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Avatrait To Be Featured At Global Art Event

June 21st, 2008 | Category: Art, Press release

Evanston, IL – 06/20/2008 – AVATRAIT, the leading advocate of the emerging genre of “Digital Impressionist” art from the virtual world of Second Life, is very pleased to announce that they’ve been invited to be part of the Rinascimento Virtuale show in Florence, Italy this fall.

Rinascimento Virtuale is an exhibit focusing on the art of virtual worlds, which will be featured at the Museum of Natural History of Florence from October 21, 2008 through January 7, 2009. This is a part of, and is opening in conjunction with, the third staging of the Festival della Creatività, an international art event that will take place October 23-26, 2008 at the historic Fortessa da Basso, and various satellite venues around Florence.

Greg Houston (Track Hax in Second Life), the founder of Avatrait, will be making a presentation during the Festival, detailing the growth of “Digital Impressionism”, how the Avatrait Gallery arose as the premier site for this emerging genre within S.L., and how they have bridged the real and virtual worlds by bringing this new art (via high-quality framed prints sold through their web site) to a wider real-world audience.

Avatrait artists will be both represented by framed originals in the show and via a video production which will be a program element of the art fest. All of the Avatrait art featured in Rinascimento Virtuale will be donated for a charity benefit at the conclusion of the exhibit. In another first, a hardcover book will be released which will both detail the birth of this exciting new genre, and document the Avatrait artists’ works in this ground-breaking exhibition.

The Avatrait Gallery is in Second Life here and on the web at

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Avatrait Artist Corbett Howard Breaks Gallery Record

May 29th, 2008 | Category: Art, Exhibit, Gallery, Second Life Art

From a press release in email:
Artist Corbett Howard
Avatrait Gallery, Second Life’s premier site for “Digital Impressionist” art, has recently undergone a major renovation as part of the on-going upgrades to the Simuality sim. Their monthly features resumed in May with an exclusive showing of images by noted artist Corbett Howard.

Regarding the show, he wrote: “Corbett Howard exists within the confines of a virtual world. He is piloted by a rather nondescript fellow, who has drawn and painted as far back as he can remember, scratching a living, as we all do, in the day-to-day grind, occasionally selling a piece here and there, but always compelled through ability and imagination to paint and create. Upon finding this new virtual world he saw its possibilities for creative expression. Artists have a certain responsibility, as a place holder in society, to reflect life - whether that life is the Real or Second Life.”

Corbett is going to have to re-think the “occasionally selling a piece” part of that, as, for the first time ever, an artist has nearly sold out the entire stock of “exclusive” one-of-a-kind images in an Avatrait Gallery show! Avatrait offers three types of images, unique “originals” of which only one virtual copy exists, standard “virtual prints” which many people can purchase and enjoy, and real-world high-quality framed prints that are shipped world-wide, and every one of Corbett’s “originals” sold in this exhibition. Another first is the “stage set” of Corbett Howard’s poster image where visitors to the gallery can take pics of themselves, and enter them into a contest!

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Avatrait Gallery Introduces An Exclusive Showing By Shoshana Epsilon

Evanston, IL – 04/11/2008 – Avatrait Gallery, Second Life’s premier site for “Digital Impressionist” art, has recently undergone a major renovation as part of the on-going upgrades to the Simuality sim. They are very pleased to announce the resumption of monthly features with an exclusive showing of images by noted artist Shoshana Epsilon, starting with a gallery re-opening celebration on Saturday, April 12th, at 1pm SLT.

Avatrait Gallery

Shoshana noted on her blog:

“I’ve been working privately for months to try to come up with a new set of pictures that would be unique. … I’m really excited about this show. I’ve really stretched, as far as the subject matter is concerned. There will be topics on display that I’ve been too sensitive to touch before.”

She notes that many of her images have “a back story” and invites attendees to ask her about these, but also adds that some are just pure whimsy. Aside from the April 12th opening, Shoshana will be available for additional “meet-the-artist” events during the month: Thursday, April 17th at 4pm; Sunday, April 20th at 5am; Tuesday, April 22nd at 4pm; and Tuesday, April 29th at 4pm (all times SLT).

Shoshana Epsilon’s images can be purchased both on an exclusive basis in-world (only one copy of the image exists), and as high-quality real-world prints. As always, there is a “freebie” framed graphic by our featured artist available across from the gallery welcome desk.

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Second Life Shakespeare Company Open Auditions

March 21st, 2008 | Category: Acting, Art, Entertainment, Theatre

Via Pixeltheatre

The SL Shakespeare Company will be holding a round of open auditions for our upcoming Hamlet productions, the earliest of which opens on 4/23, with rehearsals beginning in early April. (In addition, we may also be performing a non-Hamlet scene in May. More details to come.)

