The Galleries: celebrating art in Second Life

The Galleries: Ini Inaka

The Galleries, curated by Ernie Farstrider is a complex of four interconnected gallery buildings, each of two floors, located on a floating sky island. It is a place where those wishing to explore a broader (and no pun intended) canvas of art available for display and purchase is Second Life can wander among the works of 32 Second Life artists, who work encompasses pieces created within the platform and pieces they have produced in the physical word for upload to SL, with both 2D and 3D art represented among them.

Each of the four buildings is in turn divided into 8  exhibition spaces, four on each level. Eternal ramps and paths link the two levels across all four buildings, offering visitors a variety of paths through the halls and exhibitions. This means one can enjoy moving from the wide range of styles on display quite freely, with each hall and display visited often standing in strong contrast to the last, keeping one’s attention honed.

The Galleries: Kitty Mills

At the time of my visit, The Galleries was hosting work by the likes of Xirana Oximoxi, Freyja Merryman, Kitty Mills, Anna Anton Raymaker,Graham Collinson (always a delight to see his work), Kicca Igaly, Kayly Iali (with more of her physical world paintings that delight the eye), Theda Tammas, Janine Portal (of whom more anon), Louly Loon, Collin Key, Ini Inaka, Moewe Winkler, and more. To anyone familiar with SL Art, these names alone should help signify the rich mix of art and styles on display.

As noted above, there are a number of artists  exhibiting at the Gallery whose work I always enjoy seeing. However, a new name to me on my visit was that of Janine Portal. I’m not entirely sure how I’ve missed her work up until now, but I can say – and with due respect to all of the other artists exhibiting at The Galleries – it kept drawing me back to it.

The Galleres: Janine Portal

Romanced presents seven images which, in the worlds of the artist:

Speak to the issues of having relationships, specifically digitally aided or enhanced relationships, in this technological era.

While our romantic feelings and basic notions are no different from our ancestors’ were, and our emotional and irrational natures are still as mysterious as alchemical processes, we soldier on, finding intimacy in ever more distant and technologically enhanced ways.

Each of her pieces plays on a classic image and adds a “digital signature”, so to speak, to it. This may take the form of a scrolling element, such as numbers or text; or it might be the addition of formulae or precise lines and curves, or perhaps the embedding of circuit board elements and similar. In doing so each offers a unique perspective on the art, encouraging a closer, more considered look.  It is, in a word, entrancing.

The Galleries: Freyja Merryman

From avatar studies to abstract, fractals to landscape, real life to Second Life, The Galleries makes for an engaging and enjoyable visit.

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Lab calls for Creepy Crawl 2017 venues in Second Life

Do you have a suitably creepy venue with space enough to entertain, indoors or out? Why not sign-up to be a part of the Lab’s 2017 Creepy Crawl for Halloween?

The Creepy Crawl is becoming something of a Second Life tradition, and is back once more. Xiola Linden has put out a call for venues interested in hosting the 2017 travelling meet-up with a chance to chat with members of the Lab’s staff, as it winds its way across the grid.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 31st, between 10:00 and 14:00 SLT. In particular, the Community Team is looking for suitable venues where there is room for people to mingle, chat,have a little fun and offer suitable ambience for the time of year, as the blog post explains:

Are you unafraid of things that go bump in the night? Love a screaming good time with fellow Residents, and dressing up in your Halloween best? Well, it is that time of year when once more – a-haunting we will go!

If you’d like to host a stop along the Creepy Crawl, own a spot that will be decked out for the holiday, and don’t mind if a parade of Residents and Lindens come through, then you might be just what the witch doctor ordered. We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and can handle a crowd.

If the event is run along the same lines at 2016, it will likely see selected venues visited for around 30 minutes at a time (although this is subject to confirmation), and people will be welcome to join the entire Creepy Crawl, or drop in and out of it as they wish.

Here’s how to submit your venue for consideration:


Halloween in Sansar

(courtesy of Linden Lab)

Linden Lab has been running a competition for Halloween, called Sansar’s Scariest, a challenge to build a Halloween-themed experience, together with the chance to win a US $10,000 grand prize (see here and here for more).

Time is short for entering this now – the closing date is 17:00 PDT Sunday, October 15th, 2017. However, it is not the only thing the Lab is planning for Halloween in Sansar – as Jenn announced in a blog post on Friday, October 6th.

There will be plenty of opportunities for marking Halloween in Sansar …

Highlights for the month comprise:

  • The Monday-to-Friday meet-ups will focus on Halloween / scary destinations in the Atlas. Selected locations will be announced in the meet-up page and on the Discord community, together with times.
  • Friday, October 13th: A house party (so to speak) at 114 Harvest at 10:00 (PDT), with music, games, mayhem and murder…
  • Saturday October 21st: 14:00 PDT will feature an opportunity to “sing bloody murder”at the Studio Club – Karaoke & Hang-Out. All songs should be themed for the occasion!
  • Friday, October 27th: from 10:00 PDT, a harvest moon at Starry Stars and Stuff. Music, refreshments, cannon balls form the perfect accompaniment under the stars. And yes, I did write “cannon balls”, as there will be a Blitz Dodge Cannon Ball Tournament (no, I’ve not played, either. Been hit yes, but not played…).
  • October 31st, Night of the Living Shred: the first official Sansar Music Event from 18:00 PDT will feature Oblee streaming live. Venue TBC.

If you’re looking to try out Sansar, don’t forget to rush through the basics of signing-up and using Sansar in Desktop mode, and when you are ready to go, jump into the Atlas and see what you can find.