Wanderlust Art Truck at Sunset Garden, Wyrd

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The Wanderlust Art Truck made its 10th stop about two weeks ago, this time at Sunset Garden in Wyrd. The welcome area is at nearby Wyrd Watchtower.  The exhibit will be available for about another week or so. 

Each exhibit on the tour, which has included parcels on four continents plus Caledon, has been unique. This Sunset Garden location has been partially curated by the project creators, myself and Klaus Bereznyak. Additional pieces have been added by creative friends of the host, Veyot.

Marcus VanDouser made a Youtube video of the grand opening called Wanderlust.

There’s a Flickr group, Wanderlust Art Truck Fans, just created; you’re welcome to add your snapshots of yourself at this location.

There are other things to check out in the area, the previously mentioned Wyrd Watchtower, Saul’s Place Cafe and Library of Landmarks. Sojourners Ground is down the road in Erzulie. Wyrd and Erzulie are on Route 8B on Satori.

There will be at least one more stop for Wanderlust Art Truck before it retires.

 

 

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Route 10 ~ Silvercreek to Lill Burn Valley

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Beginning where I last stopped on Route 10, Jeogeot which I blogged here, I crossed this bridge which was not nearly as long as I expected. I approached the bridge in Silvercreek and walked off it in Aberhart.

There are some very noisy gulls around the bridge which weren’t nearly as challenging as the security orbs while I was snapping photos.

Not much further on is this small bridge over a dry gully in Cambrian.

Trees and shrubs are very sparse along this stretch of road. There is Linden foliage mixed with resident purchased trees and shrubs a little ways off the road shoulder.  I didn’t investigate as the first bridge took much longer to photograph than I anticipated.

In Sien Lok I saw a bench by Garden Mole. The description promises (naughty poses!).

On the other side of the road, close by is a guard rail.

In Dalhousie the road paving changes.

I continued on through Crowfoot and arrived at the Route 9/10 Intersection Rez Zone in Quenloo.  There was an avatar standing by the side of the road, perhaps waiting for a passing POD.

There are trees, bushes and flowers near the intersection. The crossing beacons are by Garden Mole. The large tree is an 11 Li sculpt also by Garden Mole. These trees are constantly moving which is very noticeable  from quite a distance away.

Across the intersection, continuing Route 10 in Deltide, the paving changes again.

There’s another rez zone in Hangflame Ridge. Next, in Quiet Mile, the name of the road changes to Protected Land, Quiet Mile, then back to Route 10 in Blue Hound.

Route 10 continues through Badly Moor, Trumbull, Auriga, Wollendilly and Lill Burn Valley. (I especially like the names Badly Moor and Wollendilly.)

What stood out for me on this stretch or road was the very sharp edged terrain on the shoulder. This photo was snapped at the rez zone in Trumbull.

I ended this part of my journey in Lill Burn Valley at a bridge by Mighty Mole.  It’s possible that by riding a POD through the area you might learn info and history in local text that is offered on many POD tours.

These photos were taken on September 12, 2017.

Last Chance to See Fairy Tale

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On Friday, September 15, Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost will close; if you haven’t been, you have about half a day left to see it as of this posting.

”Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

C.S. Lewis

I went to visit very early, a few hours after it opened and wandered all over the ground area for quite awhile in the vague human fear of missing something.

One of my favorite areas was near the dragon eggs. They are gorgeous and the effect doesn’t show in this photo.

But high on a hill covered in flowers is a sweet little house.

The sweet little house appears to be overrun and ruled by cats.

But sometimes one must leave the sweet little houses and ventures out and down to the shadows and dragons, if only for a while.

We can dream of us all living happily ever after.

 

Pockets of Light at Wanderlust Cafe Exhibiting Now Through October

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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.

Real
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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
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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
Is gentle

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
Stills it

(KB – June 2017)

 

 

Route 10 – Jeogeot; Falkor through Silvercreek

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Shown above is a rez zone at Route 10, Falkor. It meets Route 9 here on the continent of Jeogeot.

Very soon one arrives at Route 10 Bridge in Ninereeds.

Linden Road and Waterfront, Ninereeds. The public part of the waterway in this view seemed narrow.

Moving on, the road goes through Fymatigue and Fyre Maven.

There is a small bridge in Fyre Maven. I have kept my draw distance down and focused on the infrastructure for these photos. There are quite a few buildings in this area.

This is the road paving and ground texture for the sims covered in this post. You can see the speed bumps in the road. These photos were taken 9 – 9 – 17 and I repeatedly sunk down into the paving as I was walking. The photo above was taken in Black Drake.

Route 10 continues from Black Drake through Chapala, Applewood, Lynnwood, Pinemont, Grimm, Glenmore, Templegreen and Taravista.

The photo above was taken in Martindale. Further on is Oakfield, Cedarbrae and Flint.

There’s an underwater tunnel in Flint.

Fortunately it isn’t very long because it’s closed in.

When I exited the tunnel in Silvercreek, I flew up, turned around and snapped the photo above.  I continued on until I came to a large bridge, still in Silvercreek.

The trip continues here.

Virtual Mainland Infrastructure

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I’m introducing a new category to my blog, virtual mainland infrastructure, which will include what seems to me to fit. I don’t really give much attention to tags and categories but I want to gather a type of post I intend to begin in some sort of better order than usual.I enjoy the creativity of avatars on the mainland and will continue to post about places I like there as well as continuing my usual art coverage, the occasional designer sim or event.

