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!

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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.


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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.


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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 21: Poetry comes to the Limoncello Gallery

Lea from Finland-015From June 7 - 17, a new art form comes to the Limoncello Art Gallery; poetry. In an event supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish poet Lea Kalenius – in SL, LeafromFinland – will stage an exhibition at the Limoncello Arts Theatre on the 20th Floor of the LG Tower, where she will also give live readings in SL Voice.

The exhibition is called His White Room and consists of 15 short visual poems displayed on panels around the theatre.  Each panel gives a notecard containing a longer poem in dialogue with the visual poem. The collection is about the poet's brother and mixes autobiographical elements with fiction. 

Lea from Finland-011Lea is a poet and script writer from Helsinki. Finnish is, she says "my true language of poetry", but the poems in His White Room are all in English. She obtained a grant from Finland’s Arts Promotion Centre to organise a virtual poetic exhibition in Second Life® and the Limoncello Art Gallery is very happy to host both the exhibition and her readings as the first event in our new theatre. 

The live readings will be at 7pm SLT on Friday 11th June and at 9am SLT on Sunday 13th June at the Limoncello Arts Theatre. You can visit the exhibition at any time from June 7th to 17th but if you're proposing to combine your visit with one of the readings, we suggest you come at least half an hour in advance to check out the exhibits and pick up the poems.

We've attended a number of poetry readings in SL Voice and the technology usually works quite well. If there are glitches we'll deal with them in the true spirit of SL! We hope to see you there for this exciting new venture for our gallery.


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RL is back in England (the graphics are good but you still can't right click and mute annoying people). So we haven't had the time to spend on what have become over fifteen months of pandemic lockdowns our usual pursuits in SL. Dave did quickly tour the current new exhibitions but very little caught his eye. So the only new artwork added to the permanent collections this week is Overcoming by Love & Strength, by Zia Branner. It hangs on the 11th 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.


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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


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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 19

First of all, thank you to Cranston Yordstorm of the Passport to Bellisseria blog (and now vlog) for his kind permission to use his photo of the relaunched Airship Limoncello as the new banner for Limoncello News. Cranston is an actor in RL and an affable, enthusiastic presence in SL. Thanks, Cranston, not only for the photo rights, but for all you bring to SL.  

Not least of Cranston's SL contributions is his singing and those of you who attended the Relaunch Party last Saturday for the Airship Limoncello will be well aware of his talent. He entertained us well and the party then continued under the expert musical guidance of DJ Female. Our thanks to them both and to all of you who joined what was a sentimental evening for us. The airship has been part of our Second Lives since the very beginning.

It was particularly good to welcome JMB Balogh and Zhu Juran. Both were at the first airship party back in 2007 and are great friends. We're happy that, despite the unsocial hour for Europeans, Leon Nobilis, who remade the ship for us, joined the celebrations. It was also great to welcome some of the artists whose work is represented in our collection to celebrate with us. Their creativity keeps us in SL. Without them, we wouldn’t have stuck around for the virtual experiences (and real friendships) that make our SL so enjoyable — and so unlike the seedy 3D chat room outsiders often imagine.

The party’s over but it’s not time to call it a day. It’s back — for the Limoncello and for us — to the quiet, satisfying pastime  of collecting and sharing art. We’re grateful to all of you involved in helping us make SL places to – we hope – bring pleasure to visitors.

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Photo © Leon Nobilis

ART UNBOUND

Discussions have begun with our partner Infinite Productions about the next pop up art gallery in our ART UNBOUND series. As you know, the big idea of the project is to take art out of its "temples" to places it might not usually be thought to belong. Cate of Infinite Productions is researching locations and there'll be more news soon. We can tell you that the next ART UNBOUND pop up gallery will open in July and will feature works by veteran SL artists as well as one newcomer.


