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2020 Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge Winners!

First our apologies for not posting these sooner, due to real life and many other issues, we some how forgot to post the winners of our contest! Below are our winners:

1st Place – Chic Aeon

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2nd Place – D’Ashby

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3rd Place – Wendy Snaps

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4th Place – Sitarra Lefevre

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5th Place – April Showers

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2020 Winter Showcase & Art Show Registration!

The 2020 Winter Showacse & Art Show will take place December 8 to 15, 2020 and is in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life! This event will feature shopping, an art show, live music, and 2 hunts! Participation for both merchants and visual artists is 100% free. To reserve your space, please click the link below:

2020 Winter Showcase & Art Show Registration

Seaclaid’s fantasy setting in Second Life

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Seaclaid, October 2020 – click any image for full size

Seaclaid is a place that appeared in the Destination Guide under both the Recently Added and Editor’s picks category. Described as a fantasy role-play region, there was something about it that caught my eye and had me hopping over to take a look – only to find an intriguing mix of settings, ideas and design that is brought together in the most aesthetically pleasing and attention-holding manner.

Designed by KitKat (KatieLuna), the region welcomes all creatures of fantasy – fae folk, dragons, lycans, vampires (but *no* Bloodlines HUDs) – and even us mortal, ordinary (but nonetheless pesky!) humans too – offering all such folk a warm welcome via the accompanying website:

The fae have returned home. The long abandon isle springs back to life. Light, laughter and magic abound in the air, the water, the very ground beneath your feet…

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Emotions in art in Second Life

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Michel Bechir Gallery: Emotions – Lynx Luga

Currently on display at the Michel Bechir Gallery is a ensemble exhibition featuring five Second Life photographer-artists, offering images under the common theme of Emotions. The participating artists are AngeloDiabolico, Mya Audebarn, Max Seagate, Robyn35, and Lynx Luga, with four of the artists on display within the gallery building, and one – AngeloDiabolico – on the courtyard outside.

Given the title of the exhibition, the majority of the images presented focus on avatar studies – but within them, there are also some unexpected pieces that add a twist to the theme, whilst others offer a more narrative slant to the theme.

The Michel Bechir Gallery: Emotions – AngeloDiabolico

Take Angelo’s pieces for example; several have a powerful fantasy theme running through them that provide a rich narrative that frames their focus, bringing life and depth to the characters through the suggestion of emotion…

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Kultivate Magazine’s October 2020 Issue is Now Available!

This issue features artist Anouk Lefavre, United Artists of Second Life (UASL), The Outer Garden Photo Essay, Phoenix Artist Collaboration, Gem Preiz’s Arcadia 3D Exhibition, Just Melusina Exhibition by Melusina Parkin, an update on Second Life’s Cloud Uplift Project, Nostalgia Falls Sim, Whimberly, and photo essays by Tempest Rosca Huntsman & Grace Sixpence. 

Click the cover below to view this month’s issue!

Jennifer and John at Sinful Retreat in Second Life

Thank you for the coverage Inara!

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Janus III Gallery: John Huntsman – Latitudes

Currently open at the Janus I and Janus III galleries at Chuck Clip’s Sinful Retreat are two independent exhibitions by Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder) and John Huntsman (Johannes Huntsman) that share a common link.

I’m going to start with John’s Latitudes, on display at the Janus III Gallery, as this has been open the longest thus far, having commenced on October 17th.

Janus III Gallery: John Huntsman – Latitudes

A Marine Corps officer in the physical world, John is well-known within Second Life as a multi-talented individual: photographer, Second Life entrepreneur responsible for the Kultivate brand that recently extended its portfolio to include live music, arts curator and organiser of Team Diabetes of Second Life, whilst in the physical world he is becoming more involved in his family’s art gallery and learning more about art curation in the process.

John’s photography…

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1pm slt-“Wavelengths” Exhibition Opening @ Hannington Art Foundations’ Queen Bee Gallery

Join methis Sunday, October 11, 2020 from 1 to 3pm slt as I open my latest exhibition, “Wavelengths” at The Queen Bee Gallery at The Hannington Arts Foundation!

This event will feature live performers Jesie Janick and Rapid Randy with a casual dress code! Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/118/127/3478

Hope to see you there!

