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Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts
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Wednesday, November 8, 2023



Playdoll's Mens Magazine is hosting a photo contest with spectacular, sponsored prizes from BBX, Heart & Soul, and United Colors brands. SL Residents and shutterbugs are invited to take a photo anywhere on the scenic and historic Playdoll's Mansion and Grounds in the Relaxation Region. Submissions are required to be uploaded to the group's Flickr site by November 15th. Browse the Flickr link or visit the Playdoll's Mansion for contest rules and how to apply!

Flickr Group SLURL in World Relaxation Contest Rules

Sunday, February 26, 2023

The Basilica : Wait what? I can win 10 000 lindens for taking an picture??!


Well. A terrifically creative, emotive, and aesthetically pleasing picture to be fair. But yes, The Basilica nightclub presents a photo competition in which the winner wins an amazing 10 000 lindens first prize. There are many smaller prizes up for grabs too, from limited edition to The Basilica halter tops and t-shirts to access to the club’s exclusive VIP balcony boxes.

To win, participants need to teleport to the club, take a photo in or around the building and submit it to The Basilica Flickr group with a title that contains the words ‘@ The Basilica’. The photos will be judged on aesthetic appeal - shape form, light, contrast, and composition; creativity - how is the building or its surrounds incorporated in the picture; emotive content - how the pic make one feel and how well it represents The Basilica brand. When asked to describe the essence of the club’s brand, co-owner, Trynn Mildor says that it lives at the intersection of the following words: awe-inspiring, sexy, dynamic, cutting-edge, creative, unusual, gritty, hard-core, and innovative. “The Basilica is the house of music, the music we will focus on live along the axes of these words. We choose DJs that move people, emotionally and physically, that are cutting-edge innovators in their genres, that imbue their songs with sexy, that push the limits, that inspire awe just as the venue does! DJs who dare, and definitely aren’t business as usual.” She stresses the importance of the picture representing the brand well as it will be central to the club’s marketing efforts over the three months following the competition’s runtime. Contestants, therefore, need to note that the winning entry may well be featured on marketing material, as well as on the club’s other platforms including Discord and Facebook. "We are looking for something unusual that makes one feel something ... that moves you the way amazing music does, " concludes, Emily Silkstone, the other half of the owner duo. The competition ends on 9 March 2023 @10am SLT and the winners will be announced on 11 March 2023 - the day of the epic opening.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023



The 6th annual FOCUS Photography Fair is happening February 24 through March 10 on the FOCUS Magazine and Art Galleries sim. With close to 40 vendors, you will see the latest in metaverse photography. The Photography Fair is always a great time because there are more than just vendors. There will be workshops, events, and guided tours, and renowned artists will be present and accessible to you.

The Photography Fair is the brainchild of Angela Thespian, who has been interested in SL photography from day one. The magazine she publishes, FOCUS, is a preeminent photography publication. But FOCUS is more than just the magazine. She told me, “The underlying philosophy of FOCUS overall is to connect people to their communities. None of us is alone, and that has been a point to make especially clear over the past few pandemic years. Also, we celebrate the arts as well as artists at FOCUS. In terms of the FOCUS Photography Fair, we have extended that mission to other creative makers and designers who have amazing products meant for photographers but can't seem to connect with them. So, at the fair, we not only provide pertinent tech and tools for our photography community, we support those who are making photography (or synthography as it is beginning to be called) better and more advanced.”

Vendors include Lunamare, Image Photography, SLDomina, Animare & PhotoPro, Specter Skies, Upside Down Poses, Props & Creations, FAC Creations, Ammonite Gallery, Kondor Art Center, Wicked J Poses, Seetra Poses, Rebel Poses, Timeless HUDs, SALMAGUNDI, Bradman Photography, New Life Gallery, Elven Falls Art Collective, Poses by Debaucherous Bourne, Teddy Bear Boutique, Rubedo, Sassy Sweet Poses, Poses with Attitude, BellePoses, studiOneiro, Simply Dvyne Photography & Poses, Figment of Your Imagination, Hexposed, Duvels Poses and Tattoos, The Last Pose, Huitzlan, One Moon Poses & More, Fireheart, Mysteria, {Amore Poses}, Chronotis Animations, Starlight Poses, The Woolshed, Poly Place, and SL Art Walk.

