Contours by Klaus Bereznyak


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The February through April exhibit at Montara Bridge Works Gallery is Contours by Klaus Bereznyak.

“The pictures in this series came about because I was curious about how monochrome pictures shaded by depth rather than color within Second Life could be used artistically, and I wanted to explore digital techniques for imitating real life materials, especially collaged paper and fabrics. I have always been seduced by the simplicity of silhouettes.”

“These works are therefore the by-product of playful experimentation, manipulating inworld photography in Gimp. Reducing pictures to silhouettes and outlines has been a meditative process of trying to find and keep the essence of an image while simplifying it.”

“Textures bring our virtual world to life: a well textured prim beats a badly textured mesh creation any day (to my mind at least). The most satisfying textures seem to find a sweet middle ground of “virtual real” that is neither photo-real or cartoonish. I wanted these pictures to look like they belonged in SL. Some of the textures incorporated are handmade, and others are full perm freebies or culled from public domain sources.”
Klaus Bereznyak
Klaus is a valued contributor to Wanderlust Bench Art Park and the curator of
Shoshin Acres Art Space. He has exhibited at Chelsea Gallery 23 and The Cultured Goats Gallery, participated in numerous collaborations and group projects and is a freelance contributor to SL Newser.



Route 2 ~ Manduca to Consular


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It’s been exactly three months since I left off exploring Route 2 on Heterocera which I posted about here.  In some ways it seems like a very short time ago, in other ways it feels like my human has lived a lifetime since then.

We begin again at the rez zone in Manduca.

Some of these photos will look similar but the route is interesting with signs of life on the left, along the coast. This post is about the infrastructure; so the bench and trash bin by Garden Mole appear here, rather than the mansion on the left.

Still in Manduca, there’s a retaining wall on the right. I like seeing that the land is not jagged and irregularly chopped up like so many areas of the mainland.

The road and retaining wall continue into Modesta. Moving into Girdier, there’s much more vegetation on the right and a rez zone on the left near a Bikers Bar.

The road paving changes for a bridge. There are lamps by Garden Mole along the sides.

Still in Girdier, this space on the right is not a rez zone or pod stop; there’s no bench or trash bin. There are many occupied residences on the left, quite a few with banlines.

Moving into Echo, the paving changes briefly for a raised area in the road.

Still in Echo, there’s a bench where one can stop and enjoy the sea view.  The cave on the left of the photo holds a club; the place on the right is also open to the public.

A rez zone in Echo.

Next you pass through Dahana, then Scoopwing.

An old wood seat by Bloomin Mole just before entering Sedge.

There are several areas with trees and benches on the right where you can pause and view the sea.

Still in Sedge, we turned left to continue Route 2. There is a small park.

The road right is the Inland Cutoff where you would shortly see a pod station if you’re tired of walking or driving.

The rez zone in Oakworm.

The appearance of the road changes while still in Oakworm and on into Consular.

And here is where we end our journey for now, in Consular, where the wood plank road changes back to stone paving.




Wanderlust Art Park January and February


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The avatars that share their work at Wanderlust Bench Art Park have once again, without a theme, come through with art that works well together.

The destination posters, shown on the left, have dwindled in number as places have closed. New destinations have opened but North Keswick Press is producing other projects at this time.

From left to right is art by Veyot, Pearl Grey, serra Qendra and Wheedle.

From left to right, by Klaus, ChrysTeRox and SAUL GOODIE.

Photography by Adrianna Biziou.

Decorative screen by Lynette Trinity, digital art by Elle Thorkveld and collage by baker Bloch.

Every two months Klaus provides an artwork containing a notecard with a timely philosophical quote.

For Quinn’s Bird House a suggestion was made to display a collection of photos taken at Cica’s Bird People sim. Photographers are serra Qendra, Veyot, Pixel Crescendo, Klaus Bereznyak, Kimika Ying, Beatrix and Pearl Grey.

On the Cafe and Art Park Extension side are posters for exhibits and also SL photography by Seraphim Placebo on the right.

Decorative pottery on the right by Lynette Trinity. The Cafe courtyard and rooftop is displaying 3D pieces brought out of storage that will be recognizable to many.

Giselle Seeker has a colorful exhibit of 2D and 3D pieces on the ground floor of the gallery.

Upstairs displays digital art by SAUL GOODIE.

Works shown will change for March/April.

The Formosa Cafe


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The virtual Formosa in Second Life is based on The Formosa Cafe at Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The sim is wonderfully created on a 4096 parcel in Bon Temps (Adult) by Gardenia Malheur.

