Edition 16a – Sina Souza returns to SL!

ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

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. 


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

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!


The Limoncello News and BBB Gazette go their separate ways

BBB Logo Stamp SolidAs a Bellisserian institution ourselves, we at the Limoncello Art Gallery have been delighted to support the activities of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy by hosting its official publication, the BBB Gazette, during its launch phase. The BBB is now ready to strike out alone and the new BBB Gazette can be found here. If you came here looking for BBB content, please follow the link and update your bookmarks for future reference.

In recognition of our support the BBB has awarded us Publication Licence #2 (#1 is the BBB Gazette's own licence) and we proudly display it in the sidebar.

 


Limoncello News – Edition 15

NEW LOCATION

Carmel Art Community Office
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To get closer to the artists who make SL special for us, we've opened another office among them. This time it's in the Carmel Art Community – a pretty little region based on the RL original in California. We have rented a unit there, which is a shop in name only – as always, nothing is for sale and there are no tip jars. 

Please stop by and say hello. If you are an SL time lord, you will find LG Carmel Art in your Tardis database – along with all our other locations. If you hold a Bellisserian Passport and collect visa stamps from destinations around Second Life, watch out for a new stamp soon for our Carmel location.

While you're there check out the various artists' galleries (including the cute little beach cabanas) and the proprietors' very own Robert McFarren Gallery and Carmel Art Gallery (currently featuring an excellent show called The Art of Science by Kisma Reidling). 

Our directory board is in place connecting you to our collections and special exhibitions. There's also a board to subscribe to our mailing list, which every week will send you a link to the latest edition of Limoncello News and occasional other information about special events. Including, of course, the ART UNBOUND series of pop up exhibitions co-produced with our friends at Infinite Productions. Carmel's owners are still quite new to Second Life but theirs is a wonderful addition to the SL art scene that we are happy to support. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

New acquisition in place
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One of the first fruits of our new venture at Carmel was that we found a new artist for our collections. Pisces, by Jaelle Faerye now hangs on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello in Nanga. It is one of a zodiac series and, as it happens to be Dave's, Fen's and our founder's star sign was the obvious choice.

The daughter of an RL oil painter, Jaëlle grew up in an artistic environment in France. She is currently an Artist In Residence at Carmel Arts Community and has a showroom there for the year of her residency. It's right opposite our new office and was the first place we found when we set out to explore after finishing our fit out.

Lagos by Maria Montgolfier
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Our next new acquisition is also very special. "Lagos" by Maria Montgolfier is the only example of this artist's work in SL. Dave met her mother through a mutual friend while out sailing and she spoke of her daughter's talent and showed him the painting. He loved it, she donated it (thanks, Anna May, for the kind gift) and moments later it was hanging here – also on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello. It's a wonderful portrait; we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID / ARTIST IN FOCUS

image from www.flickr.com

FionaFei is one of our favourite SL artists and someone whose work we are delighted to have in our collection. It features on the mezzanine floor at the Main Gallery in Sirinial, and also here and here aboard the Airship Limoncello in Nanga.  

Fiona currently has a huge installation at the DixMix Gallery called ShuiMo – Spring. It hasn't been determined yet how long it will remain there, but it should be in place for at least a couple of months. 

As explained in the notecard to her ShuiMo piece at our gallery, 

Shui Mo, meaning "ink" in Chinese, is an art gallery and a series of installations called the "Shui Mo series" that I have created in the style of Chinese ink brush painting, depicting a common theme or landscape seen in many traditional Chinese paintings.

We love our own ShuiMo example, but the installation at the DixMix Gallery is on a monumental scale. It looks amazing and is well worth a visit. 


Don't forget that the first ART UNBOUND exhibition - Mirages on the Mother Road ends this week. Don't miss your last chance to visit. Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Limoncello News – Edition 14

FOCUS MAGAZINE FEATURE

Focus Magazine has an interview in this month's issue with our proprietor Lord Junibalya (Dave to his friends – including all readers of Limoncello News). If you are a subscriber to our mailing list you will have received a copy in-world. If not, you will be able to read the interview here, when the April edition is published online. IM Dave or Fenella if you haven't received an in-world copy and would like one. There are some splendid photographs of the gallery, even if you're not much interested in Dave's pontifications!

