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

FENELLA'S PARTY

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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?

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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!

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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!


Edition 26: LIDO, Amona Savira, Baptism of Fire

LIDO POSTER
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Work continues on our new pop up exhibition LIDO – co-produced with INFINITE PRODUCTIONS and due to open on 17th July. There will be new work by Cate Infinity and Esta Republic. There will also be works by Milly Sharple, Jaelle Faerye, Tani Thor, Aquarius Lowtide, Ohsoleomio, Vanessa Jane and Gitu Aura on loan from the Limoncello Art Gallery's permanent collection. There will be a special stamp available for your Bellisseria Passport.

The opening party is at 7pm SLT on July 17th. Music will be provided by the ever-original Manx Wharton and DJ Vivienne Dufaux so get ready to dance on the beach amongst the art. The dress code is beachwear or mer!


Speaking of Cate Infinity, the opening party for her new gallery was last weekend. Sadly Fenella was away in RL and could not be there, but the event was a stunning success. Cate reports;

Art patrons showed up from all over the grid. It featured musical and eccentric acts from Manx Wharton and Poppy Morris. Manx Wharton's remix of Depeche Mode and Death Cab for Cutie was brilliant and entertaining. Poppy Morris performed industrial noise using her vocals and loom and it was transcendental.

Infinite Art Gallery reveals its artists undying commitment to art as a universal language and catalyst for unity. It seeks to foster inner creativity and talent towards an optimal SL experience. Cate Infinity displayed 2 limited edition artworks at the opening entitled Explosions of Fear and Explosions of Consciousness.


NEW SPECIAL EXHIBITION IN THE JISHNU ROOM

Amona Savira Poster

Our Molly Bloom show has come to an end, so it's time for our next special exhibition. Amona Savira was a Norwegian artist who, despite modestly denying that she practised "art with a big A" in SL, built up a considerable following. Sadly she is no longer with us, having died in February of 2017.

Amona went to art school in RL and had a degree in art history. She started her Flickr account in 2010 and traveled all over SL taking pictures. She moved on from landscapes documenting those travels to what she considered "more artistic projects" – including avatar portraits. She often served as her own model.

Such was her reputation in the SL art community, that her memory was honoured in the year of her passing with a retrospective exhibition at the prestigious DixMix Gallery. We think it's time to remember her contribution once again. Thanks to our friend Jo (JMB Balogh) who has a good selection of Amona's work in her inventory, we are now able to stage our own retrospective in the Jishnu Room for Special Exhibitions at our home gallery in Bellisseria. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

JMB Balogh
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Our thanks to Jo for lending us these special works of art for all to enjoy. This is the third consecutive special exhibition drawn from the Aladdin's Cave of her inventory. She also loans us the works in the Balogh Collection at the LG Tower

You might like to check out Jo's own SL work at her Seaside Gallery in Nestor. For a long time she's been doing beautiful work in her own right. Her Flickr page is here. Take a look!


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

Baptism of Fire - Mihailsk - poster
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Fenella was lucky enough to be invited by Dido Haas to preview the July exhibition at her Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. It's called Baptism of Fire and is the Second Life® artistic debut of Mihailsk, a Greek photographer with a distinctive style.

The images on display are all monochrome and feature the artist himself as model. They are simple, almost stark, and yet both dramatic and painterly in style. Challenged by Dido, who first found his work on Flickr, to travel inside himself  to make works for this exhibition, Mihailsk says;

I accepted that challenge and tried to express thoughts and emotions, using only my body and the presence or absence of light. I dared to make myself the main subject of my frame, something I usually don't do. Without colors, mostly without unnecessary objects, the more I traveled the more discoveries I made.

Dido – as always – has a great eye for new talent and Baptism of Fire is an impressive debut. We recommend it to you. You can see more of Mihailsk's work on his Flickr photo stream


NEW ACQUISITIONS

Remission by Mihailsk
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Given our favourable review (above) you won't be surprised that we bought a photograph from Mihailsk's Baptism of Fire show. It's called Remission and now hangs on the 12th Floor of the LG Tower. 