Near the landing there’s a group joiner for notifications about parties. You can dress up, but don’t have to. There have been two events that I know of, one spontaneous and I enjoyed both. Those who know me, understand I usually don’t like virtual parties and club events but I found these worthwhile. Of course, The Formosa can be visited anytime.

You can find a Youtube clip of a scene in L A Confidential that was filmed at The Formosa Cafe. The real life location can also be seen in Swingers, Still Breathing, The Majestic and an episode of Bosch.

The real life restaurant and bar was founded in 1925. During the last decade some drama with closings, unpopular remodeling, restorations and re-openings have occurred. The Formosa is expected to open again this year; you can find a menu on the website. 

On the sim, upstairs and in the back of the building, are facilities for ladies and gents. There are vending machines for cigarettes and condoms.

There are lots of details.

You walk through the room in the above two photos to go outside from the restaurant.

Outside is a Tiki bar, a dance floor and a pool where pugs are floating.

The Formosa Cafe.



The Castles of Greater Coniston


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Coniston Castle

Castles are among the wonders of Second Life. You can still see them on the mainland, although many are private. Some of them are the abodes of vampire clans.

Coniston Castle

I have a friend who rezzes a small castle somewhere on the grid, at least once a year and almost always makes it available for visitors. Of the numerous builds I have stashed in inventory, I don’t believe I own a castle, except perhaps a freebie.

Coniston Castle

The castles in this post are currently at Greater Coniston. Two of them are on the ground, the rest in the sky. Three of them can be rented; two are currently available. I got the landmarks from a notecard sent by Chin Rey to local residents, titled Greater Coniston Castle Tour.

Greater Coniston is in the northern part of Sansara. I’m pleased to have a small art gallery on Willow Terrace and I run a small press with a friend in North Keswick.

Greater Coniston is a lovely Northern English landscape, extending across the Coniston sim and into the neighboring sims of Windermere, Langdale, Keswick and Buttermere

Coniston Castle, shown in the above three photos, is located in the sky.

Castle Hildring

Castle Hildring is located in the sky and currently available to rent.

“Most of the castles were created by Hattie Panacek, formerly the owner/creator of Rampart Castles. Today she runs Ex Machina, building and selling steampunk/atompunk themed works.”

Blackstone Castle

Blackstone Castle is the home of the Museum of Wizardry. It’s just off the Linden Road.

“All castles have been updated by me to reduce their land impacts, using modern techniques not available when they were originally built.”

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Chin Rey

Blackstone Castle in the past

In the sky, is Blackstone Castle when it was Lord Claven’s Tavern and Residence. It is furnished.

The Coniston Guard Tower

Also located in the sky is The Coniston Guard Tower.

Keswick Castle

Keswick Castle is located on the ground in a lovely area with great views.

Keswick Castle

It is currently for rent.

Chateau le Kia

“Chateu le Kia was build by one of Hattie’s students, Jamez Moonstone, and as different as it looks, it was actually based on the Coniston Castle (or Castle of Fortitude as Hattie named it).”

Chateau le Kia, in the sky, is a dance studio. I explored the first level and then flew to look around the upper areas.

Chateau le Kia

In the notecard, Rey mentioned she has one more castle she hasn’t found room for yet.





dream: everything is art, Hookton


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This parcel in Hookton, on Sansara, was claimed just a little over four months ago; the art and lounge spaces have often been in vibrant change, always worthy of visiting, never being too much under construction.

The land has gone through several name changes too. First binary, then post binary, and maybe some others before the current “dream; everything is art“.

The studio, gallery and mainland lounge are owned by serra Qendra. Currently at the landing there is a group joiner for machinima screenings planned for next month: “Cinema “Sunday Screenings” from 18 Feb >>> 8-10 PM
(8:15 start) playing machinima about sl… “.

Also available is an info notecard on Concrete Poem # 1 Dragons Tears:

“My ‘concrete poems’ are surrealistic assemblages of found objects

(No.1) Dragons Tears: is about the act of crying

The viewer is invited to sit in the middle of the sculpture…to ‘complete its verb’
…to take time from our usual work and let ourselves feel loss
Dragons so hate to lose any of their jewels
some private crying helps wash that away.

The Lounge is currently displaying snapshots by serra taken at LEA last round, mostly of The Plant.

The levels can be navigated by stairs, climbing, teleporter and flying. I’ve enjoyed wandering around the installations which have been quite fascinating.

