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On February 8th, at 1pm SLT, Crown & Pearl is auctioning off “dates” to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. It will be a large event so we’ll shift down to the new club – C2P – at Angel Square for it. Make sure you’re a member of the Crown & Pearl group in-world to get all the updates and reminders, or you can just ask me for details and a reminder and I’ll help you out ^^

We had the same event last year and it was very successful, and a lot of fun. We had a huge turn out and I’m hoping this year will manage the same.

It’s quite simple really: People get bid on and all proceeds go to the charity, and what you get if you “win” the person is a “date”. The date doesn’t necessitate anything dodgy (well unless you both really want it to!). It’s just buying an hour with the person’s charming company, for the sake of a damn good charity.

If you’re interested in being auctioned off just IM Bailey Longcloth by Thursday. So far the people up to be “bought” includes: Prad Prathivi (I’ll give you a second to drool, let me know when you’re finished…), Bailey Longcloth (co-owner of Crown & Pearl, Angel Square, Gallery of Light – if it’s classy she owns it :p), Aribeth Coronet, Rrishanna Regina, Kimber Enoch, Kitty O’Toole, Mia Deluca, Meghan Dench, and myself (of course).

There are more people than that who have said yes, that’s just a taste of why you should come along or join in. And make sure you bring plenty of lindens – it’ll be a lot of fun and for a very worthy cause 🙂

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One of the pictures I'm planning to include in the gallery

One of the pictures I'm planning to include in the gallery

The event I have been working so hard towards, and taking so many pictures for, happens tomorrow – Saturday December 13th at 1pm SLT.

Twilight Gallery will be opening for the last time, with 6 new artists. And I get to be one of those lucky last 6 to have the honour to show their work here.

My work will be shown at the Raise Exhibit Hall, which spirals up 4 floors. The bottom floor has 8 pictures, the next 3 floors have space for 4 picture each, a total of 20. Some of the work I’ve put up is old classics, some is from the new set I’ve been working so frantically on these past 2 weeks. I’ve made somewhat of an effort to present the darker pieces at the bottom and the lighter “sun-reaching” ones on the top. I feel a sense of this progression as I climb the spiralling stairs and I hope you get a feel of it too 🙂

There will also be a special exhibition with work from all previous and current Twilight Artists, including a picture from me which has remained unpublished so far.

The night itself will have DJs and even a speech by Belmakor Pintens, see the full details here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/belmakorpintens/3101362227/

My previous SL art recognition includes winning 2 art contests, coming second in one, getting honorable mention in 2, being included in the artists at 2nd Magazine’s SL5B exhibit, and on-going contributing artist at Gallery of Light. Being invited to take part in Twilight Gallery is a huge highlight for me.

It would mean a lot to have my friends and admirers of my art along on the day, even if you can’t make it though please do pop along at some stage over the next couple of weeks to see the gallery and my work. I poured my heart, my time, and my sanity into this project, and it would be nice to have some people come along to see the outcome 🙂

I couldn’t end this post without the various thank yous to individuals who helped me reach this point: My ever-present models and friends, Bailey Longcloth, Bailey Dazy and Rrishanna Regina; the people who supported me through my self-doubt, including Clare Loring and Natalya Homewood; and the biggest thank you of all to Prad Prathivi. Prad gifted me the Flickr account I use to present my work, granted me access to his studio in my early days to refine my skills, gave me the pose ball script I use in almost every picture these days, and inspired me in the first place to start taking and presenting SL pictures; he is effectively my mentor. Thank you to everyone else too who put up with my slightly stressed out state over the past two weeks, I appreciate the support and understanding of you all.

See you Saturday 🙂

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After reading Kimber’s very loving and touching post about me on her blog (I plan to return the honour sweetheart); reading Bailey’s Thanksgiving post on her own blog; and recently deciding to temporarily drop my friends pick in my profile, I’ve decided to write a public “yay” for Bailey Longcloth.

Bailey was one of the most important people in my SL life before I ever fully appreciated it – she was a manager at Three Lions (RIP) and is one of the owners of Crown and Pearl. It took me far too long to step up and get to know her properly – I thought she wouldn’t be interested it getting to know me! It took an argument involving someone else before we finally talked openly and freely with each other, and I think mutually realised how similar we really are: Our sense of humour, the way we see the world and how we should express ourselves in it, and the people we hold dearest.

She gives so much to SL, the latest gift is The Gallery of Light: When galleries across SL are closing down or considering closing down because of the open sims disaster, she opened up one instead. And not just any gallery – one that openly invited and accepted new-comers to the art scene. It can take quite a bit to break into the SL art world because it is understandably flooded with talent, and things like taking part in her gallery is a great way to get some exposure and to even feel like your art is being appreciated and enjoyed.

