Simploring 2019 (29) SH Tutti and Michiel Bechir at Lyric Art Gallery

Monday, March 4th, I visited Lyric Art Gallery to see the exhibtion of SH Tutti and Michiel Bechir. I came aross it following Inara Pey’s “Living in a Modemworld” blog where I read about her visit to the exhibition (Chalkboards and photographs in Second Life).

The Lyric Art Gallery is embedded in a modern fantasy roleplay sim called “Sea Island Modern Fantasy Roleplay”. The provided landmark leads directly to the entrance of the gallery. The gallery itself has 2 stories. On the ground floor the art of SH Tutti is exhibited, on the 2nd floor that of Michiel Bechir.

Lyric Art Gallery

I haven’t come across SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) and Michiel Bechir before. SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) is quite shortly in Second Life, she joined in September 2017. She says about herself:
I can create things whether people like them or not, it doesn’t matter, for it comes from inside me and for those willing or open to knowing me, they will see who I am through my builds, my art. Welcome to my world!
Despite her comparably short time in Second Life, she had already several exhibtions. She runs a store at the marketplace and writes a blog. The exhibtion at Lyric Art Gallery shows her chalkboard art. She took pictures from SL and processed them so that they look like being painted with chalkboard. And to make it even more evident, there’s an eraser and a piece of chalkboard at each exhibit.
The processing into chalkboard pictures provides a new persective on what we see in Second Life. I read in SH Tutti’s notecard, which you can grab at the exhibtion, that a doll, she named it Nomi, is hidden in every piece of her art. Can you see it?
Along with the 14 chalkboard pictures, three large sculptures are exhibited at Lyric Art Gallery

SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) at Lyric Art Gallery

As opposed to SH Tutti, Michiel Bechir is quite a while in Second Life already (since 2007). Michiel art deals also with pictures taken within Second Life. He says about himself:
I have started my long virtual journey as a photographer in Second Life in 2009.
First my main motivation was to share the richness of creations of all those different sims, with all their aspects. I discovered the options offered by several photo tools, which helped me to improve the shots I captured. By editing them I try to add a personal touch and feeling.
Michiel’s pictures are impressive as the processing makes them more colourful and highlights the beauty or the original picture. It’s nice to recognize places, I’ve been to myself like Dunkirk – La Digue du Braek  or Wild Edge.

Michiel Bechir at Lyric Art Gallery

I enjoyed my visit to Lyric Art Gallery. Thank you SH Tutti and Michiel Bechir for this nice and inspiring exhibtion and thank you to those that provided the spave for the art. I assume, that’s AineMari Flanagan, who founded the group that owns “Sea Island Modern Fantasy Roleplay”.

Landmark to Lyric Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sea/62/53/21
Inara Pey’s blog post “Chalkboards and photographs in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/03/02/chalkboards-and-photographs-in-second-life/
SH Tutti (secondhandtutti)’s blog
http://www.SecondHandTutti.wordpress.com

Simploring 2019 (13) A way of life

I looked up scoop.it SL Destinations and came across a blog entry of Inara Pey “A Way of Life in Second Life“, in which she reported about her visit to a sim named “a way of life“.

“a way of life” – overview

a way of life” is a homestead owned by Elyjia Baxton. She also created Tavana Island, an island that I visited back in 2017 (read here). The landmark description just contains the link to the flickr group  but in Elyjia’s profile I found a text about “a way of life“, which is quite fitting:
Discover a landscape of rustic nature with farms and paths, places to walk, green landscapes, bordered by a beach. A quiet, soothing place with many perfect places for photography

Impressions of “a way of life” (1)

a way of life” consists of several islands of which some are connected by bridges or rocks, to get to some others, you’ll have to swim. The landing point is on the terrace of the only residential house at “a way of life“. It overlooks the sea from one side. The house itself is built in a Mediterrean style and it is only sparsely furnished (yet?). From there I began to explore “a way of life“.

Impressions of “a way of life” (2)

I visited the chapel, the windmill and the barn. Wherever you turn your view to, “a way of life” is beautiful in it’s rural simplicity and peace. I liked in particular the natural pond and the pier where you can sit and simply enjoy the quietness.

Impressions of “a way of life” (3)

The lighthouse is on a seperate island and a lot of birds are flying around it. You could take a rest in the gazebo, in which you’ll also find a telescope. The area around the cabin and the nearby beach offer additional cosy places to enjoy the environment or, like I did, for taking pictures.

Impressions of “a way of life” (4)

There’s not much I can write about “a way of life“. It is a perfectly made dream of a place to be, peaceful and natural, rural with it’s own charme. I enjoyed my visit and the views a lot.

Thank you Elyjia for sharing your place with the public!

