Art

Edition 47: Reorganisation | Dave interview | New acquisitions

REORGANISING THE ART IN OUR COLLECTION

Our gallery has evolved naturally over the years since we hung our first artwork in 2007. It's a private collection, not a series of exhibitions, so we don't constantly update and rearrange. Many pieces have hung in the same position for years. The whole process was unplanned and organic. There is neither logic nor theme to the display of the collection, which makes for strange bedfellows sometimes!

If you like that  junk shop vibe, you may even have enjoyed it but on our visits to other galleries we noticed others present their art better. We felt embarrassed so have made an effort to improve. 

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The main problem was aboard the Airship Limoncello. The old girl was the original Limoncello Gallery and – enormous though she is at 120 metres long – her decks are narrow and confined. We'd fitted in far too many display boards over the years. She was hard to move about in, let alone to find a good viewpoint for some of the art. So we have "thinned out" the collection considerably; moving many pieces down to the LG Tower. We've filled almost four floors there with art from the airship, together with a few new acquisitions (see below).

We tried to keep historic items on the airship, while moving newer items down to the tower, but there's still no theme to any of the displays. It's just art we have liked and bought over the last 15 years – hung a bit more neatly. We hope you approve and enjoy.

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It was a lot of work, but we are pleased with the result. As you can see in the pictures, there's a lot more space to move around. There's also more "white space" around each artwork. We think that helps in appreciating the quieter works, which are no longer lost in the clutter. The art no longer on the airship can be found on the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th floors of the LG Tower. We've been able to make many of the pieces bigger (where artist permissions allowed) and think they look better for it. We'd love to hear what you think in the comments. 

In SL the physical rearrangement of the art was not the hard part. it was re-doing our comprehensive catalogue. Pick up a copy from the Welcome Boards in any of our locations and let us know if you detect any errors please.


DAVE'S INTERVIEW IN THE GAZETTE

6a00d83451f09b69e20282e158b2a2200b-320wiMany of you will know that our owner, Dave, works for the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy and the Continental Passport Control Board. Specifically he is the editor of their official publication, The Gazette. Back in the day The Gazette was actually a joint weekly periodical with the Limoncello News until it all became too much so that two publications were needed. 

Being editor allows him to control how much is said about his work for the BBB/CPCB, which suits his reticent English nature. However journalist Teresa Firelight has been interviewing all the BBB staff in turn. This week, the moment could no longer be put off when Dave had to submit himself to scrutiny. If you're interested, you can read the interview here


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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Changes in our owner, Dave's, private life in RL have prevented him spending as much time on the Limoncello News as he would wish. He has still been buying art though. Our reorganisation of the gallery finally prompted him to rez his most recent new acquisitions out of the "to hang" folder in his inventory onto the walls of the LG Tower.

Here's a list of the new items and a SLURL to the 16th Floor of the LG Tower. To visit the other two floors use the lift/elevator or just fly up in the atrium. The Tower is perfect for a Second Life® gallery because you can fly up the atrium to see each of the floors in turn!

TITLE ARTIST ACQUIRED LOCATION
"Worn out" Xia Chieng Purchase, June 2022 LG Tower, Floor 16
"Bland" Xia Chieng Purchase, June 2022 LG Tower, Floor 16
"Body Studies" Xia Chieng Gift of the artist, June 2022 LG Tower, Floor 16
"Eyethings" Myrdin Sommer Gift of the artist LG Tower, Floor 17
"Lady with flower" Kraven Klees Purchase from artist @ Elven Falls 2022 LG Tower, Floor 17
"Before the dream" Kraven Klees Purchase from artist @ Elven Falls 2022 LG Tower, Floor 17
"Row houses" Kraven Klees Purchase from artist @ Elven Falls 2022 LG Tower, Floor 17
"worm transparant" (sic) Myrdin Sommer Gift of the artist LG Tower, Floor 17 (graffito)

"Images from the Coffin: Delain (Retail)"

Traci (traci.ultsch) Purchase, 2022 LG Tower, Floor 18
"Sea Mermaid" Suzen JueL (juel.resistance) Purchase 2022 LG Tower, Floor 18
"Blue Scale" Suzen JueL (juel.resistance) Purchase 2022 LG Tower, Floor 18
"GEISHA in the Soul - 10" Caly Applewhyte Purchase 2022 LG Tower, Floor 18
"Delicatessen 2" Anibrm Jung Purchase from artist @ Elven Falls June 2022 LG Tower, Floor 18

 


Edition 46: Art Unbound – Limbo @ LynchLand

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It's time for another Art Unbound popup gallery. This one is called Limbo and is at LynchLand – a recently-opened region that's a tribute to U.S. film director David Lynch. It will take place in (would you believe it?!) a police station. There's art behind the sergeant's desk. There's art in the cells. There's art in the interrogation room. Everywhere in fact (in the spirit of Art Unbound) you would not expect art to be!

