When art and stories combine in Second Life

Stories at the Park - Holly Kai Park
Stories at the Park – Holly Kai Park

Sunday, June 5th saw the second of Holly Kai Park’s series Stories at the Park, which is run in partnership with Seanchai Library.

Presented by Seanchai Library, Stories at the Park is held alongside each of our Art at the Park exhibitions, and offers writers and poets the opportunity to produce stories and / or poems based on any of the art on display by our Visiting Artists at Holly Kai Park.

Writes are invited to produce a 100-word story (known as a “drabble”), or a poem of up to 100 words on any of the displayed art which inspires them. The collected stories and poems are then read, either by the original author or a member of the Seanchai Library team (if you prefer not to speak on voice) during the Stories at the Park exhibition, which is generally run mid-way through the current Art at the Park exhibition.

The event on June 5th featured Caledonia Skytower, Trolley Trollop and Kayden Oconnell reading stories and poems they and Rosedrop Rust (who was unable to attend the reading due to work commitments) had written to the works of our Invited Artists for the May / June exhibition, Ceakay Ballyhoo, Eleseren Brianna, JudiLynn India, Lantana Silverweb, Slatan Dryke and SisterButta.

The authors  have graciously given us permission to reprint their works in the Holly Kai blog for those unable to attend the event, and this post is to encourage readers of this blog to follow the links below to have a read.

To make things easier, the stories and poems have been split by artist, and each piece is presented with an image of the painting or work which inspired it. In addition, some of the works include an audio recording of the reading for your additional enjoyment:

Holly Kai Park - Stories at the Park and Art at the Park
Holly Kai Park – Stories at the Park and Art at the Park

As things got a little delayed with this session of Stories at the Park, the current exhibition will remain open at Holly Kai Park through until Sunday June 19th – so please do visit and see all of the works displayed by our visiting artists and see the images which inspired these stories and poems first-hand.

Calling writers and storytellers

If you would like to participate in Stories at the Park by submitting one (or more!) stories and / or poems for the next session in July, Please contain either myself or Caledonia Skytower in world for information on what to do. You don’t have to read your finished works yourself if you don’t want to – the folk at Seanchai Library can do that for you – but of course, you’re also more than welcome to read your works if you enjoy doing so.

Our next exhibition at Holly Kai Park will not be starting until early July, so as not to clash with events like SL13B and the RFL of SL weekend (and to allow us to complete some further renovations at the Park!). We’ll of course let those participating in the next Stories at the Park know both the date of the event and when the next exhibition is available for viewing as soon as our artists have set-up.

In the meantime, please enjoy the stories and poems linked to above!

Sunday, June 5th: art and stories in Second Life

Holly Kai Park - Stories at the Park and Art at the Park
Holly Kai Park – Stories at the Park and Art at the Park

Sunday, June 5th will see the second of our Stories at the Park series, featuring the voice talents of the staff and friends of Seanchai Library.

Stories at the Park offer visitors to Holly Kai a unique opportunity to experience art in Second Life, both through both the exhibits by our visiting artists for May – which will remain in place through until Saturday June 11th – and through the beauty of the written and spoken word.

Art at the Park - JudiLynn India (foreground) and Slatan Dryke
Art at the Park – JudiLynn India (foreground) and Slatan Dryke

Each month, members of Seanchai Library and their guests select pieces of art by the artists participating in the current Art in the Park exhibition, and write either a 100-word work of fiction (referred to as a “drabble”) or a 100-word poem about each piece. These stories and poems are then read live at Stories at the Park, either by the author or by a member of Seanchai Library.

For June, Trolly Trollop, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower will be reading pieces inspired by the art of Ceakay Ballyhoo, Eleseren Brianna, JudiLynn India, Lantana Silverweb, Slatan Dryke and SisterButta.

SisterButta's Wound Angels tells the story of lvinig with breast cancer through words, and through art down the ages
Art at the Park: SisterButta’s Wound Angels tells the story of lvinig with breast cancer through words, and through art down the ages

The event starts at 15:00 SLT at the storytelling gazebo. Visitors are of course welcome to come early and tour the art exhibits before Stories at the Park commences, or to linger afterwards and explore the art hill and the rest of Holly Kai Park – which includes woodland walks, the Holly Kai Garden with studio featuring the art of Silas Merlin and the photography of Inara Pey, and lots of little places to snuggle under the shade of trees, over the sands of a tropical beach, beside a sunlit pond or within an ancient ruined watchtower – you can even grab a kayak and paddle around the Holly Kai River.

Whatever you decide to do, I hope very much you’ll first and foremost join us for Stories at the Park and take the time to explore and appreciate the artistry of six wonderful talents from within and without Second Life, and the amazing storytelling skills of the Seanchai Library team.

Art at the Park - Eleseren Brianna
Art at the Park – Eleseren Brianna

I look forward to seeing you at Holly Kai Park!

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Calling story writers and tellers in Second Life

Stories at the Park - Holly Kai Park
Stories at the Park – Holly Kai Park

Over the last few months, it is has been my pleasure to re-launch Art at the Park at Holly Kai Park, expanding the programme of art and events there, whilst also gradually redeveloping parts of the park.

One of our other recent introductions at the Park has been Stories at the Park, which is run in partnership with Seanchai Library. Each month, writers and storytellers are invited to visit the park and select pieces of art featured in our current Art at the Park series and write either a 100-word work of fiction (referred to as a “drabble”) or a 100-word poem about each piece, which can then be read live in Voice, either by the author or by a member of the Seanchai team, during Stories at the Park events.

The next Stories at the Park event will take place on Sunday, June 5th. If you fancy you hand at writing a story (or two or three… 🙂 ), or a mix of stories and poems, and would like either to read them yourself at Stories at the Park, or have a member of the Seanchai Library team read them, please contact either myself or Caledonia Skytower in-world as soon as possible.

