Art is the desire of a man to express himself,
to record the reactions of his personality
to the world he lives in.
The Inspired Dreamwalkers are a Relay For Life team in Second Life. This team has been active for several years and annually present silent art auctions to raise linden for Relay For Life of Second Life. As you might know, Relay For Life is the premier fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and has had a presence in Second Life for 12 years. Their team captain, JT Marchant, honored me by asking if I’d submit a couple of pieces for their art auction that starts today (April 8, 2016) at 9am SLT (PDT). There are many pieces to be bid on and the bidding will close on Sunday (April 10) at 3pm SLT (PDT).
Live entertainment is planned for opening day:
- Friday 4/8 – 4pm SLT – Whirli Placebo
- Friday 4/8 – 5pm SLT – Eliz Watanabe
Drop by Dancing Swan Island and remember to win an auction, you must bid early and often so that you can get the piece that you desire. There are some beautiful pieces available from some of the wonderful SL photographers/artists you know.
The two pieces that I’ve donated were created exclusively for this event. Both were recently captured at Everlong, a lovely sim for relaxing and snapping pics.
I hope you will stop by the auction and find a piece that will look perfect on your wall! Or just drop a few linden in a kiosk to support this awesome group of people – the Inspired Dreamwalkers.
Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.
~Charles G. Stater
Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time in world sitting at the sim creation known as Furillen. The environment is a stark frozen winter scene and is an interpretation of the real world location of the same name located in Sweden. Serene Footman is the Second Life resident that has pulled this location together. Much of the surroundings are quite representative of the real world location and I would imagine that Serene has created the ‘feeling’ of Furillen.
Within the homestead sim (Love of Life), there are areas to sit alone or with friends both inside and out in the elements. The minimalistic design offers a hotel building with each room containing a unique set-up. There are other building around the sim where no detail has been left out. You get the feeling that you are arriving just as someone else has vacated a room. The real world Furillen was the site of a limestone industry and Serene has also done a wonderful job incorporating that aspect as well with the space.
The entire area is perfect for those taking pics in Second Life both for artistic and for location pics. It can work well for a blog backdrop as well as snaps of a gathering of your friends. Serene has even run a couple of themed photography competitions in recent months and the interpretations by the various SL residents is amazing. Sometimes the snow flurries about and that’s awesome for some and not so much for others. I personally enjoy it as it offers a realism but it can be a problem for some graphics cards. The music on the stream is a custom playlist that Serene has put together especially for Furillen. This might be one of my favorite reasons to visit, but I think mostly it is because the music just “fits” the habitat so well.
Lately, there have been a smattering of events on the sim – from art showings, to ‘happy hours’ where there is a mad rush to join by sitting on one of the famous pier chairs, to an impromptu immersive art presentation by SaveMe Oh. The Furillen group is the best way to keep up with what’s happening – planned or spontaneous events.
To find out more about Furillen -virtual and real – check out Serene’s website.
The 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Design/Events Division is proud to present a Silent Art Auction to benefit Relay For Life of Second Life. The Auction will feature the work from 20+ wonderful photographers/artists of Second Life and will be held on the Activities Regions during the 2014 Relay For Life event.
The Auction will open to the public on July 19th when the RFL of SL regions open. The Auction will close at 1pm SLT on Sunday, July 20th at which time the winning bidders will be determined based upon the highest bid. 100% of the proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Second Life benefiting the American Cancer Society. Landmarks will be provided closer to the event day.
This Silent Auction takes place during our 2014 Relay For Life event so there will be upwards of 3,000 avatars milling about as they take to the track to experience all the builds along the track. In addition there will be entertainment on the Activities regions with DJs, Live Musicians, Productions, Snail Races, other Auctions and Raffles, along with Team Merchant Areas.
The SL photographers/artists that plan to participate include:
Murdock “Doc” Beningborough
Thank you to all that are participating!!
*If you would like to participate and donate a piece to be auctioned for this charity event, please contact Sunshine Zhangsun before July 14th*