Sunday @ 1pm slt – Edge Gallery’s January Exhibition Opening!

Join us this Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 1 to 2pm slt for the January 2021 Exhibition Opening at The Edge Gallery! This gallery features black and white art and photography only and the following artists will exhibit at this event:

Jamee Sandalwood
Maaddi
Blues Rocker
Myra Wildmist
Eucalyptus Carroll
Jessamine2108
Moora McMillan
Moora McMillan
Vita Theas
Veruca Tammas
Tempest Rosca
Johannes Huntsman

The event will feature a 1 hour performance by musician Loreen Aldrin with a casual dress code! Slurl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/44/210/26

Second Life land and user in 2020, via Tyche Shepherd

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Sunset at home in Second Life

The last few months of 2020 saw Tyche Shepherd release some brief summaries related to Second Life that – as always – make for interesting reading for those interested in the general state of the platform.

In the first, a tweet Tyche issued in October, we were offered insight into general use of the platform in terms of sign-up and concurrency. It came as a the last in a brief series of tweets from Tyche on the subject that started after the Lab indicated that with the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, they were seeing an increase in general usage of the platform, particularly among returning users.

Following-on from Tweets in June -, Tyche confirmed that overall, median concurrency on the platform saw clear growth in March through mid-May (when the first ’bout of lockdowns hit a fair portion of the world  due…

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Sunday @ 1pm slt – Windlight Art Gallery’s January Exhibition Opening!

Join us this Sunday, January 10, from 1 to 2pm slt for the exhibition opening of Windlight Art Gallery’s January Exhibition! This exhibition will feature live performer Lyric Serendipity and the following artists:

Jesie Janick
JueL Resistance
Matt Thomson
Cadence Ravenhurst
ViktorSavior
4pril resident
Grace Sixpence
Kalina Sands

The dress code for the opening is casual and we hope to see you there! Slurl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/32/133/26

Kultivate is Seeking Artists!!

Kultivate is reopening our galleries for 2021! Below are our opportunities for artists:
-January 10-Windlight Art Gallery Exhibition
-January 17-Edge Gallery Exhibition (black & white art only)
-February 5 to 7-Sensuality Exhibition(adult themed)

Visit the following link to express interest and/or register for any of these opportunities: https://kultivatemagazine.com/artist-opportunities/

Sunday @ 12pm slt -Kultivate Loft Gallery Presents The Art of Inara Pey!

Kultivate is pleased to announce our first exhibition of 2021! Join us this Sunday from 12pm to 2pm slt as Kultivate Loft Gallery presents the art of Inara Pey!

This event will feature live performers Rapid Randy & Bubbles Song, with a casual dress code! You can learn more about Inara below:

“As Inara Pey, I’ve been continuously engaged in Second Life since December 2006 – although my initial involvement goes back to before then. Over the years, I’ve been involved in many things, some out of interest, some as a result of real life activities at the time. I’ve been a builder, a sim designer, an estate manager, a region holder, a homestead builder, I’ve run a residential rental business, I’ve tutored and explored, I’ve role-played, I’ve helped establish groups and communities – the list goes on. However, it is as a blogger and explorer that I’ve found my niche – and I count myself as lucky in having people find what I have to write about interesting! I don’t claim to be an expert in art – much less an artist – but I do have an armchair appreciation for the subject something which has led me over the last five years in particular to blog extensively about art exhibits, artists and installations across Second Life. ”

Inara is the owner and author of the very popular Second Life site, Modem World. You can visit Modem World at the following link: www.modemworld.me

We hope to see you at the exhibition opening! Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/28/114/32

Celebrate New Years @ Kultivate!

Join us at Kultivate from 4pm to 7pm slt on Thursday, December 31, 2020 for a a 3 hour New Years Eve party! You will have a chance to win free gift cards and linden prizes throughout the 3 hours and the following live performers will perform at this special event:

4pm to 5pm slt – Lyric Serendipity

5pm to 6pm slt – Ambrosia

6pm to 7pm slt – Jesie Janick

The dress code is dress casual and we hope to see you there!

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/63/141/1390

Kultivate Magazine’s December Holiday Issue is Available!