With so many vendors, it's really the first fair ever to be geared directly toward photographers’ needs in SL. The Photography Fair offers our photographers all the tools that photographers need and want to facilitate and inspire their creativity! From tools to props to backdrops, to poses — YOU WILL FIND IT HERE!

There are helpful workshops scheduled throughout the fair. For example, workshops are being held Sunday, February 26th at 12 pm SLT and March 5th at 12 pm SLT on Environmental Enhancement Project photography, and a "Night Sky Environment Editor - Journey to the Cosmos," a theme specially for the Focus Photography Fair. Then there are guided tours of the latest gadgets in metaverse photography, music events starring Max Kleene and Grace Loudon, and much, much more. The Fair opens its doors Friday, January 24 at 6pm with music and dancing.

Thursday, January 19, 2023


As I was perusing the Internet the other day, I came upon a description of a place called “Highland Retreat” The description read:

"Highland Retreat" is a small, idyllic Scottish island that invites you to relax. With picturesque landscapes, lush hills, and scenic bays, the island offers a peaceful environment to unwind and rejuvenate. The highlight of the island is the cozy cottage, which is perfectly integrated into the surroundings and gives the feeling of being in a different time. A perfect place for nature enthusiasts, those seeking tranquility, and keen photographers.

Well…it sounded pretty idyllic, but could it really live up to the hype?  Only one way to find out.   And I decided to go check it out for myself.  There I met Clifton Howlett and Coralile, the builders and owners of Highland Heights.  They were feverishly getting ready for their Grand Opening, scheduled for January 22, 2023.

During one of their infrequent breaks to stop and enjoy the serenity of their creation, I was fortunate enough to convince them to sit a spell and tell me about this dream-come-true sim.

Josh (Thonas1 Bellic) JB:    So tell me, guys. Where did you get the idea for Highland Retreat? Is there some history here?

Coralile (CL): Well, Clif had the initial idea.  I liked the idea, as I had visited RL Scotland three years ago and I fell in love with the place

Clifton Howlett (CH):   I was in a creative mood and wanted to create a new SIM and since I really like the landscapes in Scotland, I wanted to take some inspiration from that and design something calming, serene, and tranquil.  We both enjoy the creative side of SL, which is reflected in our photography, so it was important to us to build an environment that would inspire people and work as a great backdrop for photography enthusiasts. 

JB:       Just what is it that sets Highland Retreat apart from the many other Sims out there with a similar theme?

CH:  You are right, Josh.  There are many amazing locations across SL that have similar themes, but the uniqueness of each SIM comes from the individuals who create them.  Our vision was for something relaxing with wide views and little details for visitors to discover, and we have poured a lot of passion into creating this and hope visitors will appreciate our imagination.

CL:  I don’t think there is a sim with quite the same idea.  This is not a club.  It’s more a photogenic and relaxing sim where you can sit and enjoy the environment and the calm atmosphere of the place. To further the mood, we only play Scottish music here and it is just a really nice place to come and chill.

JB:      Who do you hope to attract to your build? What special group of people might Highland Retreat appeal to?

CH: We hope to see all kinds of visitors, from explorers to artists, to people who just want a soothing location to either be with current friends or to make new ones. All we ask if that all visitors are respectful of others.

JB:    Do you have any special events planned?

CL:  At present all we have scheduled is our Grand Opening this Sunday, January 17, 2023.  After we have had time to evaluate people’s reactions, then we may look at adding additional events.

CH:  True.  The purpose of the Grand Opening is to let the world of SecondLife know we are open and receiving visitors.  But generally, this place is designed to appeal to people who are interested in quiet contemplation, more than they are interested in blockbuster “events”, so to speak.  But we will see.