 

 

 


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 25: Art Unbound, Artist in Focus — Thus Yootz

ART UNBOUND INBOUND

LIDO POSTEROur partner Infinite Productions has secured a location for the next ART UNBOUND pop-up gallery. It’s a windswept beach location in the Tranquility Dreams region. We’re now putting together a roster of artists to supply new content to exhibit alongside works on loan from the Limoncello Gallery’s permanent collections. 

The show will be called LIDO and will run from 17th July to 7th August. The opening party will be on 17th July at 7pm SLT. Save the date! 


ARTIST IN FOCUS
We are happy to have some beautiful works by Thus Yootz in our collection. They can be found on the 9th Floor and the 11th Floor of the LG Tower. Thus is from Athens in Greece and has an MA in Art after a total study of ten years of drawing, painting, etching, sculpture and photography. She has taken part in many group art exhibitions in Greece. Her SL photography can be seen here and here.

She's also a wedding planner in SL, and a region designer, landscaper and terraformer. Finally she has a business selling her own trees and plants! Fenella caught up with this busy SL polymath to interview her about her art in Second Life®. 

Q. What first brought you into SL and how long was it before you began to create art here?
A. A friend I was looking after was joining SL and introduced me.  I knew nothing about it. Six months later, when a friend taught me the very basics of SL building, back in 2009, I made my first attempt at a painted sculpture that I still cherish.

Q. What’s the balance between RL and SL tools in the making of your work?
A. The SL capture must inspire me — the magic of other creators' dreams — captured by my perspective and then, each capture guides me, often in combination with RL artworks.

Q. Who are your artistic influences, in RL and in SL?
A. I adore a zillion artists in RL from ancient Greece, tribal art, to the Renaissance and to date.  They have all influenced me a lot. I have spent long hours since I was a kid admiring and contemplating their amazing artistic creations. My studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts also shaped my way of looking and how seriously I take art,

Q. In your view, what’s the best thing about art in Second Life and what’s the worst?
A. Lack of originality, not only in art but in every aspect, is the worst. Once a recipe works, everyone repeats it.  Even in creating sims, which I also consider an art.  Sure, we take from others, but we must create our own individual  vision, express our personality.  It bores me. It is hard to find original and creative places to make pictures, even !  Same with imagery. The best is that art connects us, it expresses us, it gives us the opportunity to be creative, which is a huge gift!

Q. Finally, what inspires your art?
A. The beauty I see.


NEW ACQUISITIONS

Some of our new acquisitions
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This week we acquired three new paintings by Fenella's friend and colleague at the BBB, Ghost (theghostofghost). All now hang on the 5th Floor of the LG Tower and are called Self Portrait - Biography, Art : The Beginning and Art: New York.

Dave discovered a new artist (to us) called Amanda Tomasoa (AmandaT Tamatzui in Second Life®). He bought two of her works called Woman with red scarf and Freedom From Within. Both now hang on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello.

As does a new work by one of our old favourites, Yoko Ayukawa, called Mermaid of the Sun. We can never resist a good mermaid and this one lured us right onto the art budget rocks.

The Dance by Alurcha Niekerk_001
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We bought a beautiful portrait called Girl With Flowers In Her Head 1, by Angel Heartsong. That is also to be found on the Lower Deck of the Airship. As is The Dance, by Al (alurcha.niekerk) and Blue Sandals, by Phrynne.

It has been the biggest – and most expensive – week for new acquisitions in a while. We hope you enjoy the new items in our collection as much as we do. Let us know what you think in the comments or by IM to Fenella (Fenella.Allen) or Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 24: SL18B in progress

Fenella has been working on the BBB stand at SL18B this week so has not had much time for work on our own gallery or visiting other gallery's exhibitions.  This edition is a bit light in consequence.

