Elle’s Art Lot, Rivulet

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Elle’s Art Lot in Rivulet, Heterocera holds art collections, several on the ground, some in the sky accessed via teleporter.  The Atoll ground texture is enhanced with wildflowers. The water around part of the land has lilies, swans and bamboo contributing to the views and restful feeling to the spaces. The parcel is harmoniously created for the surrounding area as well as expressing Elle Thorkveld’s art and individual taste.           

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The TV Room is one of the galleries in the sky showing Elle’s art and was my first learning of the artist Nam June Paik.

Elle Thorkveld is an artist focusing on generative and glitch digital art and music. She enjoys creating SL sculpture, installations and experimental machinima, is a SL and RL photographer and a RL mixed media artist.

Her work focuses on the use of color, novel combinations, movement, randomness & unpredictability.

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The Art Collection Gallery is very well curated by her with a sampling of the pieces she’s acquired.

More from her bio: “I started in SL in 2009 and was drawn to inworld photography, joining Elsbeth Writer’s Wandering Photographers of SL. In the past few years I have been working in generative and glitch art & music. I enjoy co-creating with the computer and like the often chaotic and surprising results.”

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The Riverboat.

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Another gallery has retrospective art on the ground level leading up to this room with two of my favorite pieces.

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This light-filled space is near the landing.

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Studio at InterstellART, Borneo

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The above photo shows her exhibit at The Blue Zebra Project at Nimar.

She has a colorful, animated 3D piece at Immaterial, University of Western Australia.

She’s also exhibited at MBK Gallery and Montara Bridge Works.

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The Hillside Gallery on Heterocera is a treehouse exhibit. It’s a great starting place for  exploration. It’s just off The High Mountain Road, seen in the left of the photo.

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As of this writing, you can hop off the tree house and walk across the land to the tracks where there are interesting places to explore, one seen in the background. There’s a rez zone nearby and a little further down the tracks to the right of what is shown here is a rest stop for travelers.

Elle is also an active participant with Wanderlust Bench Art Park, Quentin and will be hosting the traveling Wanderlust Art Truck at her Art Lot in Rivulet beginning February 26th for about two weeks.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2017

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“ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.”

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“Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.  We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

And we here in Second Life can be part of this global movement.”

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2Lei Nino Vichan

“RISE! DISRUPT! CONNECT!
This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2017
For the fith year, on February 14, 2017, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Rise, Disrupt and Connect as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.”

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Gitu Aura

“The Second Life event features a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dramatic productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers are playing over the 24-hour period and poetry and dramatic events will be held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate. Pictures are welcome on the event’s Flickr group.”

OBR Dance Park

OBR Dance Park

“The objective of the event is to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations will be available for those wishing to donate.

One Billion Rising in Second Life is sponsored by: Cozy Homes, coco, essenz, GIZZA, IDEAZA, KittyCatS!; KOR; La Galleria; Lapointte & Bastchild; Lusch Audio; MadPea; Maven Homes; Meshworx; NX 0 Nardcotix; Park Place; Prim Perfect Publications and Sanctuary.”

OBR Connect Park

OBR Connect Park

What I first noticed about the OBR sims this year is the ambiance of healing and sense of sanctuary. The park areas are inviting oases and the classic elements of the architecture lend a timeless sense of stability. I found both beauty and strength here.

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OBR Connect

Above is shown one of the gathering areas. Greeters are on duty throughout the 24 hours. There are kiosks with information at landing areas and along the paths.

Information notecards include: About One Billion Rising in Second Life, Advice and Resources, Resources from Around the World and What is Human Trafficking? There is also a Newbie Woman’s SL Survival Kit (Feb 14) and an OBR 2017 Map.

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The above photo was taken from the stage looking out at one of several paths leading to and from the art installations in the outer area.

