Art

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

Visions of an aspie poster
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!


Edition 36: AmandaT Tamatzui Gallery Opening | New acquisitions (not).

ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

Some SL gallerists see others as rivals. Perhaps it's because we're not commercial that we don't see other galleries that way? Or perhaps it's because we are still more collectors than curators? We simply don't see the point of locking our collection away when theft, security and insurance costs are not an issue in Second Life®. We'd pay the same tier if they were all behind ban-lines (eugh!) so why be a dog in a manger? 

Galleries that house collections like ours are a joy to us. They're inspirations and sources of practical ideas. We shamelessly bought the greeter boards and subscriber kiosks we enjoyed using at other galleries. We're happy to notice the wonderful directory boards/inter-sim teleports we bought for the Limoncello showing up at other galleries. Many other gallery owners we've come to know over fifteen years in SL are now our friends, role models or even mentors. Those that sell art – whether owned by artists or dealers – are our favourite places in SL. They're where we love to shop! We spend most of our Second Lives in art galleries so, frankly, the more there are the better we like it.

Tom, Dave and Fenella were delighted all to be invited to the official opening party for the new gallery of AmandaT Tamatzui, which will take place on 18th September between 1400 and 1600 SLT. With Amanda's kind permission we have included an invitation to her party with this week's edition of the Limoncello News. Fenella will be there to represent us and hopes to see as many of you as possible. 

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As well as celebrating the opening, the party will feature the SL debut of singer Ronny Acoustic – Amanda's RL husband. Ronny is an accomplished singer from Indonesia. We've heard him sing and – like his wife – he has real talent. Other music will be provided by DJ Eye 'Candy' Morpork. 

AmandaT is the SL avi of RL artist Amanda Tomasoa. She has been exhibited around the world but makes a point of making her work accessible by featuring it on jigsaws, clothing and home decor items too. Her work is joyful, colourful; a delight to the eyes and a balm to the soul. She says of it;

My art celebrates life. It carries my deep gratitude for the abundance that I have been blessed to receive. It speaks of perseverance, courage and strength – testimonies to the enduring will of the human spirit. It is a quiet reassurance that, by God’s grace, all will be well.

Other artists' demons speak through their work. Amanda's angels speak through hers. We are happy to have some of her art in the Limoncello collection and to count her as a personal friend. We hope you can go to the opening party. If you can't, do visit the new gallery anyway. We promise it will lift your spirits. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

For the first time in many months, there are no new additions to the gallery this week. Just to remind you, however, that there are now hundreds of pieces in our collections at our three locations; the Home Gallery (above Dave's houseboat in Bellisseria), the Airship Limoncello (our historic home in SL since 2007) and the LG Tower (twenty storeys high and filling up with art). 

You can obtain a complete, searchable catalogue of the collection from the greeter boards to be found at each location or at our offices in Campbell Coast, Carmel Art Community and the Elven Falls Art Collective

Not only do we exhibit our owner's private art collection, but works belonging to three other SL collectors: Sisi Biedermann, Owl Dragonash and JMB Balogh. We think we were the first to introduce the concept of such "loan collections" (common in RL) to Second Life® and love that people are able to enjoy at any time fantastic artworks that would otherwise have languished in their owners' inventories, or appeared only in occasional exhibitions.

Last but not least we have three superb special exhibitions in progress at the moment. Eylinea Seabird's enormous 3D installation, In My Mood, I am Free's A Girl's Best Friends at the LG Tower and (in its final two weeks) Amona Savira: a Retrospective in the Jishnu Room. 

There's a whole lot of art to see while you wait for our next acquisitions. 


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty! 


Edition 35: Elven Falls | Mihailsk | Dido Haas | Hermes Kondor | Kraven Klees | Awesome Fallen | Maloe Vansant

ELVEN FALLS

A new space for artists has appeared in Second Life® – Elven Falls. It's a former fantasy RP region now landscaped and rebuilt to house galleries. Fenella met gallery manager Aires Hax there and was impressed by his enthusiasm. He is personable and chatty – always in voice. She ran behind him trying to keep up to hear all he had to say about the region's planned development!