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Under the Ice / click to enlarge

We love the enormous installations made by French Artist Eylinea Seabird. One called In My Mood has been in place for some time at our gallery and can be accessed from a door at the aft end of the Middle Deck of the Airship Limoncello. You should check it out soon if you haven't seen it already, or take a last chance to enjoy it again as it may soon be replaced. Don't forget to check out her 2D artworks in our collection, which you will walk past on the way to that door. 

Eyelinea's latest massive installation, Under the Ice, opened this week at the VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery and is cool in every sense. Provided, that is, you first turn on Advanced Lighting Model (ALM). Without ALM, you'll think we're crazy to recommend it!

Sadly she couldn't make its opening party, but Fenella visited the new Jamison Arts Gallery in Haven Village to check out the three-woman exhibition with which it was launched. Two of the three artists; Aruba DeCuir and Jaelle Faerye, feature in our collections. The third, Sabrina Cooke, was new to us. Their work plays well off each other. Their styles are all different but somehow work together as a show. We recommend you take a look.

We're always delighted to see new art spaces open. If this opening exhibition is anything to go by, the Jamison should be a great addition to the SL art scene. Our congratulations to Harlow Jamison, the friendly and welcoming owner, and to the three artists concerned. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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This week's additions to our collection include "She Dwells", By Sugah Pancake – another Mermaid image, and a spectacular one. It was bought from The Art of Sugah Pancake, an exhibition currently in progress at the new Kondor Art Square. The next addition is by the highly-productive Caly Applewhywte and is called GEISHA in the Soul - 04.  Then comes CW- Girando, by Cullum Writer and finally Intro and extrovert, by Awesome Fallen. All of the above are to be found on the third floor of the LG Tower at our mainland annexe in Nanga.

Sabrina
At the opening exhibition at the Jamison Arts Gallery in Haven Village, mentioned above, we also acquired two portraits by artist Sabrina Cooke, for whom that is her first SL show. They are called Tulips and Begonias and Ethereal and are to be found 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!


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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. 


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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!


Edition 17

AIRSHIP LIMONCELLO REBUILD

image from www.flickr.comThe renovation and refurbishment of the Airship Limoncello is complete! Fenella inspected the finished job on Tuesday and asked for a couple of minor adjustments, which our contractor, Leon, took care of. We took delivery yesterday.

It's looking good. Leon has managed to get the Land Impact down to 226, which is 21 better than his previous estimate and hundreds better than the original build. She's still a heavy object but is 124 metres long so there are limits to what can be achieved. Every prim saved is another artwork that can be exhibited, so we are delighted. We also love the redesigned control gondola and the new staircases.

AS Limoncello v2.00 makers plateWe worked like crazy into the early hours of this morning to re-hang all the art. We need to update the catalogue to reflect the re-arrangements we have made – and some work is necessary to correct the build, so step carefully in places where the floors are incomplete – but essentially it's ready for visitors. 

We plan to have a re-launch party to match the original back in 2007 where the whole Limoncello story began! Watch this space for details. If you would like an invitation to the party, be sure to visit the gallery and subscribe to our mailing list. We hope to see you all there!


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We are late to this story but always like to give a shout-out to our fellow-gallerists in Bellisseria. We appreciate their sacrifice of the limited LI allowance at their Linden Homes to the cause of art.

There's an exhibition in progress right now involving two of our favourite SL ladies; Owl Dragonash and Inara Pey. It opened on April 18th and runs until May 15th at the super-cute Hoot Suite Gallery in Owl's traditional Winchester home in Ruthsburg. It features photographs by Inara – whose blog post about the relaunch of the Limoncello Gallery helped us enormously last year. The exhibition is called One if by land, Two if by water.

Inara says: 

I have been active in Second Life continuously since the end of 2006. My interests are widespread, covering many SL activities, although I am perhaps best known as a blogger, having been writing about Second Life for more than 10 years. My blog covers almost all aspects of Second Life. A key part of my blog comprises art and region reviews, for which I produce images for illustration. As such, I'm not a qualified photographer or artist in any meaningful use of the terms; I'm therefore genuinely flattered when people feel my art is suitable for exhibitions or purchase.