John

Art and the ecosystem at Nitroglobus in Second Life

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Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Animals on Earth

The start of October brings with it the opening – on Monday October 5th at 12:30 SLT – another provocative exhibition at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, curated by Dido Haas.

Nitroglobus remains one of my most-visited (and most written about!) galleries because month in and mouth out, Dido encourages some of the most engaging artists to display their work there, and to do so within the frame of a theme she – or more usually the artist – has set. The result is that each most, Nitroglobus plays host to art that can provoke, evoke, emote, and engage on a level that I personally cannot help but find magnetic.

For October, the gallery is playing host to an installation put together by two artists working together under the banner of Dreamers & Co. They are Nette Reinoir (Jeanette Reinoir) – who is exhibiting her…

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Rock Your Rack 2020 in Second Life

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via Rock Your Rack

Rock Your Rack is the annual fund-raiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) opened its doors on Saturday, October 3rd, and remains in full swing through until Sunday, October 18th, 2020, offering shopping, music, fashion shows, entertainment and art.

Some 1.7 million women – and men – were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, the year in which Rock Your Rack was founded by Jamee Sandalwood and the team at Models Giving Back. Today, the figure still stands at around 1.6 million world-wide. NBCF’s mission is to help women in the United States by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. NBCF is also joining hands with organisations around the globe to provide breast cancer education, and Rock Your Rack aims to raise funds to support all of these activities.

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Kultivate October 2020 Music Schedule!

Join Kultivate throughout the month of October for live music and fun! Below is our live music schedule this month and we hope you can make some of the events!

Dress code is casual for all events and the slurls for the venues are: Mad Mare Pub: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/99/219/26

and The Oxford: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/67/136/2502

Kultivate Magazine’s September 2020 Issue Is Now Available!

This issues features artist and gallery owner Sisi Biedermann, the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), photo essays by Tempest Rosca Huntsman , What a Conundrum, and Inara Pey, Bamboo Barnes newest art exhibition, Club End of Days is our music spotlight this month. This issue also features the mainland location of the Yellow Dots Café, and we take a look at one of the many new water logged sim locations in Second Life, Flooding Tango & Dreamy Waters.  Click the cover below to view this month’s issue!

Calling artists: an exhibition to say farewell to the UWA in Second Life

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The University of Western Australia has been a long-term patron of the arts in Second Life

From 2009 through through 2018, the University of Western Australia (UWA) was a name synonymous with patronage of the arts in Second Life.

The university first became involved in Second Life largely through the encouragement of faculty member Jayjay Zifanwe, and under his guidance and the curation of FreeWee Ling, UWA oversaw a series of art challenges that offered impressive cash rewards for 2D, 3D and machinima artists.

These Art and Grand Challenges yielded some of the most exceptional displays of art and creativity seen within – and beyond – Second Life, and became a hallmark for artistic excellence.  Over the years, I attempted to cover down the years through this blog; however, from the end of 2015, UWA started a gradual winding-down of their operations in Second Life.

This started with the…

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The Artists’ at Campbell Coast in Second Life

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Artists’ Village, Campbell Coast

The Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast, created by BJoyful and Doc Rast (rasterscan) and curated by Owl Dragonash, opened A Street Fair, an extensive ensemble exhibition of 2D and 3D art on Tuesday, September 22nd.

A Scottish themed Mainland residential setting that’s open to the public, Campbell Coast offers access to both Linden roads and protected land and to sailable water, with the Artists’ village occupying one corner overlooking the coastal waters. The exhibition features a mix of residential artists and guest artists, with art displays both within the town houses of the village, along the cobbled streets and on the outdoor walls of some of the the buildings.

Artists’ Village, Campbell Coast: Etamae

Participating artists within the studio spaces comprise:  Dhyezl, Moondance, Reycharles, Gidgy Adagio, Whimsical Aristocrat, Michiel Bechir, Owl Dragonash, John and Tempest Huntsman, Suzen Juel, Dimi Ludwig, Jed Luckless, Lexus Melodie…

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A Thousand Windows in Second Life

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A Thousand Windows, September 2020 – click any image for full size

Lotus Mastroianni and Fred Hamilton (frecoi) are back with another region design that will likely be around for a month(ish) for people to enjoy. Their most recent builds have tended to have an urban design rooted in the physical world, starting with their take on a Brazilian favela back in May of 2020 (see:  Visiting A Favela in Second Life), and this latest design continues this theme, appearing to be inspired by a part of a place that lies very close to my heart.