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Chuck's first sculpture in a while

There are some good art installations at SL18B and you might like to read Frank Atisso's review of one of Chuck Clip's two SL18B stands, for example. Dave visited it and congratulated Chuck (of Janus Gallery fame) directly for his work in depicting the history of SL art in selected sculptures and images. On his other stand, Chuck has gone back to his own roots as a prim sculptor, building a huge installation – his first new sculpture for quite some time.

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SL18B is a huge event. The shopping alone could take days to explore, but the exhibits from SL's own residents and communities are the best part for us. As tenants at Campbell Coast, where the offices of Limoncello News are based, we really enjoyed visiting the amazing stand that Kitty has built. She has essentially recreated all the Campbell Coast regions (including the Artists Village in a sky box) in a miniature model! Dave frowned a little that she depicted his Ferrari with a miniature VW Beetle, but as we pointed out out to him, she did at least paint it the right colour! Well worth a visit.

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Fenella at the BBB exhibit at SL18B

If the whole thing becomes too overwhelming – and it is a bit much at times – we recommend you stop by the Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy stand. You go along a dirt path from the entrance, through a hollow tree tunnel into the "hidden world" (the theme of this year's SLB) of a carefully tended Manor House style garden. It's a peaceful oasis in the bustle of SL's biggest annual event and there are outdoor tables, chairs and beverages! Those guys really don't know how to be bureaucrats! They are far too stylish, welcoming and efficient!

NEW ACQUISITIONS

We bought a painting called Island Girl from an artist new to us; Mia Kidd whom Fenella met through her friend Barbie – Mia's sister. Her "secret" gallery is at their family's island where their father runs a music club. The painting can now be found on the 8th Floor of the LG Tower. 


Edition 23: His White Room continues. Fiona Fei in focus.

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We were delighted with the success of our first live poetry readings by LeafromFinland last weekend. For the reading timed for American audiences, Fenella stayed up until 7pm SLT on Friday (3am London time on Saturday) to host the event, introduce Lea and help the audience with any technical problems. In fact, all went smoothly. The timing was even worse for Lea herself in Helsinki! The second reading was timed to suit European audiences so was in a more civilised 0900 SLT slot on Sunday.

SL Voice worked perfectly both times. Lea – who, as a relative SL newbie, had been quite nervous – seemed to enjoy the experience almost as much as her audience.

It was our first event at the Limoncello Arts Theatre, which we think worked well for the purpose. We hope to feature more SL Voice events in future and are open to suggestions for other presentations, lectures or performance art events that could be staged. 

Lea's exhibition – His White Room – continues until 17th June. There are no more live readings but the poems are available by clicking on the display panels around the theatre. When you've read them, you'll feel you know her brother well and will be relieved to learn (as Fenella found during Q&A) that though the poems are in the past tense, he is alive and well. We imagine he's also fairly bemused at now being known in a virtual world he's never visited!

ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID / ARTIST IN FOCUS

RFL Spirit 2021 by FionaFei_001If, like us, you love the work of Fiona Fei, Relay For Life 2021 had a treat in store for you; a whole region designed by her along the relay route. It will be gone by the time you read this, so if you missed it we can only give you a very sketchy idea with this aerial photograph. It was colourful, surreal and – while unlike her other works in many ways – recognisably hers. 

We have three of Fiona's works in our collections. Window Light, in the main gallery, is a photograph she made inside one of her art installations. On the Upper Deck of the Airship Limoncello, we have Painting Scroll - Cranes and Chinese 3D Painting - Flowers 02. 

The Dragonash Collection on the 1st Floor of the LG Tower features (on loan from its owner, Owl Dragonash) FionaFei Frames Collection (Mother's Day Gift). 

image from www.flickr.comFiona's website is well worth a visit, as is her Flickr photo stream, where you will currently find much better pictures of her RfL build than ours! There's also an excellent video interview at Art Made in SL here.

