Windlight Art Gallery’s July & August Exhibition Closing Event!

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This Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 1pm slt, the July and August Exhibition at Windlight Art gallery will hold it’s closing event! The event will feature live performer Mimi Carpenter and the following artists are exhibiting:

Warm Clarity
Honey Bender
Wicca Merlin
Pam Astonia
Kodymyers Resident
Silas Merlin
Miele Tarantal
Adi4guam Resident
Vivienne Darcy
Ladyartista Labrada
Goodcross Resident
Ravenmanskwer Resident
Eucalyptus Carroll
Ben Moy
Ramsa Luv

The dresscode is casual and we hope to see you there!


A Chinese Garden in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

There are many spiritual centres throughout Second Life offering a range of environments and opportunities for rest, spiritual comfort, recovery, teaching and more.

One such region is Qoheleth (Hebrew:  gatherer / assembler; an assembly). I’ve been drawn there a couple of times over the course of the last year – although admittedly not out of any spiritual want or needs – because the region is largely given over an oriental theme, something of which I’m rather fond. In particular, it includes A Chinese Garden, designed by Camryn Darkstone with the assistance of region holder Grath (Grath Helgerud), as it is this garden which has tended to attract me.

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Home Away From Home Photo Challenge Winners!

Congratulations to Ricco Saenz! He won first place in the Home Away From Home Photo Challenge, which was sponsored by Maven Homes and Kultivate Magazine! Second place was won by Jamee Sandalwood and third place was won by Lake Tower! Below are the winning photos:

1st Place – Ricco Saenz


2nd Place-Jamee Sandalwood


3rd Place – Lake Tower

Very special thank you to Maven Homes, our judges, and to all our entries!

Ziki Questi’s Blog: Song about Rain

Now open at the Crestwick Gallery is an exhibition of photography entitled Song about Rain, featuring works by Anita Witt, Burk Bode, Charlie Namiboo, Cold Frog, Laura Richards, Maloe Vansant, MaryFelicity, Mr. S., Nur Moo, Panteleimon Aeon and Sugar Silverstar. Each of the portraits — inspired, not surprisingly, by the theme of rain — is available for purchase for L$300, and contributions in support of Crestwick are welcomed. Situated next door at the Broad Street Gallery is a showing of images by Cipher (Ciphertazi Wandin), which is also not to be missed.

Source: Ziki Questi’s Blog: Song about Rain

Prisma adds offline mode to its crazy popular art filter app | TechCrunch

Art filter app sensation Prisma, which has revved up from nothing to an incredible 55 million+ downloads for its iOS and Android apps in just two months this summer, has now added an offline mode — so you can snap photos and process them to look like an Edward Munch painting in seconds and without needing to be connected to its severs.

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Google (GOOG) is working on a way for artificial intelligence to compress your photos, just like on HBO’s Silicon Valley — Quartz

It’s not middle-out compression, but it’s the next best thing.

Researchers at Google are working on a way to use neural networks, the building blocks of modern artificial intelligence, to make our picture files smaller without sacrificing quality. To consumers, smaller files means more available space on phones, tablets, and computers, but for tech companies like Google that offer unlimited photo storage, smaller photos could reduce server load, power consumption, and improve transfer speeds. This sort of idea has made its way into pop culture thanks to HBO’s Silicon Valley, where the fictional compression startup Pied Piper uses neural networks to optimize how they shrink files. (Dropbox has actually used the start-up’s middle-out idea for its own photo compression.)

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Wildstar Beaumont’s Sailing in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Sailing: Wildstar BeaumontNow open at Ce Soir Arts is Sailing, a nautical-themed exhibition of photography by friend and long-time Second Life resident, Wildstar Beaumont.

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Announcing Volume 2 of The Kultivate Quill & Pen Literary Journal!

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On December 5, 2016, volume 2 of the Kultivate Quill and Pen will be published! The goal of the Quill and Pen is to highlight the voices of gifted and innovative writers in both real life and Second Life!

As promised we are back for volume two! We will publish this book on issuu and via ebook format so that you have a chance to become published. Categories include nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and mini shorts aka flash stories.


