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The week at Holly Kai Park: August 13th – August 19th 2017

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

Here’s all that is going on at Holly Kai Park between Sunday, July 16th and Sunday, July 23rd.

Sunday, August 13th

1:30pm: Tea-Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street continues with reading from The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927.

This week:  The Adventure of the Three Garridebs.

Seanchai Library.

18:00: Magicland Storytime: The Black Cauldron

Join Caledonia Skytower at Magicland Park.

Monday, August 14th 7:00pm: More Than Human

reads Theodore Sturgeon’s 1953 novel about six extraordinary humans who might be the next step in our evolution – or our destruction.

Seanchai Library.

Tuesday, August 15th 7:00pm: One Summer, America 1927

Kayden Oconnell reads Bill Bryson’s look back at one of the seminal periods in America’s 20th century history.

Wednesday, August 16th

4:00pm: Wednesdays with G Winz

Gerrard Winstanley is back from the world music festival and time in the physical world, bringing us another 90-minute mix of music from around the world and through the decades.

7:00pm: Secrets of the Divine Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Caledonia Skytower reads Rebecca Wells’ 2014 tale. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Seanchai Library.

Thursday, August 17th 7:00pm: A book of Days

Caledonia previews her newest WIP – a collection of art inspired micro-fiction and poetry written for both physical and virtual art exhibitions. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Seanchai Library.

Friday, July 18th 4:00pm: Smooth Fridays with DJ Joy

Get your weekend of to a good start in the company of DJ Joy Canadeo, the Joyriders, and 2 hours of music, fun and conversation at Caitinara Bar!

Caitinara Bar.

All Month: Art at the Park August Exhibition

Featuring art by Diamond Marchant, Cecilia and Jes Mode, Fuyuko Amano and Dido Haas.

August Art at the Park

Art at the Park.

Sharing Stories at the Park – July 2017

Stories at the Park July 2017 – the storytellers: R. Carp Mariner, Trolley Trollop and Caledonia Skytower

Stories at the Park is a series presented by Seanchai Library, which coincides with each of our Art at the Park exhibitions at Holly Kai Park. At each event, members of Seanchai Library read stories or poems inspired by selected works of our Invited Artists. Each story must be precisely 100 words in length, no more, no less (known as a “drabble”), while poems  can be of any form, so long as they do no exceed 100 words.

The July 2017 Stories at the Park event took place on Sunday, October 16th, and featured Caledonia Skytower, Trolley Trollop and R. Crap Mariner reading  stories and poems they had written after seeing the artwork of our July exhibition artists Panteleimon “Pan” Aeon, Graham Collinson, Melusina Parkin, Fingers Scintilla and Dulcis Taurog.

The authors  have graciously given us permission to reprint their works in this blog for those unable to attend the event.

To make things easier, the stories and poems have been split by artist, and each piece is presented with an image of the painting or work which inspired it:

Our next Stories at the Park event will be on Sunday, September 3rd, featuring stories and poems based on the work of our August artists at Holly Kai Park.

The week at Holly Kai Park: August 6th – 11th 2017

August Art at the Park

Here’s all that is going on at Holly Kai Park between Sunday, July 16th and Sunday, July 23rd.

Sunday, August 6th 1:30pm: Tea-Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street continues with reading from The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927.

This week: The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire.

Seanchai Library.

Monday, August 7th  7:00pm: More Than Human

Gyro Muggins reads Theodore Sturgeon’s 1953 novel about six extraordinary humans who might be the next step in our evolution – or our destruction.

Seanchai Library.

Tuesday, August 8th 7:00pm: Keep It Brief

With R. Crap Mariner.

Seanchai Library.

Wednesday, August 9th

4:00pm: Wednesdays with G Winz

Gerrard Winstanley is back from the world music festival and time in the physical world, bringing us another 90-minute mix of music from around the world and through the decades.

Caitinara Bar.