The current Art at the Park exhibition features work by Ceakay Ballyhoo, Eleseren Brianna, Slatan Dryke, JudiLynn India, Lantna Silverweb, and SisterButta
The May Art at the Park exhibition features work by Ceakay Ballyhoo, Eleseren Brianna, Slatan Dryke, JudiLynn India, Lantna Silverweb, and SisterButta

And of course, if you would like to join us to hear the stories and poems read, you’re more than welcome to do so – I’ll be publishing the times for the event nearer to the date both here and in the Holly Kai blog. Remember, as well, that you can keep right up-to-date with all that is going on at Holly Kai Park through the website and blog.

To gain a feel for things, why not read the stories and poems featured in the April Stories at the Park event.

All change at Holly Kai in Second Life

Holly Kai Park: the revised garden area with two studio, terrace and beach
Holly Kai Park: the revised garden area with two studio, terrace and beach – click any image for full size

It’s now seven months since I took over as curator for the Art at the Park series at Holly Kai Park and generally looking after things there alongside Estate owner Nber Medici and park owner, Hollykai Resident.

Prior to opening our first exhibitions at the end of 2015, I worked on making some changes at the park. At the time, I didn’t want to make too many changes, because a lot of time and effort had been put into redeveloping the park in the first place.

Holly Kai Park: the art hill will be given a slight re-working in the near future
Holly Kai Park: the art hill will be given a slight re-working in the near future to improve facilities

However, running six events at Holly Kai – particularly three large ensemble exhibitions – convinced me of two things. The first was that I simply don’t have the bandwidth to manage two series of art exhibitions with roughly monthly openings each. The second was that the park could do with some changes and swap-outs just to reduced the rendering load being placed on people’s viewers.

So, for the last few days, we’ve been engaged in revamping things. The work is still in progress, and due to the nature of some of the changes, won’t be finished for a while yet. For one thing, we have an exhibition running at the moment, and have no wish to disrupt that. However, a lot of the core changes have now been made.

Holly Kai Park: the Pavillion has moved to the south-east corner of the region
Holly Kai Park: the Pavilion has moved to the south-east corner of the region

In summary:

  • The Pavilion, Holly Kai Park’s live event venue, has been relocated to the south-west corner of the region, where it overlooks largely open water
  • Holly Kai Garden now serves two functions: it is the location for the studio and terrace of our new Artist-in-Residence, Silas Merlin, whom I am delighted to say will be joining us in due course. His studio now sits alongside mine, with an outdoor terrace display area facing it
  • Caitinara Bar has relocated to the Garden area, which now has its own beach front.
Holly Kai Park: the relocated Caitinara Bar on the new beach
Holly Kai Park: the relocated Caitinara Bar on the new beach

The Pavilion, Caitinara Bar and the garden all have their own landing points, and both the garden and the Pavilion are linked to the main landing point via bridges. Quite a lot of the high render cost foliage and trees have been replaced with items which are hopefully less of a burden on systems, while some of the park paths have been reworked to make them easier to follow.

Those those who enjoy sailing in the area, the west side beach is still available for moorings  – 60 minutes loiter time with re-rez at the slips.

The Holly Kai river now completely surrounds the art hill in the park
The Holly Kai River now completely surrounds the art hill in the park

There’s still some more work to be done around the art hill, but for now, the changes described here are all in place and ready for people to visit, We hope you like the updates, and look forward to see you at Holly Kai Park soon.

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Art and stories in Second Life

Stories at the Park - Holly Kai Park
Stories at the Park – Holly Kai Park

Over the last few months, it is has been my pleasure to re-launch Art at the Park at Holly Kai Park, work on the development of Holly Kai Art Garden. and together with Caitlyn, launch Caitinara Bar with a weekly programme of music.

Now, I’m very pleased to announce that on Sunday, April 3rd and 15:00 SLT, a new monthly series will be launching at the Park, courtesy of Seanchai Library.

Stories at the Park, presented by Seanchai Library will coincide with the Art at the Park exhibitions at Holly Kai Park. Each month, members of Seanchai Library will select pieces of art by the artists participating in the current Art in the Park exhibition, and write either a 100-word work of fiction (referred to as a “drabble”) or a 100-word poem about each piece, which will be read live in Voice during Stories at the Park events.

Stories at the Park will take place at the stone gazebo located in the heart of Holly Kai Park’s hilltop art display area (walk up the hill from the waterside arrival point), and will feature stories and poems by Caledonia Skytower and Kayden Oconnell, based on the works of our current Invited Artists, Io Bechir, Goodcross, Hana Hoo, Mistero Hifeng and Sisse Singh.

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A poem by Kayden Oconnell, inspired by Hano Hoo’s “Alice is Watching”, and produced for Stories at the Park

“I know, for me, looking at the work of visual art gives me an inspiration to let out thoughts of my own. I suspect the same is true of Kayden,” Caledonia Skytower said of the new series. “We have written 100 word stories and poetry, which could be either haiku or free verse as long as it did not exceed 100 words, and we have deliberately both written about a few select works because we believe that a really good work of visual art (and there are plenty here) speaks to each person uniquely.”

For my part, I’m thrilled to see this launch of this new series at Holly Kai Park, and look forward to seeing it grow alongside our Art at the Park and Art at the Garden events, and hope that you will join us.

Should you plan to attend, you might want to visit the park ahead of the start time (or over the weekend) and enjoy the exhibits by our artists prior to listening to the stories and poems by Caledonia and Kayden.

We look forward to welcoming you to this new event at Holly Kai Park on Sunday, April 3rd.

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