In many ways, Fiona's art is in an ancient tradition. However she uses Second Life brilliantly to make it come alive so that, as at her Shui Mo gallery (one of our favourite places in SL) you can walk into and become part of the scene.

We promise you won't regret any time you spend getting to know her work. 


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 22: Infinite Art, Xia Chieng, Anja, Kisma, Virtual Community Radio and new acquisitions

Infinite Art GalleryWe are happy to announce that one of "our" artists, our friend and our partner in the ART UNBOUND project – Cate Infinity – has opened her very own gallery in the Soho Contemporary Arts Center in Virtual Soho.

It's called the Infinite Art Gallery and features Cate's own work and that of Esta Republic, Poppy Morris and Manx Wharton. We congratulate Cate, Esta, Poppy and Manx and wish them every success.

We hope you'll visit to take a look and also check out the excellent website.

In other exciting news, one of our favourite artists (we have several of her works in our collection) has offered to put on a special exhibition.  We just love Xia Chieng's extraordinary portraits. The faces looking out at you are beautiful, enigmatic and gaze-arresting. You're drawn into their imagined thoughts until you're in a kind of conversation with them – or perhaps with the artist herself.

Xia thanked Dave for buying our latest piece from her gallery and, saying how much he loves her work, he joked he has to avoid visiting too often for fear it would dominate our collections. The idea for this exhibition was her response. It is planned to run from 1st October to 30th November, 2021.

Our Autumn programme is beginning to emerge. We are also discussing new shows with two other artists featured in our collections, so expect more announcements soon. If this seems a long way in the future, that's because we are taking a Summer break from new special exhibitions. We will resume in September with an exhibition of all-new works the artist has been working on for months. More details to follow! In the meantime, the Molly Bloom retrospective continues at the Main Gallery in Sirinial and Eylinea Seabird's amazing installation is still to be enjoyed in Nanga (SLURLs in the sidebar). 

Our exhibition Abstracts by Kisma Reidling ended on May 31st. We are grateful to Kisma, who is an artist much in demand, for exhibiting with us. Her work is always thought-provoking, so watch out for her other exhibitions. Currently, she has a show called Solera at the Hidden Door Gallery, for example. It's well worth a visit!

Virtual Community Radio produces a bi-weekly short feature called Where've You Been?  that highlights fun places to visit on the SL grid. The episode that begins airing today – June 9th – features our beloved historic home, the Airship Limoncello. It will play just after noon and again at 4pm SLT and again in the same two slots on June 12th, 16th, and 19th – a total of 8 broadcasts. After that it will move to the station's MixCloud page for Play on Demand.

At the time of writing, we haven't heard it ourselves but we're always happy when someone enjoys our gallery. We look forward to hearing what hosts Elrik Merlin (of Designing Worlds) and Caledonia Skytower (of the Seanchai Library) have to say about their visit.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID
Anja's Surrealism_001 image from www.flickr.comFenella attended last Saturday's excellent, well-attended opening party for our good friend Anja's (Neobookie's) exhibition at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The show is called Anja's Surrealism and does exactly what it says on the tin – with creativity, skill and wit.

Anja is a relative newcomer to SL art. She worked for a while under the guidance of her mentor, Traci Ultsch. There's no question she has found her own distinctive artistic "voice" and makes great work. Inara Pey reviews the show here

Inside Anja's mind is a fascinating, imaginative place and she's adept at sharing it through her art. She has been working on this show for a long time. Fenella has had secret previews of the work in progress and has been bursting with pride at her friend's achievements and struggling not to blurt out the secret. She is delighted finally to be able to say; "I love Anja and I love her art. It's a great show. Go! Go now!!"

La Maison d'Aneli, is always a good place to visit but this month we'd say it's even more so than usual. Fenella stumbled in on vroum Short's exhibit there while it was still under construction and it was already impressive. We can't wait to see the finished version. It doesn't open officially until 23rd June, but should be available for previews by 18th June.

