March and April at Wanderlust Art Park and Cafe; Second Anniversary

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It began as a spontaneous whim on a 512 plot in Quentin, to have a space for a few avatars to show their current works since Wanderlust Project at the motel at Lollygaggers was closing. The land was claimed April 17 and the proposal for me to take care of the art space came soon after via IM. At that time I was way more likely to answer yes to suggestions than I am today.

Poppy art is in Quinn’s birdhouse, mostly digital art by Klaus Bereznyak plus a few pieces from his collection. (The portrait shaped hollyhocks picture in the center above is by me.)

In the loft space above are more poppy pictures from his collection, from left to right a photo by me, photo by Klaus and an acrylic on canvas pieces by Sisi Biedermann.

Two years ago there was a red lighthouse nearby, then none; now there is a lighthouse again. The art photo in the center, (not very well lit in this picture), is by Kimika Ying who has contributed pieces from her travels and some creations from her New Babbage workshop, Ying Industries, over the past two years.

Two days after Wanderlust Art Park quickly came into being, on April 19th, Saul Goodie purchased the larger parcel where Wanderlust Cafe is located along with gallery space indoors and out. There were numerous parcels for sale in the area after the large Poppyport group split up.

The suggestion for this March and April outdoor space was to display pieces loosely around the theme of moods of spring. In the photo above are 2D pieces by myself, Elle Thorkveld’s in the back/center and Lil Mint on the right.

The section of the wooden fence by the path from the cafe to the park holds destination posters to other art spaces on the grid and a current piece by Art Oluja.

Art by ChrysTeRox, serra Qendra, Wheedle, Klaus Bereznyak and Veyot.

Again from left to right, digital art by myself (Pearl Grey inworld), Lil Mint, screen by Lynette Trinity, digital art by Elle Thorkveld and collage by baker Bloch.

An RL photo of a recent snowfall by Adrianna Biziou is exhibited on the right. The digital art by Klaus leaning against the fence contains a timely philosophical quote on a notecard. A collection of previous pieces can be found on the back fence here.

Walking back to Wanderlust Cafe, you’ll see Seraphim’s portraits of Gynoids and also posters of galleries, events and exhibits.

The brightly colored flowers are by Tubal Amiot from private collections and the vase in the right of the photo is by Lynette Trinity.

Friday da 13th by Lil Mint, (the tall piece), has appeared in the last few days.

With more seating inside the Cafe and on the roof, this  is a pleasant place to linger for a while. The highly intrusive banlines from the Correctional Facility next door have been dialed back, thankfully. The piece shown in the upper center above is by serra Qendra.

The ground floor of the gallery holds 2D and 3D art by Giselle Seeker. One of the posters on the fence contains an easy teleport to her well-curated collection of art in Hughes.

And on the floor above are digital works by Lil Mint.

There are no plans for a celebratory gathering because….life; we’d love for you to visit. And we intend to have another exhibit for May and June.

 

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Tralala’s Diner

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For an amusing change I’ve visited Tralala’s Diner several times recently. I was persistent; I’ve had increasingly poor internet connectivity plus my laptop and graphics are not great.

The first time I visited only a few things rezzed. (This happens other places too.) What worked was to go when I had a good block of time and a friend to chat with while I waited for textures to load.

There is an amazing amount of detail.  

And a Flickr group for your photos. You can IM Tralala Loordes, the sim creator, to rez things for picture taking.

Some of the homes are quite comfortable for a dystopian sim. Cats appear to have best survived the apocalypse but there are plenty of things for humans to have interesting lives.

Land description: “Post-Apocalyptic Living at It’s Finest – Hong Kong Rooftop Slums, Tokyo Piss Alley, Backwoods Road, Ruins, Outdoor Movie, Apocalypse, Asian, Photo Op Sim” 

I find it worth the struggles my tech has to spend some time wandering around and snapping pictures.

Seacree Reef

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Open for a few weeks now, Seecree Reef is the latest installation by CK Ballyhoo.

Near the landing is a sign with teleports to a gallery and a shop; I followed the path and walked down the steps into the water.

Seacree Reef is an underwater world of 2D and 3D objects using only watercolor textures. There are a few dances and sits for Mer avatars.

There are friendly creatures swimming around in this peaceful place to explore.

There’s a turtle rezzer, breathing helmet and snorkeling gear which I haven’t tried yet; I floated, swam and snapped pictures.

The sim is in Storybrooke which is Adult rated.

Kultivate Third Annual Spring Art Show

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Elle Thorkveld

The third annual Spring Art Show is taking place from April 6 through Saturday, April 14. Elle Thorkveld’s digital art is in the 2D RL category and there’s a gift in the gallery.

Spring Art Show~Water Haven

The 2D art is in a series of galleries in rows; 3D pieces, both juried and non-juried, are in exhibition areas outdoors.

Sabine Mortenwold

There are live performances, two hunts and learning opportunities.

Sheba Blitz

For more info, dates and times of events check the Kultivate Magazine website.

AJ

There are some artists that are new to me and I like that I made time to visit. Sometimes it feels like going somewhere will take too much time but the show can be efficiently navigated.

M8ty Resident

Many of the pieces are for sale.

Slatan Dryke

There is also a photo contest.

Gwen Enchanted

Pipit Peacedream

There are info boards at the event with details for the hunt, quest and photo contest.

John Brianna

There are more than 40 participating artists.

AH1981 Resident

SecondHand Tutti

3D exhibition juried area.

Fiordiligi Daponte

This piece changes shape and colors.

There’s also a sound installation, La Chute de la Flute, by Erkek Decuir.

 

New Construction: Amundsen Road ; Jiminy and Scorze

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The Linden Department of Public Works has heavy equipment and road cones out near the Rez Zone in Scorze. A new fuel station has gone in and changes were needed for an entrance and exit.

The 1536 sq m parcel is called SHiNYbrand FOB “Hot Cocoa“, the brand is Lycan Oil and the owner is connected to the GTFO (Get The Freight Out) stations that have been appearing all over the mainland during the last year.

GTFO is a cargo transport game.

There is no indication when the construction will be completed. The rez zone has been an active location for as long as I’ve been interested in the area.

This area, as well as others on the mainland, has been showing signs of revitalization. There are two new airports nearby, one in Bretton and one in Minarlo Vite.

 

 

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.