Buddercup Bellambi.

“An art gallery showcasing the pastel and digital art of inworld Artist Earl Dinkin. All are welcome to visit.”

As well as enjoying the unique art, I like the building, which is ideal for the local views in the high rock land.

Rowling Art Gallery   

Moon Stew Café Revolutionary Cook Book

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Early this summer, The Moon Stew Cafe Revolutionary Cook Book was published in Second Life. “Comforting Foods for Discomforting Times”, the 10 recipes include Sun Ra’s Original Moon Stew, which was a major part of the inspiration for the Café in Patagonia.

The plant-based recipes are healthy, and fairly easy and economical to prepare, and best of all, they were contributed by fellow food-loving avatars Elle Thorkveld, Haveit Neox, Marie Beedit, Veyot and Zoe Foodiboo.

You can pick up a copy for yourself for 0L at Moon Stew Café in Patagonia. There is also a reading copy on the bar near the large giraffe.

The cookbook was set and printed at Cricket’s Comfort and the North Keswick Press in Jiminy. “Visitors are welcome here at Cricket’s comfort where The North Keswick Press is established, producing a range of books, posters and prints.”

The press was originally located in North Keswick in the former Coniston area.

You can also pick up a free copy at this location.

I took the photos for the cookbook, shot in various Last Drop Café locations, Wanderlust Café, Weeds Vegetarian Public House in New Toulouse, Moon Stew Café, and some of the wonderful food and dining scenes at ACC Alpha.

The project was fun, and we persisted through the ink shortages, paper shortages, and waiting on delivery delays due to driver shortages, and new drivers on new routes.

“Keep creating!”

There are reading copies displayed at various locations. The one above is in the reading room at Shipton Rest Area.

Meemaw’s Mainland Rest Stop

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Meemaw’s Mainland Rest Stop, just off Route 8A in Aragonese, Satori, is welcoming avatars.

The 976 square meter parcel was claimed September 1st, 2022 by Mrs Grumpypants.

Land Description: “Organic everything, Beans and Leaves Cafe, small baby chicks, Event and Explore info, Public restroom, Forever tourist, Meemaw’s Bicycle hire, Gifts, Art, Everyone welcome, 7seas fishing game, Respect always luvs!”

The current art exhibit is upstairs, above the cafe. The pieces are available for purchase, and are very affordable. Information about the art and artist is also available.

I learned of Meemaw’s Mainland Rest Stop when visiting Forbes Art Garden Cafe by Ann Forbes, which is well worth a visit.

The Cafe at Meemaw’s.

“Slice” at Elle’s Art Lot

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The seasonal refresh at elle’s art lot is well under way. A new exhibit, Slice, is installed in the greenhouse.

A variety of artist’s have exhibited during the past several years; this current group of  2D pieces are by Elle Thorkveld herself.

The restful grounds hold 2D and 3D art collected and curated by Elle, as well as elements of nature. Near the greenhouse is a two story gallery accessed via teleport button on the outside wall.

The art in the boathouse has recently been updated as well.

It’s also a two story building.

The parcel is in harmony with the surrounding landscape, and is a pleasant place to visit with friends.

Elle’s Art Lot is located in Rivulet on The Atoll. You can see Second Life landmarks in the background of the above photo.

Last Drop Cafe and Ballet Studio, Haman

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Just off Route 9, the Last Drop Cafe chain has another location in Haman.

At the back of the parcel is a ballet studio where you can dance or do tai chi. There’s also an aerialist hoop.

Springtime has arrived in Haman, and flowers from the greenhouse have been planted around the property.

“You are always welcome here. Visit the Art Portal Park next door too.”

Veyot is the proprietor of Last Drop Cafe and ballet studio.

 

Ecological Histories of a Synthetic Future by Poppy Morris

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Ecological Histories of a Synthetic Future is an installation that you may have seen at SL18B in June. It was one of my favorites. Our world here is of an ephemeral nature, and we can miss out on many things. I was delighted to point friends in the direction of the build while it was rezzed.

Now, I’m happy to share that the creator, Poppy Morris, has been invited to set up the visual and audio art installation once again.

The location is in the Maryport region of Sansara, a visitor and newbie friendly area with some long established parcels.

Poppy built the bunkers that holds her 2D art pieces.

ARTIST STATEMENT –
“As an artist, I am concerned with the interplay between class, economics, and environmental collapse. Thinking about our place in history and our possible future trajectories, I consider our relationship to freedom and our submissions to the controls over our time while the environmental casualties pile up around us. Since the period of the Industrial Revolution, our modes of labour and production have radically transformed the way we relate as humans, to each other and the land. I think it is of critical importance to observe the differences between competition and mutual aid as it relates to the organization of societies while considering ourselves in community with the natural world. “
“The music heard on the parcel are the recordings of the real life artist behind the avatar Poppy Morris. These recordings are from two albums being released in the summer of 2021. The sounds are created using contact microphones and effects pedals on a weaving loom and spinning wheel as well as vocals, and light activated drone machines built by the artist (drone machines can be heard on the track titled Persistence Beyond All truth). Poppy Morris performs in world using an exact replica of her weaving loom and effects pedals built by Bounce Greggan.
Debut album FORMS released in 2019 was voted number one on the top ten noise albums of 2019 list by Magnet Magazine.”
The link to the artist’s bandcamp can be found on the notecard from the nc giver on the parcel.  The guestbook is located next to the weaving loom.

I had the pleasure of attending an inworld performance July 3rd on the rooftop of Infinite Art Gallery in Bembecia where the artist exhibits her work for sale.

ARTIST BIO
“Poppy Morris is an avatar representation of a real life Canadian artist beginning her art career working in paint and has since expanded her practice to include textiles, new media and sound. Exhibiting and performing internationally, she currently exhibits installations featuring textile, sound sculpture, and video and performs live as a sound artist. In her practice she looks at the human’s relationship with technology through employing early technologies such as weaving and dying with plants, to building machines using electronics and micro controllers, to most recently developing an interest in creating worlds and machinima in the virtual world.”
A zipline runs from one of the bunker tops to the park-like setting below. The parcel is owned by Prokofy Neva.
I especially enjoy that the installation is located on the mainland.  There are other places of interest in the area.
The hangout area with the campfire is especially lovely at night, with the parcel’s ambient nature sounds.

 

Cozy Vibes Forest Park- Montlaur

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Cozy Vibes Forest Park is a new mainland public destination less than a month old.

The park is located In Montlaur, just off Route 8C, on Satori.

The 2432 sq m parcel is very close to Last Drop Cafe in Montlaur, and to another pretty park, Birdies Nest, which has just been constructed, and at this point appears to welcome visitors.

An abundance of seating, and spaces for dancing are available. A group can be joined for announcements of events.

For those who enjoy mainland sunsets.

Pine Hill Coffee, Fivepenny

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Pine Hill Coffee has had a remodel since I last visited.  Located in Fivepenny, the 3072 parcel is owned by Henry Rowley.

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The Coffee Shop sits atop a small rolling hill, looking down through the trees at the road.

 

The detailed decor is inviting.

The land description reads: “Rustic coffeehouse, waterfall, walking path”

The winding path goes past a hangout space.

Everyone is welcome here.