The gallery also features on this month's Focus Art on Tour HUD, which we have again distributed to our mailing list.

PROGRESS ON THE AIRSHIP LIMONCELLO REFIT

AS Limoncello II in developmentOur gallery was founded in 2007 on the beautiful but primmy old Airship Limoncello high above the mainland region of Nanga on the Satori Continent. She's still aloft in the same region, but now serves (along with our 15-storey tower on the ground) as part of the mainland annexe to our new home gallery in Sirinial on Bellisseria.

Work continues on our project to restore and upgrade our historic home. Leon Nobilis, our builder, placed a prototype in-world. Fenella took this photograph of it while it was briefly moored beneath the Limoncello. As you can see, it is beginning to take shape! Given the size (124 metres long) Leon is struggling to keep the Land Impact (LI) down. We are confident he will work it out.

We'll keep you informed as to progress as the project moves forward. For now, we can tell you the new lightweight stair-cases are a big improvement. The old curly ramps were always very hostile to noobs! To be honest, even after 5000 days in SL (most of them involving visits to the airship) Dave and Fenella often fell off them!


ACQUISITIONS

Another mermaid you say? Yes! On the 8th Floor of the LG Tower in Nanga you will find Sirene by Nina Helix, sold commercially under her Foxwood brand. Fenella (or Finella when in mermaid-mode) insists it's much more than decor. Do you agree? On the Middle Deck of the Airship Limoncello, you'll find "white noise 01", by Rose Hanry from her current exhibition at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and two new works by Michiel Bechir from his exhibition currently in progress at UASL Michiel's works are called Goethe Bridge and Still Life II. You will also find there three unique paintings by Katherine Heartsong called “Art 007, 033 and 005”.


ARTIST IN FOCUS / ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

The most impressive work we saw this week – and some of the most impressive we've seen for quite some time – was at the Cape Able Art Gallery. The exhibition is of the work of Tucker Stilley – a distinguished artist who contracted Motor Neurone Disease and is now paralysed. Using software driven by his eyes, he has continued his work as an artist;

Aided by a revolving krewe of artstars, technicians and family members Tucker lives ‘in’ the Net – drawing inspiration, raw source materials for his work and reaching out to a broad and deep community of friends and research and development partners following his work – work that brings together a wide cross-section of maximalist post-post modernism, ranging from whimsical media collage to hard generative abstract with stops along the way for conceptual process-art – and the simply beautiful mistakes.

Fenella visited and talked with his sister, who explained his situation and his methodology. We've rarely encountered anything more inspiring. Tucker has visited Second Life but finds the interface difficult to control with his eye-driven system so has only really explored it by auto-following his sister's avatar. 

The art is wonderful and the show is well worth a visit. Please take a look. All the details and the SLURL are here on the Art Korner site


Special stamps
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Don't forget that tomorrow is the second anniversary of our gallery's home continent, Bellisseria. Don't miss out on the party at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds and don't forget to collect the special stamp for your Bellisseria passport. While you have your passport HUD on, why not pick up the other limited edition stamp currently available from Mirages on the Mother Road. Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Limoncello News – Edition 12a

Yes we are superstitious. Our favourite poet, Dylan Thomas, dedicated his Collected Works "To God. Just in case" and we take the same approach. 

If you weren't at the opening party for Mirages on the Mother Road (the first ART UNBOUND pop up gallery, we hope, of many) you missed a great night. Fenella & Dave were there, despite it being from 2am to 6am at their time in RL, and it was well worth the lost sleep. Lady Zenaida's singing was whimsical and delightful and as you'll see from her website, she is one of the few people in SL who are prettier than their avatar! DJ Yoyo Burckhardt gave us an entertainingly eclectic set that kept everyone dancing. Manx Wharton span a hilarious tale of lost love and abandonment to music while strewing the desert with dead deer (don't ask). Maximillion Kleene was brilliant, which those who have seen him perform before say is normal.