The owners are RL artists and this is a philanthropic venture. Rents are low. For approved new artists, there are free street locations. Either way there are no commissions on art sales. There's street art on the walls and sculptures in the parkland. There is affordable housing for artists to rent – with a clear intent to make this a creative community. The Elven Falls Gallery itself stages regular exhibitions and also allows exhibitors to sell at zero commission.

The project is on a serious scale and growing. It has clearly been given much thought. Sisi Biedermann, Zia Branner and Jaëlle Faerye have already opened galleries. Art Korner is also there; displaying some of Frank Atisso's personal art collection.

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The Limoncello Art Gallery is happy to be part of this exciting new venture. We've rented a rep office/cafe near the landing point. Please stop by to have a coffee and a cupcake while you check out what's going on with us. As always at our locations, there's a Tardis landing spot nearby. Set your navigation console to Elven Falls!


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

Red Sky by Mihailsk
There are two new exhibitions at the Nitroglobus for September. The first is Red Sky by Mihailsk in Dido's part of the gallery. Mihailsk says of his show;

The color red symbolizes intense situations and emotions but at the same time it indicates warning and danger. My red sky is a sky which reflects strong human emotions, covering them like a blanket and thus giving a sense of safety and hope.  Danger, longing, visualization, power, love, pain, balance, joy.: eight human moments under the red sky.

This is Mihailk's second exhibition in rapid succession. His debut exhibition, Baptism of Fire, was also at Nitroglobus and we reviewed it in Edition 26

Dido has dressed the space with red light poles, red/purple trees and glowing clouds under the floor. The staging sets the artworks off perfectly. 

The other exhibition is by Dido herself in the main gallery and is called One Day. It takes its title from a poem, Amoretti LXXV, by Edmund Spenser

My verse your vertues rare shall eternize,
And in the heavens write your glorious name:
Where whenas death shall all the world subdue,
Our love shall live, and later life renew.
 

It's poetry as seduction; winning the target over by the promise of immortality. Just as with Shakespeare's various inamoratas in the sonnets, however, it's the poet's name we remember!

One Day  by Dido Haas
We have known Dido Haas a long time in SL terms. One of her works is among the earliest pieces in our collection. In 2012 she and her late SL partner Nitro started Nitroglobus Gallery and most of her SL time has been dedicated to curating and promoting exhibitions by guest artists. She says;

Being so busy with curating I had little time left to make photos myself. When I do, my pictures showed visitors, exhibitions and parties at my gallery. But sometimes when I am in the right mood I do make photos, most of them black/white and portraits or avatar studies.

So, an exhibition by Dido herself these days is a rare treat and not to be missed. We have enjoyed her photography and appreciate its characteristically romantic tone. Dido mentions love a lot. At some level it is a presence in everything she does. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

This week we acquired quite a few new artworks. Dave took the monthly tour using the Focus Art HUD and bought Persona - 049, by Hermes KondorThat now hangs on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello. He also bought Posing Nude and Painted Beauty, by Kraven Klees, Awesome FACES 10 and Awesome FACES 12, by Awesome Fallen. Finally, he bought Lust for Life by Maloe Vansant. All of those are to be found now on the 12th Floor of the LG Tower.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 34: A Girl's Best Friends | Of the true nature of SL

A GIRL'S BEST FRIENDS BY I AM FREE... (LIBBBERAMENTE)

A girl's best friends
A new special exhibition opens today at the Limoncello Gallery. It does so without fanfare, opening party or other promotional shenanigans because the artist, Libbberamente, prefers it that way. She has "nothing to say" about the art. She prefers to let it speak for itself. Fortunately we think it does - and eloquently too.

The images on show are in a series of slideshows so please take your time to see them all. Following a discussion between Dave and the artist, they were commissioned especially for this exhibition and have appeared nowhere else in RL or SL until today.