The December Holiday Edition of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features over 40 images by some of the most talented photographers and artists in Second Life, The Janus Art Gallery, the artist Tresore, 3 photo essays by Tempest Rosca Huntsman, Inara Pey, & Grace Sixpence; the new Linden Labs stilt homes, IMAGO Gallery, The Dickens Project Art Exhibition, Aterna 3D Exhibition, and the Snoweeta Sim! Click the image below to view this months issue!

Firestorm 6.4.12 the EEP and more release

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

On Wednesday, December 9th, 2020, Firestorm issued a release version of their viewer – 6.4.12.62831. This is the formal release of Firestorm supporting the Lab’s Environment Enhancement Project (EEP); it also includes a number of other Lab-specific updates to the viewer, such as the Camera Presets capability.

Note: while there has been an EEP beta release – 6.4.5.60799 (July 2020) – this summary has been written for those who may still be running the 6.3.9.58205 release from May 2020.

Also, given limitations of my own time (coupled with an inability to run 6.3.9.58205 in direct comparison with 6.4.12.62831), this is a much briefer overview of changes for a Firestorm release in comparison to past overviews in these pages.

Table of Contents

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2020 Winter Showcase & Art Show Press Release

Team Diabetes of Second Life

5TH ANNUAL WINTER SHOWCASE PRESS RELEASE

DATES: December 8 to 15, 2020

WEBSITE: https://teamdiabetessl.org/2020-winter-showcase-art-show/

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/132/135/28

The 5th Annual Winter Showcase event returns in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life! This event is the last fundraising event for Team Diabetes of Second Life in 2020 and features a hunt, live performers, dj’s, an art show, shopping, and lots of winter fun!

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life.

Participating Merchants:  :Pharmacist::, !!Firelight!!, DBS Designs By Soosy, Absinthe, Art & Angels, Afantasy, ART & FASHION, Aurora Sky Designs, Avalon Greene designs, Christmas Delights, Cosmos Boutique, Creepy Midget Designs, Ev!ldead dollz, Ever Green, HJM Designs, ikr!, Just imagine… by Vita, Kitty Creatons, LC Fashion, Little Big Designs…

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Path to Oneself Reflection Exhibition Press Release

Hello, you are being invited to an exhibition at the sim Devil Legion.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Devils%20Legion/39/45/39

This Event is open for the duration of December and will finish on December 31st

The SL Random Art Crew have built this sim to be a respectful and immersive experience and reflection of the year of 2020. For the residents of Secondlife to explore a series of unique environments and draw on their own thoughts and experiences of the year.

We want people to appreciate and celebrate the amazing efforts that everyone has put into 2020 to make it bearable and save lives and still look forward with hope.

We hope that you will enjoy this sim and tell your friends about it
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http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Devils%20Legion/39/45/39

Please make sure to check the Second life events list for the reading events that have been set up for you and your friends to come and enjoy.

Signed:
SL random arts crew
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PRESS RELEASE: The Dickens Project presents the New and the Familiar, beginning December 4

PRESS RELEASE
Issue: Immediate Release

Kill Date: January 3rd, 2021

Media Contact:

Caledonia Skytower, Seanchai Library
caledoniaskytower@gmail.com

The Dickens Project presents the New

and the Familiar, beginning December 4

Second Life – The Seanchai Library is proud to announce the opening of The Dickens Project 2020 Edition. The Project began as a special seasonal presentation of Seanchai Library in 2008. It transformed into an interactive environment in 2012, then to a full region experience in 2017. This year’s two regions are inspired by the Victorian world of A Christmas Carol and other beloved tales, offering a broad spectrum of opportunities to explore, discover, and participate.

The Dickens Project presented over 80 hours of events during the month of December 2019, and this year’s schedule is just as ambitious. Information is available on Seanchai’s website in addition to other information that will be released during opening week. This year’s two-region creation opens to the Second Life community on Friday, December 4th and will remain open through Sunday, January 3rd.

“Every year The Dickens Project intentionally blends the familiar features of previous years with new things waiting to be discovered,” said Caledonia Skytower of Seanchai Library. “It helps our loyal visitors feel like they are coming home, gets them excited about what’s new, and encourages them to share the experience with their friends. That’s our goal. Each year the Dickens Project is just a little different. This year, with a second region, there is a lot that is fresh and new.”