Nonfiction – one essay up to 3000 words, no extra space between paragraphs, white space for section breaks only

Poems-one poem per page, no more than six pages, single spaced and left justified

Mini Shorts (flash stories)-Up to 700 words, double spaced, no extra space between paragraphs. White space for section breaks only

Fiction-One story up to 3000 words, double spaced, no extra space between paragraphs. White space for section breaks only

Please note that you should submit your work via a google doc (or similar service) link and not copy and paste your work in the space provided on the submission form. This is to help with formatting and publishing. 

Kultivate Quill and Pen Literary Journal Submission Form

Making Animated Text in GIMP


If you like the animations above, you can create your own and more in GIMP! Check out this cool site that has easy to follow tutorials:


Second Life Marketplace: full permission product scams | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The Second Life Marketplace is both a convenience and a pain. Convenience because it provides an ease of selling / buying to users. Pain because its sheer size can make it difficult to effectively police, leaving it open to various forms of abuse.

However, Strawberry Singh has highlighted one area of concern content creators are facing, and has asked for people to pass the word on.

In Full Perm Marketplace Scams,Strawberry points to the abuse of full permission items content creators make available on the Marketplace.  Typically, these items are offered individually or in kits as templates for people to re-use in their own creations, and they generally come with an end-user licence agreement (EULA) specifying their intended use. More often than not, these EULAs forbid the re-sale of such items on an “as is” basis and / or re-sale as full permission items. And if a dedicated EULA isn’t offered, the fact that the items are not intended for full perm resale can generally be found in the listing description.

However, there are unscrupulous individuals doing just that: purchasing the items and reselling them unchanged, as full permission items, thus violating the original creator’s intent and licensing. To add insult to injury, the items undercut the original creator’s own market price….

Source: Second Life Marketplace: full permission product scams | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Sleuths, Tudors, Norwegian-Americans and Jedis

Inara brings you this week at The Seanchai Library

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, August 21st, 13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life, and a return to His Last Bow.

A 1917 anthology of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the volume originally comprised seven stories published by The Strand Magazine between 1908 and 1917. However, later editions of the book saw an eighth story included, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, originally published in 1892.

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Ziki Questi’s Blog: Dancing with Spirits

Arts patrons who enjoyed Theda Tammas’s exhibition at LEA6, who stole the sky?, featured yesterday in this blog (read here), will also enjoy visiting her Dancing with Spirits, now on display at the Galleria Kakku, curated by Pieni. Far more intimate in scale than the LEA installation, Dancing with Spirits features a company of about twenty dancers who descend from an opening over a ramp leading down to something akin to a stage, where they break into movement — some solo, some trio, and some in a pas de deux. Against the deep blue background, a few of the dancers gently travel about in space. Relative to who stole the sky?, it’s a far more painterly scene. The installation will run through September.

Source: Ziki Questi’s Blog: Dancing with Spirits

Windlight Artist Fellows’ Spotlight: Adi4guam Resident and RavenmanSkwer Resident!

The July and August Exhibition at Windlight Art will close on Saturday, August 27, 2016 with a special event featuring live performer Mimi Carpenter at 1pm slt! Below are two artists whose work you can view at the gallery:

Adi4guam Resident

Adi is an island girl from the beautiful tropical island of Guam. Her love and passion for her island and culture motivated her to capture the different sceneries from the island and combine them to create beautiful works of Art. Join her as she celebrates the Chamorro Culture through her perception of Guam.

RavenmanSkwer Resident

RavenmanSkwer Resident


I love pictures, and love hows sl give people the chance to create stuff they cannot do in real life and the windlights there so many ways you can mix them it is great

about me i love to explore do pictures i am a model in sl but i love doing pictures and have friends and meet people


Today @ the Summer Art Show!



Today is the last day of the Summer Art Show! Join us today at 2pm slt for a special Queen Tribute Concert, presented by Bad Amp! Both galleries and exhibitions will remain open and there is shopping as well as a hunt where you can win 25 FREE gifts!