They are to be found on the 16th floor of the LG Tower. We hope you enjoy them. 


OF THE TRUE NATURE OF SL

Second Life® is poorly named. It's not an alternate reality. It's an extension of our one and only life; another place we visit – to have fun, to socialise, to create or whatever. We happen to get there, not by car or plane, but via our computer.

All human life is here – good and bad. Happily we experience more of the former because we've found our people here. Artists can be as neurotic or difficult as the next person, but for the most part they're charming, interesting and (usually) playful. Every child is an artist, just as every child is an actor. Artists and actors just didn't stop.

That playfulness is, in the end, what unites us in SL. We're not all creators. We're not all good at RP. More of us shop for our SL clothes, furniture or gadgets than make them ourselves. But none of us are the kind of people who think they are too "grown up" or too "important" to play. 

So it's sad when we encounter residents who take themselves too seriously and get nasty if someone treads more lightly in SL. The Lindens are running a fairground here – not a parliament – so let's enjoy the rides, eat the virtual candy and have fun. We can do serious things too – and take pride in doing them well – but for the most part SL is pure recreation.

Firstly, please don't be one of those people. Secondly, if one of them tries to involve you in drama, log off. Hug a loved one. Stroke a pet. If you must stay in SL, visit a gallery (preferably ours) and lose yourself in the art. Remember how good life is and be happy you found this quirky, amusing, way to extend it into pixeldom.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

The show we enjoyed most this week was BiancaJane at Sisi Biedermann's gallery. BiancaJane Juliesse is the SL name of RL artist Mary Sparrow, whose work can be seen on her website. This is not high art but it's joyful and we love it. We were alerted to it by SL blogger extraordinaire Inara Pay and we commend you to her review for more details. We bought two pieces from this show and we are enjoying them a lot. We hope you do too. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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The 3rd floor of the LG Tower now features a collection of seven artworks by Milena Carbone. The latest addition is Explore beyond God. On the 12th Floor of the LG Tower we have three new works. He Sang her A Love Song, by AmandaT Tamatzui, Painting Marilyn and Joie De Vivre, by Biancajane Juliesse (Mary Sparrow in RL)


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 32: Dave is (almost) made to look cool | Milena, Maya & Faith

BELLISSERIAN PARADE OF HOMES REVIEW

We at the Limoncello News are happy to provide facilities to host the publications of our fellow-Bellisserians at the BBB Gazette and, more recently, the BBB offshoot Bellisserian Parade of Homes. The latest post on the Parade of Homes site features a fun video made by Pru and Sceneris of Pring Productions (who made most of the videos about Bellisseria you have enjoyed in the past two years, including the BBB Movie). 

This video features Bellisserians dancing outside their Hallelujah Homes and Dave, the owner of our gallery, is one of them. The Hallelujah Home in question is Dave's houseboat in Sirinial (above which, in a sky box, is our Main Gallery). We thought you might enjoy it. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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Dave in front of Milena's artworks

Milena Carbone is an intensely political French artist who has taken with enthusiasm to Second Life®. She has her own gallery and gives art works away to those who join (as Dave did) her gallery group. We collect art for our own pleasure and education but also take pride in supporting the work of artists so Dave made a donation to the gallery in return for the three art works he chose, which are The Bather's Daydream, Krisis and Ballerina with Flowers.

All are to be found on the Third Floor of the LG Tower at our Mainland annexe in Nanga. The works are not modifiable, so clicking on them won't yield information note cards. However clicking on the wall will offer a menu of artist names and selecting Milena's will give you all the information for which you could reasonably wish.

Our next new acquisition this week is by an artist previously unknown to us. Dave discovered her from Frank Atisso's weekly Art Korner Exhibits HUD, which took him this week to the Art Music Surf Festival at Splash n Surf Beach, where her work was displayed.

Her name is Maya (unemaya) and Dave bought an artwork called Harmony together with a matching dress as a gift for Fenella. Maya has a fashion store called Boho Soul, which can be found in-world and on marketplace.