The Dickens Project is also about a community of Second Life individuals and organizations that come together for this month long celebration. That community will again include Radio Riel, and Innsmouth SL. The Community Virtual Library will feature aspects of Victorian life from clothing, workers conditions, Dickens in Spanish, to The London Exhibition in a dedicated information district. Idle Rogue Productions will return with a new edition of their “Midnight Dinner” show, and Misfit Dance & Performance Art returns with “A Very Misfit Christmas” filled with seasonal joy. These are in addition to the live story reading programs which are Seanchai Library’s hallmark.

Virtuoso Performing Arts joins the community this year, presenting their new “Tales of Beatrix Potter” show New Year’s weekend; and the SL Hawks Aerobatic Team will present their “Ghost Flights of Christmas” air show in performances in the skies above Dickens Harbour. That’s right: an air show based on A Christmas Carol.

For inquiring minds, there is “The Horse in Victorian London”, and “The Mine” interactive experiences. The later experience includes a ride through a mine with Sultan the pit pony and his coal carts. “Sultan” is a tribute to the name of one of the last pit ponies in Wales. Like their predecessor, the Urchin Experience (on hiatus this year), these experiences seek to balance the view of Dickens’ world. “It’s not all plum puddings and prize turkeys,” says Skytower, “not for children, the working poor, women, or for animals.”

The popular “Carol Week” returns with a section of Dickens’ novella presented live each day in a “Story Tour” to the sites on the region inspired by the story. Saturday, December 19th features Fezziwig’s Ball in the Opera House. The week culminates in The Big Read on Sunday, December 20th at Noon in Dickens Square. The Big Read is a relay-style presentation involving 9-12 voices in a continuous reading of “A Christmas Carol” from the beginning to the end of it.

“And this is just the tip of the iceberg,” added Skytower, “We have art shows this year for the first time, and wearable horses and carriages that you can drive around on each region, and so much more. It’s not a cliche’. It’s really impossible to concisely summarize everything you can do, see, or experience at this year’s Project. You just have to come and check it out for yourself.”

Seanchai Library offers its thanks to Linden Labs and Patch Linden, our 2020 Region Sponsors.

http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/p/the-dickens-project-sl.html

NOTE TO PRESS/BLOGGERS: A Limited Preview is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd from 2-4pm. Members of the virtual media are invited to get a closer look at The Project before it officially opens. Team Dickens creators will be on hand to answer questions, and the music stream will broadcast music and highlight various features in the region.

About the Seanchai Library

Seanchai Library (pronounced Shawn-a-kee, which means “Storyteller” in Irish Gaelic.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. The program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: “We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life and other virtual worlds.” http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/

All times listed are SLT/ Pacific.

Sunday @ 12pm slt – Kultivate Select Gallery’s December Exhibition Opening!

Join us this Sunday at 12pm slt for the 2 hour grand opening of the December 2020 exhibition at Kultivate Select Gallery! Kultivate Select Gallery is a themed gallery and this months theme is winter images! The artists presenting their images are:

Tempest Rosca
Jamee Sandalwood
Kalyca McCallen
Jessamine2108 Resident
donnaBrasco Resident
Moora McMillan
Myra Wildmist
JueL Resistance
FreeDom Voix
Veruca Tammas
Zia Branner

The event will also feature live performers Lyric Serendipity (12pm to 1pm slt ) and Jesie Janick (1pm to 2pm slt). Casual dress code at both events! Slurl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/30/74/25/

Kultivate Magazine’s November 2020 Issue is Now Published!

The November issue of Kultivate Magazine is now published! This issue features artist & musician Suzen Juel, The Let It Snow! Sim, the new game Squee!, family locations photo essay, an update on the Linden Labs transition to cloud servers, a photo essay on the Aqua Breeze sim, 1920’s Birmingham 3D exhibition, the Travel and Present exhibition, the first SLEA grant recipients, Coiottolina Xue’s Bots and Blossoms exhibition sim, and another “riddle me this” photo essay. Click the cover image below to view the issue.