OBR Rise ~ Krystali Rabeni

OBR Rise ~ Krystali Rabeni

OBR Rise, Poetry Stage

OBR Connect, Dance Performance Stage

OBR Dance, Artist sim

 OBR Learn

OBR Main Stage

We will still rise by Krystali Rabeni

We will still rise by Krystali Rabeni

Nevertheless She Persisted by Freewing Ling requires advanced lighting with projected lights and shadows enabled.

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One Billion Rising Website

OBR Twitter

Flickr Group

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Once again, the stage was built by Vic Mornington.

Wanderlust Bench Art Park ~ January and February

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The current art at Wanderlust Bench Art Park will continue to be exhibited until the end of February. The view has been changing with neighbor’s renovations, land sold and abandoned and some recent weird terraforming on abandoned land which might be coding errors or some strategy on the part of the Lab.

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Joining us is Ani Jung with three beautiful nature photographs.

The piece propped against the wall to the left gives a notecard with a timely philosophical quote.

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From left to right, by ChrysTeRox, Saul Goodie, Lynette Trinity, Elle Thorkveld and Mango Lassi.

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Soon we’ll have been here for one year. I’ve learned a lot taking care of this place and enjoy hanging out with friends here so I don’t begin to associate it only with working and communication tasks. Behind us on the wall to the left are the current destination posters with landmarks and then photography by Pixel Crescendo and Mr Kaplan, the park owner.

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Kate Silver, Princess Muse Rose, Wheedle and RMarie Beedit.

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Adjacent to the park at the cafe there is a collage by baker Bloch and posters for ongoing events as well as current exhibitions.

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The gorgeous kaleidoscope is by Kamika Ying.

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I’ve made some shadowboxes and this one came in handy when I needed something to exhibit here. There’s a photograph on the back of it. An animated sculpture by Elle Thorkveld is nearby.

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There are some home decor pieces too. The vases like the one shown in the left of the photo get changed more often than every two months.

The large birdhouse contains a couple of 3D Cylents and a quiet lounge.

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Saul Goodie has begun putting some of his designs on men and women’s clothing for the new STYYLL FASHION brand.

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To help keep things enjoyable, a friend and I are doing a related side project, the Wanderlust Art Truck Tour which will be stopping at various small parcels on the mainland for about 10 — 14 days each. The soft opening was February 1st and film clips have been collected of some of the visitors so far. The exhibit will be in Rosieri through the 9th and will open in another location on the 11th.

There are five more locations penciled in. A poster is on the cafe side at Wanderlust with current locations. If you’d like to participate by contributing low Li art, being in the documentaries or hosting the truck please contact me, pearlgrey resident.

This first location isn’t usually a public destination. I accidentally auto returned my home while filming the truck, which is difficult to drive, as it entered the yard. After the shock, I found it hilarious to edit a (less than two minute) video of it.

 

Bouguereau Sculpture Series by Silas Merlin

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Love’s Resistance (4)

This series of sculptures by Silas Merlin is adapted from paintings by 19th century artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau.  The sculpture shown above was adapted from Young Girl Defending Herself Against Cupid.

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Cupid With Butterfly (1)

The sculptures are beautifully detailed. Shown above, adapted from L’Amour A L’Epine.

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The Abduction of Psyche (7)

The Bouguereau Gacha is available at The Chapter Four until February 21st.  Shown above, from Le ravissement de Psyche.

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Cupid and Psyche (2)

These sculptures are rezzed at Sojourner’s Grove and the parcel on each side through Thursday the 9th.

 

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I had forgotten much of the myth of Psyche. Two friends who enjoyed looking at these sculptures with me treated us to a spontaneous, hilarious valleyspeak version of it.

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I can only wonder at the time and care that went into creating these.

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Love Takes Off (6)

The sculpture shown above was adapted from L’Amour s envole.

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After The Chapter Four ends on the 28th, the Gacha will be available to play at The Silas Gallery.  

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Idylie (9 RARE)

The sculpture shown above was adapted from Idylie 1851.

