Art in Second Life 2022 (95) Cloud Galleries

I got an invitation from Owl Dragonash for the opening of a new multi gallery space – the Cloud Galleries  – in the skies above the NovaOwl Gallery.

Cloud Gallery – over view / Grand opening poster

The platform in the skies provides space for 10 seperate, identical gallery buildings. Each artist has one of these gallery buildings. There is a board in front of every gallery building. Most of them contain a landmark and a notecard about the artist. Owl Dragonash also provides a website with a list of the participating artists as well with information about upcoming events. Cloud Galleries are located in Novatron and are part of Corsica South Coasters.

Impressions of Cloud Galleries (1)

The participating artist are:
elan (Ineffable Mote)
Michiel Bechir
Anna Maria (Annamaria Lysette)
Prins (skylog)
Suzen Juel (Juel Resistance)
Pau (Paula Sieberi)
KayLy (kayly iali)
Jaminda Moon (jaminda)
Raisa Reimse (raisareimse)
Owl Dragonash

Impressions of Cloud Galleries (2)

There’s a lot to discover at Cloud Galleries as these 10 artists cover a broad range of art from portraits to pictures of animals, from abstract colourful pictures to pictures of landscapes in Second Life. I personally discovered several artists who are new for me.

Impressions of Cloud Galleries (3)

Corsica South Coasters is an international community on the mainland continent of Corsica. The Cloud Galleries are on Novatron, in the skies above the NovaOwl Gallery. For events at Novatrom have a look at the website Novatron. Owl (Owl Dragonash) is the general manager of the NovaOwl Gallery. and I assume also manages the the Cloud Galleries. Uli Jansma will be the dj for the opening event today at 12 PM SLT (9 PM Central Europe Time).
Thank you Owl and Uli. And many thanks to the participating artists. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Cloud Galleries
Cloud Galleries website
Landmark to NovaOwl Gallery

Art in Second Life 2022 (92) Melancholia by Alex Riverstone @ NovaOwl Gallery

I got an invitation by Owl (Owl Dragonash) to visit the NovaOwl Gallery and to see “Melancholia” by Alex Riverstone. I had never heard about Alex Riverstone ((alex44.riverstone) and was curious. Together with the invitation I got 2 exhibitions posters and a notecard with the biography of the the artist.

Exhibition posters for “Melancholia” by Alex Riverstone @ NovaOwl Gallery

The exhibition consists of about a dozen pictures. All pictures are quite different and if I didn’t knew better I hadn’t suspected the same artist behind them. All pictures are based on SL photography and processed in different ways. Some are reduced to monochrome or almost monochrome pictures, others are in intense colours. And one picture is just minimalistic and reminded me of Melusina Parkin’s artwork.

Impressions of “Melancholia” by Alex Riverstone @ NovaOwl Gallery (1)

Alex Riverstone (alex44.riverstone) wrote in the notecard with his biography:
Photography has been a life long interest, starting when I acquired an instamatic camera at age 9. SecondLife has allowed me to enjoy it in a different way: allowing the exploration of scenes, poses and angles which wouldn’t be practical in the real world. My photos have been exhibited at the Hoot Suite Gallery, Elven Falls Gallery, Art House at Kii’wik Sanctuary, Raglan Shire Art Walk and Katmee Gallery. I enjoy finding new places to photograph and am continually amazed by the variety and creativity that i find.

Impressions of “Melancholia” by Alex Riverstone @ NovaOwl Gallery (2)

Alex is in Second Life since 2010. He has an own gallery at Elven Falls, and he has an flickr account.

The NovaOwl Gallery is owned by Uli Jansma, Owl (Owl Dragonash) is the general manager. NovaOwl is an international community on the mainland continent of Corsica. NovaOwl is located on Novatron. It is a meeting place where events take place regularly. Thank you Uli and Owl for providing the space for the art and for enabling this exhibition. I enjoyed my visit.
The exhibition shall be opened until December 31st, 2022.
Thank you Alex (alex44.riverstone) for your great pictures. I am amazed by the broad variety of styles and techniques that you use for your artwork.

Landmark to NovaOwl – Gallery & Club and to “Melancholia” by Alex Riverstone
Alex Riverstone (alex44.riverstone)’s flickr
Alex Riverstone (alex44.riverstone)’s gallery at Elven Falls

Art in Secod Life 2022 (85) MISHAPS – The daily life of Ambre Singh

I got an invitation to see a new exhibition of Ambre Singh in the NovaOwl Sky Gallery: “Mishaps”. The invitation was similiar to that I got for “Past Masters” (read here). It was a HUD with quite some menu entries for landmarks also to her main gallery, her biography, something about the exhibition and other links, like Ambre Singh’s own webpage, her store on the marketplace and her flickr page.