She's overly modest, in our opinion. We have bought and exhibited her work and there was no flattery in our decision. The only qualification that ultimately matters in the fine arts (delightful and useful though their study may be) is talent. Head over to the region honouring the original SL female avatar (whose name became a verb; back when to revert to basic form was to be "Ruthed") and enjoy the show.

May 8th is World Collage Day – an annual, international celebration of collage initiated by Kolaj Magazine in 2018. Artists and art venues are invited to hold events on that day to celebrate collage. Aruba DeCuir has decided to join in with the celebration in SL.

In order to celebrate the real world 'World Collage Day' I have made an exhibition of 12 new and some older collages here in SL. The exhibition will open Friday the 7th of May at 11.30 (SL time). There will be an initial two hours opening event. On Saturday – World Collage Day – the opening the opening will continue. I will be at the Collage Gallery as much as possible in European morning and daytime and you are free to come and meet me. All are welcome and I hope to see as many of you as possible! The show will be open until early June.

We love Aruba's work, which features in our collections. Why not head over and take a look?


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image from www.flickr.comOur friend Traci Ultsch has a show at the Imago Gallery at present called Overdose. Fenella mixed up her CET with her GMT and managed to show up to the opening party just as it was ending, but loved the show. Traci's work is striking, challenging and always makes you think. We bought a piece called I Am God, I Put Those Lights In The Sky and it's exhibited on the 11th Floor of the LG Tower

We also bought strokes of fate, by Sina Souza from her back-to-SL exhibition Retrospective at the Nitroglobus Gallery which we featured last week in a special ELSWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID supplement. Again, it's on the 11th Floor of the LG Tower.

Rising star of the SL art world (and our good friend) Anja (Neobookie) introduced Fenella to the work of Janus Fall. Anja currently has an exhibition in the garden of Janus's Red Dot Gallery. So, right now, a visit there will get you both Anja's super artwork and Janus's amazing photographic portraiture. We bought two pieces of the latter for our collection and both now hang on the 11th Floor of the LG Tower. The first is There Sleeps Titania from a series called Heart and Light featuring;

...images of the female face presented in atmospheric light to create a mood, feeling or emotion. Occasionally inspired by art or literature as the titles of the pieces suggest, the viewer is invited to create their own stories

The second is a wonderful portrait of a strikingly-beautiful SL lady called Tamara and prosaically entitled Tamara Pic Red Hair

image from www.flickr.comFinally, also on the 11th Floor is our first artwork using augmented reality. La belle et la bete, by tutsy Navarathna was bought from the artist's exhibition currently in progress at La Maison d'Aneli galleryIt comes with a QR code which, once you have dowloaded the app EyeJack for your phone or tablet, you can scan. Then, when you hold your phone up to the screen to look at the artwork through its camera, amazing things happen. Be sure to have the volume turned up on your phone!


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 16a – Sina Souza returns to SL!

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Poster Retrospective - SIna Souza - May 2021 Nitroglobus
When Dido Haas of Nitroglobus told us the news that Sina Souza was back in SL and making new works, we were very excited. This is an Elsewhere piece that can't wait for next week's edition.

Sina is an artist who was in everyone's SL collections back in the day. We have several of her pieces at the Limoncello Gallery; Remember Me and Masquerade are on the Upper Deck of the Airship Limoncello and Desire for Humanity features in the Balogh Collection at the LG Tower. Dido's as excited as we are. She says;

When Sina contacted me a few months ago and told me her inspiration was back and she'd started creating again, I was really thrilled. I love Sina and her art and I think I don't only speak for myself when I say I missed Sina's creations over the past years. 