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Moon ~ Burn2

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view from build by John Brianna

The theme for the current Burn2 event, January 27–29, is Fire Moon. The first New Moon of 2017 was Friday the 27th of January; the Chinese New Year is the 28th, which ushers in the Year of the Fire Rooster.

(The above photo was taken when John’s build was unfinished; I really like the look of it. The finished build is great too.)

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by Daark Gothly

The colors for the builds are gorgeous, lots of fire and roosters; near the landing are boards with events listed.  Most of the info is there, way more than on the blog.

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by Fauve Aeon

There are some interesting things to interact with. The builds will be up for about a week after this weekend’s festivities.

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by Mazie Halpern

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by Molly Nakamon

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by Veyot

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by Fly (15minuteflygirl)

These photos were taken a few days before Fire Moon opened so I could enjoy just being at some of the events.

The circular picture shown in the middle of the above photo now has text: “New moon is a time to create your visions, setting new intentions and goals. It is the time of a new cycle and bringing focus and awareness on positive and loving intentions, raises your frequency and allows you to create what you dream about. Start fresh and positive.”

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by Herbie Haven

Steampunk is represented.

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by Daark Gothly

As are aliens.

 

 

 

Spotlight on Two Established and Three New Venues

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The ever changing mainland has numerous welcoming and interesting spots. One such place is Cafe Klaus, in Patagonia on the Atoll. “A roadside joint and arts venue on Route 1 in the South Western Heterocera Atoll region. A place to relax with friends in surroundings vaguely evocative of the colonial era, enjoy a morning coffee, a sundowner or cocktails and jazz on the verandah.” Cafe Klaus is always open.

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Regulars to the Sundowners Events often show up via one of a variety of rides, (I like to ride a scooter to and from). Sometimes there are spontaneous road trips to check out some new development of interest.

“Sundowners is served on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 4pm (SLT). Do drop in to enjoy the evening light, sip a cocktail and engage in casual conversation as the shadows grow longer. Klaus will be around to make you welcome and you may even make some new friends.”  This time of year one arrives in the dark and we watch the sunrise until the time changes and it will once again be cocktails and chat while the sun goes down.

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Also on the Atoll, IRN + WINE Restaurant and Hangout is a new place in Ethmia.

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“American Style GastroPub, created by SAULGOODiE. Relax. Enjoy the Stream.”

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For well over a year, Art Study Group has been meeting, lead by avatar Tiffany Mosienko. It began at Art Farm in the latter half of 2015, met in a variety of places afterwards, mostly at the former Artist Colony in Deimos and has now been meeting in a lovely spot at Community Virtual Library, Bradley University.  The topics are related to art using 3D avatar worlds. Some recent field trips have been to Michael Wright Fine Art Museum, UTSA ArtSpace and Lichtbringer.

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The group meets for about an hour. Mondays at 6:00 p.m. SLT in text chat. The light changes beautifully while avatars have discussion around the fire. Notices are posted in VB Friends group. All are welcome. 1_21-blog-9

I’m enjoying reading the storytelling about The Sail Inn Motel in Askja.

“Fine dining and lovely rooms.
No vacancy, but visitors welcome.
Occupied by imaginary guests.”

If you visit, the door you go in looks like the one in these photos.

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A new cafe has opened on Satori on a 512 parcel simply called Wyrd. Rocking chairs have been added out front since the above photo was taken. The Greedy Greedy game on the roof has been quite popular.

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Otherwise, it’s a quiet, pleasant place to talk or do some work.

Should you go and find the game table occupied, the established (and recently landscaping upgraded) Saul’s Place nearby has a Chalkboard Pictionary Game, Connect 4, Chatterbox sets and Greedy Table for everyone to enjoy.

“Hand” by Bryn Oh at Immersiva

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I’ve visited Bryn Oh’s Hand at Immersiva at least five or six times. I use the Lab Viewer on a low-end laptop with an often poor internet connection. Also I have a serious chronic illness that affects my experience in world. In the past I’ve found Bryn Oh’s sim exhibits to be inaccessible; I simply wasn’t up for dealing with them.

