Sunday @ 1pm slt: Kultivate Presents The Art of Ilyra Chardin


Join us this Sunday, February 23, 2020, from 1pm to 3pm, slt for the grand opening of Art by Ilyra Chardin!

This event will feature live performers Mavenn & Erika Ordinary with a casual dresscode! Slurl:

Below is more information about the very talented and lovely artist–Ilyra Chardin:

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Ilyra Chardin is an artist, designer, and LEA AiR Land Grant Recipient, whose installation “FACES” was featured on Designing Worlds (November 13, 2017.) Her immersive exhibition “My Secret Garden” was an SL Destination Guide Editor’s Pick and was the subject of a machinima by ZARRAKAN published on AVIEWtv.

Ilyra is a story-teller. Whether in full SIM or mini 3D Art displays or with 2D original mixed media, hand-drawn, and photo art, there are multiple layers with depth of meaning. She has been featured twice in the SL Enquirer in articles by Dean Lawson: November 2015 “The Multiple Layers of Ilyra Chardin,” and again in February 2017 “A Modicum of Color: An In-Depth Interview with SL Artist Ilyra Chardin.”

Ilyra’s work has been featured at numerous galleries across the grid. Current Exhibits & Art Installations: May be seen on ilyra’s profile.

ilyra’s 2D Artwork may be viewed at:

A revisit to Otter Lake in Second Life

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Otter Lake, February 2020

Otter Lake is one of the most alluring homestead regions we have recently visited. The work of Sharon Hinterland, this is a truly remarkable region in terms of the amount of space the region exudes, the beauty of the design, and the richness of detail. So much so that it is actually hard to believe it is only an Homestead region and thus capped with a land capacity of 5K.

I wrote those words back in June 2019 following our first visit to Otter Lake. We recently made a return to the region after receiving an invitation to do so from Sharon, who noted she’d made a number of changes to her design, and hoped we’d be able to take a look.

Otter Lake, February 2020 – click any image for full size

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Go Pro or Go Home! Second Life Flickr Users are UNHAPPY.

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Many Second Life people who are using the free account at Flickr are upset about some of their accounts being suspended. I think the problem is that they are sharing links in the discription that they are not allowed to do. I have heard that they are being given no warning beforehand either. I am not sure if that is true though. I mean we all know how people don’t really read or notice import information like that. Flickr has had this information in their TOS forever and it’s nothing new really. But I never heard of people accounts being taken down until now.

I know 1000 images for a free account really sucks. People were stuck between a rock and hard place when that change happened. They had to decide to go Pro or clear out their accounts until they were under 1000 pictures. Many people went to Instagram…

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Sunday @ 1pm slt-Kultivate AIR Gallery February Exhibition Opening!


Join us this Sunday, February 16, 2020, from 1pm to 2pm slt for the grand opening of the February 2020 Exhibition at the Kultivate Artists in Residence (AIR) Gallery. The following artists will be exhibiting at this event:

angyel Resident
Anouk Lefavre
DreamMakerXDreamBreaker Resident
Eucalyptus Carroll
GlitterPrincess Destiny
Hana Hoobinoo
Jamee Sandalwood
Kody Meyers
Pam Astonia
Sevant Anatra
Veruca Tammas

Live performer Wolfie Starfire will perform throughout the hour and the dress code is casual:

Sunday @ 1pm slt-Kultivate Select Gallery’s February Exhibition Opening Event!


Join us this Sunday, from 1pm to 2pm slt for the exhibition opening event for Kultivate Select Gallery’s February exhibition! This exhibition will feature the following artists:

Matt Thomson
Myra Wildmist
Jamee Sandalwood
Anibrm Jung
Sheba Blitz
Freedom Voix

Live performer Ry Ann will play for the hour and the dress code is casual. We hope to see you there! slurl:

The Phoenix Artist Collaboration is Seeking New Ownership!

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The gallery is officially seeking new ownership.

The Phoenix Artists Collaboration art gallery is the culmination of effort between sim owner(s), artists, and staff.…/Serena%20Hyperion/…/1505

The gallery has been funded and operated by Robert73Miller and Luke (Marshmal). The buildings and landscaping are owned almost entirely by Robert73Miller who has resigned from the official gallery group, “The Phoenix Artists collaboration”

The current sim at Serena Hyperion is a full 30k prim region with a weekly rent of $16,999L.

Rent is currently paid up through March.

Up to this point, the gallery was rent free to artists unless they went above the 100 prim/artist threshold. That is to say the gallery generates no income. Patrons and artists who wished to donate were directed to charity donation boxes.

One stipulation current management would ask is that Ani Jung be allowed to remain as Curator and have a place in policy decision making.