The exhibition will feature works by Eyelinea Seabird, LashVV and Sanspareil London (all on loan from the Limoncello Art Gallery) as well as pieces by Firewitchcoco (aka DJ Creme), Esta Republic, Autumnblitz Xenobuilder, AmandaT Tamatzui, Myrdin Sommer and Art Unbound's founder Cate Infinity herself. 

Myrdin Sommer, the owner of LynchLand, said;

the idea about Lynchland to me is, an homage to David Lynch, a great artist! It is wonderful to dive into his world and create scenery that feels 'Lynchian' to me.

Cate, the exhibition's curator quoted Lynch as saying;

When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out. The tender boughs of innocence burn first, and the wind rises, and then all goodness is in jeopardy. Some ideas are destructive, some are constructive. Some ideas can arrive in the form of a dream. Hope I dream tonight. 

 Cate added that this quote haunts her in a good way and added;

Art Unbound Limbo is perfect for LynchLand because it embraces oddities. Art inside a prison cell with a toilet is not necessarily normal. LynchLand is special because it is not normal.

The opening party is on 28th May at 4pm SLT outside the police station. The Art Unbound opening parties are always great fun and this will be no exception. Music will be provided by DJ H, DJ Creme and DJ Nat the Cat. 

Art Unbound is a project organised by Infinite Art Gallery in association with the Limoncello Art Gallery. This will be the fourth popup in the series. The aim is to take art out of its usual temples and into grittier places. Previous popups have been in a desert shack, a beach cabin and a bombed-out building.

Watch out for your invitations in-world. One of them was attached to our subscriber's notice of this special edition. If you're not a subscriber, they'll be sent out to the principal art groups in Second Life®. We hope to see you at the party and at the exhibition. 

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Edition 44: The Limoncello News is back!

THE LIMONCELLO NEWS IS BACK

We won't dwell on the personal issues that caused us to suspend publication. Let's just say 2021 was a very tough year for your editor in terms of his marriage and the health of his family.

The Limoncello Gallery is his main reason to be in Second Life® but he'd also taken on other commitments here. When he had to scale back his time on the grid those third party obligations had to be met, so time spent on the gallery suffered.

It's time to return to SL Art, with apologies to any friends in that world who may have felt neglected. However as the COVID era draws to an end, there will be less time to spend here. So from now on, this will not be a weekly publication but a quarterly one. The next edition will be in April.


SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

The excellent exhibitions by Xia Chieng and I am Free ended during our publication hiatus. The installation In my Mood, by Eylinea Seabird continues indefinitely and you can see the wonderful Unseen Beauty, by Guille at the LG Tower until the end of this month.

We staged more special exhibitions than usual in 2021. We built the LG Tower as space to expand our own collection but it will take years to fill it. In the meantime, there is space to stage such exhibitions as Xia's – for which in the past we would never have had the capacity. Our gallery is essentially a private art collection that is open to the public for free. We don't exist to sell art (though we're happy if you contact "our" artists directly to buy from them) and we're not in the business of promotion. So while it has been fun to stage big exhibitions alongside the galleries that exist for that purpose – especially during the COVID times when our activities in real life have been restricted – we will now return to our usual mode of operation.

Don't expect more than four special exhibitions a year (probably fewer) and don't expect them to be on the scale you saw last year. They will usually take place in the Jishnu Room at our home gallery in Bellisseria, where the limited LI allowance will keep them modest. Each will last for a maximum of three months.

If you are interested in exhibiting (or if you have suggestions as to artists we should exhibit) please let us know but be prepared to wait for a slot to be available. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

In the months since publication of the Limoncello News was suspended, we have purchased only one piece; Future Shock 3, by Karma Weymann. The few other acquisitions have been gifts. Queen of Merth Exclusive #11, for example was a personal gift to your editor from the artist – his good friend, The Ghost.