She doesn't only speak for herself. We've missed Sina too! Dido has cleared her own part of Nitroglobus Gallery to make room for Sina's new images and a sculpture she has made. The exhibition is called Retrospective and opens this Friday, 30th April. Despite the title, Sina says; 

Retrospective is not an exhibition where I want to show you my previous work. It is an exhibition about struggles in my past, wrong decisions that I have made
or experiences that I have gained. It is a path between depression, strokes of fate and the problem of trusting others. But it's not just a look back at what's behind me, it is also a kind of self reflection, a step forward, a way to learn from mistakes and to grow from experiences. Sometimes we need to look back to look ahead.

We are happy to be able to break this exciting news here at the Limoncello News. The exhibition will run for the whole of May and June. Don't miss it! The opening party is this Friday, 30th April at 12pm SLT (9pm CET).


Edition 16

We were delighted to discover Cranston Yordstom's new blog, where he writes about his experiences collecting visa stamps for his Bellisserian Passport. Especially so as his very first stop was our recent ART UNBOUND popup gallery co-produced with Infinity Productions – Mirages on the Mother Road.

The blog is called Passport to Bellisseria – Cranston Travels the Grid and his write-up of MOMR is here. Please take a look and leave the nice man an encouraging comment! If you'd like to read more about him, there's a BBB Gazette post that includes an interview here

Carmel Art Community
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Speaking of the Bellisseria Passport, the BBB terminal is now in place at our new office in Carmel Art Community. Don't forget to collect the stamp when you visit. 

We would love to hear what you think about the new system for handing out information cards about the exhibits at our Main Gallery in Bellisseria and aboard the Airship Limoncello in Nanga. Before we embark on the big job of installing the system in the LG Tower, it would be great to have some reassurance from our patrons and exhibited artists that it works well for you. It certainly saves us prims we can use to buy more art, but we don't want that to be at the expense of your enjoyment of the collections.

Please leave a comment or IM Fenella Allen in world. Thanks in advance for your feedback. 


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BambooBarnes at DixMix
BambooBarnes at DixMix

One of our favourite artists in SL is BambooBarnes. We have several of her works in the Limoncello Gallery collection. You can find her So Long on the top deck of the Airship Limoncello, for example. Her Fairy Glitch features in the Dragonash collection on the 1st Floor of the LG Tower and her Life is on the 5th Floor.

See New Acquisitions below for news of the latest addition from her oeuvre!

Bamboo has an excellent show in progress at the DixMix Gallery called Marginal Mannerisms. Have a look at Violet Boa's interview with the artist at her excellent Virtuality blog, from which I will just quote Bamboo as saying;

The artworks in this exhibit are about my emotions which aren’t clear to see. I hope that you will see something in them for you. Life goes on.

So it does – with Bamboo, enigmatic as ever, letting her art speak for itself. 

Exal Grut at Kondor
Exal Grut at Kondor

Fenella was lucky enough to be at the opening party for Exal Grut's new exhibition at the Kondor Art Center and had a wonderful time.

The show is unusual because Exal, inspired by comic book art of the 70's and 80's, has used Second Life® to stage and photograph a story of his new superhero - Hatari. It's a fun idea, well-executed and an inspired use of SL. Our grid is – when you think about it – perfect for staging comic book stories! Indeed many of our avatars bear about as much relation to reality as Thor's muscles or Batman's endurance.

Go take a look. We think you'll enjoy it. It certainly made a refreshing change. Some SL art exhibitions tend to a pomposity ill-excused (if pomposity can every be excused) by the quality of the art on show. Not this one!


NEW ACQUISITIONS

Fenella hangs a new acquisition
Fenella hangs a new acquisition

We bought Brand New Closet by BambooBarnes from her current show at the DixMix Gallery, reviewed above. It now hangs on the Middle Deck of the Airship Limoncello.

We bought Meeting the Team by Exal Grut from his comic book art show reviewed above. It's an enormous piece, with no mod rights and no resize script. We've opened the 11th Floor of the LG Tower, which has the ceiling height to accommodate it, and where, it hangs – for now – in splendid isolation. 

Finally this week, we bought Love Me Not, by Gitu Aura from her current show at the Artcare Gallery. It now hangs on the 6th Floor of the LG Tower.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!