Landmark to “a way of life”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hrodas%20Fen/152/96/29
Flickr group of “a way of life”
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4552400@N20/
Inara Pey’s blogpost “A Way of Life in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/01/21/a-way-of-life-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (12) 6 artists at La Maison d’Aneli

I got the invitation to visit the newest exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli, that opened January 23rd and features the art of: Therese Carfagno, Eupalinos Ugajin, Nabrej Aabye, Betty Tureaud, Tubal Amiot and Xirana Oximoxi.

I started my visit at the room that was filled with Betty Tureaud art. It is one piece, four persons stand in a circle around a hoovering couple. The persons or statues are made of coloured glas, each has a different colour, the couple being pink. Around the scene 8 cubes are placed in a circle and on the inner side of the cubes you see the faces of other coloured persons looking at the scene in the center. The whole scene is in a full dark room and once you enter there’s no other light than what is reflected of the persons and the cubes. It’s quite impressing to walk around and to step into the scene. I’ll refrain from interpreting *winks*
Betty Tureaud is from Denmark, she’s a builder and light and space artist in Second Life. I came across her art before at ArtSpace UTSA in 2016 (read here) and in August 2018 when I visited her isntallation “The Art Game” (read here)

Xirana Oximoxi (Nuria Vives)’s exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli shows a series of nine women artists of 16th – 19th centuries centering the attention to the difficulties they had to deal with to be recognised as professional artists. Each of the female artists has her own little corner. Stylised men are looking at the exhibited pictures and are discussing, you see their comments like in a comic strip, the ceiling hanging full of other bubbles. To some extent the comments seem to be funny nowadys, but on the second glance they left me very pensively.
Xiarna Oximoxi (Nuria Vives) is a Catalan artist: “My works reflect my concerns and my different moods. They are based on my experiences and express a personal sensitivity nourished by impressions from the external world and my internal world.” Nuria her an own website http://nuriavives.com/ and an own blog http://nuriavvives.wordpress.com/

Nabrej Aabye is a digital artist. His work ranges from simple illustration, photography, video, design, digital painting, typography and to mixed art. At La Maison d’Aneli you’ll get an impression of the variety of his art, that is not dominated at all by one style. The two boule balls and the sci-fi skeleton of a dinosaur show examples of his 3D art.

Therese Carfagno is Second Life for 12 years now and took pictures within SL for many years. Lately she’s more interested in pictures of real life. In her exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli she shows a series of pictures of Nancy, “a very kind and beautiful girl who’s very at ease in front of the camera.” There’re also a few abstracts. You’ll have to interpret them yourself as even Therese can’t explain what it is – nor can I.


Tubal Amiot’s usual name is Aïcha according to something in her real name. Like Therese Carfagno she’s also in Second for almost 12 years now. She says about herself, that other people find her being eccentric. For her SL is a place to do what she doesn’t do in real life. She’s first of all a poet and writer. Tubal makes paintings with softwares, sometimes 3 for one painting. The work exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli reaches from naive art to adult art, from scuptures to comics, from abstract to garphical pictures. And it’s really colourful!

Eupalinos Ugajin is also in Second Life for more than 10 years. Inara Pey has visited Eupalinos Ugajin’s “Avaloir” and writes in her blogpost Eupalinos Ugajin’s Avaloir in Second Life: “Those familiar with Eupa’s work will know that it covers a broad canvas, often containing humour, whimsy, a little self-deprecation, which can be mixed with social commentary, imaginative projection worth of the likes of Gilliam, and an artistic flair that can quite captivate the eye and mind.
The room created by Eupalinos Ugajin at La Maison d’Aneli show several 2D and 3D pieces of art and a quote on the floor that is faded in and out at different spots and that describes the combining element of the exhibited pieces:
“…we now have 3D and the apologists say it is more realer than real. Do we need that? Shouldn’t we be putting our energies into something more worthwhile? The human imagination is surely the most amazing thing in the universe. We do not want virtual reality we want virtual unreality. We cannot replicate reality – ahy are we asting our time trying?…” (Peter Greenaway)

Once again Aneli Abeyante has put together an impressive exhibtion showing the broad variety of art in Second Life at La Maison d’Aneli. I did enjoy my visit and can only recommend that you’ll have a look at it. Thank you Aneli and thank you Therese Carfagno, Eupalinos Ugajin, Nabrej Aabye, Betty Tureaud, Tubal Amiot and Xirana Oximoxi.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/43/41/21

Simploring 2019 (3) Nevgilde Forest

Between the years I found some more time for simploring. On December 27th, 2018, I picked Nevgilde Forest from scoop.it SL Destinations. Nevgilde Forest is “now open to the public for people to explore, hang out, and take pics in our scenic woodland and beach sim. Events, entertainment and performances starting in January, so come join our group to keep informed.”

