Visions of Hope 2016: of funds and help & a closing celebration

Visions of Hope Gallery
Visions of Hope Gallery

The Visions of Hope 2016 art auction has drawn to a close and the numbers have been totalled. This annual art exhibition serves two purposes: to raise money for cancer research as a part of the Relay for Life of Second Life fund-raising season, and to promote the support given to those living with cancer by the Hope Haven Heroes.

This year, seventeen of Second Life’ photographers and visual artists donated up to three pieces of work apiece for the auction. Taking part were Bijou, Boudicca Amat, Ciottolina Xue, d-oo-b, Dru G Eiren-Milneaux, Em Larsson, Hills, Inara Pey, Mareea Farrasco, Nikolai Warden, Proph, Pusher, Randy Firebrand, Ricco Saenz, Tomais Ashdene, Trinity Yazimoto and Ziki Questi.

"Joy" by Boudicca Amat - Visions of hope 2016
“Joy” by Boudicca Amat – Visions of Hope 2016

In all, L$38,100 has been raised by the auction, which ran throughout May 2016. “And the number of people who have come through and got support info,  its staggering,” Co-organiser of the event, Randy Firebrand informed me just after the auction had closed. “The numbers are in the hundreds. I sat down last night when I looked at it and I started to cry,  goofy, I know,  I just had this rush.”

Randy and partner Ricco Saenz organise the Vision of Hope auction on behalf of Hope Haven Heroes, and to mark the end of the event this year, they are holding a closing party at the 2016 Visions of Hope gallery, from 17:00 through 19:00 SLT on Tuesday, May 31st., and featuring music by DJ Hottie B (mjshotboy.skytower).

"Incomprensione" (foreground) and "Teste" by Ciottolina Xue, Vision of hope 2016
“Incomprensione” (foreground) and “Teste” by Ciottolina Xue, Vision of Hope 2016

“The silent auction was intended to raise funds for Relay For Life, a global initiative by American Cancer Society,” Randy and Ricco say of the auction. “During the exhibition, the public has been able to acquire photo-based pieces as well as sculptures from some of the most renowned artists in Second Life and, at the same time, contribute with the ACS’s programs to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers.”

As one of those people graciously asked to supply pieces to the exhibition, I’d like to thank both Ricco and Randy for the time and effort they put into organising Visions of Hope, and for offering me the chance to participate in the event.

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Visions of Hope in Second Life

Visions Of Hope 2016
Visions Of Hope 2016

Officially opening on Saturday, April 30th ins the 2016 Visions of Hope silent auction in aid of Relay for Life of Second Life.

First held in 2015 (see my preview here), has been organised by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz on behalf of Hope Haven Heroes, where the survivors and caregivers support groups meet.

Em Larsson - Visions of Hope
Em Larsson – Visions of Hope

The auction features pieces by seventeen of Second Life’ photographers and visual artists, who have all donated up to three pieces of work for the auction and who comprise: Bijou, Boudicca Amat, Ciottolina Xue, d-oo-b, Dru G Eiren-Milneaux, Em Larsson, Hills, Inara Pey, Mareea Farrasco, Nikolai Warden, Proph, Pusher, Randy Firebrand, Ricco Saenz, Tomais Ashdene, Trinity Yazimoto and Ziki Questi.

All of the pieces on offer to the highest bidders are in large format (they may include resizer scripts), and have a reserved starting bid of just L$500 (bidding can be increased in L$100 increments). As this is a silent auction, bids will be tallied and the winners announced on May 31st. 100% of all proceeds from the bidding will go to RFL of SL.

D-oo-b - Visions of Hope
D-oo-b – Visions of Hope

To mark the auction’s formal launch, there will be a special party on Saturday, April 30th, from 16:00 through to 18:00 SLT, featuring music from DJ Cupric. An open invitation is extended for people to attend. The auction items will be open for bidding from the start of the party, and will remain open to bids until Monday, May 30th.

All the pieces that have been donated are unique to the auction, making this a one-time opportunity to obtain some really superb artwork while also raising money for RFL of SL. So be sure to make a note of the event in your diary, and do pop along to the Hope Haven Heroes gallery to make a bid on any that appeal to you once the auction commences.

Inara Pey - Visions of Hope
Inara Pey – Visions of Hope

The gallery is already open for those wishing to view the pieces and perhaps decide which they might like to make bids, however, as notes above, the auction boards will not be enabled until the official start of the auction on  April 30th.

I am particularly honoured to have been invited to join such a distinguished group of artists, and am delighted to participate in this year’s auction, and would like to thank Ricco and Randy for inviting me to do so.

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