A sign at her exhibit says;

Maya started painting as a dare when a friend challenged her to funnel the deep emotional grief after the loss of a child. Being drawn into SL by her RL sister, Maya found a new passion with designing clothes. Finally Maya's newest SL friend inspired her to create wearable art. 

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Fenella with the art | click to enlarge

Fenella is seen here with her new dress - an example of that wearable art - in front of the painting, which is to be found on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello at our mainland annexe. 

Finally, and also on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello is a lovely piece by Faith Maxwell called In Mask. More of Faith's work can be found on her Flickr stream


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 29: A new way into SL Art | Hermes Kondor | Milena Carbone

FENELLA'S PARTY

image from www.flickr.com
Image © Elly Boccara features Fenella (verre de vin in hand) dancing with fellow-Belli gallerist Vandeverre


This is not strictly gallery business, but our editor Fenella wants to thank all of the Limoncello Friends who came to her Rez Day Party. She had a wonderful time and hopes you did too.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID / ARTIST IN FOCUS

This week, we feature three galleries and one portrait studio – all in the same region and owned by the same artist; Anja (neobookie). Anja is one of "our" artists so this qualifies as one of our occasional ARTIST IN FOCUS segments too. Her works in our collection are to be found on Floor 5 and Floor 9 of the LG Tower.

She has had her own gallery for a while but has worked hard to rebuild it as four separate venues. They are the No Walls Art Gallery, Xplore, FoYer, and her Portrait Studio. All are connected by teleports so it's easy to see them all on one visit. Fenella  interviewed Anja as she showed her around. 

F: Can you talk our readers through the four concepts please Anja?

Foyer notecardA: Yes, of course. Firstly, FoYer. A foyer is an entrance hall to a building. My idea is for this gallery to be an entrance into the world of SL art. A starting artist can show seven pieces of work there for free.

F: So it's a kind of incubator gallery for new artists; like we had at the Limoncello Gallery in our early days?

A: Yes, though a more well-known artist could also use it as a try out space for a new concept or direction. I was given a lot of support from an established artist when I began my art career in SL. I would like to "pay it forward". 

F: That's great. Who is your first FoYer artist and when is the opening party?

A: The first exhibition will be of works by Smilla. She's been in SL since 2007. She has spent much of her real life landscaping, sculpting and stone cutting. She's also a photographer and musician so it's not surprising she felt the need to express herself here as well. I think people will enjoy her work. We don't plan to have official opening parties for FoYer exhibitions, though the artists can invite whomever they like.

F: That's a shame – I love an opening party. Well actually I just love a party! So how does an artist get into FoYer? Will you approach them or can they apply?

A: If I spot some talent, I will suggest it myself - as I did with Smilla. If people want to send me links to their work, I am also happy to hear from them. It's a small space and I don't want this to become a job, so I hope they'll be patient and accept that I won't always be able to help. 

F: That's understood – and what about your other spaces?

XploreA: Xplore is for a series of exhibitions of my SL travel photography. Each one will feature six photographs from a single region. I will change the exhibitions every eight weeks or so. The first features Ruegen, which the owner calls "an attempt to depict the landscape of the beautiful Baltic Sea island of Rügen".

F: It looks very beautiful in the photographs. I can't wait to visit it. I had the chance to speak to the owner, Andre, and he told me that:

Anja is really an artist. I like the warmth of the colors in the pictures. I like it better than on the sim!

F: And I agree with him. The world looks better through your eyes, Anja!

NO_WALLS art bordA: I thank both of you for those kind words! The third gallery is of my own original SL artw0rks and is called the No Walls Art Gallery.

F: Most of our readers are familiar with your work, Anja. Especially since the success of your exhibition Anja's Surrealism at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, which we reviewed here. What about the fourth gallery?

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Elf selfie (S-Elfie?), by Anja

A: The fourth space is not really a gallery but a working studio for my photographic portrait work. I love to take portraits and people like photographs of themselves for their SL homes or profile pictures. 

F: Thanks, Anja. I have some of your portrait work at home and I love it!