Thank you,
Phoenix Artists Collaboration Liaison,
Luke (Marshmal)

Simploring 2020 (9) Grauland / Okinawa Islands

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Inspired by posts on SL Destinations, I revisted Grauland. I had visited it half a year ago and had written a simploring report about it (see Simploring 2019 (89) Grauland). What caught my attention was the changed name “Grauland / Okinawa Islands” and pictures of a destinctive rock formation.

The landing is close to a heap of stones that reach into the sea. I immediately recognized it again and knew where I was. This heap of stones and the horseshoe form of the islands are the only similarities to Grauland back in 2019.

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 – overview

Grauland / Okinawa Islands is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. It is also home to M-1 Art Poses, a shop for poses that is located on a platform in the skies above. M-1 Art Poses is also owned by JimGarand. On Grauland / Okinawa…

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Tuesday February 4th Field Trips!

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Happy Tuesday everyone!


10 am Field Trip: LluisIndigo at AdMiRe!

2 pm Field Trip: Lexus Melodie at Surfside Hideaway!

4 pm Field Trip: Wald Schridde at The Blarney Stone!

5 pm Field Trip: Jamba LosAngeles at Hotel Chelsea!

6 pm Field Trip: Lexie Luan at The Blue Cornflower!

7 pm Field Trip: Suzen JueL at Key West!

8 pm Field Trip: The Vinnie Show at Key West!

And as always you can hear all of these talented musicians 24/7 at Radio Grind!

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Kultivate The Edge: February 2020

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Kultivate The Edge: Jamee Sandalwood (l) and MTH63 (r)

Kultivate’s The Edge Gallery opened its first exhibition for 2020 on February 2nd. Specialising in black and white photography, the gallery invites submissions for its monthly exhibitions – those interested can apply here – which means that exhibitions there can be an interesting mix, and such is the case here.

For this exhibition, the gallery presents selections of art by Kapaan, MTH63, Ragingbellls, Wintergeist, John Brianna, Carisa Franizzi, Anibrm Jung, Lena Kiopak, CybeleMoon, Jamee Sandalwood, and Karma Weymann. Together they offer a rich mix of avatar studies, portraits, Second Life landscapes and art studies and photos of physical world locations.

Kultivate The Edge: Carisa Franizzi

When visiting the exhibition I was particularly drawn to Carisa Franizzi’s work, located on the lower floor of the gallery and to the left of the entrance. She offers 20 pieces divided between avatar studies and…

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Kultivate Edge Gallery’s February Exhibition Opening!


EDGEGALLERY-FEB20.jpgThe Kultivate Edge Gallery,Kultivate’s only Black and White art gallery, will have it’s first exhibition of 2020 this Sunday, February 2, 2020, from 1pm to 2pm slt and feature live performer Stephanniyah Sinatra! Dress code is casual and the following artists are exhibiting:

Jamee Sandalwood
Lena Kiopak
Carisa franizzi
Karma Weymann
Anibrm Jung
Hana Hoobinoo
John Brianna
Matt Thomson

Dress code is casual and the slurl:

Kultivate Windlight Art Gallery’s January Exhibition Opening & Artists!


Kultivate Windlight Art Gallery is pleased to reopen for the 2020 season with the following artists exhibiting:

Lena Kiopak
John Brianna
Myra Wildmist
Nils Urqhart
Skye Joubert
Solana Python
Sonatta Morales

The grand opening of this exhibition will take place this Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 1pm to 2pm slt and feature live performer Parker Static! Dress code is casual and the slurl is:

Sunday @ 1pm slt-Kultivate’s 2020 Kickoff Party!

KICKOFFPARTY.jpgJoin us this Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm slt for a special 2 hour kickoff event as Kultivate kicks off the 2020 art season! Below is a list of live performers and free prizes you can win:

1pm to 2pm slt – live performer Winston Ackland

2pm to 3pm slt – live performer Dimivan Ludwig


1 lucky winner will win 1 LumiPro

1 lucky winner will win 1 Maven Homes Camden Photo Studio Build

1 lucky winner will win 500Lindens

10 lucky winners will win 1 [zED] Slideshow Picture/Photo Frame Set

All winners must be present to win, no group is required to enter the prize giveaways
If you leave the area, you must re-enter to win
We will be using a raffle board
All avatars must be at least 3 months old to win
No alts are allowed
Only 1 prize per person, if your name is drawn twice then we will redraw to a different winner
Prizes are non exchangeable
Please make sure you have busy off so that you can receive your prize

This event will take place in front of the Kultivate Windlight Art Gallery and dress code is casual! We hope you are ready to kick off our 2020 art season with us!


Kultivate is Seeking Artists!