7:00pm: Secrets of the Divine Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Caledonia Skytower reads Rebecca Wells’ 2014 tale. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Seanchai Library.

Thursday, August 10th 7:00pm: TBA

Check the Seanchai Library blog for updates.

Seanchai Library.

Friday, August 11th 4:00pm: Smooth Fridays with DJ Joy

Get your weekend of to a good start in the company of DJ Joy Canadeo, the Joyriders, and 2 hours of music, fun and conversation at Caitinara Bar!

Caitinara Bar.

Throughout the Month

Art at the Park August exhibition, featuring the work of Diamond Marchant, Jes Mode, Cecilia Nansen Mode, Wintergeist and Dido Haas.

Art at the Park.

 

August Art at the Park at Holly Kai

Holly Kai Park

Saturday, August 5th marks the opening on the August edition of Art at the Park at Holly Kai Park, which run through until Sunday, September 3rd.

The artists who have accepted our invitations to display at the park through the month are: Dido Haas, Cecilia Nansen Mode and Jes Mode, Wintergeist and our 3D artist for the month, Diamond Marchant. You can read more about them below.

The opening of the exhibition will be marked by a party, with Joy Canadeo providing the music from 2:00pm SLT onwards. The dress code is smart / formal, and we invite all those so minded to attend.

About the Artists

Dido Haas

Dido Haas

Dido really needs no introduction, as words simply aren’t enough to describe her. She’s a long-standing artist in Second Life, having enjoyed her first public exhibition of her work in 2012. Not long afterwards, she and her partner, Nitro Fireguard started the Nitroglobus gallery, with Dido taking on the role of gallery curator and manager, although she and Nitro both showed their work there.

Nitroglobus quickly built a reputation as one of the foremost galleries in Second Life, and it was through visiting the exhibitions there that I first met Dido. She has a gift for finding some of the most unique talents in Second Life and getting them to exhibit, and I’ve long enjoyed covering her exhibitions at the gallery in these pages.

Sadly, Nitro passed away in 2015, bringing the original Nitroglobus gallery to a close. However, Dido continues to curate art exhibitions through Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, which continues to host some incredible exhibitions, as well as commemorating Nitro himself through the display of many of his mesh sculptures. The gallery also continues to be the home of music events every Sunday at the Nitroglobus Cafe. Between managing all that, Dido continues with her own photography, and we’re delighted to have her at Holly Kai Park.

You can see more of her work on her Flickr stream.

Cecilia Nansen Mode and Jes Mode – “the Modes”

The Modes

I first encountered the work of Cecilia Nansen Mode and Jes Mode almost simultaneously, if quite coincidentally at two separate exhibitions in the same month. Jes was exhibiting at DixMix Gallery, and Cecilia at Artful Expressions, run by my dear friend, Sorcha Tyles. I was immediately struck by their art, and discovering they are SL partners encouraged me not only to invite them to exhibit at the park, but to ask that they do so together as a part of our occasional “partners” invitations.

For the August exhibition, they’ve taken this invitation quite literally, and are presenting a joint exhibition under the title One Love, One Life. Across the two display areas, “the Modes” display images of a loving relationship which has forging a shared passion for photography. They are a combination of the cold North and the warm South. The dramatic and the calm. The expressive and the subtle. Together they are tied by a deep and profound connection, which shows in their pictures, both when working together, as well as individually.

Jes has a history of photography in RL with some knowledge as well as experience. He restarted after some years as a photographer, this time in SL and is slowly finding his own style and personal expression, with mainly black and white pictures. Cecilia started a little over a year ago as a SL photographer and is slowly finding her own style, still experimenting and learning day by day. Together they support, mentor, teach and are each others first filter of approval in a balance of synergy and seeing each other grow.

If you are interested in seeing more from their work, please visit their Flickr streams:

Diamond Marchant

Diamond Marchant

Diamond Marchant is, in the physical world, a photographer and software developer. In SL, she creates boat and sail textures for the sailing community as well as numerous fishing products.