JB:    What are some of the areas that guests might enjoy during a visit to Highland Retreat?

CH:  Oh, this fully depends on the mood of the visitors. If they want a bit of alone time there are many small places to hide individually. But there are also places for people to meet and gather together to enjoy the serenity of the surroundings. 

CL:  We have built an interesting house on the property. I particularly like that the house is a mix of rustic and modern.  Beautifully decorated, this house is well worth the time for a visit. People will enjoy visiting and perhaps sitting and enjoying the environment.  We also have a lovely and rather rustic beach for guests to enjoy.     

JB:   And how about the future?  Do you have any changes or additions in mind?

CH:  The only thing constant in SecondLife – and Real Life for that matter – is change. There are always changes, everything evolves and I don’t want to keep things static for too long.  I like to create and as we say in German “Der Weg ist das Ziel”.  Or, “The journey is the destination!”

CL:  Well…we are only just starting out, so we really haven’t talked about changes yet.  Our focus has been on getting it ready as you see today. We will look at making changes after we first out how much appeal this kind of sim has with our visitors.

JB:    Is this space available for use by others?

CH:  All are welcome to use our Sim.   People are encouraged to invite their friends.  We have a “party area” for use by small gatherings, weddings, partnering, renewal of vows, or what have you. - All are welcome and can temporarily rezz things as needed  

JB:    There must have been several challenges in building a Sim of this nature. What has been your greatest challenge in building Highland Retreat?

CH:  It has been challenging to take the thoughts that served as our inspiration, and turn them into a realistic representation of that inspiration. It was difficult to pull solid visuals out of my fuzzy mind.

CL:  My greatest challenge has been due to our pursuit of excellence.  We want everything to be perfect.  I hope we achieved that goal, and the people will truly enjoy what we created.

JB:    I understand you are limited to 20 People.  What’s that all about?

CH:   It’s just a homestead so it’s limited by SL, but this works in our visitors' favor!  When you spend a long time staging the perfect photo, the positioning, lighting, etc,  the last thing people need is people getting in the way of the shot.  We are aiming to provide quality over quantity.

JB:    Is there anything else you would like to share with our SL Enquirer Readers?

CL:  I’m just happy to see you all. Be Happy, be nice and have fun! And we look forward to seeing many of you at our Grand Opening on the 22 of January.

So, there you have it.   Want to get away from the wild and frenetic pace of other places?  Places with big crowds – and even bigger lag?  Then come check out Highland Retreat…refreshment for the soul and allow you to express your “Inner Artist”.  Say high to Clif or Cora.

Tell ‘em Josh sent ya...

Be there!  Aloha!


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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Explore Lavender Bay - The Landscape is inspired by Italian Tuscany


Photogenic Sim invites you to explore, meet friends, relax and take photos.

The landscape is inspired by Italian Tuscany.


Friday, June 3, 2022

Spotlight on Delcinea Sapphire- Double Vision Studio


Second Life is the perfect platform for nurturing creativity and sharing it with others in a unique way. Anyone can showcase their talents by creating groups or opening up a shop or gallery on the grid. No matter how big or small, the option is there and we are excited to help spread the word. The SL Enquirer met up with Delcinea Sapphire to learn more about her and Double Vision Studio.  If you are looking for a photographer to help update your profile pic or do affordable images for you, contact Delcinea!

Interview with Delcinea Sapphire

SLE: Hi Delcinea, it is a pleasure to meet you. Where are you from and how did you discover Second Life?

Delcinea: I am from Toronto Ontario Canada and I discovered Sl through a chat line talk with some friends in another game called RLC.

SLE: It’s always interesting to hear how SL was discovered since they don’t really advertise publicly.  Would you consider Second Life an extension of your real life or just a game to pass the time?

Delcinea: It is a small part of my rl here as I have some wonderful friends from all over and we can meet up and have fun or talk and chillax and find new adventures.