We are pleased to announce that we have reopened our galleries for the 2020 season and have artist exhibition opportunities in our 3 main galleries: Kultivate Windlight Art Gallery, Kultivate Edge Art Gallery, and Kultivate Select Art Gallery.

To express interest, please see our artist opportunities page:

Huck’s guide to making machinima in Second Life part one: the tools

What the Huck?

Now that the trailer for Stömol is done, I can get down to the serious business of procrastinating over doing the audio for the movie. Since I promised a series of ‘how to’ blog posts back in September, I’m going to start with that.

I’ll begin with the basic tools. To anyone who’s dabbled with machinima in Second Life, the following will likely be nothing new. The problem with this sort of stuff, however, is that people rarely take the time to write it all down because they assume everyone knows it. It’s a human weakness that we tend to forget that we didn’t once know the stuff that we know now, as evidenced by the SL residents who still seem to think that all the paraphernalia associated with mesh bodies and ‘appliers’ is easy (whilst still expressing astonishment that more people don’t take up SL). Luckily, one of my…

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Simploring 2020 (3) Soul of Dreams

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For my simploring tour on Monday, January 30th, I picked Soul of Dreams from SL Destinations. Soul of Dreams is a moderate homestead owned by Xana Ligati (xana newall). Xana is the blog manager of GOOSE – Home & Garden.
The sim was designed by Busta (badboyhi).

Soul of Dreams – overview

Soul of Dreams consists of three islands, one main island and 2 smaller islands. They are connected by bridges. The landing is close to the brigde to one of the smaller islands, with is occupied by a huge lighthouse. I first had a look around at the landing point. Some seals and birds are there and the spot already offers nice opportunites to take pictures. The sim is surrounded by snow covered mountains, Soul of Dreams is covered with less snow.

Impressions of Soul of Dreams (1) – around the landing point

I first went…

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Exploring The Cold Rose in Second Life

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The Cold Rose, January 2020 – click any image for full size

Designed by artist and blogger Oema and her SL partner Van Lopen, The Cold Rose is a public / residential homestead region that opened its doors at the start of 2020, and which we dropped into over the weekend whilst out exploring.

Nestled amongst a group of off-sim islands, and itself split into a number of rocky and low-lying isles, the region has the feel of being a small group of islands perhaps seated in the more northern latitudes, and a place caught between the passing cold of winter and the warmer times of spring. The About Land description states the region is “perfect for photographers and bloggers”, and there is certainly much that is photogenic about the setting. However, I’d suggest this is tempered somewhat by the five private properties also to be found within it.


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Moni’s Forbidden Fruit at Nitroglobus in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Forbidden Fruit

Monique “Moni” Beebe makes a further return to Dido Haas’ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery to mark the start of the year, with her latest exhibition Forbidden Fruit.

Moni is one of the most sensuous, evocative artist and – given she is generally the subject of her own work – models in Second Life, somthing I’ve noted in the past, as such I’ve been looking forward to seeing her latest exhibition since Dido tipped me the wink that Moni would be making a further return to Nitroglobus. She has the ability to present studies that are rich in mood, sensuality, nuance, story and sexuality – the latter without relying on being blatant provocation.  Rather, they are genuine works of art that would be fully at home in any physical world gallery as they would in a virtual setting.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Forbidden Fruit

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Call for Second Life’s Valentines shopping event

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Linden Lab has issued a call to merchants interested in participating in their 2020 Valentine’s 2020 in-world shopping event, scheduled to run from Monday, February 3rd through to and will run through Friday, February 17th, 2020 inclusive.

Merchants interested in participating are asked to offer at least a 20% discount on the normal price of their goods, and to indicate whether or not they would be willing to offer a gift to shoppers.

Those wishing to participate in the event should do so via the official application form, and do so no later than  Monday, January 20th, 2020. Note that this is only an application – depending on the number of respondents, it is possible that not all those who apply may  receive a place at the event. Successful applicants will be contacted by the Lab after January 20th.

For further information, please refer…

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A Grey Magic Winter in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Grey Magic Winter, January 2020 – click any image for full size

Grey Magic is a full region designed by SL partners Kimmie Rayna and CHRlSTIANGREY that offers a mix of public spaces and private rentals. For those still feeling in the mood for winter scenes and snow, the region is currently dressed for the colder months, a blanket of snow covering most of it and the central pond / lake has a frozen surface which, going by the condition of the top of the ice, has seen use as a skating rink.

Grey Magic Winter, January 2020

The east side of the region, together with the central body of water, form the region’s public areas, with the east side laid out as a street from a small town, lined by small businesses and town houses.  Most of the buildings are empty, although at the times of my visit, one…

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