Play: Hamlet

Time: Sunday, 3/30 at high noon SLT

Order: on a “first come, first act” basis.

(Location: Globe Theatre: SLURL) first mentioned here as part of the Top Sims in SL article.

Directions: Please be prepared to read a passage of your choice of the character you wish to perform, a passage of our choice of the same character, and possibly, an unrelated scene of our choice. (In addition, you may also show us a passage from another Shakespearean play.)

Criteria: Quality, availability, and SL Voice/mic clarity (sorry!). Evidence that you’ve practiced your lines a bit and are familiar enough with your character to do well on our “pop quiz” may help ;-).

Technical Help: Please arrive an hour early (11 AM, SL Time) if you need help setting up, tweaking, or configuring your microphone for SL voice performances.

Also: Please email with your availability for rehearsals beginning in early April. We will automatically add you to our repertory cast list, but that does not necessarily mean you get a role. (For those on the repertory cast, we will contact you prior to each production.)

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Oyster Bay Sculpture Garden and Aquarium Closing

February 20th, 2008 | Category: Art, Museum, Places to Visit

In a notecard titled “….and thanks for all the fish”, Morris Vig announced he is closing Oyster Bay Sculpture Garden and Aquarium. I teleported in to take a few pics and saw Morris there talking to his friends, so I flew over to say hi and thought for a sec about asking him a couple questions about it. He was talking to his friends and I didn’t want to intrude, so I didn’t, here is the slurl if you want to take a last visit.

Oyster Bay

Dear Friends of Oyster Bay:

It is with no small degree of sadness that I am announcing the forthcoming closing of Oyster Bay Sculpture Garden and Aquarium.

For those of you who know me well, you know that the time since I took my latest RL job in mid-August 2007 has been extremely frustrating for my Second Life. This situation has been exacerbated further by a transfer that took place in January 2008.

I do not have the time to do what I want in Second Life. I see wondrous new creations from fresh names, and I recoil from approaching them because I don’t have time to treat them like I want. I have a wonderful performance space but don’t have the capacity to do anything with it. The legendarily-dynamic sculpture space (”There’s always something new at Oyster Bay” has been a mantra here…) is largely static because I haven’t been able to give it the attention it deserves.

Long story made short - I have a deep sense of obligation to you, the Oyster Bay community. I’ve been skating by for months now. That’s not fair to you, and it’s tearing me up. It’s time to end the frustration and move on.

Thus, I’m going to close Oyster Bay over the next few days. As part of that, I’ll realign the Oyster Bay groups, so please don’t be surprised to see an “ejection” (such an ugly term). I don’t have an exact timetable, so bear with me as I work through the shutdown.

I won’t be leaving Second Life. I will keep my property and perhaps build that mansion that I always thought would be cool. (Odds are there will be a lot of art on the Oyster Bay grounds, too. Just personal collection pieces, though.) I’m also keeping the Second Arts blog ( and will report what I see out in SL…especially in its vibrant arts community. I also plan to do a little more creating of my own; I’ve taken to playing with WindLight-generated SL photography and can twist a prim or two as well. And I’ll be around.

You have honored me with your support and involvement in the Oyster Bay community. It is because of ALL OF YOU that Oyster Bay achieved the notoriety that it enjoys. Reflecting back, I take solace in the fact that we honed a model for successfully running a PG-based arts community that paid for itself for nearly a year. That’s right, folks. I have a 1/2 sim devoted to Oyster Bay and haven’t paid tier in nearly 12 months. That’s because of all of you.

Beyond that, friends like Cyanide Seelowe, Petronilla Paperdoll, Isolde Flamand and Tayzia Abbatoir helped institutionalize things like ArtTalks, gallery concerts, the Balloon Festival, outrageously huge shows like “Hidden Starax!,” “14 Days, 14 Sculptures,” and the “Black Tie and Blues” machinima premiere.

Second Life is a wondrous place where creative minds can literally take any idea and give it shape and form. This is a magic moment in the dawn of the 3D internet, and I’m so glad to be able to share it with you.

Thank you, all of you, for a wonderful time as we built a community that celebrated this spirit. Don’t stop building, don’t stop scripting, don’t stop texturing….and don’t stop supporting the people who do it, too.

Be good.

Morris Vig

So long Oyster Bay and thanks for all the art. :) Second Life URL.

Kneeling Angel

Neptune in Iron

Orca Dancer

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Starax Giant Demon Statue, King Kong and More

February 17th, 2008 | Category: Art, Places to Visit, Starax Stratosky

Here is a little collection of Starax stuff I found on BlogHUD and Second Life search tonight, as I said I would look occasionally in this post, and I found quite a few things I had not seen yet.

Starax Giant Demon at Plum.