I’m using random photos from my collection in this post, no SLurls. The picture above was taken in North Keswick in Coniston, Sansara. 

I have been considering doing this for years. The bridges, the types of roads, different terrain, roadside foliage, signs, rest stops and such, things I’ve not heard many people mention.  The photo above was taken while driving in Ribeata.

I recall searching online for photos of the bridges in Second Life and finding little info. There is an abandoned 10 year old Flickr account with no SLurls and I recognized very few of the bridges. The photo above was taken in Anma.

The posts will be mostly photos, names of sims and some SLurls. I won’t be looking at the Wiki or doing other research. Wandering the mainland is a balancing sort of therapy for me. It’s a relaxing distraction that aids my fundamental creativity.

Some photos of bizarre land formations may be included.

The above photo looks like it was taken on Heterocera.

I don’t have any sort of schedule in mind; there are simply so many things to do.  I have used up 69 % of this free WordPress account; the future is very unpredictable as we all know.

The first post is scheduled for tomorrow, beginning on Route 10 in Falkor, Jeogeot.

Here’s Looking at You Exhibit Open Now Through October

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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.

He moved his birdhouse to Wanderlust some months after the park and Saul Goodie’s adjacent Wanderlust Cafe opened. The birdhouse is currently showing art by serra Qendra.  

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.

Le Reve de Jaques Cafe, New Toulouse

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Less than two months old, Le Reve de Jaques Cafe is a wonderfully detailed, welcoming public place located on a street corner in New Toulouse.

The ambient background sounds of New Toulouse, with the occasional rain and the streetcar passing by add much to the carefully selected and placed decor.

There is a small side room for 1920’s New Orleans stoners.

There are treats and a few board games.

There’s plenty of seating and a backdoor with a view of water and the trees of the bayou.

The Cafe is on a 512 parcel with more than the usual Li allowance.

Vintage paraphernalia.

Early sunrise in New Toulouse.

Gaia Festival ~ September 1st and 2nd

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Mystic Academy at Free Spirit Farms is presenting The Gaia Festival 2017 today and tomorrow.

“The Gaia Festival is a celebration of Gaia’s rich diversity with workshops, live performances, artistic exhibits and events with collaborations from across SL.”

“ECOLOGY – HEALTHY LIVING – PERSONAL WELLBEING – NATURAL THERAPIES – SUSTAINABLE LIVING.”

Please note that the sim is Adult Rated. An official poster was provided with the notice but I prefer to take my own snapshots.

There is art, of course.

“Friday 1st September

2pm : Opening Invocation to Event : Dragon Flow
230 – 330pm : Mindfulness – Ewan & Starlight (WBH)
330 – 430pm : Human Design : Disha Moo
430-500pm : Natural Detox Story and Talk : Renee Panthar
500-530pm : Epic Twin Flame Story and Talk : Darksnow Petrovic: & Kat ZenKoji
530-630pm : Art Therapy : Venus and Dragon Flow
630-730pm : Soundscapes Live Music Event: Rod Eiland
730-830pm : Campsite Fire , Reading and Storytelling
830pm onwards: Overnight stay in tents (free for all).”

I happened to learn of this event because I joined the Mystic Academy group with the intention of attending some of the machinima workshops, which I haven’t been able to yet.

“Saturday 2nd September

1130-1230pm : Earth Oracle Readings by Request: Venus Flow (Mystic Academy)
1230-130pm : Taking Back Our Planet The Permaculture Way: Namaara and Fate (Etopia EcoVillage)
5-7pm : Party – Psychedelic Rock and Indie- DJ Toby
7-830pm : Psy-Trance and Gaia Tribal Music , Dancers and Particle show- Gaia Team
830pm Close and Send off.”

I’ve noticed Mystic Academy builds at several of the Burn2 events. Some of the workshops and activities at this festival are of the sort, dear to the heart of my physical alt; she’s going to make sure I attend.  Usually I’m up to other things in Second Life and leave activism to her.

More credits from the invitation notecard:

“With thanks to:

Gaia Workshop Facilitators:

Ewan Bonham & Starlight
Disha Moo
Renee Panthar
Namaara MacMoragh
Fate Paule
Darksnow Petrovic & Kat ZenKoji

Gaia Festival Alliance:

Mystic Academy
Free Spirit Farms
Whole Brain Health
Etopia Ecovillage

 

Gaia Festival Artists & Performers:

Rod Eiland
Consuela Hypathia Caldwell
Elle Thorkveld
Helena Kiame
Hikum Dokonpa
Venus & Dragon Flow

Gaia Festival Directors:
Dragon and Venus Flow

Black and White Exhibition

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Kultivate’s Black and White Exhibition opened August 27 and will continue through September 3rd. It features black and white imagery from about 40 artists. The photo above shows 2D pieces by Elle Thorkveld.

Like Elle, Jaime Poutine often works with vibrant colors. I found these black and white images quite interesting, looking better inworld than in my photo here.

For a complete list of artists and a schedule of events check the Kultivate blog post.

There’s also 3D works. The piece above is by Eleseren Brianna.  I like the way the trees frame the galleries in the background.

A Yin Yang Hunt has been mentioned but during my visit I didn’t notice one symbol.

Some of the pieces by Myra Wildmist are shown in the photo above.

A few of the exhibitors are showing drawings. I especially like the ones by Sheba Blitz, shown above.

Photographs by Hana Hoobino.