Recently I’ve visited the LA Gallery several times after new exhibits have opened. I’ve been aware of the place since about February of last year but it has only been during the last few weeks that I’ve been able to check it out.
Opening earlier today is Visions by Kimeu Korg at Gallery Level 1 South.
Part of the artist statement:
“There you will see my own Vision about how i understand the world and life of Photography. From me a good picture have to tell a story, a flash of Life, a moment in time and space, can be done in so many ways and Second Life is an excellent platform from create moments.”
Across from Korg’s exhibit is Transitions by Myra Wildmist which opened on October 22.
From Myra’s artist CV:
My art primarily explores the freedom online communities, specifically Second Life, provide, allowing you to set aside your cultural roles and explore other roles. Real life cultural roles are necessary for a functioning society, but they are often extremely confining, almost forcing people into pigeon holes of expected behavior. Second Life gives us all the opportunity to slip out of our pigeon holes and be almost anything we can imagine.
My work is done entirely in-world using SL Windlight, effects, settings, and filters.
Second Life is my medium.”
Above Myra’s exhibit on Level 2, is Photography by John Brianna which has been open the longest. The artist bio contains info on his other exhibits and links to follow his work as do the bios of the other photographers.
Information about Fuyuko (wintergeist) and her Club L A and Gallery can be obtained at the landing. Walking through the gallery and out the back, you’ll find a peaceful park and then an office/studio space with a catalog of Fuyuko’s work.
This is an account of a sailing challenge I accepted a few weeks ago, departing the Wheedle Gallery in Port Langdale, with the destination being the Wheedle Gallery in Calleta. The journey was made in two separate trips. I prepared by getting my camera out and finding a good map reader and boat navigator to laugh with.
The boat chosen was a [TUFF] Old Rustic Brown Sailboat v 1.1. The challenge was published in the October edition of the Greater Coniston Courier and is also copy/pasted at the end of this post.
We sailed past shipwrecks, a volcano. the Linden Village in Pooley, into Maryport where we stopped for donuts and coffee and then through a narrow channel.
Sailing from Sansara to The Atoll, we were fortunate to make a couple of stops where we have rez rights. We kept lookout for public rez zones such as this one in East River Community, past the bridge in Kirkstone.
There were crashes, a difficult run-in with the junction of four sims plus at least one shocking ban line jutting way out into the water that wreaked havoc for a few moments. Fortunately there were also some land owners with temporary rezzing on plus enough Li available to rez our little boat.
We paused in Edgerley to look at the map, then sailed a huge expanse of water before getting dumped in Uba. The photo above was taken near the broken bridge in Fujin.
We took a detour to leave the boat at my place in Montara and resumed the trip another day.
We passed the rez zone in Harvey while sailing the L-Shaped Lake.
Eventually we reached the Wheedle Gallery in Calleta and enjoyed looking around the area.
“The Calleta or Bust Challenge
The Wheedle Gallery has had the privilege of having one of its galleries located in Coniston on the waterfront for some time now. A much larger Wheedle Gallery is also located near the water, far away in the historic sim of Calleta. An interesting fact is that waterways connect both art galleries. It is possible to successfully travel from Coniston to Calleta by boat. I have done it twice now. The question is, “Do you have the time, patience and willpower to make the trip?”
The rules are simple. Boat all the way from the Coniston Wheedle Gallery,
to the Calleta Wheedle Gallery,
successfully. If along the way your viewer crashes, you accidentally get ejected from private property or you lose your boat in a sim crossing, simply backtrack your route until you find a convenient rez zone and then continue on your journey. If for some reason your trip is interrupted, simply landmark the spot where you currently are and when you have the time, backtrack from your spot to the nearest rez zone and continue on your way again. Once you arrive at Calleta, be sure to take the time to explore Calleta and the surrounding community.
May you have fair winds and calm seas.
If you have read this far and accept the challenge, let us know how you did in the comments below. Or you can drop a notecard in the mailbox at North Keswick Press.
There’s been some great changes to the neighborhood around Wanderlust Art Park. Recently a few seasonal decorations have been added as well.
From left to right, the 2D art is by Klaus, Pearl Grey, Veyot and Saul Goodie. Scarecrow sculpture by Silas Merlin.
From left to right, screen by Lynette Trinity, digital art by Elle Thorkveld and collage by baker Bloch.
First life photography by Adriana Biziou. The 2D piece on the right is by Klaus and contains a notecard quote on compassion.
Works by ChrysTeRox, serra Qendra, Melusina Parkin and Wheedle.
Also on display is a Tesla Wireless Phone by Kimika Ying in the park side and a Victorian Crossing Signal on the Cafe side; both can be purchased.
Both levels of the bird house display works by serra Qendra.
Four works by the talented Seraphim Placebo (Chris Attwell).
At least three of the group members have builds at Radical Ritual, Burn2 which opens Saturday, October 21. Landmarks to their plots are contained in the poster.
The lower level of the gallery at Wanderlust Cafe Extension holds a sculpture by Silas Merlin and art by Giselle Seeker.
Kate Silver and Mango Lassi are also exhibiting. Upstairs, there is digital art by Saul Goodie.
The vase is by Lynette Trinity, near the Victorian Crossing Signal.
The Cafe has indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor area plus cafe rooftop is showing Pockets of Light, blogged here.
Pockets of Light, ten photographs and ten poems are on display at Wanderlust Cafe in Quentin now through October. Most are on the ground level with the outdoor cafe seating; several are on the rooftop of the cafe accessed by outside stairs.
The project began in the spring of this year, the photos done first, of images taken in Second Life during moments of reflection on peace and sustainability for a just future in the real world.
The beautiful, thoughtful poems, one for each photograph were written during the summer.