SLE: Very true, many form real bonds and friendships here in the virtual world. What made you get into photography in Second Life and how long have you been taking pictures?

Delcinea: A  dear friend thought I need to upgrade my looks, after spending quite a  bit of lindens I found a free studio where you could do a pic for your profile ..I took some shots and well showcase them in my profile leading to some people wanting a picture too...So I opened Double vision studio (dvs).

SLE: That is a great way to discover you have an eye for photography!  I reviewed your work on Flickr and I must say it has a  Sensual, Fantasy, and creative vibe. How would you define your style and what inspires you to capture and create the images you have in your collection?

Delcinea: Thank you for the kind words about my Flickr.  My style is well unique and different and what inspires me is some of the wonderful props that people have made and fashion designers.

SLE: Can you tell our readers more about Double Vision Studio and if you have plans for expansion?

Delcinea:  Double vision studio  (DVS)  is a  small studio that can offer many backgrounds and poses for a well-done profile picture or if the person has an idea I will do my best to make it become a wonderful memory of their SL.

SLE:  I like the lighting and shadows in your work, What techniques or programs do you like to use to enhance your photographs?

Delcinea: Sl windlights mostly with a  couple of free art programs and playing with the settings in graphics.

SLE: Talented photographers can be hard to come by at affordable prices. Are you currently for hire? If so, can you tell our readers more about the packages you offer and the price range?

Delcinea: I am for hire and willing to work around their times if needed. My prices range from about 800L (simple background and name )  to 1000++  for a set up of props.

SLE: Thats’ pretty affordable! You have been featured in the January 2017 edition of Beautifully Bound~Your BDSM Lifestyle Magazine. Can you tell our readers a little bit about that experience?

Delcinea: I was honored to be chosen to do a picture for the magazine. I have been interested in bdsm and well it was my take on some of the experiences I have heard in sl and on chat lines.

SLE: Do you have a group residents can join to get alerts when you put out new work for Double Vision Studio?

Delcinea: I  do have a group that the people are free to join for updates of new pictures. join my group here: Double Vision Studio: secondlife:///app/group/7b042aef-3309-901c-8c39-dd48aa64579e/about or check my Flickr as well. 

SLE: Where can residents find your work displayed?

Delcinea:I dont have a place yet to display pictures, just Flickr for now.  

SLE: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Delcinea: iI have found in my SL experiences there are many wonderful and talented artists and performers and more to enjoy in SL. Take some time to look around and see some of them and have adventures.

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Preferred Contact: Delcinea Sapphire

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Snook Sneaks Back with This & That at Janus Gallery II-Sunday January 30th at 12:0m SLT


You are cordially invited to join us Sunday, 30 January from 12pm-2pm slt for Monroe Snook's new exhibit at Janus Gallery II entitled, "Snook Sneaks Back with This and That" Zachh Cale and Fly Kugin will dual stream for the first hour followed by Maximillion Kleene. We're excited to share this afternoon of art and music with you! 12pm slt: Zachh Cale & Fly Kugin 1pm Maximillion Kleene About the Artist: Monroe Snook - Multi-media artist (digital and analog), Fine Art and Abstract photography, Curator and owner of Studio 33, an SL art gallery active for about 10 years, SL fine art photography, and SL fashion photographer for about 5 years. Art Maniacs Group founder. Monroe's first exhibits in SL showcased her RL floral photography depicting macro images of sensual structures of nature's plenty. In early 2008, she became passionate about SL photography - growing her skill and range within this medium just after the launch of wind-light prior to the explosions of filters and presets. Other artistic endeavors include digital abstracts, abstract photography, multi-media collage, watercolor, acrylic painting, pastel, and sketch work.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Experience the best winter moments in Astoria

 Astoria is a beautiful dreamy winter scene that returns every year in Second Life. We have an awesome snowboarding and ice skating area. Great places to hang out with friends and amazing walks where you can watch the polar bears, horses, rabbits, and more. Skates and snowboards are available for free. And guess what? Even the drinks and snacks are for free. Great area for amazing winter pictures!