On top of her generous nature she is also a sweet person, perhaps too sweet. I’ve watched people use her and take advantage of her, and her forgive them for it and not confront them in the way they deserve. I’ve done my best to support her during those times and try to help right the wrongs, and encourage her to act on that deep well of strength I see in her. She’s a fascinating and multi-layered person, and the more I find out about her the more I like 🙂

So next time you’re hanging at Crown, or living on the land you rent from her, or viewing her gallery, or looking at her own creations of art which I know will eventually take their place among the great SL art-works, maybe consider flicking her a quick thank you. Because your SL wouldn’t be as great as it is, without this lovely woman being part of it.

❤

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Making StarsAnyone who reads my blog or who is close to me knows I’ve been struggling these last few days – dealing with a few curve balls from family, friends and work. Well today I got to smile, and laugh, and dance, and I feel like sharing why.

First off I finally got traction with finding some help to cope with my child’s problems – I now have 3 appointments up-coming with 3 different organizations to get some help, and the first one is next Tuesday. Yay!!

Secondly I was feeling frustrated with my SL art lately, pushing myself harder and harder and still not being happy with the results. But today I got invited to show my work in one of the top SL Galleries! I said yes of course :D. As I get more details I will definitely be blogging about it 🙂

Thirdly, I logged into SL thinking I’d just do some photography jobs I need to get through, and ended up in a very odd situation on a Crown & Pearl couch. Prad wanted to freak out Bailey, and ended up freaking everyone out, it’s unfortunately one of those “you had to be there” things so I won’t go into detail (but this picture from my stream gives a taste http://www.flickr.com/photos/23347879@N07/3046957221/). The end point is I was laughing and for a while totally forgot about all my woes and just, um, “relaxed and enjoyed myself”.

Fourthly, Rrish turned up in SL again after a few days hiatus. Rrish has always had a calming and soothing influence on me. After all the madness died down we went to the beach and took the picture attached to this post. We spoke about my RL junk and I cried and I laughed and I felt much better ❤

I can’t not mention the other people as well who have given me their time and their love to help me get back on top of things – especially Kimber, Hell, Bailey, Clare and Stoo 🙂

I have a lot to deal with and get my head around but with friends like these, I might actually make it through ^^

As a friend just put it while I was typing this:  “you sound so happy today., I want to bottle it hehe”. Yeah, I am 🙂

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Bathing in LightThe wonderful enterprising Bailey Longcloth – co-owner of The Crown and Pearl, owner of Angel Square, and generally talented and sweet individual – has invited me to be a regular contributor to her new Gallery. The Gallery of Light is a lovely open aired and welcoming location, situated on Angel Square sim. I’ve been part of an exhibition once before and that was neat, but being given an in-world forum to consistently contribute to like this is very happy-making. The picture attached is my first piece being shown there, under the theme of “Light”. I call it “Bathing in Light”. I’m already looking forward to the next theme ^^

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Almost a year ago, a wonderful pub called The Three Lions, closed in SL. This mattered. A lot. It left at least a hundred people feeling lost, people who almost everyday logged into SL to spend hours there, with the people there, now had nowhere to go. A fair chunk of them stopped, or as good as stopped, coming to SL at all in the months that followed. One of the managers of Three Lions, some dude called Prad Prathivi, was kind enough to let a goodly chunk of us go round to his SL home as a place to hang out together and stay in touch. A place to listen to music, dance and have the occasional drama ^^

Eventually him and Kendra Fallon and Bailey Longcloth were good enough to set up another bar for us to congregate at – The Crown and Pearl. I still go there everyday. Literally, everyday. If you wanted to run into me that would be the place to do it.

Now there are a fair few lost souls still, people who left SL after Three Lions closed and drop in-world at times to see if it’s back or anything in SL is worth their time since it closed. I’m honoured that a number of those people IM me to find out what’s going on now, where the old crew is, and what’s the best replacement for the loss. This used to happen quite frequently – the searching and querying IMs – and of course I always do my best to help them feel wanted and like they have a place to go that’s worthy of their time. And The Crown and Pearl is that place. As recently as yesterday I got another IM asking along the lines of “where do I go now..?”, which I think just empahises how thrown people were when Lions closed – that people would stay away from SL so very long thinking it wouldn’t be worth their time anymore.

I’ll keep being a Lost and Found service for as long as I’m needed, I’m just happy and lucky there’s a place worth directing them to go 🙂

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