Thanks to all the musicians and congratulations to Cate Infinity of Infinite Productions – our ART UNBOUND partner – who organised the event. She put together an amazing roster of talent in a wonderful setting. I doubted an opening party could stay lively for four hours but was wrong! If you want to see far artier pictures than ours below, check out I am Free... (libbberamente)'s blog here. Thanks to her for those. If you took photos of your own at the party (or at the gallery) please share them on the ART UNBOUND Flickr Group,  the Limoncello Friends Flickr Group and/or post them on the Editor's Facebook page.


INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ARTISTS

Our thanks once again to I am Free... (libbberamente); this time for showing Dave a script she uses to save prims. If our artworks have MOD rights, we place information notecards in them with a script to hand them out. Many are not moddable – so we place "click for info" signs nearby. These take up prims that could be used for our only SL goal; MORE ART!! I am Free's script creates a menu of notecards for such signs to hand out. We hated its floating text, but found another that works just as well. If our visitors like them, we will gradually replace clusters of old signs with new ones that give info on several nearby artworks.

The best use of this idea so far is in our home gallery in Bellisseria. We are so limited for prims there that we have never had "click for info" signs. Visitors could only get information about the artworks from the catalogue distributed by our welcome board. Now, for the first time, every artwork there is either clickable OR has a notecard available from "click for info" kiosks. If your click on an artwork yields no information, just check out its object details and get information, by artist name, from the kiosk instead.

On the subject of our notecards, though artists open their souls through their work, they are sometimes surprisingly reticent about themselves. We give out what information we have but, particularly in the case of older artworks, whose creators are no longer around in SL, that's sometimes very little. If your art is in our collection and the accompanying notecard is low on information, please tell us more. If you don't want to talk about you, tell us instead about the artwork itself or your artistic process in general.

Artist or not, if you know something about a piece in our collection, please send us a note – with links to sources if you have them.

You will have noticed our rebranding this week as The Limoncello News and BBB Gazette. This reflects that we'll be publishing more Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy content here. If you're not interested in that, don't worry. The links we deliver to the gallery's mailing list and other art groups will take you to the latest gallery news. Links to BBB items will go out separately to its user group, BBBUG, and other Bellisseria info channels. Feel free to browse through both though, if you are interested.


ACQUISITIONS

Dave inspects his handiwork
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Having seen her RL photography at the RL Photo Festival 2021 at the Helvellyn Gallery, Dave visited Duna Grant's Poetic Lines Art Gallery and bought three of her artworks. He is pictured here with two of them on the Middle Deck of the Airship Limoncello.

The three works are Red Dusk (not pictured), Stop and Flowers V. You can learn more about her in our notecards or at her Facebook or Flickr pages.

On the same Middle Deck of the Airship Limoncello, you can also find N. 123, by Ernst Maven – another new artist to our collections.


ARTIST IN FOCUS

CometMorigi@LimoncelloAG
Fenella with two of comet's works

Comet Morigi is "a Japanese Artist in residence inworld." She is an old friend of our founder Tom (LastDitch Writer). They met when she (artistically designed and beautiful by pre-mesh standards) complimented him on the creativity of his "ugly old man avi". Tom had rather missed the point of SL and tried to make his avatar look as much like his RL self as possible! Despite this inauspicious start, they became friends. comet had one of the free-of-charge starter galleries aboard the Airship Limoncello in our early days. Tom also loaned her a newly-bought – as yet undeveloped – rentals region to build a temporary art project. The two works in the above picture with Fenella – sumikin to LastDitch Writer and Painting Cube "Dali & Klee" 2007 for LastDitch – were gifts to thank him for that. Hence their names.

comet's approach was to make nothing here that could be made in RL. Her little gallery at one point featured a photograph of a region she had landscaped. That photograph (still in her picks as SIM-Surround Mountains シムを囲む山) could exist in RL. Yes, but if you touched it, you were teleported into the scene it depicted! 

The two works in the picture float in the air at the Main Gallery and are phantom. You might rig cloths on a frame to achieve a similar look in RL, but you could neither defy gravity in hanging it, nor pass through it like a ghost. These artworks are not just in, but very much of, SL! Inspired by comet's ethos, at one point Tom considered restricting his collection to SL-only artwork. In the end his catholic taste (critics would call it "lack of discrimination") led instead to the eclectic assortment you see today. Nonetheless, comet's ideas are always in the minds of the current curators, though we have not seen her online for a while and her most recent Flickr images are from 2014. If we see (as we rarely do) a work that meets her criteria, we are more inclined to acquire it.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Limoncello News – Edition 12

MiragesAPRIL_FINAL (2)
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Next Saturday, April 3rd, is the opening party for the first ART UNBOUND pop up exhibition – Mirages on the Mother Road.