Ambre wrote about “Mishaps”: “Since a good part of my SLife consists of getting into all sorts of misadventures, the theme was a natural one. Another common thread in my SL presence is a form of spiritual activism. My virtual existence might as well serve a purpose, right? It is therefore with pleasure that I invite you to discover my new exhibition, “MISHAPS, the Daily Life of Ambre Singh”, generously hosted by The NovaOwl Sky gallery.”

Knowing Ambre Singh’s art, I expected funny and witty pictures. I was not disappointed. Ambre herself was present and welcomed me with the words “Welcome to one more silly outburst of mine :)”
The gallery space is huge. On the ground floor Ambre Singh’s pictures are often extended with 3D objects fitting to the according picture. Every picture has funny and fitting title. There is a sandbank with beach pictures.

Impressions of “Mishaps by Ambre Singh” (1)

Where the heck did Ambre get these ideas, this wit and this irony? The pictures are really funny and made me smile. In some pictures Ambre picks up on current topics like covid or King Charles III. And it’s no surprise that Ambre also added some explicit pictures, as I did expect it. The gorund floor packed with pictures and ideas.

Impressions of “Mishaps by Ambre Singh” (2)

On the stairs to the second floor sits a man with a bouquet of flowers, but take a closer look, it is ot a bouquet of flowers, it is a bouquet of coloured dildos *winks*. The pictures on the second floor are also witful, but most are with a serious background. At the entrance of the second floor Ambre added a text:
A good way to get into trouble is to show your political views.I personally feel that seriousness is suffocating the planet and making people amorphous. We need joy, disobedience, courage and love. So here is my little contribution, my call for a joyful, libertarian and libertine awakeing. The beginning is near!”

Impressions of “Mishaps by Ambre Singh” (3)

Ambre Singh is in Second Life for over 15 years. She writes about herself:
‘It is your mind that creates this world’, said Buddha.
All you do in SL will subtlely change you and others in all worlds. So in my life and art, I thrive to add my spice, beauty and love.
I photograph people of character in beautiful places of SL or in studio. Sometimes, I create thematic images in SL, or I mix worlds… If the harvest is good, I make an exhibition.
Colorful or discrete, tender or erotic, my photos try to express the life and the soul of the people and places.

Impressions of “Mishaps by Ambre Singh” (4)

I had fun visiting “MISHAPS – The daily life of Ambre Singh” at NovaOwl Sky Gallery. Thank you Owl (Owl Dragonash) and Uli Jansma for providing the space for Ambre Singh’s “Mishaps”. Ambre also mentioned Kika Yongho for her precious help in decorating the space.

The exhibition is open until 27 November 2022 – enjoy your visit, like I did.

Landmark to MISHAPS – The daily life of Ambre Singh
at NovaOwl Sky Gallery
Landmark to Ambre Singh town gallery Noir’Wen
Landmark to Ambre Singh Main Gallery
Ambre Singh’s flckr
Ambre Singh Marketplace
Ambre Singh website

Art in Second Life 2022 (65) Inara Pey at NovaOwl Gallery

I got an invitation by Owl (Owl Dragonash) to visit the NovaOwl Gallery and to see Inara Pey’s exhibition there. I’m a reader of Inara Pey’s blog for more than 14 years, actually I follow her “Living in a Modemworld“-blog since I became Diomita Maurer in Second Life. Her blog contains a lot of information, be it about the viewer, about locations, about developments in Second Life or art. I used and still use her blog to find ideas where to travel myself in Second Life and to get the latest Information about Second Life. Inara has an unique writing style, very picturesque and detailed. Her posts about places are always illustrated with pictures, and these pictures are always quite artful.

Inara wrote about the exhibition of her pictures at NovaOwl Gallery:
I don’t see myself as an artist or photographer, but rather a blogger who uses images to illustrate my writings about the places I visit in Second Life. They are intentionally devoid of narrative and avatars, and have minimal post-processing to achieve this. That people find them attractive and like them is genuinely flattering to me, as I am constantly in awe of those who can create such stunning images of Second Life, and I’m left with a sense of privilege when asked to display my pieces.”

Inara has an eye for the right view and motif. She slighty processes the pictures she takes in Second Life, some of the pictures featured at NovaOwl gallery are converted to monochrome to achieve the effect Inara desired. Inara’s pictures are as varied as Second Life is and reach from city scenes to beautiful landscapes, from art to fantasy and cover just what you can see in Second Life. What makes them even more facinating for me is that I recognize some places as I’ve been there myself, so they bring back fond memories of places that are gone by now.

Impressions of Inara Pey’s exhibition at NovaOwl Gallery (1)

You can see more of her pictures at Inara’s flickr page and of course at her “Living in a Modemworld“-blog. I can only recommend reading it regularly if you want to keep yourself up-to-date with Second Life or when you look for places to visit. Her entries almost always inspire me to visit myself.

