Bay City 2015 tree lighting fund-raiser in Second Life

The Bay City 2015 Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on Sunday, December 13th
The Bay City 2015 Christmas tree lighting takes place on Sunday, December 13th

Christmas is a time for giving, and on Sunday, December 13th, 2015, Bay City will be hosting their annual Christmas Tree Lighting and fund-raiser.

Activities will commence at 13:00 SLT and run through until 16:00 SLT, taking place at the Bay City fairgrounds. On offer will be:

  • Live entertainment, music and dancing
  • A skating party
  • A silent auction
  • refreshments and fun.

This year will see Christov Kohnke and Grace McDunnough take to the stage to provide the live music, with GoSpeed Racer spinning the tunes as the event’s DJ.

The silent auction will take place throughout the afternoon, and will conclude at 16:00 SLT, when activities officially draw to a close. All proceeds from the silent auction and from donation bins at the venue will go to Child’s Play Charity, a 501c3 non-profit organisation offering on-line communities such as the Bay City Alliance an opportunity to help seriously ill children around the globe during their hospital stays with the purchase of games and gaming equipment.

So far, Bay City events in 2015 have raised US $1,675.00, for the charity, so the Christmas Tree Lighting offers a special chance to push this even higher!

GoSpeed Racer will be spinning the discs and
GoSpeed Racer will be spinning the tunes and Christov Kohnke and Grace McDunnough providing the live music

About Bay City and the Bay City Alliance

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City. To find out more, contact Marianne McCann in-world.

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Ceramic Dolls in Second Life

Art on Roofs - Ceramic Dolls
Art on Roofs – Ceramic Dolls

Having opened on December 4th, the latest exhibition at Solodonna Land’s Art on Roofs gallery space sees gallery curator Terrygold display some 28 pieces of her own artwork to form Ceramic Dolls.

The art, most of which is black-and-white, and all of which are beautifully posed and lit, presents the female nude, so the exhibition should be regarded as NSFW, although none of the images can be considered overtly sexual; “sensual” might be a more appropriate description.

Art on Roofs - Ceramic Dolls
Art on Roofs – Ceramic Dolls

Featuring (I believe) Terrygold herself as the model, the images utilise colour, shading, lighting and environment in such as way that the model is presented as less a living, nude exhibit, and more a part of the overall “sculpture” – hence the “ceramic dolls” of the title. That said, the finish on some of the images can present a more human appearance, while at least one has a subtle wood-grain effect apparent on the model’s skin, suggestive of her having been carved.

The combined effect of all this to draw the eye away from the nude figure and observe each image as a whole. In doing so, and with some of the images at least, a dichotomy might be created in the observer’s mind. On the one hand, the composition of the images and the appearance of the model as a ceramic lessens the purely sexual response that might otherwise occur on seeing a nude; on the other, the manner in which props are used – pins running through the model, boxes isolating breasts, hands, feet, etc.  – might suggest something of a subtle commentary on how elements of the female anatomy might be seen as purely sexual objects, or the focus of sexual desire.

Art on Roofs - Ceramic Dolls
Art on Roofs – Ceramic Dolls

Even without the more subtle possible connotations, this is a remarkable set of images, exhibiting a level of composition which is breathtaking and very real. So much so, that while I often find in visiting an exhibition I may get drawn back and re-visit one or two images in particular, Ceramic Dolls had me walking camming around and around the rooftops at Solodonna Land, visiting and re-visiting all of the images time and again.

This is a truly exquisite and evocative exhibit, one which runs through until Sunday, December 20th, and is recommended viewing.

Art on Roofs - Ceramic Dolls
Art on Roofs – Ceramic Dolls

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