In the meantime, there are several other artists exhibited. Aneli has run her gallery for 12 years. We Limoncellisti have been regular visitors since the beginning. She makes her spaces for SL's artists "only for passion – just for the pleasure of eyes" and for her own enjoyment of "the torture of little prims" to make her various builds. She told Fenella

I like all the artists, they do incredible work and they show a part of themselves

Unlike our gallery, which is a permanent collection with some loan exhibits and occasional special exhibitions, La Maison d'Aneli stages a constant series of ever-changing multiple art shows. That's much more work than we would ever like to handle! Aneli, who does it all herself, has our respect and admiration for the effort she puts in. Her work in curating so many exhibitions over the years means that she now knows many (if not most) of the serious artists active in SL and (though too modest ever to say so) is something of an SLebrity herself. We recommend you go take a look.


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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Fenella admires "10" by Paola Mills /click to enlarge

This week we acquired 10 by paola Mills, Box by Esta Republic and Bumble Deliveroo, the signature piece from Anja's (neobookie's) current exhibition (see above). All three now hang on the 5th Floor of the LG Tower. 

We also acquired Fire and Ice, by Viktor Savior, which is exhibited on the 11th Floor of the LG Tower and Athalia, by Xia Chieng, which is hung on the 12th Floor of the LG Tower. 


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 20

It's hard to believe that we've published so many editions of the Limoncello News but here is the twentieth. It has evolved from a notecard distributed to our Limoncello Friends group, to a web-based weekly. We merged with the BBB Gazette, then de-merged. We began by telling you what new artworks we'd bought. Then to write about exhibitions we'd visited and occasionally about the artists in our collection.

Our ambitions are humble and our objective is clear. Our home is in Bellisseria and we are non-commercial – even at our mainland annexe. We compete with no-one. This is not a journal of SL art – others write those and we're happy to be their readers. Ours is a private collection, open to the public. It simply seemed selfish to own art in a world where security and insurance are not an issue, but not let others enjoy it! We don't have a tip jar and the only gifts we ever accepted (and we didn't solicit those) are art works.

Most land owners in SL (even if they do offer rentals or solicit donations) know they must expect to spend their own money to build something they love. They are usually happy for others to enjoy it too. That's the spirit of SL. There are those who make a living here by providing commercial content. Good luck to them and we are happy to be their customers. But that's not who we are.

You are always welcome at our gallery and we love to chat with you about the art and whatever else comes up. We ask nothing of you – not even the chat if you don't feel like it – so relax, enjoy the art and please feel at home. As for the Limoncello News, if you ever have a story to tell or pictures to share that might be of interest to our readers, please don't hesitate to send your copy and/or images to Fenella.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

The most extraordinary thing in Second Life® at the moment is Borderless Pt. 2 by Gem Preiz. It's reviewed at Art Korner so we won't go into detail about it here. It's an installation with a series of enormous rooms, each on a different theme. You'll need to set your graphics to Ultra (no shadows) and use Shared Environment. Here are some photos Fenella took on her visit there. They will give you an idea but they can't come close to replicating the experience, which changes constantly. Seconds after each of these shots, they would have shown something different. You really need to visit yourself


NEW ACQUISITIONS

We are cautious about adding 3D art because we husband our prims very carefully but as Ferraristi (you may have noticed Dave's California outside the Limoncello News Office and Fenella has a 599 in inventory) we couldn't resist Cavallino Rampante, by qutsal.alex, which is now in the ground floor lobby of the LG Tower. He actually called it "Prancing Horse", but it so much resembles the Ferrari emblem (and Dave's tattoo thereof) that we thought the name just sounded better in Italian. 

Thus Yootz has an exhibition in progress at the Kondor Art Gallery, where we bought Red Dawn. It now hangs on the 11th Floor of the LG Tower


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 18

PARTY TIME

AS Limoncello Relaunch Party 09.31.14Please have your tuxedos and evening dresses dry-cleaned and come to the relaunch party of the newly-refurbished Airship Limoncello from 4-6pm on Saturday May 15th.

