Simploring 2020 (20) Cherishville-Spring 2020

After I visited Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (see Simploring 2020 (16) Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot 🙂) I got in contact with Lam Erin who had helped designing it. Lam told me that he’s working at “Cherisville-Spring 2020” and offered to send me a note when he has finished. I got this note yesterday, Tuesday, March 10th, and went seeing it last thing at night.

Cherishville-Spring 2020 is a moderate homestead owned and designed by Lam Erin and his partner Azaria (amariahrenee). According to the landmark profile it is “open for a few weeks for bloggers, photographers and explorers. Enjoy your stay and take lots of pics!

Cherishville-Spring 2020 – bird’s eye overview (1)

Cherisville is an island. In the center is a huge rock and a road leads all around it’s shore. There’re two large ponds at each side of the central rock. Along the road you find some residential houses, a workshop, ruins of a house, a house boat, a boat rental and several spots to sit and enjoy.

Impressions of Cherishville-Spring 2020 (1) – around the landing pier

The landing is on a pier where you get first impressions of Cherishville. The sound of birds is always present and you see them everywhere. I was impressed of Cherisville from the very first moment. The landscape is simply overwhelmingly beautiful. I used the windlight setting that Lam provided. Everything looks very natural, rural and peaceful.

Impressions of Cherishville-Spring 2020 (2) – the main house and the Irish pub

I made a full tour walking along the road counterclockwise. From the pier I walked to the largest house and had a short look inside. It is furnished fitting to the rural setting, not very luxurious but cosy. Next to the house you find a few free-range chicken on one side and a nice Irish pub on the other side.

Impressions of Cherishville-Spring 2020 (3) – boat rental, the house with the open roof

I continued and came along the boat rental and another house. I sat down just opposed to the house and enjoyed the view. My next stop was at a smaller house with an open roof. This house is also furnished quite simple but cosy. On the other side of the rock is a workshop, a great motif for taking pictures.

Impressions of Cherishville-Spring 2020 (4) – the workshop and the house boat

I made a short stop at the house boat and later at the ruins of a former residential home before I returned and sat down at the Irish pub.

Impressions of Cherishville-Spring 2020 (5) – scenic views around the ruins of a house

Impressions of Cherishville-Spring 2020 (6) – more scenic views, a rest at the Irish pub

What makes Cherisville-Spring 2020 outstanding is it’s nature. It is a perfect place for taking pictures and I couldn’t get enough of it. Each view is particular. I really enjoyed my visit a lot! Thank you Lam and Azaria. I’m pretty sure you will get a lot of positive feedback. Spring has arrived in Second Life …. and hopefully will also arrive in our Real Life.

Landmark to Cherishville-Spring 2020
Cherishville flickr group

Simploring 2020 (16) Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot :)

For my simploring tour on Thursday, February 27th, I picked “Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot” from SL Destinations and I read Maddy Gynoid’s Simtipp (read here in German). The landmark description gives an idea about what to expect “An Abandoned Vacation Spot in the 30s. Sometimes you can still see the glamor of the past….Beaches, Romantic, Photographers…Some attractions for the whole family. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy your stay

Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot is a moderate homestead owned and designed by Dya OHare. Lam Erin has helped designing it.

Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot – bird eye overview

The landing is in the first floor of a building named “Gatcha House”. Here you find information about the town, there’s a teleport board, information about rezzing rights with a group membership, pictures of Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot and a guest book. The 2nd floor is occupied by the Gatcha shop.

Dya gives us the background story for her sim:
This place was a rich vacation spot in the 1930s. But a lot was destroyed in the war and the place has been deserted ever since. You can still see the glamour of the past. In this season it is raining here a lit, the roads are wet, many treed are old and partly broken. The shops and the hotels are empty. A few people left some things behind. Ivy is growing on the walls of the houses.
THe old harbour with its beautiful piers also saw better times. Earlier the fischermen and many visitors came here to go fishing. The boats are old and the fisher huts need a new coat of paint.
There used to be a well-functioning small container ship port on the left side of the alley. But since the place has left, there is only an empty tea factory.
The beaches are very natural in meantime and many animals have settled in the deserted island the past years. Some visitors are now coming to the island again. It is said that renovations are going on here to bring back the former glamour of the place. The house by the sea seems to be inhabited. Unfortunately the beautiful hotel on the slope is only a ruin. But who knows how the island looks like in Spring when everything is blooming and some houses have been renovated.”

Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot – the Background story / information and pictures at the landing in the Gatcha house

Stepping out of the Gatcha house you see the picturesque fishing habour. With the regional windlight everything is grey in grey though. Nonetheless the place has it’s very own attraction. There are many many details to discover. I roamed around the harbour and took many pictures before is followed the road that leads all around the island and started my further simploring tour.