I first became aware of her interest in building models at SL13B, when she exhibited a Mars lander. For SL14B she was even more ambitious, building a simply stunning and exceptionally accurate model of NASA’s Cassini orbiter, which for the last 13 years has been adding immeasurably to our understanding of Saturn and its moons.

2017 is a special year for the Cassini mission, as it brings to an end the work of this remarkable probe, which has been in operation some 20 years from launch to the present day, including a 7-year journey from Earth to Saturn (by way of Venus, Earth and Jupiter). Right now Cassini is in the Grand Finale part of its mission, orbiting Saturn over its poles and repeatedly diving between the planet and the innermost of its magnificent rings. In September, not long after the exhibition at Holly Kai closes, Cassini, its manoeuvring fuel all but used up, will enter the upper reaches of Saturn’s atmosphere and burn up, forever becoming a part of the planet it has observed and studies for so long.

Of the model presented at Holly Kai – which is interactive (touch the probe itself and almost make sure you try the media links) – Diamond says, “Spacecraft modelling is a new thing for me. I was inspired to build the Cassini orbiter after seeing the 3D model on their website and noticing that the shapes on the orbiter are similar to the shapes you can make out of system prims.”

Wintergeist

Wintergeist, aka Fuyuko Amano, is both a photographer and gallery curator at the Club LA and Gallery. Her photographic work spans both the physical and digital worlds. In the physical world, she started with photography when she was about 10, and it has remained a passion for her. When she started playing video games, she realised their potential for photography and started experimenting and developing an approach to digital imaging, which in turn led to her modding game environments and taking pictures of them.

Then she discovered Second Life. After initial resistance to it, she signed-up – and became immersed in SL photography.

“What do I like in pictures?” she asks rhetorically. “I do love colours – strong colours, contrast and a motif that is more than the simple ‘my avatar in front of fancy background’. Mostly I don’t know beforehand what kind of picture I want to do. When I see a motif, I get a vague idea of angle and composition and I try to capture that. Sometimes it works, but I am far from perfect. I haven’t reached my goal to make the perfect picture. I guess that is even something no one can achieve….. but, you can try.”

You can see more of her work at Galleria Amano, La Perla, and on her Flickr stream.

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The week at Holly Kai Park: July 31st – August 5th 2017

Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park

Here’s all that is going on at Holly Kai Park between Sunday, July 16th and Sunday, July 23rd.

Sunday, July 30th 1:30pm: Tea-Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street continues with reading from The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927.

This week: The Adventure of the Three Gables.

Seanchai Library.

Monday, July 31st 7:00pm: A Boy Ten Feet Tall

Gyro Muggins continues W.H Canaway’s 1961 adventure about a white orphan boy who sets out on foot from Egypt to reach his aunt in Durban, South Africa.

Seanchai Library.

Tuesday, August 1st 7:00pm: What’s Cookin’ in Miss Trolley’s Kitchen

Inspired by Jenni Ferrari-Adler’s Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone, she invites you to bring your favorite guilty pleasure recipes to share.

Wednesday, August 2nd 7:00pm: Secrets of the Divine Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Caledonia Skytower reads Rebecca Wells’ 2014 tale. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Seanchai Library.

Thursday, August 3rd 7:00pm: Brea’s Tale from The World of Feyland (Part 2)

With Shandon Loring. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Seanchai Library.

Friday, July 7th 4:00pm: Smooth Fridays with DJ Joy

Get your weekend of to a good start in the company of DJ Joy Canadeo, the Joyriders, and 2 hours of music, fun and conversation at Caitinara Bar!

Caitinara Bar.

Saturday, August 5th 2:00pm: Art at the Park August Exhibition Opening

Join us for the opening of the new exhibition of art by Diamond Marchant, Jes Mode, Cecilia Mode, Fuyuko Amano and Dido Haas.

