John and Tempest at Raging Graphix

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Raging Graphix Gallery: Yin and Yang

Currently on show at Raging Bellls’ Raging Graphix Gallery is a joint exhibition by Second Life partners, John (Johannes Huntsman) and Tempest Rosca-Huntsman (Tempest Rosca) entitled Yin and Yang.

It’s a title that reflects both the art on display and the artists themselves on a number of levels. At its most literal, the title reflects the fact that whilst opposites on several levels (e.g. male and female, the fact that they originate on opposite sides of the Atlantic, etc.), Tempest and John naturally combine to form a whole. There’s also the fact that all healthy relationships contain within them the ability to grow and change, for both sides to contribute to the whole – and through their art and other endeavours in Second Life this is very true of John and Tempest.

Raging Graphix Gallery: Yin and Yang – Tempest Rosca

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Dya’s Little Jordan in Second Life

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Dya’s Little Jordan, February 2021

The start of February saw me hop over to tour Dya OHare’s latest design at her homestead region after receiving an invitation from her to do so. It’s a setting that sees Dya move away from the Americas, which have been a focus for her last two designs (see:  Dya’s Scent of the Caribbean in Second Lifeand Dya’s Southern Twilight), and instead turn to the Middle East for inspiration.

As its name suggestions, Dya’s Little Jordan is a take on the Kingdom of Jordan, and it has quite a lot to offer Second Life photographers. However, I’ll state up-front that, thanks to past idiocy on the part of some visiting Dya’s builds, group membership (L$300, so not a fortune) is now required to access Dya’s region, so do keep that in mind. I’ll also confess that Jordan isn’t a country with which I’m…

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Speedlight: a round-up of recent updates

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via Speedlight

I’ve fallen behind in my tracking of Speedlight, the browser / Android / iOS Second Life client. There are several reasons for this – most of them down to me & time (or lack thereof), although I admit a couple of issues with the application have also kept me from using it. With regards to the latter, I’d like to offer a doff of my virtual hat and a “thank you” to the Speedlight Live Chat support mechanism and Speedlight Support Manager QuincyJohnes (that’s a name you have to love for it’s little play on things) for getting me sorted in very short order.

There have been numerous changes to Speedlight since my last article in July 2020 (see: Speedlight: group functionality and other updates), some of which are more under-the-hood than user visible, and there are several more in the pipeline. As such, this piece is offered…

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A return to Tonarino in Second Life

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Tonarino, February 2021

On February 1st, we dropped in on Tonarino, the Full region held and designed by 秋元のん (n0rik0). At the time, the focus of our visit was the region’s sky platform, Nekomachi Street (see: The cats of Tonarino in Second Life), but I noted we also hopped down to see what had changed within the region’s ground level design since our last visit in December 2019 (as recorded in Tonarino: an oriental curio in Second Life), and I promised to provide an update.

Well, truth be told, first looks tended to suggest not a lot had changed; the majority of the region is still given over to a large landmass in part cut through by the single line of a railway track that terminates abruptly alongside a little station building, while a small stream slices through the bedrock. Around both lies a landscape suggestive of the…

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Hilaire Beaumont at Monocle Man in Second Life

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Monocle Man Gallery: Hilaire Beaumont

Currently available the Monocle Man Gallery, curated by Kit Boyd and Lynx Luga, is an outstanding exhibition by Hiliare Beaumont. Untitled, it presents a series of self-portrait avatar studies that are – despite the fact I often use this phrase with regards to art exhibitions in Second Life – genuinely rich in their depth of narrative and content.

These are piece that bring together a range of inspirations – literature, film, music, elements of fantasy, historical drama to present pieces that are evocative, layered and often highly emotive. Through their presentation, these are pieces that illustrate the fact that Hilaire was initially drawn to Second Life as a place of role-play, and has since grown towards photography as a means of expression and emotional release.

Monocle Man Gallery: Hilaire Beaumont

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Giovanna’s Traces at PAC in Second Life

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PAC Featured Artist: Giovanna Cerise

Giovanna Cerise is an artist whom I’ve admired for years. Her work, which spans both the virtual and the physical, is exceptional, whether seen as an individual piece, or as a complete installation.