There is a meditation area, rides, and floating jellyfish; spring has arrived with chickens wandering around.

One of the previous winter scenes here was selected for the cover of the most recent edition of The Antidote, an inworld publication celebrating continuing creativity, activities and community in Second Life in the midst and in spite of very challenging and often discouraging times in the arts and in the world. (Copies of the two editions may be picked up by the Peace Pole at nearby Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Extension in Quentin.)

Walking all the way down to the water, you’ll find the Hookton Rez Zone close by.

I was delighted to find a gacha for affordable sculptures called “shell-likes”.

I’ve admired how the spaces here have adapted to and worked well with the aesthetics of the frequent changes in the area, some of which have looked unappealing.

There has usually been laundry drying in the sea breeze. At this time it is up on the roof.

A birds eye view looking down at dream: everything is art.

Wanderlust Art Park ~ November and December


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The latest two month exhibit at Wanderlust Art Park will be ending around the time of the New Year. This year it hasn’t snowed in Quentin but there are some Christmas decorations around as of a few days ago.

From left to right above, art by Veyot, SAULGOODIE, Lynette Trinity, Elle Thorkveld and baker Bloch.

This experiment is over a year and a half in. It’s been interesting; I don’t consider myself a “curator”; mostly I do the communication and documenting. There aren’t themes but somehow things seem coherent, at least in my eyes.

Shown above is a real life photography by Adrianna Biziou, sculpture by Silas Merlin and a piece by Art Oluja.

There are times in any project when things seem to be kind of tedious or unclear but I like to make sure I’m not quitting too soon. To spice things up this year I, and my colleague Klaus, took the Wanderlust Art Truck on the road, had a lot of fun and met some great avatars.

A few months ago serra Qendra began building and installing on land near the park in Hookton. It keeps changing and has been an exciting and welcome addition to the neighborhood. The above photo is of * binary *. The parcel is now in Post Binary.

I doubt many could say this has been an easy, fair or smooth year. It makes it more meaningful for me to see avatars continue to create as best they can, with what they have and where they are. As the bumper sticker reminds us, “earth without art is just eh”.

Shown above is an image by Klaus, one in a series that contains a notecard with a very timely quote.

It’s been interesting in a lab-like way, to experience the various approaches and attitudes of other avatars, those who participate here and those who have been asked to and have declined. There are those who see this as an opportunity for showing their work and for some community. Others have behaved as thought it would be doing a big favor on their part and that this would be beneath them. Of course, there are all sorts of reasons and illogical, mysterious “reasons”.  In my eyes, actual talent isn’t the indicator.

Show above, from left to right, work by ChrysTeRox, serra Qendra, Kimika Ying, Wheedle and Klaus.

As a visual to remind myself to go for more balance in my life, I installed a small exhibit, called All the Legs, in the Bird House. A notecard in the poster shown in the right of the above photo has a statement. One of my digital artworks as well as two pieces by others from my collection are shown as well.

At the adjacent Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Extension the weather is still lovely. There is outdoor and indoor cafe seating and I like to spend time here. It looks like I’m “working on something” and maybe I am sometimes.

The rusty sculpture is by Elle Thorkveld and is now a base for holiday decor the rest of the year. The vase is by Lynette Trinity.

Climbing the stairs to the roof above the cafe you’ll find more seating plus some pieces that several of us had at Radical Rituals, Burn 2 this year.

On the fence, the collection of posters for events and exhibits is fairly well kept up to date as are the destination posters further down towards the park. It isn’t always so on the mainland.

The digital art piece in the right of the photo is by Seraphim Placebo (Chris Attwell) who has been doing an exciting expansion of her art collection gallery.

The lower level of the building in the extension usually holds work by several avatars but it also makes a great solo exhibit room. This round, Giselle Seeker is showing her colorful pieces. And we enjoy having Silas Merlin’s blue elephant there.

The upper level of the building holds Art by Saul, a changing exhibit of digital art by SAULGOODIE who provides the Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Extension for the public and participating artists to enjoy.

I’d also like to thank Quinn Leilani for sharing the Wanderlust Bench Art Park with us and Klaus for his assistance.

Thanks for visiting in 2017 and for your continued interest in what we’re doing in this little spot on the grid.

The Haze


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This past week I’ve enjoyed several explorations at The Haze by Silas Merlin and CK Ballyhoo. At the landing there is a signpost indicating the direction to the installation. You can pick up a map and The Haze Torch. It’s recommended to keep the windlight, which I did. These photos are cropped only, except for a few I also softened a little.