The party will run from 6pm to 10pm SLT. Our partner Infinite Productions has lined up a great programme of music so come along and dance the evening away in the desert surrounded by art.

There's no dress code, but biker chic or Breaking Bad might be the way to go! It's an art event in the Great American West, so feel free to use your imagination. 

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If you haven't received an invitation by the usual channels just IM Dave, Fen or Cate Infinity. The show runs from April 3rd to the 23rd but is open for previews now.

By the way, if you hold a Bellisserian passport, there's a stamp terminal at the pop up location. It will only be in place for three weeks so don't miss it! We will have a terminal at each ART UNBOUND pop up show, so you can collect a series of these limited edition stamps.

When each show is officially open, we'll also hand out (NO COPY/TRANSFER) postcards from it for you to collect and trade.

Time Musician New art by: 
6:00 pm Lady Zenaida Cate Infinity, Gamma Infinity, Esta Republic
7:00 pm DJ Yo Yo Burckhardt Art on loan from LG collection by:
8:00 pm Manx Wharton Uleria Caramel, Harry Cover, Kraven Klees, Morlita Quan and Thus Yootz.
9:00 pm Maximillion Kleene  

 


MOLLY BLOOM: AN SL RETROSPECTIVE

Molly Bloom: An SL Retrospective
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We continue our series of retrospectives of work by artists no longer active in SL. From April 1st to June 30th we are exhibiting a selection of works by Molly Bloom (mollybloom100) in the Jishnu Room at the Main Galley in Sirinial. All the featured artworks are on loan from the collection of JMB Balogh. Thank you, Jo for sharing them with us. 

Molly is an American RL artist, brought up as "a Navy Brat" and living in Japan with her family when she was very young. In RL she had "a fairly high-powered corporate career",  worked as a Holistic Health Educator and was also "an award-winning glass artist".  She was  active on the SL art scene for many years, with her own gallery at Angelic Isles. She had shows at The Rose Theatre and Gallery, the Paris Metro Gallery and elsewhere. The last of her projects promoted in SL was actually on OpenSim in 2016 and it may be that's where she has now gone. There are no more recent images than 2016 on  her Flickr Page.

In an interview with Jami Mills of Rez Magazine in December 2013, she said

Living in the US, we are still under a vast Puritan ethic and my art rebels against social conventions. The beauty of being an artist is that you can easily substantiate rebellion against current paradigms... Laughter, sex and deep thought are by far the healthiest activities we have as humans. Every time we participate, it allows for a richer life. Sex and laughter together is a double whammy of endorphin rush. 

In a 2015 interview, again with Jami Mills, she asked (on the subject of SL itself);

Why on earth would you come in here to be beige when you can be all the colors of fantasy?

That attitude is reflected in Molly's work, which is bold, sexy and witty. Her SL profile says "Maturity is highly overrated, especially in SL". She certainly seems to have had a lot of fun here, while enhancing others' lives with exuberant creativity. We regret that we don't have any of her artworks in our permanent collection but hope you enjoy this chance to look back at her SL career. 

MEMORIAL AT ANGEL'S REST

Chuck Clip's Janus Gallery is one of our favourites. Chuck has dedicated a newly-acquired piece by artist Sharni Azalee as a memorial in SL. He writes;

Whether you have lost someone recently or years ago, to cancer, heart attack, illness, hilariously ironic accident, or any other reason, and wish them to be memorialized, simply submit their name to me via a notecard placed in the drop box just outside the memorial. I will place a candle with that name in hover text above the candle. There is no fee, no requirement other than telling me what name you wish to be displayed. 

It's a typically kind, generous gesture by Chuck. Dave visited to enter the name of his late wife who died of cancer in 2011. Why not go there and apply for a memorial to someone you loved, taking in the art while you are there?


