It’s a New Dawn in Second Life

It's a New Dawn; Inara Pey, November 2015, on Flickr It’s a New Dawn (Flickr) – click any image for full size

It’s a New Dawn is the evocative name of Silvermoon Fairey’s new homestead region in Second Life. Like its name, this is an evocative place to visit, filled with sights and sounds to delight the eyes and ears; a place where exploration on foot is greatly encouraged.

I first became familiar with Silvermoon’s work through her region Dawn of Radiance, which you can read about here and here, an enchanting region beautifully designed and constructed and which could reflect the passing seasons of the year, but which passed into memory. It was a place I admired greatly, and given this, I was eager to see what It’s a New Dawn might hold.

It's a New Dawn; Inara Pey, November 2015, on Flickr It’s a New Dawn (Flickr)

From the start you know this is a special place; a rugged island where time has almost stood still in some ways, and where the pastoral life holds sway. A tiny hamlet occupies the island, although the population here seems to be chiefly horses, sheep and cattle, together with the local wildlife and birds. There are no roads, only rough tracks and footpaths worn into the rock by the passage of feet down through the years. Two lighthouses vie with a windmill perched on a tall plateau to be the sentinel of the island, while small inlets and coves around the coast offer sheltered beaches and rocky coastal paths around the base of tall cliffs and craggy slopes.

The contrasts in landscape and elevations here is remarkable and does much to give It’s a New Dawn a stunning natural look and feel. Exploring the island, I couldn’t shake the sensation I was walking across one of the Scottish islands, or perhaps another of the mythical islands in the chain once thought to lie within the North Atlantic may years past, and which includes Frisland, another popular Second Life destination.

It's a New Dawn; Inara Pey, November 2015, on Flickr It’s a New Dawn (Flickr)

This is very much a place to be enjoyed in foot (flying is disabled, and it’s really better to walk than override), and with local sounds enabled. As with most scenic and well-designed regions, It’s a New Dawn has an accompanying sound scape to add to the sense of immersion, so make sure you have local sounds enabled.

Those who remember Dawn of Radiance may notice a few familiar motifs from that region – the windmill mentioned above, the cottage on the escarpment nearby, the use of water and falls to enhance the lay of the land, and so on – all of which serve to give something of a feeling of familiarity whilst presenting somewhere wholly new.

It's a New Dawn; Inara Pey, November 2015, on Flickr It’s a New Dawn (Flickr)

Photography within the region is welcome, and those taking pictures are invited to add them to the Dawn of Radiance Flickr pool. Should you enjoy your visit – and I have no doubt you will – please consider making a donation at the landing point to help with the region running costs.

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Windlight Gallery winter exhibition in Second Life

The Windlight Gallery
Windlight Gallery

The Windlight Gallery winter show for November – December 2015 will be opening its doors on Sunday, November 15th, 2015. Taking place in the gallery’s new building, the show features the work of 13 artists and photographers from across Second Life.

The core of the exhibition is focused on the Windlight Artist Fellows for November and December: Bamboo Barnes, Honey Bender, Van Caerndow, Kaijah Chrome, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, Valium Lavender, Wicca Merlin, Benivinudo Moskalev, Twotone Rhiano and Dean Yao. They are joined by Windlight staff and contributors Ilyra Chardin, Inara Pey and Saoirseheart Resident.

Windlight Gallery November-December 2015 show
Windlight Gallery November-December 2015 show

The new gallery building offers alcoved display spaces arranged on either side of a glass-roofed atrium offering plenty of room for visitors to wander and enjoy the art, while the pieces on display for the show cover a broad range of subject matter. Landscape photography and art, avatar portraiture, fantasy and surrealist art and a touch of abstract work are all offered, making this exhibition an ideal visit for those with an interest in still art in Second Life.

The exhibition will officially open at 16:00 SLT on Sunday, November 15th, with a special live performance by Don Devore. This will take place across the road from the gallery at the Ristorante Ivanna, the self-service restaurant and music venue, and run through until 17:00 SLT. Thereafter, the opening event focus will switch to the gallery.  A formal dress code is to be observed.

Ristortante Ivanna will host a live performance by Don during the November-December show opening
Ristortante Ivanna will host a live performance by Don Devore during the November-December show opening

The Windlight Artist Fellowship Programme

As a part of the magazine’s desire to help promote and support artists and photographers, Windlight Magazine and the Windlight Gallery operates the  Windlight Artist Fellowship Programme. This allows artists to apply for free exhibition space at the Windlight gallery for a period of 30 days. Applications are open to artists from across Second Life, and the criteria for acceptance can be found in the Artist Fellowship Programme application form.

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