Tuesday, November 9, 2021



Wiply Photo Contest - 30,000 L$ in prizes

Submit a whacky picture, shot with your friends and tribe at your favorite space in Second Life© on Wiply Contest Page and share it!!!
Get the chance to win, you deserve it!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Your Invitation to the NeoVictoria 2021 Photo Contest - October 15 - November 15th


Calling all Second Life Photographers! We are hosting a photo contest to celebrate the project’s eleven (11) years in Second Life! The contest is about capturing the spirit of NeoVictoria’s roleplay. Dates: 15 October to 15 November 2021 Location:
The NeoVictoria Estate in Second Life (that’s NeoVictoria and Machinima SIMs). SLURL: Prizes: 1st Place – L$5000 2nd Place – L$4000 3rd Place – L$2000 4rd Place through 12thPlace – L$1000 per winner

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

SLDomina Exploration


Products, photographers tools, club stuff, and Tourist destination

SLDomina Photo Studio provides lights, poses, backgrounds, equipment, and gadgets for novice and professional photographers - to use freely and also to buy.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Mystical Illusions Photography Grand Opening!


Newly opened Photo Sim that changes for every season and holiday. Group join to rez your own prop but be sure to leave the sim how you found it, Clean.



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Spotlight on The Janus Galleries- SLE Reporting...

Curated by Chuck Clip and Jewell, this gallery is named for the Roman god of new beginnings, transitions, doorways, and time. The Janus Gallery III hopes to usher in a new era of art in Second Life while keeping an eye on the roots they came from. With multiple galleries and events happening, this couple breathes new life into the art community of Second Life. SLE sat down with Chuck and Jewell to learn more about what they do, what art means to them, and what’s to come.

Interview with Chuck Clip & FallenAurora Jewell

SLE: Second Life means many different things to the people who log from around the globe to socialize, create and have fun at events happening around the clock. Collectively we are all part of a unique culture unmatched by rival virtual worlds across the metaverse. Can you give our readers a little bit of background about you and how you discovered Second Life?

Chuck: So… I discovered Second Life at a very dark time in my life. I was struggling mentally and financially. Just about the only thing I owned was my mac from college. I wanted a game to play in my off time and struggled to find anything interesting that would run on my mac. I stumbled across something called Second Life and thought it was a Sims rip-off. I made my account with what I thought would be a screen name which is why I ended up named CHUCKMATRIX Clip up until the advent of name changes. I picked that terrible cybergoth starter avatar and logged in. A woman skipped up to me and said, “Hi! Welcome to Second Life! You look like you need help!” I learned more about SL thanks to that person in my first two hours than I think I have in the years since. But let's hop into the time machine and skip my time as a host/dancer. One year later I’m with a woman who gets interested in my graphic design work and RL art. She introduced me to the lovely person who gave me my first art show in SL. To this day I can’t tell you HOW Finny saw any potential in what I initially showed her, but that show sparked a new passion in me. It also connected me to my first patron, Raftwet Jewell. Raft gave me my first gallery in SL and my friends introduced me to works like those of Starax. That drove me to dive headfirst into SL prim sculpture and had a relatively successful career showing in over 40 galleries across the grid, taking commissions from people and institutions alike. I reached what I felt like was a good place to stop, and almost immediately stumbled into Jewell. So began a whole new life in both RL and SL.

FallenAurora: I discovered Second Life through my employer.  I worked in IT for 25 years at a university.  We purchased an Educational Sim when the cost was favorable.  The Second Life sim was my responsibility to manage.  We did have several colleges that used it for classes. The College of Nursing, Digital Media, College of Medicine and History. The classes continued until SL increased the cost for hosting the educational sim. After we abandoned the educational sim, I stayed in SL. I found several support organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, and personal self-help groups. This was of interest to me, as my education was focused on using technology for medical health care. Then I met Chuck Clip.  I was introduced to SL Art and was blown away. I have been involved in art, both 2D and 3D ever since. Art is an expression of emotional and physical health. It speaks to the status of the RL world in which we live and thrive or struggle to thrive. I want to provide a place for ALL those who are creative to have a voice. 