ACQUISITIONS

51012378295_303e05e66c_kOn the 9th floor of the LG Tower you will find Ordinary Angels #3, by Awesome Fallen. We bought it from her superb exhibition of the same name, currently showing at the Dixmix Gallery. Fenella is pictured here chatting with art blogger Frank Atisso at the show. Even with his advice, it was hard to choose just one piece from such an engaging, thought-provoking show to represent both the show and Awesome in our collection.

You should hurry over there soonest to see all the works we regretted not purchasing before it closes! 


ARTIST IN FOCUS

On the Top Deck of the AS Limoncello, Traci Ultsch features both as artist and model. Three of her art works are also to be found on the Fourth Floor of the LG Tower. She was recently interviewed by Frank Atisso over at Art Korner, the SL art blog he publishes with Praesto Ibsen. Ostensibly the interview is about her current exhibition at Nitroglobus Gallery, but it goes more deeply into her background and process that we usually have space for here so please take a look!


PROGRESS ON THE NEW AIRSHIP

Our mesh expert has finished other tasks he was working on and has begun the Airship Limoncello rebuild. We'll keep you informed of progress.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

RL Photo Festival 2021
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The RL Photo Festival 2021 opens on March 30th at midnight SLT. The opening reception is on March 31st at 1 pm SLT. Fenella has entered five portraits this year so had access in advance. We can tell you that (modestly excluding Fenella's own humble efforts) there is some excellent work to be seen and enjoyed. The Festival is organised by Nils Urqhart of  at the Helvellyn Gallery and is well worth your time for a visit. By way of a teaser, if not a spoiler, here is Fen with her photos.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Limoncello News – Edition 11

NEW ACQUISITIONS

We should have visited Nym Nogah's exhibition at The Galleries sooner, but luckily made it just as it was being taken down. We bought her piece called Dreamer – now on display on the 6th Floor at the LG Tower. She kindly agreed to resize it for us as the small domestic version we bought looked a little out of place. We think you will agree it looks magnificent at scale. On the 5th Floor, we've added The Mer Woman, by VanessaJane66. Also on the 5th Floor of the LG Tower is another mermaid statue; Siren, by Eric Bloodrose and on the 8th Floor is yet another one, Mermaid 01, by LetsFire. 

Dave with Angel
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We've opened the 10th Floor of the LG Tower for the first time and dedicated it entirely to statues. One is of Poseidon and the entrance to the floor is flanked by guardian mermaids so yes, if you think there's something fishy about this week's purchases, you are detecting Finella's influence! 

So far, all but one of the statues on the new floor are by the same sculptor; Diiar Vader Shippe. She trades on Marketplace as D'STOPIAN. Her store has a category called Art; in which she doesn't include these statues. She lists them instead under Home & Garden but they're every bit as attractive as many by creators with more pretensions.

Perhaps because of her humility ("...but it's art!" is an excuse for many infelicities) she executes them deftly to have low Land Impact. A floor of such sculptures in the pre-mesh era would not have been possible. Even now, many SL artists – confident perhaps that the importance of their work justifies the cost – scorn vulgar prim economy. As a humble seller of decor items, Diiar doesn't allow herself that luxury. Of itself, we don't think a regard for economy of execution makes an object less worthy to be art, any more than ruthlessly editing one's writing to use only les mots justes, would make it less worthy to be literature!

"Dual Color (Feb21)", by Phenix Rexen
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The pieces featured are Sad Ladies versions 1,2 & 3 (sold separately but which we have grouped so as to console each other), Regal Mermaid (placed in mirrored versions to guard the entrance to the new sculpture floor), Angel and Poseidon. We hope you enjoy them. Do bear in mind that if (like us) you keep your draw-distance low so as to zip around SL laglessly, they may leap out as you approach them because of their LOD. Try not to be startled!

The final new addition is the only sculpture on the 10th Floor of the LG Gallery that isn't by Diiar. It's Dual Color (Feb21), by Phenix Rexen. We have one of Phenix's amazing statues on the Airship Limoncello already but we couldn't resist this one because one of the models was good friend of the gallery, Vaneeesa Blaylock. She's beautiful. It's beautiful. And watch this space for upcoming news of a special exhibition involving Vaneeesa. 

ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

New art enterprise Infinite Productions proposed a joint venture to us, which we were delighted to accept. We will jointly organise and stage a series of pop up events in unlikely, edgy (dare we say un-arty?) locations; taking the fine arts to places angels fear to tread. Above are some slides explaining the concept. The same slides are on screens in-world in the lobby of the LG Tower and at the Limoncello News office.

The series is called ART UNBOUND. You may have noticed signs around the gallery where items have been removed to feature in the first event. It's called MIRAGES ON THE MOTHER ROAD and will run from April 3-24 at a desert location in the Mother Road regions. It features new art as well as those items on loan from our permanent collection.

The opening party will be a four hour music marathon from 6-10 pm SLT on April 3rd and you will get an invitation via the same channel you received your link to this week's magazine. We hope you'll join us to get this new venture off to  great start. Mother Road is a desert region with a rough vibe so – while you'll be welcome whatever you wear – you might like to think biker! We look forward to seeing you all. 

GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHS BY PINK CLARITY

Pink Clarity took some super photographs around the gallery and kindly gave us permission to share them here. Pink has a long attachment to Second Life, mostly on the creative side, and her photography is part of that. She says;

My work is just a small effort to show the real beauty of SL, to represent the talented people who created the properties and sims I enjoyed and express my deep appreciation to them. I used to do my work for personal amusement but now have taken a step further by joining several exhibitions.

Her work can be seen at the Azimuth30 Studio & Gallery and on her Flickr photo stream. She has kindly agreed to let us use one of her images for the sign at our offices in Campbell Coast

AIRSHIP LIMONCELLO

We have entered into a contract to rebuild the Airship Limoncello in meshWe will take the opportunity to redecorate the old girl but, while we may replace some old textures with modern ones, we promise she will clearly remain our beloved historic home. What's more, we have bought exclusive rights to the new build so (unlike the LG Tower, which anyone can buy and use) the AS Limoncello II will be unique to us.

Fenella, who is a connoisseur of mesh clothes, had the idea of approaching an SL couturier. Her thinking was that our airship is no more complicated (if rather bigger) than a mesh shoe! The couturier referred her to one of her mesh expert friends and within the hour the contract was signed. If you see men at work aboard taking measurements, now you know what's going on!

We are not sure yet how many prims this will save , but are confident it will allow us to fill the LG Tower's 15 floors with art, and perhaps add a few more levels too. To go to its maximum height of 30 storeys would take all the savings and more, but another five floors might well be possible, which is a lot of gallery space. We will keep you up-to-date with the build as it progresses.

Dave's RL wife is delighted that her budgetary rules on our SL tier have led to creative thinking about prim economy. As any poet will tell you, it's the constraints that make the art!

FENELLA'S BELLISSERIAN QUEST

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The BBB inaugural Linden Location Stamp Rally took place last Friday. It was a tour to collect the six new Bellisseria Passport stamps available for the first time at public locations in Bellisseria. The route was the one Fenella was involved in testing for the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy (BBB), and which she wrote about in special Limoncello News supplements One, Two and Three.

It was all just fun but we hope it brought us new readers who will stick with us for the art! The picture to the left is of the special sample passport issued for the purposes of the tour, with all six stamps collected. 

The event was a great success and the BBB will issue more passports as a result. We enjoy collecting the stamps ourselves and hope more visitors will come to collect the three stamps we issue at the gallery – and now a fourth at the Limoncello News office on Campbell Coast. We hope they enjoy the art while they're getting their passports stamped and come back soon, often and with all their friends!

As a Bellisserian institution, the BBB is – like our gallery – strictly non-commercial. Role-playing bureaucracy to make the SL experience more real is something its staff do for fun. Not only can you get a passport, they'll issue you with a Bellisserian driving licence and licence plates for your car!

Finally, here's a picture of a page from Fenella's passport bearing the new Limoncello News stamp. As soon as you have collected the new stamps around Bellisseria be sure to come and pick one up. You're hearing about it three days before the weekly notecard goes out from the BBB announcing new locations, so hurry and be among the first to get it!