‘Albert and the Lion’ | Avilion Arts

The Scottish poet, Marriott Edgar created monologues about Albert and the Lion for Stanley Holloway to perform. Inspired by these performances, Iddy Schmooz presents her own adaptation for the stage featuring the tale of the young lad, Albert, who was swallowed on a visit to the zoo by the lion, Wallace. Her script and imaginative sets capture all the hilarity of the situation as Albert disappears and finally returns. The script is punctuated by several peppy song and dance numbers from the 1920s. Iddy Schmooz is the director and Moon Aerandir is the Dramaturge. This play is one of two new offerings in ACT’s ‘Double Bill’ to be performed on August 28th at 1 p.m..Share this:

Source: ‘Albert and the Lion’ | Avilion Arts

Happy World Photo Day!

Happy World Photo Day! Read on about this awesome day and if you are inclined visit the official website for this movement: and we invite you to upload a photo to the Kultivate Magazine’s Flickr site in honor of this special day!


World Photo Day is an international photography event on August 19th that celebrates the passion for photography in our communities.In a world where millions of pictures are uploaded every minute, World Photo Day is inspiring thousands of photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.

From everyday life to incredible landscapes, our global gallery is an evolving mosaic of images captured by photographers of all skills levels living in a diverse range of countries and cultures.

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Friday @ The Summer Art Show!



Join us tomorrow at 4pm slt for a special Rave party with DJ Paradox Messmer at the Summer Art Show! FREE rave party items and a special contest!  Only 2 more days left to enjoy the Summer Art Show! For a complete list of events: We have a combined total of 50 2D and 3D artists and over 20 merchants! We also have a hunt where you can get 25 prizes for FREE!


Ziki Questi’s Blog: who stole the sky?

Now open at LEA6 is who stole the sky?, an multi-level installation by artist Theda Tammas. Set amid a red sky, and extending over the water/ground and on and between two semi-transparent platforms, humanesque figures express themselves through various gestures — reaching or pointing toward the sky, grabbing a falling companion, spinning in a bubble-like shape, or performing some other movement open to interpretation.

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Bay City: Hot City Nights in Second Life, 2016 | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Marianne McCann brings word of the 2016 Hot Bay City Nights event which will take place at the Bay City Fairgrounds, North Channel, from Saturday, August 20th through until Saturday  August 27th, 2016.Celebrating Bay City’s mid-Twentieth Century theme, as well as the city’s extensive road network, Hot Bay City Nights focuses on top Second Life vintage and classic car makers, showcasing vehicles representing the era between 1940 and 1965.

First held in August 2012, the event was an instant success with Bay City residents and auto makers alike. This year, as with previous years, the week is aimed at raising funds to support Child’s Play, a charity providing toys and games for children in hospitals around the world.

Alongside the auto show there will be various other activities taking place, including charity car washes, the first of which will commence on Sunday, August 21st at 13:00 SLT, and the crowning of Miss Bay City 2016 on Saturday, August 27th. So make sure you get along to Bay City during the week and join in the fun!

Source: Bay City: Hot City Nights in Second Life, 2016 | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Lightroom 2 Minute Tips from Nicolesy — Reviewed

Nicolesy’s new Two Minute Lightroom Tips, a comprehensive Lightroom training video series, is a fantastic option for teaching yourself Lightroom. If you’re looking to develop your skills or speed up your workflow, this course is a great resource.

Why learn Lightroom?

While it’s name hasn’t been turned into a verb like Photoshop, Adobe’s Lightroom is arguably the more important tool for digital photographers these days. Lightroom has become an industry standard, and is built to accommodate everyone from the working professional to the casual hobbyist.

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A New Fractal Insanity in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

I’ve long been a fan of the work of artist Milly Sharple – particularly her fractal art (see my article on her Fractal Insanity exhibit at Timamoon Arts) – as well as her flair for region design, which I’ve blogged about twice in relation to her homestead region of Isles of Lyonesse when it given winter makeovers for public enjoyment in 2014/15 and 2015/16.It is to Isles of Lyonesse that I recently returned, as it is now the home for an an extensive exibition of Milly arts in a gallery complex she has collectively called New Fractal Insanity, a reference to her small gallery space, Fractal Insanity, at Timamoon Arts.

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