Nevgilde Forest Overview

The landing is in a forest next to a board with information. There I grabbed a notecard with a background story, which is quite elaborated and describes what you can discover here:
If you walk through the forest a little bit towards the west you’ll find a small trail. If you follow that trail and how it winds this way and that for about 30 minutes (Remark: it just takes a few seconds in Second Life) you’ll start to smell the sea and hear the seagulls, and if you continue, the sound of the waves breaking will follow. Along your path is evidence of others having walked the same road long ago and now you see light through the trees ahead and you can finally make out the ocean.
The forest opens up to reveal a field and a couple of buildings. Up on a little hill is a small house and to your left is an old barn looking run down, but still standing and even further down is a beach. Grass and dry leaves crunch under your feet as you explore and find little treasures scattered all around, old furniture, forgotten bikes and vehicles. At first it all looked to be completely abandoned, but you soon realize that there are several signs of people having been here recently.
Someone left their coffee by the campfire, a cigarette is still smoking in the ashtray, in the barn a pot of tea is still hot and a makeshift stage is set up on the beach with drinks on ice. Suddenly this old place has come to life yet again with music, laughter, love and friendship.
This farm has a lot of stories to tell and even more to make, please join us and breathe life into the Nevgilde Forest.

Nevgilde Forest – campfire and atelier

Right next to the landing point is the above mentioned campfire place and the wreck of an old tractor. Walking out of the forest to your right is one of the two buildings of Nevgilde Forest, I called it the atelier. It is cosy inside and the glass front offers a nice view over the land and the sea.

Nevgilde Forest – exploring

The main part of Nevgilde Forest is grassland and there you find objects scattered around, bikes, furniture and hand barrows. I sat down on the tractor there, that offers some sitting poses.

Nevgilde Forest – the old barn

The main buliding is a barn, or better the rests of a barn. It looks abandonned on the first glance. Two walls are missing and and old car and other garbage is laying around. But inside you can see that it is inhabited. There’s even an upper floor with a bed and a tv, but no ladder to get there. It is fun to explore the little details there.

Walking further I came to the dance area and public beach. Outstanding is a row of 5 chairs from where you have a nice view over the beach. The two flagpoles behind the chairs have flags from the US and Norway.

Nevgilde Forest – dancing area and beach

Nevgilde Forest is owned by Sarge Red (sargered) and Neaira Rose Allegiere (Neaira Aszkenaze). Sarge is from the US, Nearia is from Norway – that explains the flagpoles. Sarge contacted me during my visit and welcomed me. He gave me some background information and later he also gave me a tour.
Sarge makes buildings and things like that, most of which are farm and country related. Neaira is specialized in landscaping in Northern European nature and style. Neaira is also blogging, here’s the link to her blog. On a platform above Nevgilde Forest is a store area for their joint venture store SRI (Sarge Red Insustries) and for Neaira’s store (she makes more than just landscaping). As mentioned above both own Nevgilde Forest, which covers a quarter sim. The store area is already accessible but not opened officially.

Nevgilde Forest – store area, Fernwood Gardens and private area

Sarge showed me what I didn’t see before. Nevgilde Forest isn’t just the corner of the sim, that I explored before. Actually is expands over a 1/4 of a full sim. There’s a passage through the rocks that separates the corner from the rest of the sim. And behind it is a nice public park – Fernwood Gardens. Sarge is designing if for photographers. The big brick house next to the park is his private home, hence not public. He gave me a tour to it nonetheless.

Nevgilde Forest and the store are still developing. As mentioned in the landmark’s description, there’re events, entertainment and performances planned that shall start in January.

Nevgilde Forest has been visited by Inara Pey already and she took some great pictures. Her simploring report is elaborated as usual (read Nevgilde Forest in Second Life in her blog). I enjoyed my visit to Nevgilde Forest. It offers a lot of opportunities for taking pictures and to just hang around and chill. Thank you Sarge Red (sargered) and Neaira Rose Allegiere (Neaira Aszkenaze) for sharing your place with the public and thank you Sarge for the tour and all the information.

Landmark to Nevgilde Forest
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xandia/50/92/24
Landmark to the store area
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xandia/30/62/1203
Neaira Rose Allegiere (Neaira Aszkenaze) blog
https://neaslittlecorner.wordpress.com/about/
Inara Pey’s blog post – Nevgilde Forest in Second Life
https://modemworld.me/2018/12/17/nevgilde-forest-in-second-life/

Merry Christmas 2018

We wish all friends and readers of our blog a merry Christmas. Enjoy time with your families in Real Life and in Second Life, just celebrate!

And for all, who haven’t seen yet the yearly christmas installation from Calas Galadhon “A Christmas Midnight Clear” here’s a video of it filmed by Inara Pey with some impressions. Incredible what “our” Second Life has to offer. Thank you Inara!

