On August 6, 2016 at 2pm slt, The Edge Gallery will open it’s new August & September Exhibition! The Edge Gallery showcases artistic fashion imagery and is curated by Kultivate COO, Eleseren Brianna. The exhibition will feature the following artists:
The exhibition opening will feature a special performance by live performer AleyKat and the dresscode is dressy casual!
Now open is Cica Ghost’s latest full region installation: Them, and it is perhaps one of her most intriguing, and oddly endearing installations, yet beneath a blue / ochre sky, across which clouds periodically scud, lies as barren, undulating landscape of rock and rounded peaks. Strange tentacle-like forms rise into the air at various points, their dimpled sides suggesting they might be hollow, while their tampering, slightly twisted forms suggest tree trunks denuded of branch and leaf.
Artist Bryn Oh is about to create something new, but you still have a few days left to view current exhibition:
Now that I have completed the machinima for The Singularity of Kumiko it is time to take it down and begin work on something new. For those of you interested in stats and juxtaposing a real life gallery exhibit vs a virtual world one then here are a few things related to this one. In my first life a gallery exhibit of my paintings would have an opening night reception of approximately 300 people and then would run a month with visitors each day dropping to around 30-40 at the start of the month to probably 20 by the end. I am going to be generous and say perhaps 1500 people will visit a first life gallery exhibit of my paintings over the course of a month. I would get one or possible two such exhibits a year and the majority of people who are exposed to my work this way are local to Toronto.
This comic opera by early 18th century composer, Giovanni Battista Perlogesi, is a joint production between ACT and Rocca Sorrentina players. The opera will be presented in Rocca Sorrentina on Saturday, August 13th at 12 noon and in Avilion on Sunday, August 14th at 12 noon.
Congrats to Kultivate Contributor Myra Wildmist on her new exhibition!
Myra Wildmist is a very talented photographer in Second Life that often uses projectors and light in her work. She currently has an art installation at the University of Western Australia (UWA) Exhibition.
Kultivate Magazine and Maven Homes are pleased to announce a new photo challenge! This photo challenge has a combined 3,000Ls in prize money and the winner will win The Camden Photo Studio from Maven Homes! Below is an image of this awesome photo studio:
The August 2016 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features Igor Ballyhoo, Pam Astonia, Sparkie Cyberstar, Brook Hill Gallery, Marcus Lefevre, Miss Virtual Diva 2016, Maven Homes, Maximalism, Ocean Photography, Autism Speaks, Wild Angels Rock Club, and The August 2016 Edge Stylists! Click the image below to access the issue:
Igor Ballyhoo’s venerable Forest of Scissors has been temporarily reconstructed at LEA7. This immersive and gigantic field of sharp objects is a delight to photograph and explore, although both my partner Kinn and I were oddly pushed off the platform repeatedly. (Try flying above or below if that happens.) As new material is in development elsewhere on the sim, which is owned by Rose Borchovski for an LEA grant, the Forest of Scissors may disappear soon. Thanks to the astute observation of friend and photographer Anita Witt for the alert.
Preiddeu Annwn (or Preiddeu Annwfn, “The Spoils of Annwfn“), is one of the most famous gnomic / philosophical poems to be found in the Middle Welsh Book of Taliesin. In just eight irregularly versed stanzas, it records a journey the poet (possibly intended to be the 6th Century poet Taliesin, although the poem itself dates from around the 14th Century), made with King Arthur to the Otherworld (the Annwfn of the title) – a place of eternal youth and delights, which is common to Welsh mythology (appearing in, for example, the Four Branches of the Mabinogi).It is also now the subject of an immersive environment itself entitled Preiddeu Annwn, designed by Hypatia Pickens, a professor of English at the University of Rochester, New York, and her students. It’s function is to provide an interactive means by which the poem and its themes can be explored and better understood, both within itself and with regards to broader medieval Welsh mythology and medieval literature. It is also an extraordinary piece of scholarly art.
It has been an incredible first year at Windlight Magazine! We have grown beyond leaps and bounds and have covered so many areas of the arts!
Throughout the past year our scope and mission has grown to encompass the various art forms: music, fashion, literature and more! To reflect the change in our scope and mission, we have decided to rebrand as we are also looking outwards towards artistic horizons beyond Second Life and into real life.
When I created Windlight last year, I wanted to assist artists and to provide resources for the art world to anyone who wanted them. I also started Windlight in memory of a much beloved younger sister, who tragically passed away two years ago.
My sister was a photography student and loved the arts. Her love of the arts took her to the great and cultural city of Paris, where she was motivated and inspired by everything she saw in the city of lights.
Kandis, my sister, experienced growth in more ways than one in Paris and took her photography to new heights and levels as she perfected her craft. This growth is what has lead me to rebrand Windlight into it’s new name: Kultivate.
Cultivation is the art and science of growing things. We hope that you will continue to grow with us and Kultivate our love of all things artistic. Please note that our strong commitment to the arts will never change. We will continue to have our art shows, our galleries, and our many artistic events to bring you the resources you have grown to love and utilize. If anything we will simply expand and bring you additional resources to help you to cultivate your craft.