The party will be on board the newly spiffed-up ship and live music will be provided by singer Cranston Yordstorm from 4pm, followed by tunes from DJ Female from 5pm.

It will be an emotional event for the Limoncello Art Gallery team. The first party our founder, Tom Paine (LastDitch Writer) ever threw in SL was an after-party on July 1st, 2007 for a blogging awards ceremony. As reported here on his blog, it took place aboard the then brand-new Airship Limoncello. At 124 metres of more than 700 barely-held-together prims – she was then the largest moving vehicle in SL – though the gentlest region crossing tended to pull her apart!

Many noobs partied aboard that night. Several fell out and had to be saved by teleports back from mid-air! The dear old Limoncello has been central to our Second Lives ever since. Tom will be there in spirit for the relaunch of his old ship and we will release a special video greeting from him at the time of the event. 

So, if you want to see nostalgic tears in the eyes of grown avatars, you need to be there. Bring your dancing shoes and your friends.


LG TOWER REDEVELOPMENT

image from flic.krThe Airship Limoncello having been rebuilt to save prims, our logical next step was to use some of them (163 in fact) to add floors to the LG Tower. So that's what we have done.

Since last week's Limoncello News, we have called in the builders and added five new floors. That gives us 20 in total, of which 19 are gallery floors. We can now sustain the present pace of acquisitions for a year without increasing tier.

The new 20th Floor is our LG Arts Theatre and is available (complete with stage, podium and lighting rig) to any artists or curators who would like to give lectures, stage performance art or present other arty events. There will be no charge for use of the theatre by anyone Dave likes. Take the elevator to the 20th Floor, check it out and lay your charm thickly on Dave to get the tag!


PASSPORT TO BELLISSERIA VISITS THE RELAUNCHED AS LIMONCELLO

Cranston Yordstorm’s excellent blog Passport to Bellisseria has been documenting his visits to stamp-issuing locations for the Bellisseria passport from the BBB. Last week he was one of the very first visitors to the newly-refurbished and re-launched Airship Limoncello and you can read all about it here. It’s funny for us, having lived with the old girl for the whole of our time in SL, to read about her as the “latest annex” and “new”, but in a sense she now is. We are grateful to Cranston for letting us know that the passport terminal on board was malfunctioning. We’re not sure how that happened but we deleted it and rezzed a new one and all is now well. Please, if you ever encounter anything that's not working at our galleries, let us know!


ELSWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

Fenella attended the opening of White Canvas, an exhibition by Diconay Boa at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery last Sunday. The images were striking and the light show by Venus Adored was spectacular. The show is a study of second life tattoos.  Diconay says that;

Tattoos are jewelry for the skin. People get them for many reasons... Our current society craves individuality and self expression. And now many people wear their artistic expression. They are especially interesting in the virtual world because of the lack of permanence on a virtual mesh body. But someone talented in the digital arts can really make it look surreal and beautiful.

The show is well worth a look. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

We mentioned Aruba DeCuir's World Collage Day exhibition last week. It's still running for a little while so do visit if you haven't already. We bought two pieces for our collection, called Red Herring and Chopsticks – both by Aruba herself. You will find them on the Upper Deck of the Airship Limoncello.

We also acquired three works by Ghost, who is organising a charity event at her gallery in the Artists' Village at Campbell Coast. All the art is on sale at $L0 – that's right; entirely free of charge. Instead purchasers are asked to donate the usual price of L$250 per item to Relay for Life (RFL) the fundraiser for cancer research. Our three "purchases" are Vanity Blues - Biography, Urban Dystophia and Sunstruck Stone and also now hang on the Upper Deck of the Airship Limoncello. 

Finally, from her exhibition White Canvas reviewed in this week's EOTAG feature,  we bought 13. Slow kill, by Diconay Boa. You'll find it exhibited on the 11th Floor at the LG Tower.


That's all from our Campbell Coast editorial offices for now. See you at the party. Until then, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!