Calas: A Christmas Midnight Clear in Second Life

Jenny and I went to Calas Galadhon’s yearly Christmas Installation. A visit there has become a tradition for us. We made the sleigh tour and we explored a bit riding a horse. The installation is great once again and we intend to visit it a few times more during the season.

December 4th: Jenny and Diomita’s first visit to Calas Galadhon’s yearly Christmas installation

As always, Inara wrote a nice blogpost about “Calas: A Christmas Midnight Clear”. Enjoy reading and enjoy your visit! Thank you, Inara!

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

A Midnight Clear; Inara Pey, November 2018, on FlickrA Midnight Clear – click any image for full size

On Thursday, November 30th, the 2018 Calas Christmas regions opened to members ,and over the weekend of the it will open to the public at large. This year the theme is A Midnight Clear, and the two regions are once again beautifully presented for lovers of winters scenes and Christmas time to enjoy and share.

A Midnight Clear features all that we’ve come to love about the Calas Christmas regions: the Christmas Pavilion, entertainment, sleigh rides, skating, balloon and reindeer tours. In addition, this year offers visitors the chance to ride Bento horses (or reindeer!) around the regions, adding a wonderful depth to exploration and enjoyment, or take their rest aboard the marvellous Calas Christmas Special train.

A Midnight Clear; Inara Pey, November 2018, on FlickrA Midnight Clear

The arrival point for the general public is on the Homestead region of Eriador (also initially the landing point…

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Simploring 2018 (100) The Beguinage of Bruges

For my simploring tour on Saturday, November 17th, I selected Dagger Bay from scoop.it SL Destinations. Inara Pey has written a nice and detail post about Dagger Bay that inspired me even more to visit Dagger Bay (Exploring Dagger Bay in Second Life).

Dagger Bay and the adjacent homestead (South Haven Bay and Haven Bay Hunting Estate) are owned by Jaysun Dagger. According to Inara Pey the sim has been designed as something of a team effort. The landmark description is literally inviting: “We invite you to visit the beautiful Village of the Beguinage of Bruges and surrounding countryside. Please enjoy a walk on the forest path or relax in the coffee house along the canal with a snack or something to drink.

Dagger Bay – overview

In the center of the sim is the Beguinage of Bruges. I looked it up on wikipedia and found following information:

A beguinage, from the French term béguinage, is an architectural complex which was created to house beguines: lay religious women who lived in community without taking vows or retiring from the world.

In the first decades of the thirteenth century much larger and more stable types of community emerged in the region of the Low Countries: large court beguinages were formed which consisted of several houses for beguines built around a central chapel or church where their religious activities took place, and often included also functional buildings such as a brewery, a bakery, a hospital, and farm buildings.
The Beguinage of Bruges is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO
(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beguinage and
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Wijngaerde_(Begijnhof_Brugge))

Impressions of the Beguinage of Bruges in Second Life at Dagger Bay (1)

Impressions of the Beguinage of Bruges in Second Life at Dagger Bay (2)

The landing point is just at the entrance to the Beguinage. From there I first explored the complex. It is built with an extraordinairy love for details and when you compare pictures of the Beguinage of Bruges in the physical world with those taken at Dagger Bay in Second Life the similarity is intriguing. Well done!

The Beguinage of Bruges – UNESCO World Heritage site

I walked through the Beguinage and also looked inside, where you can discover a lot more. The cafe next to the museum is a noce place to sit. In one building you find pictures of the Beguinage of Bruges in real life. The chapel is fully furnitured and decorated inside. The court is just beautiful. And then the beautiful colours of autumn. I was overwhelmed and of course I took a lof of pictures.

Impressions of the Beguinage of Bruges in Second Life at Dagger Bay (3)

But there’s more to discover at Dagger Bay. The Beguinage of Bruges is surrounded by several small and larger islands which are all connected by bridges. The islands and the vegetaion are beautiful. I enjoyed walking through the forests and couldn’t get enough of the colours. There’re several residential houses. All of them are extraordinairy designer homes, places at least I dream to live in. They are furnished as well but I didn’t look inside except of one, which I called the palace as it looks like a palace from the in- and outside.

Impressions of Dagger Bay – residential homes

Of course I also visited the gazebo, which is situated a bit aside and offers a lovely view into the nature.

Impressions of Dagger Bay – the “Palace” and the gazebo

To sum it up, Dagger Bay offers a visit to the Beguinage of Bruges, a real tourist landmark in RL and in SL, along with a beautiful designed nature sim, that gleams in the colours of autumn.
Thank you Jaysun Dagger for providing this gem to the public! I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark to Dagger Bay
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dagger%20Bay/136/239/26
Wikipedia sources about the beguinage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beguinage
Wikipedia sources about the beguinage of Bruges
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Wijngaerde_(Begijnhof_Brugge)
Inara Pey’s blog post “Exploring Dagger Bay in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2018/11/13/exploring-dagger-bay-in-second-life/

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