As I recently reported, she has recently returned to artistic expression through Second Life after a hiatus of several years, opening a studio gallery at Campbell Coast – and I’m particularly honoured and delighted to announce that Giovanna is the first artist to appear at the Phoenix Artists Collaboration as a Featured Artist.

PAC Featured Artist: Giovanna Cerise

Officially opening on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at PAC, is a special display of art Giovanna has put together, entitled Traces. It marks her first formal exhibition since her return to Second Life – although it will obviously not be her last. It  presents a mix of her work, past and present; …

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A return to Where our journey in Second Life

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Where Our Journey Begins, February 2021

Where Our Journey Begins is a homestead region held and designed by Vivian Ewing. It’s a place we first visited fairly recently – in September 2020, in fact. However, after getting several nudges from people that the region has been redressed for the coming Spring, I suggested to Caitlyn that we hop over and take another look.

The changes made since that first visit of ours are extensive; yet at the same time, there is much about the setting that does offer a sense of continuation from that iteration to this: the curtain wall of cliffs with their waterfalls (now to the south-east of the region, rather than to the north), the use of granite-like tables of rock on which to site some of the region’s buildings, etc. This mix gives the region a pleasing sense of the familiar couple with discovery.

Where…

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Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition-Love Edition!

Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition-Love Edition

Kultivate brings a new version of Sensuality with the Sensuality Exhibition-Love Edition, which takes place February 5 to 7, 2021! This is one of two Kultivate adult themed exhibitions that features sensual, adult, erotic, and sexual art! The following artists are currently exhibiting their sensual art and photography:

Elise Sirnah
4pril Resident
Dusty PEdroia
Jesie Janick
Jamee Sandalwood
Johannes Huntsman
Kacey Lysios
Kalina Sands
Kimmy Ridley
Laerka Resident
Moora McMillan
Resmay Bloodstorm
Myra Wildmist
Q (Sirspanking Resident)
Talitha Alice
Tempest Rosca Huntsman
Vanessa Jane
Veruca Tammas
Vita Theas

**As this is an adult exhibition, teen or child avatars are not allowed. Clothing is optional.**
Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Costa%20del%20Sol/193/58/3699

EVENTS SCHEDULE:
Friday, February 5:
-8am slt – Exhibition Opens
-4pm to 5pm slt – live performer Rapid Randy
-5pm to 6pm slt – live performer Jesie Janick

Saturday, February 6:
-1pm slt to 2pm slt – live performer Lyric Serendipity
-2pm to 3pm slt – live performer Abby Jaidov

Sunday, February 7:
-12pm slt to 1pm slt – live performer Suzen Juel

Kultivate’s January 2021 Issue is Now Published!

The January 2021 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now published! This issue features the machinima series Lang, Virtual Community Radio, the Marfi Sim, The new exhibition at Kultivate Edge Gallery, Cica Ghost’s Planet 3D Exhibition, the Handmaiden’s Sim, the new board of directors at Linden Lab, Planet Indun, and a photo essay by Euridice Qork. Click the image below to view the issue.

Sunday @ 1pm slt – Kultivate Presents the Art of Anouk Lefavre!

Join us this Sunday, January 31, 2021 from 12 to 2pm slt for the grand opening of Anouk Lefavres exhibition at Kultivate Signature Gallery! This exhibition will feature 3 floors of art work by Anouk and will feature live performers Abby Jaidov (12pm to 1pm slt ) and Jesie Janic (1pm to 2pm slt). Casual dress code.

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/52/185/26

You can learn more about Anouk below:

My name is Anouk Lefavre, photographer in Second Life.
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For details about my pictures, please visit my webpage https://anouklefavre.wordpress.com/ and my Flickr stream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119288042@N04/

If you need further information, feel free to contact me in-World via IM or Notecard.

Thank you for your interest.
Best wishes!

Second Life land and user in 2020, via Tyche Shepherd

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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/

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

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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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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

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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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