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were not personal gifts. The Ghost has an unusual gallery called The Found Art Gallery, which is in the form of a dumpster. Touch it and (not more than once a day) it will give you a piece of her art at random. Knowing The Ghost as we do, there's no doubt a witty commentary on the nature of the art market in Second Life® here; perhaps tinted with her characteristic self-deprecation. We enjoy her art, however, so couldn't resist taking a couple. You can too, so head over there and take a look. If you hold a Bellisseria Passport, you can get a visa stamp there too. 

TITLE ARTIST ACQUIRED BY LOCATION
Queen of Merth Exclusive #11 The Ghost Gift from the Artist LG Tower, Floor 13
Mystery Art 6 The Ghost Gift from the Artist LG Tower, Floor 13
Mystery Art 18 The Ghost Gift from the Artist LG Tower, Floor 13
Future Shock 3 Karma Weymann Purchase LG Tower, Floor 13

Publication suspended

Real Life® has intervened for gallery-owner and Limoncello News editor, Dave. Publication of Limoncello News is suspended until further notice. 

The gallery is still open and you are welcome to visit our three locations: 

The Directory Boards are teleports. Just click on the name of any destination to go there, including our special exhibitions in progress and the collections on loan from other collectors.

We will return with the Limoncello News each week as soon as we possibly can. 

Until then, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 43: Unseen Beauty Opening Party

UNSEEN BEAUTY OPENING PARTY Unseen Beauty - scientific photography by Guille INVITATION
Due to family health issues in RL there is no full edition of the Limoncello News this week. This is just to remind you that the opening party for Unseen Beauty – our special exhibition of photographs by Guille – will be at 3pm SLT on November 4th at the LG Tower. Music will be provided by DJ Suzen Juel. Our friend – artist AmandaT Tamatzui – has kindly agreed to  be your hostess in Dave's absence.

We hope you will join us for that.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 42: Unseen Beauty by Guille, in association with Kimika Ying | Vroum Short | Nessuno Myoo | Kraven Klees

UNSEEN BEAUTY

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Current resident artist Xia Chieng recommended that Guille contact us about his amazing scientific photography. Under his RL name Antonio Guillén, he currently has an exhibition (with the participation of Jesús Rocandio and Kimika Ying) at the Casa de las Ciencias in Logrono in Spain. He is a teacher and has received several awards in Spain for his work. These include the most important education award Giner de los Ríos and the national prize for scientific photography. In 2012 a group of his students was awarded the first prize in their category at the Google Science Fair.

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Dave visited the laboratory – El Universo en una Gota de Agua – that he and his friend Kimika have built at Reykjanes and was impressed. Most of the images are of microscopic organisms; living things never meant to be seen by human eyes. They themselves have no way to see each other and yet, extraordinarily and pointlessly, they are beautiful.

Dave's first reaction was that, if he had been told the photographs were of abstract artworks, he would have believed it!

This show presents beautifully-crafted scientific photographs, not for their educational or informative value (though they also have that of course) but as art. The arts and the sciences are traditionally considered separate. We often make our children choose between them on their educational paths but this exhibition proves they can – and do – overlap. As Guille says;

This has been a constant effort in my life, to show that knowledge is all one, be it Art, Science, Philosophy or Poetry.

Guille's photographs are accompanied in the exhibition by 3D models of some of the organisms made by his friend and collaborator Kimika

The opening party for this amazing exhibition will be at 3pm SLT on November 4th and an invitation is enclosed with this issue of Limoncello News. DJ Suzen Juel will provide the music in her inimitable style. 

We hope you will join us for that. The exhibition will continue until the end of January next year.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

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"Out" A Little Tribute To Jurij A. Gagarin's Flight by Nessuno Myoo
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Installation by vroum Short

There is some wonderful work on show around the grid at present. We visited La Maison d'Aneli and particularly enjoyed the works of Vroum Short (of VeGeTaL PLaNet Gallery) and Nessuno Myoo in their current exhibitions there. Please click the images above to view them full-size. 

We also visited the BOSL Main Gallery to see the current exhibition by Kraven Klees (see New Acquisitions, below). 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

Both of our two new pieces this week were bought from Kraven Klees at the current exhibition at the BOSL Main Gallery. They are called Fractalman and Fairy #2 and are now to be found on the 17th Floor of the LG Tower at our annexe in Nanga on the mainland continent of Satori. They join Lady in hat, Acoustic, Posing Nude and Painted Beauty in our collection of Kraven's works. 


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 40: Art Unbound - Reconstruct | Exploring the Metaverse | Stephen Venkman | Caly Applewhyte | Bif Mopp | CioTToLiNa Xue |

ART UNBOUND - RECONSTRUCT

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The third ART UNBOUND pop-up gallery is coming soon, brought to you by Infinite Productions in partnership with the Limoncello Art Gallery.