Art at the Park.

 

Sunday July 16th: Stories at the Park

Stories at the Park: Audience and readers

Sunday, July 16th, 2017 will see the next in the Stories at the Park series, jointly presented by Holly Kai Park and Seanchai Library – and I hope that you’ll pop along to the event, which starts at 3:00pm SLT.

Stories at the Park coincides with the monthly Art at the Park exhibitions at Holly Kai Park. Each month, story writers and poets from Seanchai Library and beyond are invited to visit Holly Kai Park and view the 2D and 3D art on display, and then to write a short story (“drabble”) or a poem about any of the pieces of art which inspire them, with the following criteria applied:

  • Stories must be exactly 100 words in length
  • Poems can be UP TO 100 words, but no longer, and in any format (blank verse, iambic pentameter, haiku, sonnet, whatever appeals).
Art at the Park – July 2017

The even on Sunday, July 16th will feature Caledonia Skytower, Trolley Trollop and Crap Mariner reading the submissions based on the Art at the Park July exhibition, featuring the art of:

  • Melusina Parkin – 2D Art
  • Graham Collinson – 2D art
  • Dulcis Taurog – 2D and 3D art
  • Fingers Scintilla – 2D art
  • Panteleimon Aeon – 2D art

The readings are presented in Voice at the Storyteller’s circle in the middle of the art exhibition space at the park, allowing attendees to view the art while listening to the stories and poems. We’ll also be publishing the stories after the event on this site, under the Stories at the Park heading in the menu.

So why not hop along to Holly Kai Park and enjoy an hour or so of stories and poems, as well as seeing some superb art and perhaps taking a stroll around the park’s paths and walks?

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The week at Holly Kai Park: July 16th – 23rd 2017

Here’s all that is going on at Holly Kai Park between Sunday, July 16th and Sunday, July 23rd.

Sunday, July 9th

13:30: Tea-Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street continues with reading from The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 and April 1927.

This week: The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier.

Seanchai Library.

3:00: Stories at the Park

Join us from 3:00pm for the latest round of 100-word stories and poems inspired by the current round of art exhibitions at Holly Kai Park.

Art at The Park

Monday, July 17th  19:00: A Boy Ten Feet Tall

Gyro Muggins continues W.H Canaway’s 1961 adventure about a white orphan boy who sets out on foot from Egypt to reach his aunt in Durban, South Africa.

Seanchai Library.

Tuesday, July 18th 19:00: In the Words of Stephen Vincent Benet

Short stories with Corwyn Allen, Caledonia Skytower and Kayden Oconnell. This week: The Sobbin’ Women and poetry

Wednesday, July 19th

4:00pm: G Winz at Caitinara Bar

Time to get over the mid-week hump with music, dancing and conversation down in Caitinara Bar, where DJ G Winz will be playing the tunes and Caitlyn and Inara will be greeting friends and newcomers to the mid-week gathering.

Caitinara Bar.

7:00pm: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Caledonia Skytower continues Kelly Barnhill’s 2017 Newbery Medal winner. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Seanchai Library.

Thursday, July 20th  7:00pm: Songs of Love and Death

Shandon Loring reads Demon Dancer. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Seanchai Library.

Friday, July 7th 4:00pm: Smooth Fridays with DJ Joy

Get your weekend of to a good start in the company of DJ Joy Canadeo, the Joyriders, and 2 hours of music, fun and conversation at Caitinara Bar!

Caitinara Bar.

Art at the Park – The Final Week

The July Art at the Park exhibition continues throughout the week, but closes on Sunday, July 23rd. Don’t miss the opportunity to see art by:

  • Melusina Parkin – 2D Art
  • Graham Collinson – 2D art
  • Dulcis Taurog – 2D and 3D art
  • Fingers Scintilla – 2D art
  • Panteleimon Aeon – 2D art

Art at The Park.

Art at the Park