We strongly recommend you take a look at all four locations and we applaud Anja's generosity in trying to help other artists make a start. All the SLURLs you need are in the various links above. We are grateful to Anja, who has two busy lives, for giving us so much of her valuable time. 


UPDATES TO OUR DIRECTORY OF ART GALLERIES IN BELLISSERIA

There are two additions this week. Please take a look. If you know of other galleries in Bellisseria that are not yet listed, or if you are opening a new gallery, please advise us by IM or NC to Fenella Allen in-world, or by clicking on the email the editor link under Contact Us in the sidebar.

Please note that we will only list non-commercial galleries. Any attempt to sell art in Bellisseria or to solicit donations (whether for personal profit or otherwise) is in breach of the covenant. It's not our job to enforce it and we won't be filing any Abuse Reports ourselves, but we won't send people to a place where they might feel obliged to do so. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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Fen admires one of the new acquisitions (click to enlarge)

We have five beautiful new photographs by Hermes Kondor on display on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello. They were a personal gift by the artist to curator, Fenella Allen, for her 14th Rez Day. She wanted to share them with our visitors and Hermes kindly consented. The photographs are called A Road To Nowhere, Faces, Her Hidden Side, Hidden Face and Memories.

Fenella received other gifts of art but they are no copy items and she is going to hang them in her own home. Maybe we can persuade her to lend them in future. In the meantime, she loves to entertain so feel free to invite yourself for coffee if you see her online!

We bought three works by Milena Carbone this week from her current exhibition at her own gallery called The Scale of Love. The exhibition explores visually the Ancient Greeks' categories of love. The works we bought were  "Nine Levels of Love - Pothos", "Nine Levels of Love - Eros" and "Nine Levels of Love - Agape". They now hang on the Third Floor of the LG Tower.  The exhibition was reviewed by Inara Pey here

We also bought Egg on my face by Edie Horngold this week and hung it on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello. It's at the front of the ship, near to the control gondola.

Not that she flies around much these days – she's permanently moored above the LG Tower – but that was where the captain and crew used to work in the days when airships like this connected Europe to South America in real life. They are mainly remembered now for the catastrophe that (together with the advent of the airliner) brought millions of safe air miles covered by such vessels to an end. 

We at the gallery remember what fun we had trying to fly the AS Limoncello in SL. The last flight was a stately descent to the ground this year to be de-rezzed before being rebuilt in mesh. In her old form of 745 prims she was – at 124 metres long – the largest moving vehicle on the grid when our founder Tom bought her in 2007.

It was impossible back then to link so many prims so the controls moved an invisible model to which various prim-sets were linked. They followed the model, clumsily and often in stages. The effect was more comic than convincing, but one had to admire the maker's creativity in thwarting SL's limitations! At that size, the sim-crossings (sorry Patch, region-crossings) came thick and fast. They  usually ended in disaster, one way or another. Only the contents for which Tom had mod rights could be linked to the ship. Even a successful voyage had a tricky conclusion as he manoeuvred her back into a position where the art-works hung correctly!

Her present life is a calm and peaceful one. Most visitors don't even think of her as a craft, we suspect. But she carries as ghostly passengers many of our SL memories.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 28: Art Unbound in progress | Bellisserian Art Galleries | Time Lord visitors?

Lido Party by EllyPhoto © Elly Boccara on Flickr

The opening party last Saturday for Lido — a pop-up gallery co-produced by Infinite Productions and the Limoncello Art Gallery — went swimmingly. This is the second pop-up in the ART UNBOUND series; this time in a fishing shack on a beautiful sandy beach.

The event was well-attended, people loved the exhibition, DJs Poppy and Vivienne did a superb job and we all had fun in each other’s company.

Your editor Finella presided, tailed and scaled, from a clamshell throne — waving her fins to the music while greeting and chatting to guests. Cate Infinity of our event partners Infinite Productions and the Infinite Art Gallery danced happily in her bikini, while fielding questions about the art works and directing people through the portal to the delightful sculpture beach.

