Many know Melusina Parkin as an excellent SL photographer but few know that, as the owner of Melu Decu, she also creates Art Deco furniture. The Art India Gallery has invited Melusina to combine her passion for the era with photography and building - the result is 'ART DECO'.

Melusina has created a spacious Art Deco environment to display her latest photos and her new releases of low prim mesh furniture.  

The uber cool Art Deco Lounge will host events: a fashion show by Sonatta Morales; talks about this special era and parties.  

To complete the show, info boards about different styles of Art Deco around the world and other interesting facts will be placed in a skybox.  

The ART DECO exhibit opens Saturday 2nd February at 2 PM SLT with a Flapper Party - feel free to come dressed for the occasion! (The location will be closed until the exhibition opens.)
The LEA Arts Festival is packed with interest and fun. It features twenty sims with:
  • art installations 
  • machinima screenings 
  • artist talks 
  • interviews
  • tours
  • performances
  • classes, and 
  • more! 

For more details you can check the LEA blog and/or refer to the SL Art Exhibits Schedule (below). 

Opening 2nd Feb! Play, explore, watch, listen, learn - visit the LEA Arts Festival to enjoy a fabulous range of Second Life art exhibits and events!
LEA Arts Festival 2013 - Arrival Point and Directory on LEA 4
Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) is calling for proposals for the Full Sim Art Series. 
The selected Second Life artists will be given:
  • A full sim (15,000 prims!) on which to create and display their arty master piece for 1 month
  • Coverage on the UWA and LEA blogs.
Interested? Want to apply? 
  • Proposals are due by 10 February, 2013
  • Details on how to apply can be found on Bryn Oh's blog

I was invited to the Premiere of the new Be Encouraged machinima by the ladies of Exquisite Xpressions but unfortunately, due to a commitment clash, I wasn't able to attend. Luckily it's available on YouTube so I managed to watch it a little later. Not only is this a quality production with cool music and very believable acting, it's uplifting too. 

Without giving too much away, the plot centres around three key characters, their families and some serious challenges that life throws in their paths. 

The main message that I took from Be Encouraged was that no matter how hard our lives become or how dark things seem, the sun will shine again. The film has a religious note throughout but, don't worry, it's not all fire and brimstone. 

This worthy machinima took me on an emotional roller coaster but left me feeling empowered and energised. See what you think ... 
I attended the opening of the Unified Heart 2013 exhibition at the Palais Orleans Gallery Complex today. 

This is the second iteration of this very popular art show so the gallery was, as expected, packed with avi's. 

It was a glamorous affair with many artists and guests donning their best gowns and fashionista attire. 

Art shown: In My Secret Life by Petra Messioptra
This year 21 artists participated and their artworks, all based Leonard Cohen songs, are exceptional. The artist's chosen lyrics have been positioned next to each piece so you can match the words with the artist's interpretation. 

It's an interesting and clever thematic approach. It gives the pieces a voice - literally Leonard Cohen's voice - and results in a powerful visual impact. 

Although we labored under the weight of some serious lag (thanks for that LL), the event drew lots of "ohhh's" and "ahhh's" from all who were present. 

Say Goodbye To Alexandra by Morgana Nagorski

In this month's edition of BOSL (Best of SL Magazine) a talented real life and SL artist makes his mark. 
M4SK22 Melody pictured at Lumeria Art Gallery. Photo by Morgana Nagorski for BOSL Magazine.
Known as M4SK22 Melody in SL, David Moss is an artist, writer and musician in his first life. Active in the SL art domain, David's current focus is machinima, including works created to span the two worlds' boundaries by featuring his 1st life band. Additionally, he's the owner of the Lumeria Art Gallery where up and coming artists' works hang proudly beside those of well known artists. The gallery is based firmly on the principle that there's no pecking order, hierarchies or discrimination. 

For more about this interesting and engaging SL entity, click the BOSL link below. The magazine contains even more arty news, so you may find yourself reading this article and beyond - I know I did! 

BOSL Magazine, January 2013: Page 218  
Article Author: Pindar Kanya  
Photographer: Morgana Nagorski
My space suit, worn to protect me from the toxic air.
Dreams in Space (Imagination) is colourful, themed 3D Installation by Barry Richez. If you're into space travel, this destination will get your rockets firing! It contains lots to see and do. 

When you arrive grab a free space suit to protect you from the nasty, toxic gases in the air. (Buy for L$0, rez the box, save the contents to inventory and wear each item.)

There's also a note card giver that outlines the story in a number of different languages. 

Only a few humans have survived

The entrance to the pyramid, with one of the bio-domes in the distance.
Here's the gist of the story ... there's been a chemical disaster on Earth and, using a cargo spaceship, a few humans have managed to escape just in time. They are the sole survivors. 

Settling in the galaxy Centaurus, the survivors eventually discover a pyramid back on planet Earth that still contains fresh water and air. Hope for their return to Earth is renewed! 

