All4Art in Second Life

All4Art: Black Rose

All4Art is a relatively new project set up by Carelyna Resident, intended to encourage the exhibition of art beyond galleries in-world and to make it more accessible to SL residents; a goal the group’s description describes thus:

The vision of this group is to make art inclusive and not limit them to the galleries in SL. This is a group of artists who are driven by the need to express themselves and create art for art’s sake. The artists will show their artworks in public places other than galleries in successive itinerant exhibitions.

– from the All4Art group description

All4Art: PatrickofIreland

In keeping with this ideal, the group’s latest exhibition opened on December 18th, 2019 in The Whale, a region described as “an urban town set in the English 1970s”, and apparently available for free-form roll-play and photography whilst embracing new age, hippy and biker group elements.

The art is featured across the region, both indoors and out, and so sits as a natural extension of the region’s environment. As a landing point is set, sign posts have been set up to help those interested in the art to find their way around- and thus offer something of a semi-guided tour of the region. The artists participating in the exhibition comprise: CliveDinngham, Katverde, Vivena, Black Rose, Mareena Farrasco, PatrickofIreland, Haveit Neox, Black Rose and Thus Yootz.

All4Art: Haveit Neox

The art itself is predominant 2D in nature, and richly varied in content. Katverde and her SL partner CliveDinngham between them present an intriguing set of SL landscapes, some of which offer interesting finishes: looking as though they have been painted on brick or scratched glass or corrugated surfaces. Black Rose, occupying a garden square not far from Katverde and CliveDinngham’s displays, shares more of her physical world paintings, while PatrickofIreland takes up residence in what might be an old industrial yard, his monochrome pieces imaginatively presented as large video advertising boards.

The industrial theme continues with Mareena Farrasco’s urban setting work, mounted on the side of a large warehouse, while across the alley and within a large factory building, Haveit Neox presents Neighbourhoods, a series of 3D models of city and townscapes. Rounding-out the exhibition, Vivena offers a selection of stunning landscape and Thus Yootz a series focused on sea and river craft that is wonderfully evocative.

All4Art: Thus Yootz

With much of the art available for sale, All4Art offers an excellent opportunity for collectors and appreciators of art alike to purchase and / or enjoy the art on display whilst exploring The Whale’s urban setting.

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The Survivors of Suicide Christmas Fair 2019

Survivors of Suicide Christmas Fair

Running now through until January 1sts 2019 is the 2019 Survivors of Suicide Christmas Fair, an event that serves as a both fund-raiser for the group, and to mark its anniversary.

Founded in December 2008, Survivors of Suicide (SOS) is the longest running support group of its kind in Second Life. A a peer to peer support group, it is dedicated to helping those who have been impacted by depression, thoughts of suicide, or who have attempted suicide or have lost someone to suicide. The group offers support and a safe platform for Second Life residents through weekly activities at their in-world headquarters, one to one support, mentorship, and via group chat.

The 2019 Christmas Fair features:

  • 40+ merchants and designers, each offering at least one item with 100% of sales proceeds going to Survivors of Suicide.
  • A photo contest with prizes by The Bearded Guy and Paper Sparrow.
  • Raffles.
  • Live entertainment and DJs.
  • Donation kiosks.
Survivors of Suicide 2019 Christmas Fair – the meeting place (l), two of the photo contest boards and the entertainment stage and dance area

The schedule of entertainment for the event can be found at the Survivors of Suicide Information Kiosk in the event’s shopping area, and also via the group’s event calendar. The information kiosk also provides details on the photo contest, as do the photo contest boards located around the entertainment area.

As Christmas can be an especially stressful period for many, the Christmas Fair includes an Information Gazebo, located between the shopping and entertainments areas of the event. This provides self-help guides to those who many want to take advantage of them. For those who may want more direct help, Survivors of Suicide mentors will be available at the Fair, and there is a special meeting area with chairs and an open-air fire for those who would like to meet and talk, while the Survivors of Suicide headquarters will be open throughout the holiday.

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Lab issues 2019 snowball fight challenge

Winter Wonderland – the Snowball Arena

The holiday period commences at the weekend, and to mark the end of the 2019 working year, Linden Lab has once again issued a challenge to Second Life users to join them in the Winter Wonderland for a snowball fight that will take place on Friday, December 20th.

Get your warm clothes and throwing arms ready – it’s time for a Lindens and Residents snowball fight! This Snowball Showdown means you’re free to pelt your fellow Second Life Residents and Lindens with a bevy of sparkling snowballs- launched fresh from the snow-arsenal available at the arena.

– from Joy to the Grid! A Snowball Fight Cometh!

This year there will be two fight sessions, the first between 10:00 and 11:00 SLT, and the second between 14:00 and 15:00.

As with previous years, the challenge will be played out in the two regions of the snowball fight arena in the Winter Wonderland. Weapons can be obtained at the entrances to the Snowball Arena, one of which I’ve linked to in the above SLurl. Just touch the weapons vendor for a HUD. By default, users have a choice of a Snow Pistol or Snow Rifle. However, Premium members can claim their 2019 Winter Premium Gift and get a Token to obtain a SnowZooka.

Collect your weapons at the vendors in the Snowball Arena.

For those who may not have previously visited the Winter Wonderland, the location also includes a winter snow track for snowboard and snow mobile racing, a skating ring, a Ferris wheel, and spaces to walk as well as the snowball arena and the village – so lots to enjoy.

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