And one last note, you may ask why did we chose to spell cultivate with a K? The answer is simple–to honor my sister Kandis, who I know is shining down brightly on me as I continue futhering the arts in her name.
Getting new customers to come to your physical location is a challenge for any business, but it’s especially true for independent gallery owners and photo studios. Luckily, there is a tried-and-true marketing technique that works every time: the special promotional offer! Special offers always receive increased engagement and they motivate new customers to give you a try while encouraging existing customers to return and buy again.
This not only brings traffic to your site/business, it engages your customer in a way that makes them feel special. For example, you might start a “customers only” rewards club that offers a 15% discount on your products and services for those willing to sign up to your mailing list. This type of promotion will encourage repeat business and spark the interest of potential customers. And it makes your best customers feel special because not everyone receives the discount, only those special few who join the club are rewarded for their membership.
Earlier this month, Windlight created a hunt, in support of the charity, Feed A Smile. Feed A Smile raises money for children in Kenya and provides education and learning for the children. Feed A Smile is a registered charity in Germany.
When we created the hunt, we pledged to match all donations and we also pledged to make a large donation at the end. Our efforts paid off and we raised enough funds to feed 180 children in Kenya! You can see from the photo above that the children are very thankful and you can see additional photos below of the children enjoying the meal.
Putting this all into perspective, this is what Second Life should be about, coming together to help others. We have seen it time and time again, with the recent Pulse fundraisers, to the various charity organizations in Second Life (Rock Your Rack, Creations For Parkinsons, Autism Speaks, Team Diabetes of Second Life, Homes For Our Troops), that the charitable spirit is alive and well in people.
Very special thank you to the merchants who participated:
Prism Designs, Miss Darcy, FLOOD, Bindu Gallery, % Percent Furniture and Lighting, The Edge Gallery, CKB Gallery, Kaerri, Maven Homes, Windlight Workz, and Windlight Magazine.
Please contact Brique Topaz in Second Life if you would like to support Feed A Smile.
Windlight Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, Jessi, is back with another SL Etiquette post! This time she explores SL Profiles:
Hi everyone! I am back with another slice of SL Etiquette 101, this time I am going to cover tips on how to perfect your SL profile. Please note that your profile is yours and that this article is merely tips to help a variety of people who may want to gear their profile towards a specific genre in Second Life.
Windlight Art Critic & gallery Reviewer, Oema, is back with a review of the new exhibition at Daphne Arts Gallery:
By always the art is an expression more showy of the epoch of reference. The Surrealist movement was and is particularly suited to the moments of great transition and confusion, as our one at this time.
Windlight Contributor Myra Wildmist explores how you can Simulate popular lenses via the Second Life PhototoolsL
When you take a snapshot in Second Life, you’re essentially using a 50mm lens: The default settings are almost the same as a standard 50mm lens. I say, almost the same, because most 50mm lenses in real life have an angle of view around 48 degrees. The SL default camera angle of view (View angle in Phototools.) is set to 1.047 radians or 60 degrees. They probably do that because 60 degrees is the focused field of view of a typical human eye, so it’s more comfortable to set the angle of view of SL at 60 degrees for normal viewing.
On August 1, 2016, the next issue of Windlight Magazine will be published! This issue will feature artist Igor Ballyhoo, photographers Pam Astonia and Sparkie Cyberstar, Brook Hill Gallery, Cain Maven, and Miss SL Organization’s Founder Marcus Lefevre. Windlight Contributor’s Veruca Tammas and Ilyra Chardin return with their respective “Voyages With Vee” and “Inspirations With Ilyra” series; The Edge brings you a great essay on maximilism by Eleseren Brianna and this issue features the very first article of The Riff, the new rock music division of Windlight! Below is a preview of the cover, very special thank you to Igor Ballyhoo for some awesome images:
View Bryn Oh’s latest machinima, Singularity of Kumiko
Earlier this year I received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to do a variety of things ranging from a gallery exhibit to filming a 30 minute machinima of my artwork called the Singularity of Kumiko. I have just finished the machinima! yay me. It has taken me quite a while and during the filming I realized that I had to build new scenes to help transition the story in different ways than the virtual environment. So there are some little parts not in the virtual environment portion of the story. I hope you will enjoy it and feel free to share as I am not particularly good at doing that. This story is the prequel to Imogen and the pigeons which also won an OAC grant a few years ago. You can watch it below if you want to see how they are tied together. I also would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their continued support over the years with three grants for my work in Second Life. It is very rewarding and encouraging for me to know that such an establishment sees the virtual space as a powerful and unique tool for creating art. I also want to thank all of you who faithfully watch or explore my virtual ramblings in art.
On Sunday, July 24th at 1 pm on the ACT Stage, the play ‘Long Time Dreaming’ had its premiere. When the cook’s daughter, Sanya, is away from the castle when the enchantment takes place, she finds she must learn to survive while everyone else sleeps for 100 years. The play was well attended and ACT’s sponsor, Suzie Le Fae, congratulated the cast on their achievement following the performance.The next performance of ‘Long Time Dreaming’ will be at The Globe Theatre on Renaissance Island on Friday, August 5th at 3 pm.