After much experimentation, Professor Ama Avro (one of the survivors and an eminent scientist) has managed to recreate trees, flowers, vegetables and even animals in "biobulles" (bio-domes) on Earth's damaged surface. 

Perhaps they can resettle the planet? 

I read about New Synthetic Theatre on Ziki Questi's blog and just had to try it for myself. This theatre makes you one of the actors in a 10 to 15 minute production. 

How does it work?
At the New Synthetic Theatre's arrival point, instructions were given to me in English via streaming sound (turn this on) and there were signs explaining how to set up my preferences (remove AO). In summary:
  • Buy a ticket for the "next show" at the arrival point (2 productions to choose from, L$50 or L$75)
  • Wear the ticket that's delivered to you and don't remove it until the show is over
  • Wait for the TP to the appropriate theatre be sent and click it when it arrives (this can take a little longer than expected, so be patient), then
  • Wear the hud that's given to you when you arrive.

The experience 
The production I saw was called 'Ninety Nine Percent'. I was expecting a fantasy story of some kind but it seemed to be a safety training tool for warehouse employees. Ironically, in real life, I'm an Instructional Designer (a fancy job title for someone who creates training programs for businesses), so I found it very interesting. My avi manoeuvred her way through a busy, animated warehouse. My task was to find as many safety hazards as I could. There were several - boxes fell from racks and I was run over by moving trolleys. I scored a point on my hud for each hazard I identified. 

It was interesting and cleverly done, but perhaps not everyone's cup of tea - especially if warehousing or logistics are not your 'thing'. I was the only ticket holder there at the time and can imagine it would be even more fun with others. Maybe you could go with a friend or two or three? 

Ziki mentioned that she found the other production 'Jabba, Jabba, Jabba' more engaging. I didn't see this one but perhaps it's more along the lines of what I initially expected, meaning story-based. Regardless of the plot, this new style of theatre is a fun, immersive experience and well worth checking out. 

Make your own!
The owners of New Synthetic Theatre also encourage you to create your own theatre production and are happy to offer those who are interested a degree of guidance and support. 

Grab your Second Life diaries! These great arty events are all opening soon:
  • 26 January: Unified Heart - A Leonard Cohen inspired art exhibition featuring 21 talented SL artists!

  • 26 January: 6pm (SLT) Premiere! “Be Encouraged" Machinima by The Ladies of Exquisite Xpressionz

  • 30 January: SkyDance V - A 1 hour narrated, music and dance spectacular set high in the SL heavens. Shows are every Wednesday, 7 to 8PM (SLT). Seating is limited so bookings are essential. 

All of these art events and many more can be found on the SL Art Exhibits Schedule. Click any entry for a full description and the in world location. Enjoy!
Morgana Nagorski, Palais Orleans Gallery Complex
I tend to blog about Second Life art and artists, after all this is an SL art blog. This time I thought it would be interesting to explore the vital, yet often overlooked, roles of gallery owners and curators. Without these diligent people promoting SL artists we would not get to see the impressive range of art that we do today. These quiet achievers offer vital services - artists gain much needed exposure and SL residents gain the joy of seeing extraordinary artworks. 

To find out more I approached Morgana Nagorski, a tireless champion of the arts within Second Life. Not only does she create quality 2D artworks herself, she's the owner and curator of the highly respected and very modern Palais Orleans Gallery Complex

I asked Morgana about her art space, how she selects and coordinates the frequently changing exhibitions and some of the challenges she faces as an SL art gallery owner and curator. 

Please note: I cleaned up our typos to make this interview easier for you to follow :) 

An artistic Aussie avi

Cirque ~ The Big Top by Morgana
Carmsie: Hi Morgana, thanks for chatting with me today. Let's start at the very beginning. You obviously have a passion for art. Can you tell me a bit about your real life and SL art background? 

Morgana: Hi Carmsie. Well, in real life I live in Perth, Western Australia. I was born and bred here. I've always dabbled in some form of art or craft, whatever my current passion was - silver jewellery, leather work, design classes, painting, ceramics or mosaics . . . whatever.

I came to SL in October 2006 and started taking photos as soon as my hair and skin were sorted out. Then, as many do, I got involved with a guy so I sort of let art go for a bit.  

After about a year and a half of dancing ourselves to death I entered and won a photo competition run by Kelly Yap. The prize was a spot in an upcoming exhibition and the rest, as they say, is history. 

It all started as a gift!

Carmsie: So from artist to gallery owner - that's quite a leap. What made you decide to establish an art gallery in Second Life? 

Morgana: Actually I probably never would have. I'd worked as curator in three galleries but hadn't considered opening one myself. I guess the tier was an inhibiting factor. My many-primmed Bali property was about all I could afford. 

But after the last of the exhibitions I curated at the (then called) Palais Orleans Art Studio and Design, the time-poor owner decided she would give it to me, well it's established name anyway. I thought about it for a while and then accepted. I shifted the gallery to its current location...and there you are...in February, 2012 I became the official owner of Palais Orleans.