SLE: You both have a great story that shows you can create real lasting bonds with people you meet in Second Life and it can ultimately change your life. Art is in everything we do in both worlds. Art is a therapy that evokes emotion just by cit. It is also used as a way for artists to express themselves, What inspired you to create The Janus Galleries?

Chuck: Continuing from the previous question… I met Jewell! We got together in real life in 2015. And I left SL. I didn’t see the point in playing house anymore when we had an ACTUAL house together. But… fate is a funny thing. In December 2019 I had a few weeks off from work, and Jewell had gotten heavily back into SL so I joined her. She taught me how to DJ, I remade my avatar and had some fun. As Covid-19 shut down my plant, I started spending more time in SL. We bought a sim together to be our personal playground, but then I started exploring all my old haunts. And they were gone. All but three of them. And the three that still stood were ghost towns. I felt a huge amount of guilt. I felt like I had abandoned everyone who had lifted me up. So I asked Jewell if we could convert our sim to gear it toward the arts, and she saw how passionate I was about it and said yes. I don’t think either of us knew what we were committing to though. We held our first show in July 2020 even before we had NAMED the gallery and two weeks later, the gallery was booked through December. Since then we’ve kept adding venues and a second sim by October.

FallenAurora: This will be redundant, from the previous question.  I want to give anyone/everyone a ‘voice’; a place to make a statement and find a supportive entity that will promote and make every attempt to bring others in to hear...what they have to say.

SLE: You hope to usher in a new era of art in SL while keeping an eye on your roots. Can you tell us how your roots influenced what you do in-world?

Chuck: As I said before I used to show all over the grid. I was extremely lucky to have participated in many themed shows, to find support for my art even when it was still very raw and needed some refining. Those are things that I am trying to return to the culture of art in SL. I also think of things like the haiku speed builds, or the exquisite corpses where 50+ artists all added one prim to create chaotic monstrosities that like it or hate it represented the whole community. There was freedom in art to explore to express controversial ideas and feelings. I see so many shows now where they ask artists not to make any religious or political statements, to which I say, “I’m sorry… have you looked at art EVER?” We NEED the freedom that I had 10 years ago to mess around and make something that might make someone mad. Art makes you FEEL and sometimes you won’t like the feeling. That’s ok. It doesn’t mean it’s not art. It means your preconceptions of life, religion, politics, humanity, sexuality, etc. were challenged. Congratulations! You have experienced art! I very much want artists' voices to be heard again, and broadly!

FallenAurora: My roots are in Community Health, focusing on using technology to reach out to those who may not be in the same physical location.  Also, those who may have trouble finding others with the same life interest. 

SLE: Great outlook on the meaning of art and using your roots to guide you in SL Arts. Besides you two, who else is involved in the management of the gallery?

Chuck: Yep Jewell nailed it. 

FallenAurora: Currently, it is only Chuck and myself supporting the art sims. Dara is a booking manager and has been invaluable in helping us to find and book musicians. We do hire a host to assist us for events that we may find difficult to ‘be a  host’ while still sending out notices, inserting performer stream info, and communicating with guests.

SLE: Booking managers are valuable team members. It’s hard to manage all on your own in SL. What type of art do you showcase?

Chuck: In addition to what Jewell said we also have a media artist (they work in videos) and we’ve hosted a few tribute concerts by people who remake entire bands and their stages. 

FallenAurora: I welcome ALL art. We have 2D, 3D, composed music at events and written art, in the form of published and non-published writers and poets.  The talent in SL is amazing.

SLE: How often do you host events at The Janus Galleries?

Chuck: Mhm we generally have at least one event a week on the sims. Aside from the galleries, there is also Janus Java, the music venue at Angels Rest Arts Collective, and we have an airship on Sinful Retreat where we occasionally hold parties.

