fall gallery updates

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Fall is upon us and there are several Berg by Nordan Art updates I would like to share here. First, the two exhibits by Maloe Vansant, Close Ups of a Doll and Memories: Retrospective, will come to an end the last day of September. I will miss seeing these beautiful photographs, and also the doll houses, in the gallery so much. Come and check this out if you haven’t already. The Nordan om Jorden sim will then be closed to the public for the two first weeks of October while we install two new shows by Livio Korobase and by ◦⊱Mi⊰◦. The opening will be on Sunday, October 16 at 10 AM SLT and as usual Berg by Nordan Art house DJ Eif, aka d-oo-b, will provide music. More about this to come! The two other gallery parts, Gallery M, permanent exhibit space for Mich Michabo, and L’annexe, where I show a collection of my photographs, are easily accessible via teleport from the main gallery. Also in the main gallery, you will find general information about Berg by Nordan Art, the Paper Crown events, as well as link access to join the Berg by Nordan Art group, Flickr group and my two blogs. Finally, the October Paper Crown event will take place on Sunday, October 2 at 2 PM SLT. As I am on vacation then, the ceremony will take place at the Michabode this time. If you would like to attend, please contact Mich Michabo separately for access.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

dixmix gallery

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A new gallery, dixmix gallery, opened a few days ago. Curated by dixmix Source and built by Megan Prumier, this is a welcome addition to the Second Life gallery scene. The tastefully put-together large two-story concrete space consists of three main parts; the black, white and grey galleries. Disbursed throughout are familiar statues by Mistero Hilfeng, all which are mindfully integrated into the large space. In the foyer is on display a selection  from dixmix’s private collection of older works by Ariel Brearly. (As a side note here, Ariel will be showing new photographs at Berg by Nordan Art starting January 2017, please be on the lookout for announcements.) On view in the black gallery space are new photographs by Grazia Horwitz; stunning and captivating, these images held my attention for a long time. Bravo Grazia, really well done. In the grey gallery section we find a selection of previously seen works by the talented Ziki Questi, who’s knack for wide-angle landscapes never seizes to amaze me. Solid and very beautiful work as always. There is also a small personal collection section of the gallery, showing intriguing pink images by Megan Prumier that I loved. Finally, in the white gallery space are on display black and white photographs by dixmix himself. I adored these, really great work dix. This is a very cool gallery with a fantastic layout, showing carefully selected art. Congrats to dixmix, Megan and the artists. Head over and take a look if you haven’t already!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

west of the rain

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I’ve visited several times now West of the Rain and also posted photos on Flickr, but never blogged about this sim. The time has come! I can’t speak highly enough of this destination, put together by Oobleck Alagash and Nodnol Jameson, and inspired by the San Juan Islands in Washington State. The winding roads, the selection and variety of trees, and the carefully selected objects come together here to create a breathtaking and inspiring whole. You will find a little town center, a harbor, an athletic club complete with a locker room, a recently added surgeons office, several smaller builds nested in the landscape and much more. There are plenty of seating with poses, including couples, dispersed all over the sim. Finally, please enter your photos in the current photo exhibit that will close on September 21, read more about it here. Above is my contribution to the contest and a tribute to the last days of summer. Thank you very much to Oobleck and Nodnol for  opening their very beautiful place for us all to explore.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

submerged: an immersive experience

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There is a new exhibit, Submerged: An Immersive Experience, by Elizabeth FYB (aka Elizabeth Nantes), curated by G o o d C r o s s, currently on display at The White Canvas Gallery. The opening was on September 7 and I think the show will probably be open to the public for at least a month. This magical underwater exhibit consists of a collection of photographs of avatars moving, swimming, and floating under water, all displayed in a tank. The images, in shades of greens and blues, are simply exquisite. Various kinds of fish, swirling golden forest lanterns, various sizes of bubbles, a white swan and a platypus all contribute to the overall immersive experience of floating and being enveloped by water here. One can tell that an enormous amount of thought, planning and work has been put into this show. Bravo, E., such creativity and such amazing and very playful use of fantasy! As a side note, whilst floating through the gallery earlier today a song got stuck in my head, couldn’t stop humming a long. I thought I’d share it here with you. Head over and take a look at this exhibit if you haven’t already, you will not regret it!

Photograph of E.’s image by Kate Bergdorf

all is quiet now

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I managed to catch the very tail-end of the opening of the new exhibit all is quiet now by photographer Joslyn Benson, showing from September 7 until the end of the month at dathuil. I was lucky enough to bump into the artist herself, who was lingering on one of the red velvet sofas in the main gallery exhibit hall, catching her breath with a group of friends. We got into talking about the exhibit a bit, about how putting together something like this is an arduous, yet satisfying process that for an extended period of time requires ones attention both inside and outside of Second Life. The theme of this very beautiful dathuil exhibit, consisting of seventeen black and white photographs and in one color, is a reflective one, touching upon contemplative conditions such as solitude and stillness. Each image depicts single or multiple subjects, clothed or nude, touchingly capturing the essence of silence and quiet states. Joslyn notes that [s]ilence…the absence of sound, silence the placidity of mind… silence the sense of being. Moments of stillness where all that’s left is our own thoughts… and to find comfort in unspoken words. Head over and take a look at this thoughtfully put together collection of photographs, curated by Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh. You will not want to miss it.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Arranmore

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I haven’t blogged about places that I like in a while, but here is one now. There is a newish sim, Arranmore, put together by the talented Lauren Bentham, that I very much enjoyed visiting. There is something eerie and dark about this place, reflected in the carefully selected objects that all in their own way contribute to the general mood. I also like that some of the builds selected here are by lesser known builders and are not the same houses we repeatedly keep seeing on other sims. Visitors will be offered a free flashlight upon arrival, which can be used to further enhance the gloomy ambience on this sim. The sim itself is fictional, but the name Arranmore is derived from an island with the same name located off the west coast of Ireland. Lauren notes that [t]he island of Arranmore, is today, a sleepy, almost deserted island, but was once a thriving community, small, but very active. The fishing port was the main source of income for the islanders, but they also relied heavily upon the investment from Lord & Lady Inman, who were the owners of the large manor house in the centre of the island. Many years ago, Lord & Lady Inman, along with their 2 children, took a holiday, and seemed to vanish off the face of the earth. To this day, no-one knows why, or what happened to them. This was a heavy blow to the community, who relied on Lord Inmans investments, and slowly, over the years, Arranmore fell into decline. Today, it has a handful of die hard residents who remain, but little is seen of them. Strange things began to happen on the island, which seemed to drive many people away. So, here we are today, still a beautiful and scenic island, but with few inhabitants. A manor house, that has not been lived in for years, and what seems like a dark, eerie cloud, hanging over the island. Joining the Arranmore group for a fee of L$175 will provide rez rights; auto-return is set to one day. Do head over and take a look at this beautifully put-together sim. Remember to bring your camera and post your photos in the Arranmore Flickr group.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

junk. flea market finds preview for september arcade

 

junk. preview for september arcade

New junk. Flea Market Finds set preview for the September Arcade Gacha Event. Ten to collect (nine common and one rare). L$50 per play. Concertina Book Stool, Dirty Wash Board, Maggie’s Patio Chair (RARE; black, red, teal), Metal Churn Light (turns on and off), Pigeonhole Clock, Plan de Paris, Post Bag Cushion, Sign Basket, Vintage Basin, Vintage Perfume Tin. Old Shanty Boat by Soy.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf