Raglan Shire, Second Life’s Tiny community once again throws open its doors to people from across the grid as participating artists and visitors to the annual Raglan Shire Artwalk.
This year marks the 13th Artwalk, which opened on Sunday, May 13th, and runs through until Sunday, June 17th. 2018. The event offers an opportunity not just to appreciate a huge range of art from both the physical and digital worlds, but to also tour the Shire regions and enjoy the hospitality of the Raglan Shire community.
A non-juried exhibition, the Artwalk is open to any artist wishing to enter, and has minimal restrictions on the type of art displayed (one of the most important being all art is in keeping with the Shire’s maturity rating). All of this means that it offers one of the richest mixes of SL art displayed within a single location in Second Life, with 2D art is displayed along the hedgerows of the Shire’s pathways and tree platforms overhead and 3D art among the community’s parks.
Each year attracts over a hundred SL artist – and this year is not exception. The depth and range of art on display is guaranteed to keep visitors exploring the paths and walks around the through the hedgerows – and if walking proves a little much, there are always the caterpillar rides to ease the load on the feet.
Also, teleport boards are provided to help people find their way around the exhibition spaces, while balloons which offer rides around the region and through the art displays. However, given this is an opportunity to visit and appreciate Raglan Shire, I do recommend exercising your pedal extremities and doing at least some of your exploration on foot – just keep in mind people do have their homes in the regions as well.
Given the number of artists involved, there isn’t a published list of participants, but anyone interested in the world of SL art is bound to recognise some of the names of the artists here. I personally couldn’t help but notice CybeleMoon’s (Hana Hoobinoo’s) hauntingly beautiful art along, John B’s (John Bleroit’s) marvellous macro photography, Bear Silvershade’s marvellous black and white photography and Relenne’s (Rey Vlodovic’s) nautical-themed photo-paintings.
This is also my second year of exhibiting at Raglan Shire, and my thanks go to the organisers of the Artwalk and the folk of the Shire community to be a part of this event.
With five weeks to enjoy the Artwalk, there’s no need to try to cram everything into a single visit, so why not plan to pay Raglan Shire a number of visits over the coming weeks and take the time to enjoy the art rather than risk being overwhelmed with the sheer volume of images on display? It’s more than worth the time to do so.
- Raglan Shire Artwalk main landing point (Raglan Shire, rated: moderate)