Impressions of Inara Pey’s exhibition at NovaOwl Gallery (2)

The NovaOwl Gallery is owned by Uli Jansma, Owl (Owl Dragonash) is the general manager. NovaOwl is an international community on the mainland continent of Corsica. NovaOwl is located on Novatron. It is a meeting place where events take place regularly. Thank you Uli and Owl for providing the space for the art and for enabling this exhibition. I enjoyed my visit.
The exhibition shall be opened until August 28th, 2022.
And thank you Inara for your great pictures and of course for your blog, that has become a part of my Second Life over all these years. It’s a real great source of information.

Landmark to NovaOwl – Gallery & Club
Inara Pey’s blog “Living in a modemworld”
Inara Pey’s flickr
Interview with Inara Pey by Strawberry Linden (April 13, 2022)

Art in Second Life 2021 (6) Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast

When I scrolled through SL Destinations on Monday, January 4th, I came across an entry which led to a post from Inara Pey “A new home for an Artists’ Village – Campbell Coast“.

I read the post and had to have a look myself.
The Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast is operated by BJoyful and Doc Rast (rasterscan) and curated by Owl Dragonash. As the name implies it is a village (located on a sky platform) that offers 42 studio spaces in a really nice environment. Inara wrote in her post (January 3rd):
29 of the 42 studio are already occupied or reserved by the following artists: Dhyezl, Etamae, Jaz, Gidgy Adagio, Shakti Adored, Caly Applewhyte, Whimsical Aristocrat, Ceekay Ballyhoo, Michiel Bechir, Thomaz Blackburn, Giovanna Cerise, Rey Charles, Owl Dragonash, Apple Fall, Johannes Huntsman, Uli Jansma, Suzen Juel, Lena Kiopak, Anouk Lafavre, Dimivan Ludwig, Radagast Malaprop, Kitty Mills, Nympheas Nogah, Inara Pey, Blues Rocker, Tempest Rosca, David Silence and Skip Staheli. They are joined by musicians Jed Luckless, Lexus Melodie, Larree Quixote, and writer GoSpeed Racer. All of whom amount to a rich selection of artistic expression.
Those interested in obtaining a space at the Village should contact one of Bjoful, Doc or Owl in-world.

Impressions of the Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast

The studios are presented in town house style units with two floors of exhibition space (artists will need to install their own teleport systems between floors), with the studios laid out in blocks separated by cobbled streets and open spaces, complete with an open-air bar / event space at the southern end of the village.”

On my fist visit I had a look at the studios of Inara Pey, Thomaz (Thomaz Blackburn), CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo), Dimi Ludwig (Dimivan Ludwig), Suzen JueL (Juel Resistance) and Giovanna Cerise.

Impressions of Thomaz’ studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

Thomaz is a SL photographer and processes the pictures he takes only a little or not at all. He is focused more on getting the right windlight setting for his pitures

Impressions of CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo)’ and of Dimi Ludwig (Dimivan Ludwig) studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo) presents both, only minimalistc processed pictures taken in Second Life and also highly processed pictures where the you can’t know if the original picture was taken in Second Life or in the physical world. Dimi Ludwig (Dimivan Ludwig) is working as musician in Second Life since February 2006, I assume that is why the guitar is in his studio. He presents very nice pictures of animals and nature from the physcial world.

Impressions of Suzen JueL (Juel Resistance)’s studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

I’ve never seen anything of Suzen JueL (Juel Resistance) before, yet I really like of her café/studio, the colourful art at the walls that catches your eye and the atmosphere in the café that is particular. Suzen has her own website with an event calendar and more examples of her art and her music. I was quite impressed.

Impressions of Giovanna Cerise’s studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

Giovanna Cerise is not unknow to me. I visited Flash Back / Flash Forward in 2017 (read Simploring 2017 (42) Flash Back / Flash Forward), in 2016 I visited her LEA-installation Monochrome (read here), in April 2015 I saw Otium (read here: A visit to Otium) and in May 2019 she participated in an exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). Giovanna is an Italian literature teacher and musician. In Second Life she’s active since Ende of 2008 and had many exhibtions and installations. She particpated in the LEA program participations and her list of activities and appearances is long. For more information look up her website. At her studio she presents pictures and 3D sculptures that are real eyecathers and look very different depending on the viewing angle. It’s a feast for the eye to explore these scuptures.

Impressions of Inara Pey’s studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

Last but not least I visited Inara Pey’s studio, actually it was the first sutdio I saw during my visit. I know Inara’s way to create artful pictures in Second Life from the many post I read in her blog. She developed her own and very typical style. As I know many of the places she visited myself looking at her pictures also brings back lovely memories.

Thank you BJoyful and Doc Rast (rasterscan) for this initiative and Owl Dragonash for curating the Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast. I had a pleasant first visit.

Landmark to the Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast
Inara Pey’s blogpost “A new home for an Artists’ Village – Campbell Coast”