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.
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From a press release in email:
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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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.
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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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.
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 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Simuality/41/213/35 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 Avatrait.com for real-world display.
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