The show is called Reconstruct and is in the post-war ruins of Tempelhof in the Ceiram Region of Second Life®. The opening party is at 7pm to 9pm SLT on Sunday, October 17th and will feature music from Manx Wharton and DJ Vivienne Dufaux. Dress code is formal and/or 1940's - 1950's wear. Our partner in ART UNBOUND, Cate Infinity, throws some of the best parties in SL and we hope that as many of you as possible will join us!

The show features art by Esta Republic, Cate Infinity, Lux Chiantelle, I am Free, TheGhostOfGhost, Tallulah Winterwolf, Kaela Kilara, Hermes Kondor and Traci Ultsch. Some is new work for the show and some is on loan from the Limoncello Gallery's permanent collection for the duration of the pop-up. 

Reconstruct opens on October 17th and will run until November 7th. As usual, there will be a special event stamp to collect at the pop-up gallery for holders of the Bellisseria Passport. 


EXPLORING THE METAVERSE EVENT

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I am Free, the artist behind our current special exhibition called A Girl's Best Friends at the LG Tower, and Denard Henry are staging an event on October 19th, 2020 at 1pm SLT. All readers of the Limoncello News will be most welcome. Here's your taxi.


LIMONCELLO NEWS OFFICE CLOSES

For personal reasons, we have closed our editorial office in Port Emyniad. If you are an artist looking for a great location for a gallery (and a kind, wonderful landlord in Bijoux) we recommend you enquire about the vacancy there as soon as possible! We will miss being there very much.


NEW EDITOR

Fenella Allen, who has edited the Limoncello News since it was a weekly notecard newsletter in-world, has left Second Life®. Our owner, Dave, has taken over the role of editor.


NEW ACQUISITIONS

The pace of acquisitions will have to slow for the rest of 2021 as our current special exhibitions take up most of our available prims. We need to keep the remaining allowance free for operational eventualities. However, we couldn't resist a final splurge. All the new acquisitions are on the 14th Floor of the LG Tower.

The first is A splatter of light, by Stephen Venkman. It was acquired from his current exhibition at the Carmel Art "community", where Stephen's home gallery is our neighbour. The second is another from the Geisha in the Soul series, by Caly Applewhyte, to add to Geisha in the Soul - 04, which hangs on the 3rd Floor of the LG Tower. This one is titled Geisha in the Soul - 10. We try to ensure our collection contains a wide representation of artists working in SL and it's rare for us to buy more than one from the same series. However, these are wonderful artworks and we simply failed to resist. It is a personal collection, after all, so all the parameters we set ourselves can be waived at will!

Third is Approaching Airship, by Bif Mopp – an aviation artist in RL whose work is currently exhibited at Elven Falls. Dave had the pleasure of giving Bif a tour of the Airship Limoncello recently. Apart from explaining its history as the original home of our gallery, Dave also told him of a trip he is planning in RL to take a pleasure cruise on a Zeppelin. We think he now understands why our friend AmandaT Tamatzui thought this artwork of his was a good gift for Dave and we thank her for it!

Our final acquisition this week (and perhaps for a while) is IL FUMO UCCIDE, by CioTToLiNa Xue. We are big fans of CioTToLiNa's sculptures and wish we had the available prims to exhibit more of them. You can see more of them at her gallery.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 39: visions of an aspie | A girl's best friends | In my mood | Mistero Hifeng | Paula Cloudpainter | AmandaT Tamatzui

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS IN PROGRESS

The Limoncello is home to a personal collection of art, dating back to our founder's early days in SL. The first item was bought in 2007. The most recent was bought today. We've always held special exhibitions occasionally. Our pace is leisurely; they run for three months or more, rather than the usual month elsewhere. 

The most recent such exhibition is: Visions of an Aspie by Xia Chieng. We thank those of you who attended the opening last Monday. We hope you enjoyed the party as much as we did!

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Guests dancing at the opening party for "visions of an aspie", an exhibition of paintings by Xia Chieng


Xia's exhibition continues until December 31st. Don't miss it. It's amazing and features several new works shown for the first time in Second Life®.

Also in progress until December 31st is A girl's best friends, by I am Free. Each panel on display is a slideshow of images, so be sure to see them all. 

At the Jishnu Room for special exhibitions at our home gallery in Bellisseria, the Amona Savira retrospective has come to an end. We thank our good friend Jo (JMB Balogh) for lending us her collection of Amona's work. We are in discussions with two artists about a new exhibition in that space.