With A Thousand Windows, Fred and Lotus seems to take as their inspiration the tight-knit tenement blocks located in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong’s Kowloon peninsula. Mong Kok is a place I’ve visited on numerous occasions in my life (notably as a result of once living in Hong Kong many…

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Linden Lab launches the Official Second Life Merchandise store

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Some might say it’s a long time overdue, but on Friday, September 25th, Linden Lab announced the launch of the official Second Life Merchandise Store offering a range of physical world merchandise related to Second Life and Linden Lab.

The on-line store is hosted by RedBubble, and currently comprises a range of SL and Lab branded clothing items and accessories utilising both the “new” and “old” logos, with the promise that more items t come soon, including seasonal and limited time items.

The Second Life store on RedBubble

As with most virtual market stores, the RedBubble Second Life Merchandise Store feature a list of categories down the left side of the page (note: these are a part of the site design, and not all of them may apply specifically to Second Life / Linden Lab). The main part of the site is then devoted…

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Sunday @ 1pm slt – Kultivate Select Gallery’s September & October Exhibition Opening!

Join us this Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 1 to 2pm slt for the grand opening of Kultivate Select Gallery’s September and October Exhibition! Kultivate Select Gallery is Kultivate’s only themed gallery and the theme for this exhibition is animals! Below are the artists who are participating in this exhibition:

Ninoventura
Maaddi Benazzi
Jaelle Faerye
Solana Python
Lena Kiopak
Jamee Sandalwood
Angel Heartsong
Chic Aeon
DimiVan Ludwig
Veruca Tammas
Vita Theas

The event will feature live performer Rapid Randy, with a casual dress code! Slurl for the event: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/32/70/26

Announcing the Second Life Endowment for the Arts

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In August 2019, and after an eight-year run (it’s first public exhibitions coming in 2011 after initially being announced in late 2010), the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) closed, the organising committee having decided to step away from managing it (see: Linden Endowment for the Arts to officially close, LEA: more on the closure, and a move to save it and Linden Endowment for the Arts: update).

Following the announcement, there were numerous discussions on how the work of the LEA might be continued. In particular, artists Tansee Resident and Riannah Avora launched an in-world group specifically with the aim of gathering ideas and viewpoints on how the work of the LEA – and Linden Lab’s involvement in the body – might be continued.

At the time, a lot of discussions were held and a considerable number of ideas put forward (I was happy to…

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Play Linden Realms in the cloud and help the Lab

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Linden Realms is now running in the cloud – on the beta grid. Image courtesy of Linden Lab

Linden Realms was the first Linden Lab developed game using experience tools. First introduced in 2011 (see: The Linden Realms game: Rock on!), the game has been updated numerous times over the years, the last time in 2018 (see: The further revamp of Linden Realms in Second Life).

It is now the next major element of Second Life (after the core Blake Sea regions) to be cloned to Aditi, the beta grid, and uploaded to the cloud – and Linden Lab are asking users to give it a go, so they can further test region  / simulator operations under load when running on AWS services.

The request for assistance came via a blog post on Monday, September 15th, which reads in full:

As you may know, we are in the process…

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The art of Hermes Kondor in Second Life

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Hermes Kondor: Reflections

In July I wrote about an exhibition of physical world photographs by Hermes Kondor, available at his own Kondor Photo Gallery (see: The beauty of steam machines in Second Life). However, that gallery is only a part of a complex that Hermes has put together, so I decided to hop back for a further look. The complex comprises several individual areas linked by a teleport disc system. These facilities comprise: a boulevard of rental studios for artists, an attractively Deco night club, and three galleries – including the photo gallery noted above – and a studio/gallery used to display Hermes’ SL avatar studies.

Hermes’ primary gallery is the Kondor Art Centre, which at the time of my visit was home to an exhibition entitled Reflections.

I invite you to join on a journey deep inside a magical lake, where we will find strange and…

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