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Many of the posts on this blog are about art exhibits. Often the avatars I chat with bring up Bryn Oh’s name and they hold her work in high regard. I’ve listened to them, looked at Flickr photos taken at Immersiva and left the visiting and posting to others.

One of the avatars on my contact list, a lovely sort whom I met at one of Squonk’s exhibits some years ago, is on the list for the sole reason of an offer to help me navigate a Bryn Oh installation should I ever wish.  I felt satisfaction in having a brief exchange with her on one of my visits to this installation as a friend and I explored the apartment building the same time as she.

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I found Hand to be a worthwhile experience even with my above mentioned challenges. My first visit was (accidentally) before it officially opened, having seen a photo and link on Flickr. The lack of a crowd helped me ease into looking around.

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I needed to accept an “experience”, something I’d not done before. To visit Bryn’s Immersiva, that only needs to be done once. The HUD has shown up again when I’ve returned and disappears when I teleport out.

I did need to turn my graphics up higher to see the particle ball that would teleport me in to the exhibit; I believe I left it on high for these photos. I chose sunset or midday light on the Lab Viewer so I could best see.

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The sim isn’t more laggy for me than I’m accustomed to elsewhere. I didn’t click on every single thing but everything I did check out was made by Bryn except for one HPMD bird in the apartment building. I am amazed at all the different media that went into this project. Somehow all the pages of the story arrived in order; I was less interested in the narrative than in the immersion into the world.

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I did need help navigating. After falling about 15 times attempting to get into the apartment building I asked a friend to teleport me onto each floor. (Some of them I could manage on my own once in the building.) We had an interesting conversation about accessibility and the rights of artists to create as they wish.hand_005

I enjoyed my subsequent visits and feel I can suggest it as a destination for first time visitors or for those without the recommended set up.  Photos of how the sim is meant to be seen can be found online as well as blog posts in which Bryn Oh has given information to the blogger.

I do believe that of any creations that might still exist of our virtual world hundreds of years from now, Bryn Oh’s art would be among them. It (Hand)  is a little too dark for my personal preference lately; I’m glad I checked it out.

Some doubt as to the future of the Immersiva sim has been expressed; you might want to visit before the end of this month.

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Donations can be given. This avatar chose to go out of control playing the gacha machine instead.

 

“Just Pics” at Montara Bridge Works

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Now on exhibit through the end of February, Just Pics is a series of ten photographs by Pixel Crescendo.  Taken in Second Life of places Pixel has liked to spend time, they focus on subtle details in a way that leaves them open to interpretation.

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Pixel is a contributor to the art collective Cybertwigs.

In world he has accepted invitations to do private projects and to exhibit at Wanderlust Bench Art Park. This is his first gallery show. The photos are not for sale but copies may be taken.

Merry Christmas 2016

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Merry Christmas to you, my readers. Whatever way of reflection and celebration is meaningful to you this time of year, may you be blessed.

We want the same things, right? To live in a peaceful world where we and our loved ones have health and the opportunities to express ourselves and earn a fair living. For those who want respect and appreciation to receive them and for those who want their basic needs met to have them met.

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May we be able to look back on yet another tough and often discouraging year and see where some good things did happen and that we did rise to many occasions to give our best.

May the coming year find more people waking up, moving more gracefully and with easier and faster processing than we did. May more become aware how archaic and passe that inflammatory speech, snark, disrespect and violence really is. May more be lifting their bowed heads up from their smart phones, looking around and asking themselves what new and better ways need to be created and how they can contribute.

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Thanks to my readers who “like” and comment on my posts and to my lurkers who come forward and give me appreciative feedback inworld.  I enjoy publishing a non-commercial blog celebrating and sharing what some of our creative avatars are doing whether it be in galleries, exhibition sims or in the welcoming and interesting spaces on the mainland.

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The photos were taken at The Cruelty of Peace by Lilia Artis at LEA 6 which remains open through the end of this year.