Beltane, barnstormers, music and a golden key in Second Life

It’s time to highlight another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s home unless otherwise indicated. Note that the schedule below may be subject to change during the week, please refer to the Seanchai Library website for the latest information through the week.

Sunday, May 3rd: 14:00: Celtic That Was Meant To Be

Ktadhn Vesuvino, spins the music selected for the Seanchai Library celebration in March, foiled by technical difficulties. But no more!  Come dance in The Glen and celebrate the joy of Beltane and our accomplishments together.

Monday, May 4th 19:00: Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Gyro Muggins reads Richard Bach’s 1977 novel.

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

Donald William Shimoda styles himself a latter-day messiah. He quit his job as a mechanic to offer people the miracle of  flying through the cloud-washed air between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity of the skies overhead. But the people want the thrill of the the flight more than they want to understand the miracle of flight or the truth of Donald’s words.

Donald first comes to the attention of fellow barnstormer and disillusioned writer Richard when the latter witnesses Shimoda dealing with a grandfather / granddaughter pair who arrive at the the makeshift farm airstrip where both men are due to fly their biplanes. Normally, it is the younger people who are keen to fly with the barnstormers, but here it is the grandfather who wants to soar in Shimoda’s biplane whilst the granddaughter is terrified by the idea. 

Richard watches as Shimoda talks to the granddaughter, gently uncovering the cause of her fear, calming her to the point where she is ready to fly. Drawing close to the older man, Richard becomes friends with him, and together the two men become brother aviators, Shimoda teaching Richard to become – reluctantly – a messiah and miracle-worker in his own right. 

Tuesday, May 5th, 12:00 Noon: Russell Eponym, Live in the Glen

Music, poetry, and stories in a popular weekly session at Ceiluradh Glen.

Wednesday, May 6th, 19:00: The Golden Key

Faerie Maven-Pralou concludes George MacDonald’s Victorian fairy tale, first published in 1867, the fist par of which was presented on April 29th, as a replacement for A Nun in the Closet, which could not be presented as scheduled.

A young boy listens to his Great-aunt’s stories about a magical golden key found at the end of a rainbow.

One day, he sees an immense rainbow and sets out to find its end in an enchanted forest. As the forest is in Fairyland where everything has an opposite effect, the rainbow only glows brighter when the sun sets. He finds the key, then it dawns on him that he does not know where the lock is.

It is particularly noted for the intensity of the suggestive imagery, which implies a spiritual meaning to the story without providing a transparent allegory for the events in it.

Thursday, May 7th

19:00: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story

With Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower. Also in Kitely –

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

Finn Zeddmore presents contemporary Sci-Fi-Fantasy works from on-line ‘zines like Light Speed, Escape Pod, and Clarkeworld, and other sources.

A beguiling gallery and garden in Second Life

The Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio, May 2020 – click any image for full size

Occupying a Full mainland region, The Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio has been designed by Jilla Lamar as a place for photography, art and romance for visitors. It’s a setting packed with detail – which can admittedly make it heavy going for a viewer with all the bells and whistles enabled, but providing care is taken, it is a place that offers a lot that really shouldn’t be missed.

From the gazebo landing point towards the south, a number of paths offers multiple routes through the region, which is set out as a garden in the rich colours of spring, summer and autumn. Pointing due west, one of these paths leads to The Beguiled Art Gallery, an imposing building with multiple levels that is home to 2D art by Jilla, together with (at the time of our visit) Skye Donardson and Fury Harbinger.

The Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio, May 2020

Split into multiple spaces both vertically and horizontally, the gallery also includes 3D works by Mistero Hifeng, SpotCat, St0rmyN1ght and others, together with spaces to sit and relax throughout. All of this makes the gallery a warm, cosy place in which to spend time and admire the art on display.

To the east, on the far side of the landing point sits the imposing form of a deco-styled building that is home to as series of photography sets available for use by anyone visiting them. Compact in size, these include indoor and outdoor settings, all individually lit. Rezzing is open, so visitors are welcome to rez their own props and pose systems – but are asked to make sure they clear their pieces up afterwards.

The Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio, May 2020

These opportunities extend to the gardens as a whole, which might best be described as a series of vignettes joined by a common landscape rich in flowers, trees in bloom or turning gold in readiness for autumn. A place through which paths curl and flow, and sheep and deer, and rabbits and butterflies, all roam or flutter while puppies play and windmills turn. Throughout are places to sit, places to discover – and plenty of 3D art to find.

Literally wherever you roam through these gardens there is something to surprise and engage, from the piano amidst those butterflies, to a “garden” of Cica Ghost’s Dreamers, to statues by the likes of Kadaj Yoshikawa, Zun Sahara, Mistero Hifeng, Lossip Delicioso and others. Outcrops provide raised areas of relief reached by ladders and on which yet more vignettes to be appreciated.

The Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio, May 2020

To the north, the land naturally rises to a hilltop overlooking the rest of the gardens. This is home to a crystal palace offering the opportunity for romance, dance and rest. It is watched over by an impressive water tower that has been converted into a table games room – just take the teleport up to the top. Circling the slopes leading up to this tower is a garden-backed blue whale swimming in small circles through the sky.

Follow the path along the front of the crystal palace, and there is more to be discovered: gardens with summer houses, havens of flowers and seats surrounded by arched walls, the paths lined by carefully planted crystals. Elsewhere across the region can be found caves, camp sites, a dance gazebo for, waterside rests and tree-lined avenues.

The Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio, May 2020

Lit by an windlight suggestive of a summer’s day,The Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio also works under a range of other settings to offer an environment ideal for photography as well as exploration. Separated from the surrounding regions on three sides by natural borders of tree images, and on the fourth by the rise in land, the Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio makes for an enchanted, calming haven of art and nature.

A recommended visit for patrons of art, photographers and SL travellers like.

The Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio, May 2020

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2020 Raglan Shire Artwalk: call to artists

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2019

The Raglan Shire Artwalk is one of the staples of the SL art calendar, and for 2020 the 15th Artwalk will take place between Sunday, May 17th and Sunday, June 21st, inclusive.

A popular event among artists and residents, the Artwalk can see over 150 artists displaying their work – 2D and 3D – across the regions of Raglan Shire. All the displays are open-air, with 2D art is displayed on hedgerows in and around the regions, offering visitors the chance to view pieces as they explore the Shire, while sculptures and 3D art is displayed in a number of designated areas across the regions.

Those wishing to exhibit their work at the 2020 Artwalk are invited to review the requirements for entry and follow the link from there to the registration form. Applications for participation must be received by the organisers no later than Sunday, May 10th, 21:00 SLT.

Key points about the exhibition are:

  • The event is a non-juried show.
  • Artists can display more than one piece if they wish.
    • 2D (“flat” art pieces will be awarded a maximum of 15 LI, and individual pictures should be 1 prim, including the frame.
    • 3D art (sculptures, etc.), will be awarded a maximum of 500 LI for up to three pieces of work. Artists are requested to state the LI per piece in their application.
    • Sales of art are allowed.
  • Types of art supported by the show are: representations of RL photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and digital fine art that can be displayed on a prim;  and SL photography, manipulated SL photography and SL sculpture.
  • Pictures of RL crafts, such as beadwork, leatherwork, etc., are not part of the show’s  definition
  • All the above art forms are welcome, but should be rated PG / G – so no nudity, please!
  • Group membership will be required in order to display work
  • Questions and enquiries should be forwarded via note card to Artwalk Director Karmagirl Avro, or Artwalk Assistants Kayak Kuu, Linn Darkwatch, maggi696 or RaglanShireArtwalk Resident.

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2019

Event Dates

  • Sunday, May 10th: applications close at 21:00 SLT.
  • Tuesday, May 12th: Notification of exhibit space location issued to 3D artists.
  • Friday, May 15th (after 09:00 SLT) and Saturday May 16th: Artist set-up days.
  • Sunday, May 17th: Artwalk Opens.
  • Sunday, June 21st: Artwalk closes.
  • Sunday, June 21st (after 18:00 SLT) through Tuesday, June 22nd: Takedown of works.

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