FallenAurora: We host events weekly; art displays, readings, and music.

SLE: It looks like you both are kept very busy which is a good thing in SL! How can artists showcase their work at your galleries?

Chuck: So, Jewell and I have and still do scour the grid looking for artists and inviting them to show. A few old curator friends of mine shared old lists of artists, and we have combined all of that into a database of artists in SL. Generally, we pull from that list, but on occasion, someone we haven’t heard of yet approaches us and asks to show us their art. It almost invariably results in an invitation to show, and we very much welcome this. Artists who have not yet shown with us may feel free to reach out to either Jewell or me.

FallenAurora: Artists are encouraged to create installations, show their art in our galleries, read in our Janus Java Coffee house and post their poetry, or request a unique setting to display some work.  Coming up soon, we have a proposal to display the ‘History of SL’ in photography.  Therefore we are setting up a platform and gallery specific to this request. 

SLE: Oh that sounds interesting. With SL turning 18 this year, I’m sure there is a lot of history to be displayed. Do you also host music entertainment for guests? If so, how often?

Chuck: Music is integrated into every gallery opening, and we also hold purely music events occasionally at Angels Rest. 

FallenAurora: We acquire/hire live music performers and various composers to accompany each event.

SLE: Music definitely sets the tone when viewing art in both worlds. You have an upcoming event on July 10th with a few entertainers on the list, can you tell us more about it?

Chuck: The Sinners & Saints Art Show serves a dual purpose.  It opens the 10th with spiritLed, Semina, and Acoustic Energy.  On the one hand, it is my first deep dive into carrying the torch of the old University of Western Australia 3D Design Challenges, and on the other, it is celebrating the culmination of our first year as an art sim in SL. We’ve taken in 2D and 3D art as well as poetry from artists and writers from around the world, and we’ll celebrate it over the course of July with music events throughout the month. The exhibit will then stand through September, after which select pieces will go into rotation around the sims. 

FallenAurora: Sinners & Saints will be a display of the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ art, both 2D and 3D  from as many artists as we can bring to our sim.  The interpretation of light and dark is up to the participants. Currently, we have seven of the dates, from the 10th of July to the 25th confirmed performers, with more music being scheduled and thirty or more artists participating.

SLE: We want to check that out! Do you have a group that guests can join to be alerted for upcoming events?

Chuck: Yep

FallenAurora: We have a website; also an SL Group
(secondlife:///app/group/b666d06a-a311-9aa5-5eb5-dbeea8b49445/about) for notices about upcoming events!




AND a subscriber that reaches out to those who arrive on the sim near the galleries.

SLE: Are you hiring any staff? If so, what positions are you looking for?

Chuck: Aside from hosts, I have reached out to writers and photographers. That particular endeavor fizzled out, but I’m still open to the idea. Our standards are pretty high, but if anyone were interested they can feel free to reach out to us with samples. 

FallenAurora: We have hired a host to assist with events as needed.

SLE: It sounds like you run a pretty tight ship and you take what you do seriously. You both are doing an excellent job keeping art alive in Second life. Thank you on behalf of art lovers across the grid.  Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Chuck: We’re just two regular people. We have some experience, we set pretty high standards for what appears on the sims, but we also look for potential. We’re more than willing to show new artists, and help them set up their work to be shown and sold in such a way that protects them from theft, etc. I guess what I’m trying to say is we’re willing to do some mentoring. We also work hard to communicate and collaborate as much as possible with other curators around the grid. We truly believe we need to rekindle the community spirit in SL Art and cast aside some of the old grudges that have formed over the years. Oh! On the note of selling, we do not ask for commissions on sold work. A few artists have insisted, others have donated a portion, but we don’t believe we should profit off of the artists. We work with what we have and donations sometimes offset some of the cost. 

FallenAurora: My greatest desire is to continue supporting as many artists of ALL kinds for as long as I am alive. 

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"If I were called upon to define briefly the word Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul." 

-Paul Cezanne