The longest-running special exhibition in our history is In my Mood by Eylinea Seabird. It will continue indefinitely until Eylinea comes up with a new installation to replace it. We are in no rush. We still love it and visit it regularly.

You can find the SLURLs to take you to all current special exhibitions in the sidebar. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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Dave with some of this week's new acquisitions

This week there are four new artworks to be seen on the 14th Floor of the LG Tower. They are Woman in worship, by AmandaT Tamatzui (the SL avi of RL painter Amanda Tomasoa),  cloud sea stone, by paula cloudpainter, Blue reflets in the night, by Ourane NuevaVida (ourane), and Nemica Mia, by Mistero Hifeng.

The first was bought from Amanda's current exhibition at Elven Falls (go straight down the street of galleries from the arrival point and it's on the right). The second was bought from Paula's current exhibition at the Janus Gallery. The third was bought from Mistero directly at his gallery.

Amanda is a close friend of Dave and Fenella and her joyous, uplifting work already features in our collections. Mistero Hifeng is one of the most famous artists in Second Life® and needs no introduction here. Paula's watercolours however were new to us. We saw them at her exhibition's opening party and liked them well enough but needed to return and look again quietly to appreciate them. We are glad we gave them a second look – and yes, there's a moral to that story! We bought Ourane's painting at her debut exhibition, now running at the excellent Tango with Nottoo dance club, where Fenella danced the tango at her vernissage


Until next week, dear Limoncello friends, stay arty!


Edition 38: visions of an aspie | My Reflection | Thunderous Train of Air

VISIONS OF AN ASPIE

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A new special exhibition opens at the LG Tower on 1st October. Xia Chieng will exhibit paintings, including four new works, under the title visions of an aspie.

The opening party, to which all our readers are invited, will be at 1300 (1pm) SLT on Monday, October 4th. Suzen Juel, an artist herself, will provide the music as DJ for the event.

Xia says of the exhibition;

The world is a little blurry for me. I am aspie. I was diagnosed late with Asperger's syndrome. It is difficult for me to communicate with other people, understand social rules and behavior. I live for it in my bubble, inside a shell, following my own rules and avoiding others. I am elusive reclusive. With this work done in the physical world, using different techniques of painting, oil and gouache mainly, I want to share situations, sensations and lived emotions that words cannot describe.

Her work is expressive in ways we certainly could not describe in words. So we won't try. Come see it yourselves and do, please, join us at the opening party if you can.  The exhibition runs until December 31st.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

My Reflection Poster

We are in danger of becoming known as the Nitroglobus News as we so often feature the exhibitions there!

We're fond of Dido Haas (who isn't?) but we don't think it's bias on our part. She just knows what she's doing and keeps finding great new artists to feature at her gallery. 

The October exhibition there is MY REFLECTION by Hikaru Enimo-Lefevre.

Hikaru is a blogger, model, stylist, blogger manager, store manager, Neo-Japan SL Event Co-Founder, and lastly but no less his pet-project, he is also the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of L'Homme Magazine SL.

The SL photography in his show is monochrome, moody and intensely personal. It's not easy to produce SL photography with emotional depth, but he pulls it off. You can see more of his work at his Flickr page and his blog. The poster featured above was made by David Silence, based on one of Hikaru's images in the show.


ELSEWHERE ELSEWHERE

The Limoncello News is not just news from but (mostly) about the Limoncello Art Gallery. In building our collection however (and because we enjoy art) we visit many exhibitions and installations. This week Fenella stopped by London Junker's installation at the new Kuidvis Art Space for example. It's called Thunderous Train of Air and references the way American poet Ruth Stone felt inspiration came to her. As described by writer Elizabeth Gilbert;

growing up in rural Virginia, she would ... feel and hear a poem coming at her from over the landscape. It was like a thunderous train of air and ... when she felt it coming ... she knew she had only one thing to do. That was to, in her words, "run like hell" to the house ... to get to a piece of paper ... so that when it thundered through her, she could collect it and grab it ... Other times she wouldn't be fast enough ... and the poem would barrel through her and "continue on across the landscape looking for another poet."

The installation depicts the train and the poet fleeing towards her writing desk across the fields of her family's farm and is a striking, very literal interpretation of a long-lost poet's whimsy.


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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Dave, admiring our latest additions to the collection

Shamefully, the first new acquisition was acquired a few weeks ago. Dave forget he had it in inventory. For shame, Dave!