It was so obvious that were having fun that Bellisserians who just happened by to collect the special edition stamp for their passport stayed to party!

Slenderman at Lido © Bellisseria Slenderman
Slendie in the house

Speaking of Bellisseria, despite the fact the party wasn’t there, the Bellisseria Slenderman made a surprise appearance — presumably because  the Limoncello Art Gallery is a Bellisserian institution. We’d say that was kind of him but he has an evil reputation to sustain — kindness is not really Slendie’s thing! 

There are more pictures to be seen in the ART UNBOUND Flickr Group

Frank Atisso wrote a great review for his Art Korner blog, which captured the essence of what we are trying to achieve in taking art out of its “temples” onto the SL road. Frank made an appearance at the party so we had the chance to thank him in person 

The exhibition now continues until August 7th. If you haven't seen it yet, please head over there and bring your friends.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

Bellisseria Gallery The 22_002Rather than go to one of the blockbuster SL art galleries this week, we set out on a project dear to our hearts. Linden Homes in Bellisseria are designed to be just that - homes. They are domestic in scale and mostly rather suburban (although the new Fantasy Theme will bring a new dimension). Yet the ethos of Second Life®  – always a world made by its residents – leads some to dedicate their homes to other purposes.

If you check out the new Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review blog, you'll find show homes occupied as intended in all of the available styles. However you'll also find Resident-owned Places of Interest. These are buildings open to the public – not to show off the owner's classy taste in interior design or landscaping – but as public resources. 

The Bellisserian Citizens Group HQ and the offices of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy are good examples, but the Limoncello's Main Gallery in Sirinial on the Squishy Pickle sandbanks is not the only art gallery on the Linden Continent. We decided to tour all of them and provide you with SLURLs so you can support these public-spirited Bellisserians in their artistic endeavours. We've collected the information on a directory page for Bellisserian Art Galleries to serve as a permanent resource.

There will be work involved in maintaining and updating this resource. We hope that you will help us by visiting the featured galleries and letting us know about any errors or omissions in the listings. It is perfectly possible that there are more galleries out there in Bellisseria. If they are open to the public, please let us know!

These resident gallerists are philanthropists and we'd like to support what they do. The directory page is now in the sidebar and we are happy for other SL art galleries, websites and blogs to link to it as they please. 


TIME LORDS OF SL

We are fans of the longest-running sci-fi show in the world, Doctor Who. It first appeared on TV screens in 1963. Its eponymous hero is "the Doctor" – a renegade Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, who roams all time and space in a stolen time ship called the Tardis. This ship (the name stands for Time And Relative Dimensions in Space) is one of the cleverest constructs in all science fiction. It has a chameleon circuit so it can for example disguise itself as a pillar on landing in Ancient Rome. Even more impressively it is "dimensionally transcendent", which means it's bigger on the inside than the outside.

In SL Tardis owners rez an "interior" somewhere on their land (or temporarily in a sandbox) and then land the "exteriors" in various forms wherever they have the rights. Exterior rezzers can be set to public use so every SL Tardis can land there.

Why mention this here? Though one of our favourite episodes involved the Doctor meeting Vincent van Gogh, the art connection is not obvious. Every location of our gallery welcomes visits by Tardis. We think SL's Time Lords would appreciate being able to visit other art galleries by Tardis too. If you own a gallery and would like to make this possible, just contact Dave or Fen. Lend them a tag to rez on your land, tell them what name you would like to appear in Tardis navigation systems and they will place the necessary rezzer! Don't just get visitors from more places, get them from more times!


NEW ACQUISITIONS

Fenella had the pleasure of meting Cica Ghost this week, having been introduced by a mutual friend. We had resisted the temptation to buy her amazing horse sculptures currently on exhibition because they were so primmy. However Cica explained the ones on display at her region are enormous. At normal size they are only 4LI each. So we are delighted to say that now  "Cica's Horse 8" and "Cica's Horse 10" are on display in the grounds of the LG Tower.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!