Impressions of Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (1) – the fishing habour

I came to a beach first. Many birds have occupied it. There’s an old boat rental that looks abandonned for the season yet not for many decades. And you find a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the atmosphere there – if it just were not that cold, wet and rainy.

Impressions of Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (2) – the fishing habour / at the beach

On the hill almost in the center of the island is the ruin of an hotel. The hotel sign is stil partly illuminated but the rest of the builing is already quite destroyed by time. Inside it is heavily leaking through the roof respectively the rain pours down unrestricted as there’s no roof anymore. I continued walking along the road and came to the lighthouse.

Impressions of Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (3) – the hotel ruin and the lighthouse

At the following beach there’s the above mentioned residential house that is obviously inhabited. It is furnished inside and looks as if the owner will return every minute. At the beach you find a scene with a child, a dog and a tricycle. Farer away a few seals relax on a swimming platform. The hut at the beach is used to renting loungers – but it is closed for the season.

Impressions of Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (4) – the other beach / the residential house

The road led me to a long wooden pier with 2 benches next. From here you have a good view to the industrial harbour with the old tea factory and a submarine in the dock. At this poin of my simploring tour I decided to change the windlight to see Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot in another, more sunny light. Quite a change! Let us assume that after all the rain the sun came out *winks*

Impressions of Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (5) – the wooden pier and the industrial harbour

And with the sun the island changes at lot. The hotel ruin looks total different and the fishing harbour with all its townhouses looks almost inviting for a walk along the promenade. I also got a nice view from the road above the fishing harbour down to the harbour.

Impressions of Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (6) – the hotel ruin and the fishing habour when the sun comes out

Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot is a particular place. It doesn’t make you feel sad at all to see it. As opposed to the travel back in time is very enjoyable and there’s a lot to discover – way more that I could see during the one hour that I spent there. I can imagine how this spot comes to life again, how investors revive it, how people we occupy the beach again and rent boats and lounger, how the warm sun will change it. And when I understand Dya’s story right, then she plans to make this change coming true in Spring. Therefore you might have to go there soon if you want to see it like it was during my visit.

Thank you very much Dya for sharing your place publicly. I enjoyed my visit a lot!

Landmark to Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot
Maddy Gynoid’s Simtipp: Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot

Simploring 2018 (108) 6 artists – new exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

The latest exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli opened on December 12th and will stay open for the public until mid of January 2019. It presents gives insight into the art of Patrick Moya, Lam Erin, Chapichapo Delvalle, Layachi Ihnen, Bump Squeegee and Renoir Adder.

I started my visit on December 16th, with the corner presenting Patrick Moya’s art, which provides an impression of Patrick Moya’s (moya janus) art in Second Life and in Real Life. I came across Patrick Moya in 2017 when I visited his Moya Land (read Simploring 2017 (56) Moya).
Patrick Moya (born 1955 in Troyes, France), is a French artist. He is a part of the artistic movement “Ecole de Nice”. Moya has been at the forefront since the 1970s of straddling the latest forms of media and technology to benefit art rather than rendering it extinct.
(excerpt from wikipedia).
He is an early pioneer of video art and is active with his art in Second Life since 2007 in addition to his work in the physical world. The barriers between the two worlds do blur in his artistic work. Moya Patrick (moya janus) has also a website with tons of information about his work and about Moya in Second Life. Unfortunately it is in French only.

Patrick Moya (moya janus) at La Maison d’Aneli

Lam Erin is specialised in landscapes and artistic depictions of scenes and avatars. He writes about his art:
My art and photography works are known for two elements:
a. “Realism”: the pics of landscapes and avatars for which such effect is used, look “real”.
b. “Painterly effect”: the pics on which such effect is used look like paintings.
At La Maison d’Aneli Liam presents pictures that were processed to look like paintings. I personally think that these pictures are great examples to prove how the virtual and physical world are more and more interlocking.
You can see more of Liam’s art on flickr here,

Liam Erin at La Maison d’Aneli

chapichapo Delvalle is a French artist and he’s connected to Patrick Moya. The exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli has two parts. First there’re the pictures. Some of them look like pictures taken in real life, some others seem to be processed pictures taken in Second Life. Honestly, I can’t tell. What I can tell is that they are artful and intriguing. The second part of chapichapo Delvalle work can be accessed by the stairs in his exhibition area. chapichapo Delvalle makes moving colourful spirals and kaleidoscopes and there’s also a room where you can literally walk into a kaleidoscope.
You can see more of chapichapo Delvalle work on flickr here.

chapichapo Delvalle at La Maison d’Aneli

Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) is an artist from Algeria, born in 1947, hence he’s over 70 years old. Although he’s for sure not a native digital he began to work with computers and integrated digital elements into his work since 1999. He also runs his own gallery in Second Life LAYACHI ART GALLERY. His website is in French. And he is connected to Patrick Moya (moya janus) as well. The pictures presented at La Maison d’Aneli look like ancient paintings on the first view, but there’s a lot to discover in them if you look at them in more detail.

Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) at La Maison d’Aneli

Bump Squeegee is an artist and retired art educator from Oklahoma, USA. His work has numerous received awards and has been shown in galleries and museums in Boston MA, St. Louis MO, Los Angeles CA, Lincoln NB, his native Oklahoma, as well as numerous online exhibitions and across the SL grid (information from the provided notecard at the exhibition).
At La Maison d’Aneli he presents digital assemblages, that are derived from a number of sources like scans from old books, magazines, the web, as well as scans of original photos and drawings. And the result are pictures in which you will discover new elements each time you look at them – intriguing!

Bump Squeegee at La Maison d’Aneli

I didn’t find out a lot about Renoir Adder. I assume that he’s Italian. The paintings shown at La Maison d’Aneli are created by vangogh Rembranch and owned by Renoir Adder. In the notecard that is provided by La Maison d’Aneli, Renoir Adder writes:
Vangogh Rembranch is an artist who deserves a special place: it is a longtime friend and a generous supporter of our charity project ‘Harambee Gwassi-Kenya’ and he often dedicates the sales of his paintings to support our Schools project! His paintings are real works“.
I couldn’t find out more about the artist so far and the website that was provided didn’t work. But I can say, that the work presented at La Maison d’Aneli is worth looking at. Some of the pictures have an Asian touch, some are clearly impressions of the Mediterrean. When you compare these pictures, that are taken from real paintings according to Renoir Adder with the digital “paintings” presented by Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) or Lam Erin it is hard to tell what’s real and what’s digital.

Renoir Adder / vangogh Rembranch at La Maison d’Aneli

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.”
Thank you for this new joined exhibtion, Aneli. I enjoyed my visit a lot again.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli

Further information and links used in this blog post:

Moya Patrick (moya janus) website
Landmark to Moya Land
My visit to Moya Land “Simploring 2017 (56) Moya”
About Patrick Moya in Wikipedia

Liam erin’s art on flickr

chapichapo Delvalle art on flickr

Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) website

Renoir Adder / vangogh Rembranch website (the site didn’t work for me)

Simploring 2017 (98) Winterly and Christmassy Cherishville

I came across Cherishville reading Inara Pey’s blog entry “Winter at Cherishville in Second Life“. Her description and in particular her pictures of Cherishville caught my attention immediately. Cherishville is owned and designed by Lam Erin, and it’s a gem of winterly Second Life. According to the landmark description, Cherishville will be open for a few weeks only. I visited Cherisville on Sunday December 3rd, and I hope that it remains open a few weeks more.

Cherishville – overview

I arrived at the center of Cherisville which is really pitoresque. It is a row of shops and cafes lined up along the main street and the railroad. Every shop is furnished and decorated for the season. It is great fund to explore them and to have a look at the details. The railroad station is at the end of the shop row and you might have just missed all trains. The board with the departure and arrivals is really funny!

Cherishville – The shop row and the station

Across the railroad is a large sea promenade, also decorated for the season, the sea is frozen now according to the season. Between the “Cafe Expresso” and the “Carnaby Street” is a passage with steps that leads you to an elevated area above the shop row. The stairs end at historic subway entrances. You can enter the subway entrance and get to a subway station (New York City) that is also decorated for the season. Not far away is a large villa. The gate to the plot was locked when I visited, hence I just camed in into the villa to see the inside. The (three) rooms are furnished, one is obviously also used as a photo studio, the smaller room in the center is decorated for Christmas, and the third room has a bit of everything (among other furniture a bathtube).

Cherishville – sea promenade and subway

Cherishville – the villa

After visiting the villa I walked in the other direction and came to the Christmas tree shop and to a winterly gazebo with an event area. The nature on this side of Cherishville is lovely and peaceful and at the gazebo you can take a rest and just enjoy the atmosphere.

Cherishville – other impressions

A part of Cherishville is not accessible for the public. I assume it’s where Lan Erin has his home. This part is seperated with a line of hills. If you get too close, you’ll get a fair warning with enough time to turn and walk back.

Cherishville – the gazebo

Cherishville is really beautiful and a perfect place to relax, and to enjoy winter and the Christmas season. Thank you Lam Erin, that you share it with the public. I enjoyed my visit very much.

Landmark to Cherishville
Inara Pey’s blog post “Winter at Cherishville in Second Life”