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ARTIST IN FOCUS

Aruba DeCuir's work Spring Etching, March 2013 features in our main gallery in Bellisseria and her African Sunrise is on the lower deck of the Airship Limoncello over mainland. She has her own gallery at Village de Verfeuille and has been a presence in SL art for some time.

She was born and lives in Europe and describes her work like this; 

I paint - in SL with a computer. I 'torture' digital photographs or scans, alter old prints and assemble it all as collages. I also do 'digital etchings' - by which I mean I try to make them look and feel like etchings. 

I use sculpts and mesh in 3D works. I apply letters and numbers to my works - mostly they don't refer to anything special. I pick up inspiration from many sources, I read a lot and I enjoy poetry - some say they sense spirituality in my works but I am not religious as such

Aruba's personality shines through all her works. We enjoy those in our collection and visit her gallery regularly to see what she's been up to. Stop by and take a look yourself. You won't be disappointed. Especially if you're lucky enough to bump into Aruba herself and have a stimulating conversation. She is a passionate lady of trenchant views so have your wits about you! 

Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


BBB Gazette – Fenella's Bellisserian Quest; From Millers Pond to completion

Our editor, Fenella, is a new member of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy. She is road testing a tour the BBB (in cooperation with the Lindens and Moles) is developing around the sights and landmarks of Bellisseria. The quest is to collect stamps from each location  for the Bellisserian Passport. 

After a restful night, I struck camp in the early light and launched my little boat again from the dock at Millers Pond. I had two more stamps to collect and most of my travel would be on water. The guide-notecard advised me to rez a small boat as there were many low bridges to pass before I reached the sea, but I decided to continue with my little Bandit 22 LTE racing boat; shipping the mast when necessary. She has a nice turn of speed and I knew there were some nautical miles to cover. 

I shipped anchor and sailed North under the first bridge of the day. 

The Route

Happily the World Map was working well for once and I could plan my route. Along the river, out to sea, North to the Bellisseria Fairgrounds and back South to Picards Wharf. I sailed gently North and then East through Oldridge, Wolfboro and Evard (under all the promised bridges and perhaps a couple more) until I was among the houseboats in Guppy. I headed out to sea and sailed North-East through Ancoraggio and Bellisseria Bay to Whiskey Bay and the fairgrounds' dock. Most Bellisserians will have visited there as it's a favourite location for our continent's big events. It's also one of my favourite places to practice landings in my helicopter!

After so long in the boat, I was happy to stretch my legs. After a short walk, I found the stamp terminal near a rocky outcrop. The instructions were clear enough and now I had five stamps in my passport. Just one more to go!

Returning to the dock I ignored the water taxi to the mainland and launched my sailboat again, heading West, South-West and then South through Bellisseria Bay, Ancoraggio, Guppy, Wobbly and Stiff Drink (who names these places?!) to a a tall, thin, somewhat Freudian rock protruding from the sea at Picards Wharf. This (so the notecard told me) marked the end of the quest. 

I found the rock and moored my boat. Now it all became a bit more challenging, at least for non-Merfolk! As the guide-notecard put it: 

One way or another you are going to get wet now. If you are brave put on the supplied adventure gear. Alternatively if you have scuba or snorkel gear, put it on. Merfolks ignore all the above. Worst case scenario take a deep breath and hold your nose.

It was time for a magical transformation as Fenella became FINella and swam down to the sea bed. Among the ruins of another house built by the Moles on poor foundations, I found the entrance to an underwater cave. All the guide-notecard had to say was;

Walk into the cave and try to find the stamp terminal. The Merfolk maintain this terminal and it might not be pristine after all this time in the water. So no disrespect to the Merfolk but it might not be so easy to find. This is the last stamp, did you think we'd make it easy? Get the stamp and you've completed the quest! Explore deeper into the caverns and grottoes if you are brave enough, but be warned some never return!

Screenshot 2021-03-16 at 09.48.33The Moles had placed a terminal where it would sink and rust, yet were trying blame us Merfolk (for obvious reasons not famed as electricians) for its poor condition! I ignored the insult and swam around until I found it.