It's by Patrick Ireland and is called Emerging Realities. Patrick is an established name in SL art and the absence of any of his work in our collection has long been an obvious lacuna. We're glad it's finally filled.

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Port Emyniad Art Walk outside our office (click to enlarge)

Dave enjoyed the inaugural Campbell Coast / Port Emyniad Art Walk which opened on September 18th and is still in place for all to enjoy. It's near the editorial offices of Limoncello News in the harbour.

The artists featured there include one of our favourites – Anja – and Dave acquired a new work by her called Unknown DJ. Both this week's new acquisitions are to be found on the 14th Floor of the LG Tower. 


Until next week, dear Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 37: New exhibition at Elven Falls | Tiya Aura | Acquisition programme back on track

ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

The gallery at Elven Falls seems to specialise in exhibitions involving four artists. The latest, called (for no particular reason we can discern) Banksy Goes Wild at Elven Falls, opened on Sunday 18th September. Fenella attended the opening party and checked out the exhibition while she was there. The show features work by Zia SophiaAmandaT TamatzuiTom Prospero and Jamee Thomson.

We have works by Zia and Amanda in our collection at the Limoncello Gallery. We know and love their work. Tom and Jamee are new to us however. Tom's works are gentle, traditional RL landscapes that would adorn any home. Jamee's are mostly in the same genre, but the landscapes are in SL. There are, however, a couple of abstracts in the show that are very different to his other works on display.

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Standing in Bif's space in Amanda's exhibition

By way of a bonus, Bif Mopp – a well known aviation artist in RL – makes his SL debut as a guest in Amanda's space.

A member of the American society of Aviation Artists, Bif's paintings have hung in several aviation museums. His work entitled "Glider Over Pike's Peak" once held prominent position at the Pentagon as a personal favorite in the Office of the Air Force Chief of Staff.

Each of the artists has far more space than is usual at such exhibitions. So when they're all added up, this is a huge show. The artists' styles differ widely, so if you can't find something you like here, we'd be surprised. 

TIYA AURA

We usually mention just one exhibition, gallery or event in Elsewhere on the Arty Grid each week, but we couldn't let Tiya Aura's show at Art Korner pass without a mention. Why? Because it's very much our thing. We love portraits.

Anyone who makes them as a photographer in both RL and SL knows it involves different challenges. In RL you can direct a professional model easily enough but other sitters may need to be cajoled, teased or even tricked into giving the desired expression. Take Yousuf Karsh's portrait of Winston Churchill for example – now on the £5 note in the UK. Karsh got the expression he wanted by snatching the cigar from Churchill's mouth at the moment of releasing the shutter!

In SL, you can direct your model too, asking them to use their head HUD to alter their expression. You can even, by using such tools as the Animare+ posing HUD, take control of their poses yourself. You can control your subject in ways that – if an RL photographer tried it – no model would want to work with him again! Yet it is notoriously difficult to express real emotion with an SL portrait. An SL photographer must replace with skill, guile and technique all the things we have to do in SL with emotes and emojis to convey our feelings.

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So we appreciated and enjoyed Tiya's portraits very much. Yes, the expressions on display are limited in range. In RL, professional models also tend to have their versions of Zoolander's Blue Steel and photographers also have "go to" looks they ask for. Yet she's still managed to give us a sense that there's something between her subjects' ears other than the SL head maker's cartoon brain!

We know it's a good exhibition when we can't decide on one work to buy for our collection. Tiya is selling her portraits on a pay as you feel basis so, if we had less ruth than we do, we could have bought them all. Conscience would not permit that, so we settled on two and paid a reasonable price for each. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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After last week's purchasing pause we've added a few items to the collection this week. From their new gallery adjoining the offices of the Limoncello News in Emyniad, Campbell Coast, we bought two oil paintings by mother and daughter art team Samaniego Art. The gallerist/curator (and the artists' daughter/granddaughter) our friend Bijoux Barr tells us that both Waves and Reflection are by Samaniego the Younger, her mother. 

By way of generous gifts from the artist we acquired Red Oriental and Four Corners by AmandaT Tamatzui. We also acquired A Dream by ilyra chardin – the third work by this artist in our collection. We bought The Sky is Falling by Jamee Thomson and Swampduck and Cryssy_Asian from Tiya Aura's show at Art Korner.

All this week's new acquisitions hang on the 14th Floor of the LG Tower at our mainland annexe in Nanga. 


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!