This surface this lattice of molecules
Will not betray you
This matter cannot go back on its word
This is the truth that doesn’t need defending
A geometry not up for discussion
And the mundane manipulation
Of things in space
Taking cutlery from the drawer
Or hanging a picture in place
These cannot be faked
Against such, even the spoken breaks
Start here and stay until you know
Your skin is the same stuff
Caress for instruction
How you carry it and
Where it goes
Is beyond dispute
Not one day has the ground
To your feet proved false
Unless too long at sea
You forgot all else
(KB – June 2017)
In a Mist
In a living mist
Spilling up the valley
As far as the fence line
Comes the sweet bitter of
Pine needles, sycamore and
Poplar leaves turning
Infused by the lungful
This aromatic vapor bearing
Extracts of memories
Flung spray, blown spume, sea-gulls crying
Asks no permission but
Below the stone house
In the orange orchard
Through the ruined arch
Lays eiderdown on wildflower
Carpeted meadows in milklight
Red points and yellow splashes
Watercolors out the scratches
In three primary
Colors of green
Holds a shushing finger up
To time and
(KB – June 2017)
Recently opening September fifth, Here’s Looking at You by Quinn is the exhibit at Montara Bridge Works through October. The second floor, shown above, contains Quinn’s earlier works, some from when the elusive corvid was still an egg.
The ground floor of the gallery exhibits more recent photos from his travels.
Quinn is the owner of the 512 parcel in Quentin where Wanderlust Bench Art Park is located. He generously offered it during an experiment with a premium account in March 2016 and the space is still thriving. Many of these pieces have been exhibited there one at a time.
Quinn has also experimented with black and white photography.
He wanted the exhibit to be titled “Here’s Looking at You, Roadkill”, which is the title of one of the works. As curator, I vetoed the idea since it doesn’t reflect the whole body of work.
Quinn participated at Art Farm, an LEA sim in the latter half of 2015.
I’ve enjoyed visiting Cica Ghost’s Roots several times. It’s been well covered by bloggers and photographers. I’ve wisely not let that lull me into the false sense of having plenty of time that led to my unfortunately missing Strings. I’ve walked on pixel feet, ridden the balloons, snapped photos and also visited without my camera. For these photos I’ve used the sim windlight provided; when I’ve spent wandering time there I used my go-to Lab Sunset lighting so I could see. I’ve lightened the exposure on the photo above.
While most photographs I’ve seen have used the windlight provided, some avatars have used a variety of others with great results. Also, since flying is allowed, I’ve noticed some wonderful views and angles in photographs that I surely overlooked while I was there. There are many opportunities to take a variety of fascinating photos than the size of the sim might lead one to believe. “The people have gone… the village remains, and time and nature now live here …”Time and nature indeed now live there but the place does not feel abandoned. There are birds in residence and cheerfully colored flowers. The little houses seem to have many stories they could tell.Time has taken over, roots have intruded but there’s still space and possibilities. I didn’t have the sense of feeling alone in an abandoned place. It seems watchful. (And I’m not counting the other avatars who happen to be visiting at the same time.)And then there’s the snail!
The last few weeks I’ve seen amazing art and lovely winter sims. What attracts me to BarDeco, and why it’s my first post of the year, is the weather and the wonderful use of a smaller area. It is still winter at BarDeco but the skies are clear, some of the snow is melting and there’s a lily pond with fresh water. You can see water below through the spaces between the planks.The land description for this Adult sim: “a small village on the water where you can stroll beside the sea in a Zen atmosphere and relaxed – a drink and listen to the music of the best DJs in SL at Bardeco”.
There haven’t been events going on when I’ve visited at various times but I like the atmosphere of the bar where they are held. There’s space to dance, table and bar seating, fresh air and a roaring fire. Dancing will keep you warm.Fresh produce are in several market stands. The buildings and vehicles have seen better days but in a well-used, lively sort of way. Most of the buildings are facades which allows the small area to show lots of ambient details. The windlight is lovely too which isn’t reflected in these photos. It was night in the region when I snapped these so I used sunset setting on the Lab viewer. One of the buildings you can enter is a small club with an old neon sign in front for Girls Girls Girls.Wildlife and old construction equipment are just outside of the village. From a view looking at the wall in the background, I could see the top of a palm tree on the other side. Most of this area has no flying and I didn’t investigate further.
One of the virtual destinations with beautiful architecture is Kingdom of Sand. It’s meant as a roleplay sim but visitors can pick up a three day visitor’s pass in the welcome area. It’s owned by those who had Venexia and Goatswood which closed earlier this year.Most of the activity is in the Palace and the City but there are dwellings and meeting places out in the desert, on pirate ships and in Mer people caves.There are Catacombs for the Undead too. Visitors don’t have access everywhere, not in residences of course, but also NPC’s block the way to secret meeting areas for the various factions and groups.Kingdom of Sand is well established; in my opinion the build still looks great. There are vast areas of sands with palm trees but there’s enough water that my avatar felt comfortable as I happily snapped photos during several visits.The ambience is of ancient times but I did notice two raccoons and a Jack Daniels bottle. Much of the Palace and the Harem is off limits but there are public places one can visit.If you’ve ever considered visiting or making a return visit, sadly I suggest you do so very soon, within the next week.
Recently I returned to visit Frisland to enjoy peaceful, virtual autumn.
From the land description:
“Frisland is a phantom island that appeared on virtually all of the maps of the North Atlantic from the 1560s through the 1660s. This is our try to let our imagination run wild and create a region related to this mysterious phantom island. Enjoy!”Frisland is a very popular sim. There’s a welcoming notecard with some rules at the landing. For a small fee to help with upkeep you can join the group to rez temporary poseballs or props.