I must give credit to my BBB colleagues for their workmanship. The screen was flickering but somehow, though it didn't look too great, it worked! I had myself a "Mermaid Grotto" stamp. We citizens of the sea need no passports to our own places, but I just laughed at the idea. We won't begrudge any legger who makes it safely to and from those caves the pleasure of a bureaucratic reward! 

Since I got my passport when I moved to Bellisseria last year, I have enjoyed collecting the BBB's stamps. All Limoncello Art Gallery locations have stamp terminals and as a Bellisserian institution (our Main Gallery is over Dave's, houseboat) we are happy to fly the flag at our mainland annexe too.

More art galleries, clubs, GTFO depots and docks, starships, Tardises and other destinations around the grid (the locations don't have to be in Bellisseria though you must be a Bellisserian to have the passport) should have terminals. They are one more reason for people to visit your location. What's not to like?

I would argue that they make particular sense for art galleries because the urge to collect is something their owners and their visitors have in common!

Unlike most bureaucracies, we have a talented designer on our staff and will craft your stamp for you, based on your logo or your requirements. We at the Limoncello Gallery liked the BBB's design for our stamp so much that with permission we adopted it as our logo.

Rally ChestThis little quest was a particularly fun way to add to my collection of stamps however. Apart from the Mermaid Grotto at the end, the instructions were clear and the terminals easy enough to find. When the route opens officially later today, I recommend you try it – if you have a Bellissarian passport.

And if you don't, but are entitled to one, why don't you head over to the BBB and fill out the form? Of course there's a form; we're bureaucrats!  We're not very good at bureaucratic delay though, so you may be pleasantly surprised by how soon it arrives.

The route officially opens at 12 noon SLT today when the BBB inaugural Linden Location Stamp Rally begins. Pick up your travel trunk now with all the kit you need (including a boat, adventure clothing and a route map HUD) at the BBB Office. Open it in readiness but don't rez anything until the Rally begins!

Enjoy your explorations and come home safely.


BBB Gazette – Fenella's Bellisserian Quest: from Campwich to Millers Pond

Our editor, Fenella, is a new member of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy. She is road testing a tour the BBB (in cooperation with the Lindens and Moles) is developing around the sights and landmarks of Bellisseria. The quest is to collect stamps from each location  for the Bellisserian Passport. 

The journey beginsMy journey began at one of my favourite spots  – Campwich Lodge – where I collected the first of the unique stamps. I am always puzzled why more events on the Linden Continent aren't held in this beautiful building - available as a public space for Bellisseria residents to use. 

Following the instructions provided to me, I headed to the nearby jetty and launched my sailboat at the rez zone. If you don't have a boat of your own, one is provided for the quest (along with other equipment) so don't worry. Sailing under the bridge at Porthole, I headed East along the river and out to sea before turning North towards Light of Aurelia.

Passing under the bridge between the lighthouse island and the mainland I reached Puffin Head and the entrance to the Panamole Canal. At only 750 metres, it's shorter than its 82 kilometre counterpart in RL; the Panama Canal. However it's only slightly narrower and while the RL canal costs a minimum of $800 for even the smallest boat to pass, the SL version is free of charge. Many people (well OK, some Moles) think this makes it far superior!

As soon as I entered the Donovan region, I disembarked and continued on foot. The directions in the draft notecard went a bit wrong at this point and I noted some corrections to send back to the office. Soon enough though, I found the nearby bridge over the Canal and collected my second stamp. 

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Millbank – why?

From here the instructions recommended a wearable vehicle, so I mounted my trusty steed Shadowfax atop the bridge and headed North to the crossroads. Following the instructions led me to the road into Kirbee and on to Millbank, where I picked up the third stamp. I am not quite sure what wonder of Bellisseria it celebrates though. Appropriately, the stamp is a big fat question mark!

I rode across Millbank's parkland. There's a railway under construction and various animals grazing including goats and (surprisingly) camels! I took the road North-East to Miller's Pond where, on a dock, I collected my fourth and final stamp for today.

There's a rez zone by the jetty for taking boats onto the water, but I dutifully followed the notecard guide's suggestion instead. I took one of the nearby rubber rings and paddled out to discover – shall we politely say – one of  the Moles' less successful builds.

It was time to make camp and rest before continuing the quest.

To be continued...