Travel Past & Present in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Bare Rose Art Gallery: Owl Dragonash

Owl Dragonash has been a long-term patron of the arts in Second Life. She has supported artists through her curation of multiple art spaces, including most recently her own Hoot Suite Gallery, and she has done much to promote live music in Second Life, as well a providing huge support for a range of arts groups and locations in-world.

Owl has also been a keen SL traveller and blogger  over the years,  capturing regions, parcels, arts events and more. Over the years, it’s been my pleasure and privilege to come to know her and to experience first-hand her support, so it is will a genuine sense of pleasure that I  hope I can help turn the spotlight on Owl’s own work as a Second Life photographer and recorder of places to visit and appreciate through her new exhibition that is open through…

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Ladmilla and Eli’s Enigma in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Raging Graphix Gallery: Ladmilla and Eli

Currently open at Raging  Graphix Gallery, curated by Raging Bellls is Enigma, another fascinating selection of art and words by Ladmilla and Eli Medier.

Working as a couple, Eli and Ladmilla have gained a reputation for their joint pieces – an image (generally by Ladmilla, although Eli does produce his own as well) accompanied by words by Eli. More that just poems and pictures, these are illustrated pieces that encompass thoughts, desires, and reflections on life, love and more, that capture the eye and imagination.

Raging Graphix Gallery: Ladmilla and Eli

As I’ve noted when reviewing Ladmilla’s and Eli’s work, it is a perfect mix of styles: wonderfully layered images created by Ladmilla that have both a tactile richness and also a sense of great depth; and carefully constructed blank verse by Eli that compliment Ladmilla’s images as well as having to…

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LL confirms Second Life regions now all on AWS

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Logos ©, ™ and ®Linden Lab and Amazon Inc

On Thursday, November 19th, and after several months of very hard work in order to manage things in an orderly and as non-disruptive manner as possible, the last remaining regions on the Agni (the Second Life main grid) were successfully transitioned over to running on Amazon Web Services (AWS), thus placing the entire grid “in the cloud”.

The announcement can first via Twitter, and from April Linden, the Lab’s Systems Engineering Manager, Operations, who announced:

April Linden’s announcement

The Lab actually started transitioning regions several weeks ago, and without fanfare, first moving a number of regions only accessible to Linden personnel, and they carefully widening things to include selected public regions on the Mainland, and  – subject to the estate owners initially keeping quiet as well – private regions that experience assorted loads.

These initial transitions were more about testing certain…

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Second Life Endowment for the Arts: first grants

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

via Linden Lab

On Friday, November 2020, the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) announced the first group of artists who have been awarded grants to use the new SLEA art facilities in the first six months of 2021.

As I reported in September this year, the SLEA is the successor to the former Linden Endowment for the Arts, which ran from 20091 through until 2019, when the user committee responsible for running it decided to close it down. At the time of the closure announcement, moves were initiated to try to keep the LEA afloat, which transitioned into discussions with Linden Lab to develop a successor – the Second Life Endowments for the Arts.

Operating on a smaller scale than the original LEA, offering an initial group of five regions for art installations: four for region-wide installations and one offering quarter-region art spaces, all of which are…

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The snows of Yukina in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Yukina, November 2020

Occupying half of a Full region, Yukina is the home of Namanax & Stella (Stella Mahogany), who is largely responsible for its design. Currently sitting within a winter setting, we were directed to it by Shawn Shakespeare, our resident region discoverer :).

The parcel runs north-south,  with the eastern side open to the sea, and the west boundary marked by high cliffs separating it from the neighbouring parcel.

Yukina, November 2020

The southern end of the land is a actually the private home of Stella and Namanax, and while protected by ban lines to prevent trespass, leaving the garden open, it might be a good idea to avoid straying beyond the gabled gates leading up to the house (complete with stone lions guarding the path), in order to avoid the flick-knife armed squirrel  patrols (you’ll have to visit and take a peek into the grounds of the…

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Call for Winter Images!

Kultivate is seeking winter images for our December 2020 issue! Please submit your winter image to our Flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/kultivateartphotography/pool/ All images must be of your own intellectual property, be moderate in rating, and the deadline to submit is December 10, 2020.