Starax Stratosky Giant Demon

Starax Stratosky Giant Demon 2

Starax Stratosky Giant Demon 3

Starax Stratosky Giant Demon 4

This one below is called Imagoel doll by Starax on Utopia.
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More Starax Stratosky Sculptures

February 16th, 2008 | Category: Art, Starax Stratosky

Found some more Starax sculptures, I mentioned in this post I would look around occasionally for some more Starax stuff and found one I hadn’t seen yet, at The Rockwell Ginsberg Gallery.

This one is called the Devil and the Angel.

Devil and the Angel by Starax

The Angel by Starax Stratosky

Devil by Starax Stratosky

Here is the Lion, which I saw at Blackwater Art Sculpture Gallery, but this one looks a little shinier, smoother than the one at Blackwater.
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Avatrait Gallery Expands Free Class Program To Include Art History

January 27th, 2008 | Category: Art, Education, Press release

From a Press Release

Following the very popular start of their in-gallery art classes with this weeks’ “SL Art 101” presentations by Ryker Beck, AVATRAIT GALLERY announces the next series of continuing art programs, this one addressing Art History. This program will be presented by new Second Life resident Hitoshi Mayako, who in real life has an MFA from University of Chicago and is on the staff of the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago.

Hitoshi Mayako is an accomplished educator with over ten years’ experience teaching, and an articulate communicator who has effectively brought arts education to diverse populations of students at a variety of academic and skill levels. Over the course of these on-going presentations Hitoshi will discuss the development of art from the earliest expressions of human creativity, though the various cultures of the world, East and West, detailing assorted artistic “movements”, and on into the present with radical new forms such as Second Life art.

Avatrait Gallery

The first of these Art History classes will be on Tuesday, January 29th, at 7pm SLT, with a subsequent repeat (date and time to be determined) at an hour more convenient for European S.L. residents. Other monthly programs will also be premiering soon, and schedule information is available at the gallery.

The Avatrait Gallery features Second Life’s most outstanding artists, one of whose works are featured every month, with exclusive collectible one-of-a-kind framed images available in-world, and high quality framed prints available through the Avatrait web site for real-world display.

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Starax Stratosky Collections

January 19th, 2008 | Category: Art, Starax Stratosky

This will be the first post in what I am sure will be a large number of Second Life art collections, reviews, etc. The first one is going to be about one of the most famous Second Life artists, Starax Stratosky and some wonderful things he has created, statues, fish, animals and more. If you have any of his art and would like me to showcase it contact me at eubeenhadd at I would love some shots and some stories about the wand as well. ;) I took a lot of pics and will be uploading them to flickr later.

There are a few collections of Starax art that I have found so far, the first is the Open Air Starax Collection.

Open Air Starax Collection

This one is called Drowned.

Drowned by Starax

This is Samson and is available free inworld.

Samson by Starax

This is Angel Trap.

Starax Angel Trap

The second is the Blackwater Art Sculpture Gallery.
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Clanger’s Inventions

December 13th, 2007 | Category: Art, Places to Visit

Another post for the Top 10 Sims from the Best of Second Life group, we first mentioned here, this one is Clanger’s Inventions. Second Life URL.

Clanger’s Inventions

Clanger’s Inventions 2

Clanger’s Inventions 3

Clanger’s Inventions 4

Another sim worth one visit I guess.

Second Life URL.

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Adam Ramona’s Garden of Immersive Sound

December 13th, 2007 | Category: Art, Places to Visit

Another post for the Top 10 Sims from the Best of Second Life group, we first mentioned here, this one is Adam Ramona’s Garden of Immersive Sound. Second Life URL.

Welcome to a garden of interactive audiovisual sculptures by Adam Ramona.
Currently there are 7 works, some are in the garden here, one is over behind the house, and some are above here in the Sky Gallery.

Please wander freely. Touch the signs for info about each work. Further notes on each work are in the house. The works sound best in headphones, or on good speakers. Laptop speakers are ok, but they won’t be able to play some of the sounds in the works. Headphones are best.

Adam Ramona’s Garden of Immersive Sound

Adam Ramona’s Garden of Immersive Sound 2

Adam Ramona’s Garden of Immersive Sound 3

This is a neat sim, worth a visit, once anyway.

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Visit Bambii’s Art Gallery

November 10th, 2007 | Category: Art, Gallery, Textures

What: Bambii’s Art Gallery

When: Nov 10, 2007 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Saturday)

Where: Fraser Second Life

Tags: Adult Arts and Culture Bambii Shan Fraser Mature Second Life

Description: Welcome to Bambii’s Art Gallery. Come and relax and enjoy our fantasy art for your home or office. Also check out our feature artist Chopper Sturges bike art. Art textured sayings..posters.banners also available by request or purchase my ready made saying textures. All textures done in paint shop pro We also rent wall space for your art contact bambii for details

So come on down and check out the newest art gallery in sl and enjoy your stay.

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