A Frisland Winter in Second Life

Frisland; Inara Pey, December 2015, on FlickrFrisland (Flickr) – click any image for full size

It’s been a while – a year in fact – since my last visit to Frisland, the region Charlie Namiboo, Anna Barzane and Frislanda “Fris” Ferraris created while imagining what the mystical land for which it is named might look like, if it were to actually exist. however, a note from the team announcing the region has once again put on its winter coat for the end of the year prompted me to suggest to Caitlyn we jump across and take a look.

The region takes its name from the “phantom island” which started to appear on maps as a place in the North Atlantic from around the 1550s onwards, and continued to do so for at least the next 100 years, although its position was prone to movement. Some maps would place it south-west of Iceland, others closer to the Faroes off the coast of Britain, while still others depicted as a part of a chain of islands extending from the Labrador coast almost as far as Scotland. It even appeared on maps produced in the 18th century, when it was thought to be the southern part of Greenland, separated from the rest by an ocean strait.

Frisland; Inara Pey, December 2015, on FlickrFrisland (Flickr)

Given the island’s imagined location, it is only right that winter should come to Frisland in second Life and bring with it a full blanket of snow and coats of wind-blown frost on the trees. The tracks around the island are still visible, even with the ruts filled with snow, and the local animals appear to be accepting the turn of the weather with equanimity, while the locals appear to have retreated indoors.

As this was Caitlyn’s first trip to Frisland, we wandered along the paths – gracefully ignoring the sleds sitting waiting for use; neither of us was particular sure our driving skills would be suited to careering down a hill and possibly into innocent bystanders! – and found our way past the horses and up onto the higher grounds before making our way down to a riverside fireplace for a warming snuggle and chat.

Frisland; Inara Pey, December 2015, on FlickrFrisland (Flickr)

While the passing of the year is marked on Frisland, the overall layout of the island remains constant. As such, there is an obvious familiarity the returned visitor feels on arrival; one that carried with it the warm assurance that this is a place we know and where we can feel at home. At the same time, Frisland offers those new to it with plenty to see and enjoy.

For my part, I found that a year away was really to long a period of time, while Caitlyn said she found Frisland to be a warm place, despite the snow on the ground and overcast skies! so i think it safe to say Frisland is firmly back on the roster for regular outings for us!

Frisland; Inara Pey, December 2015, on FlickrFrisland (Flickr)

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A Slow Reveal in Second Life

A Slow Reveal – Dathúil Gallery
A Slow Reveal – Dathúil Gallery

Running from December 3rd through until December 30th, 2015 is the latest exhibition at Dathúil Gallery, operated by Max Butoh and Lυcy (LucyDiam0nd), and once again it is something to capture the eye and stir the mind.

“Certain moments in our lives become epiphanies,” says artist Goodcross of his exhibition, A Slow Reveal, “I tend to recreate these moments even if they are not from my own personal life. I combine a picture with a song so that they collectively can set a mood for my audience and for that moment they might be connected to me.”

A Slow Reveal – Dathúil Gallery
A Slow Reveal – Dathúil Gallery

The result is some 32 evocative moments captured in time,  each beautifully crafted, and which collectively present images richly diverse in content, but which all exhibit a powerful emotional expression. Featuring shots of art installations, individual pieces of art, painstakingly composed scenes, and intimate moments, the breadth of the content on offer is amazing.

When writing about art in SL, I often refer to narrative in images and works, as that is particularly what appeals to me when visiting installations and galleries – seeking possible threads and stories. A Slow Reveal provides them aplenty; what’s more as you walk through the gallery, visiting and re-visiting the images, you may well find that the story – the very mood – of each image changes as your subconscious is influenced by the mood and tone of the other images. It’s an impact which perfect suits the title of the exhibition.

A Slow Reveal – Dathúil Gallery
A Slow Reveal – Dathúil Gallery

The narrative power of the pieces is evident from the moment one arrives at Dathúil: suspended over the whiskey stills at the back of the hall is a breathtaking piece Leave Their Light On. Such is the power of this piece, it draws one directly to it, and into a semi-circle of five images on easels below, which encapsulate the rich diversity of Goodcross’s work even before one has really consciously acknowledged the images on the walls and upper gallery catwalks.

Each month I’m overwhelmed by the creative talent Max and Lucy bring to Dathúil; the richness of the exhibitions at the gallery have never failed to impress – it’s why I personally rate Dathúil Gallery as my personal favourite in Second Life, and genuinely look forward to the start of each month to see what Lucy, Max and their chosen artist will unveil. However, while every exhibition to date has been a gem, I have to say A Slow Reveal is for me, the most evocative exhibition of an artist’s work I’ve yet seen at the gallery.

A Slow Reveal – Dathúil Gallery
A Slow Reveal – Dathúil Gallery

It is something which definitely should not be missed by anyone with a discerning eye for art. And be sure to check Goodcross’s Flickr stream as well.

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2015 RFL Xmas Expo in Second Life

2015 Xmas Expo
2015 Xmas Expo

The 2015 SL Christmas Expo opened on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 and will run through until Monday, December 14th, 2015. As usual, this annual event offers something for everyone, including the opportunity to help raise funds for Relay For Life of Second Life, an official charity of the American Cancer Society.

Taking place across four regions, the Christmas Expo is supported by many top designers and brands from across SL, and offers visitors a great seasonal shopping experience coupled with a range of entertainments taking place throughout the Expo, together with a some very special events, including:

  • Photos with Santa: Santa and the elves will be at various locations around the expo in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings, allowing you to grab a photo with him. As well as photo opportunities, don’t miss the chance to take one of Santa’s Sleigh Tours around the expo sims, or even hop on Rudolph and take a flight around the regions!
  • The Christmas Tree Lot: what better way to prepare for Christmas than by visiting the Expo Christmas Tree Lot and picking up one of the specially created Christmas trees? 100% proceeds of the sales go to the Relay For Life of Second Life
  • Hunt for the Bells: hunt for special bells scattered across the Expo. Each bell has  something very special from the merchant
  • The Holidays of Hope Ball: established in 2010, is one of Second Life’s brightest holiday season highlights and brings together residents from all corners of the virtual community to celebrate the holidays and to support the American Cancer Society. This year’s ball will take place on Sunday, December 13th from 15:00 through 19:00 SLT with the theme A Winter Wonderland.
2015 Xmas Expo - entertainments area
2015 Xmas Expo – entertainments area

So, be sure to get into the festive spirit and support RFL of Sl by visiting the 2015 Xmas Expo and supporting RFL of SL.

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