“A collaboration between Silas, CK and Cybele, incorporating mesh sculptures, sketches, paintings, textures and storytelling to create a sim wide experience.”

Cybele Moon recorded the story by CK and you can hear her lovely voice whispering as you wander the sim. You can hear the chapters when you are near the small, round story signs. (Have sounds enabled.) Clicking on the signs, you can collect the chapters. You can also read the story on CK’s blog post here.

“There are additional stories in the other round signs, giving a bit more depth to certain Haze characters.”

The sign post at the landing also has teleports to a souvenir shop and to CK’s Gallery which has a personal collection of work by SL artists. The souvenir shop offers work by CK and Silas, including some of the builds seen in the installation.

After wandering around the village, you can ride a Petrified Dragon to fly further up for some wonderful views. Touch the Dragon rezzer, turn off your AO, sit on the invisiprim on the Dragon’s back  and type “start” in local. Avatar flying is allowed too.

There is more color in some places in the sim wide installation.

The Haze is located at Storybrooke which is adult rated.

It’s rewarding to explore all the nooks and crannies of the buildings.

Silas made the suggestion to CK to use his new builds and sketches to form a story.

More from the invitation notecard:  “Darker than anything they’ve either done before, the story turned into a nightmare. A nightmare for Elle, the main character who you may know from the previous stories and installations ‘A Watercolour Wander’ and ‘The Forest Beyond’.

Using Silas’s new digital sketches and the ruins and creatures he has created, a world started to form. Slowly the scenes that would play part in the little girl’s nightmare came to life. Dream Trees were added to show the inspirational sketches. And, in the way that makes a co-production so amazing, the story led to new builds, characters, sketches and paintings to be created by Silas and CK!”

There is a Flickr group for photos taken here.


Exodus ~ A Trip for Life


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Round 13 of Linden Endowment for the Arts is ending December 31 and I’m making time to see some of the installations when I’m able. The current installation at LEA 24 has drawn me back several times. At the landing, there is a notecard available with viewing instructions. I did increase my graphics and draw distance but the recommended windlight is not on the Lab viewer. I chose something in the environmental editor; some of these photos are dark but you can likely locate some pictures that show the sim as the artists intended.

Exodus A Trip for Life, by is by Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo; the first set of photos here is of Myoo’s installation.

Nessuno Myoo:

“At the origin of this new installation, called Exodus, there is a vision, small but powerful,
that which I have always had before my eyes every time I found myself listening or assist to debates
that in my judgment deal with the immigrant’s not easy question, or about immigration in general,
incorrectly mode and sometimes even instrumental mode.
It almost seems that all the evils of our society, unable to find effective solutions
to the problems that which from time to time appear to him, they have found the perfect scapegoat
in the dark threat of the foreign invader. The most grotesque reference and contradictory
that remains the huge amount of money that this real traffic of human beings generates,
and that filling the pockets of criminals who organize these crazy crosses of death, and criminals who
at the table with the “democratic” institutions they plan a lucrative welcome,
deprives of all fundamental rights and personal dignity…”

I like the colors (on my viewer), the shapes, the composition and the sense of substance here. There is an ongoing narrative, one we are all creating because the issue of immigration and refugees affects us all.

Like in many arenas of life, now and throughout our history, there are those who exploit the circumstances, pain and suffering of others.

I personally believe that those countries who find a way to include and value immigrants, which is a complex process, will be better poised to thrive in the future.

The photo above and the rest in this post are of the installation by Kicca Igaly. There is an openness to contemplate and explore one’s own views.

The more fifth dimensional we are becoming, the more I’m appreciating shape, form and narrative, a sort of boots on the ground approach to moving forward.

Kicca Igaly:

“After a life of suffering and persecution, after a long and horrible trip paid at a very high price and with the ever-lurking death that has already taken many of them, they, rich only of their own want to survive, they came to the beaches of an unknown land. They have gathered them in reception centers that, in line with an optimistic prediction, have quickly become too narrow and suffocating to hold them all. And other places of welcome are not enough or will ever be enough for the biblical exodus that takes them to the civilized West. But even the West goes into crisis, seeks alibi, can not fully understand what is happening in the Mediterranean and fights to find impossible escape. The shift politician inaugurates the new reception center and boasts of the little that others actually have given. Meanwhile, refugees and immigrants are moving towards a long road that will lead them to an unknown future, seeking relatives or friends, or simply a job that allows them to survive again.”

Exodus: A Trip for Life by Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo at LEA 24, open through December 31.