Friday, May 6, 2016

A New Look at the Windlight Art Gallery and Water Haven

By Gemma Cleanslate

 It has been a while since I have been to visit the Water Haven region which is the home of Windlight Art Gallery and Windlight Magazine. I found changes there that make the sim more interesting and delightful. I go to fishing contests on the sim also but have not been to one lately so missed some of the changes that were going on.  

My first stop was at the main gallery. The building itself with the sparkling  fountain in front is an appealing site for many Second Life artists to display their work. They are part of the fellowship program and are offered a place to showcase their works for a month.  Each has an area  for their portraits and photography pieces. At one end of the gallery you will find a kiosk where you can pick up a copy of the latest Windlight magazine.
Outside the Gallery, across the street there are small galleries also displaying the art of Second Life and that art is for sale. These are rented galleries . I saw some lovely pieces of artists I know and also some I did not until now. Make a stop in each to see the varied styles of art represented there. 
 “Windlight Magazine is a publication about the art and photography world of Second Life. The goal of Windlight Magazine is to support artists, photographers, galleries, and related events. “  wrote the owner of the Windlight Magazine, John (Johannes1977 “is also publisher and Editor in Chief. The magazine began publishing in July and the Gallery opened in August. 
There are offices for the talented staff of Windlight Magazine behind the gallery.   and also the offices and gallery of “The Edge”, a magazine about style in Second Life. The Editor in Chief is Eleseren Briann . This magazine addresses Styling in Mesh and is an arm of Windlight Magazine. I read the article on Mesh with a lot of interest in the May issue since I have so much trouble with some of it. The Edge has a Gallery next to the office that has just moved from its old location.
As I walked along the road I passed the Tribute and Crown Club which I visited in the past in the old sim. There are parties there on Tuesday through Thursdays and it is available for private parties. Tucked into a corner there is a quaint Italian style building that is a self-service restaurant, Ristorante Ivanna. It is a great place to have lunch or dinner with your honey or friends. It also is available for private parties. I sat at the bar and had a talk with the bartender, Maureenga , who is a great listener.
The Windlight Magazine has many activites going on with partnerships. Right now there is a contest in conjunction with Madpea’s latest game “The Interview “ . It is a chance to enjoy the experience and take pictures and win prizes. Another one is Wicca’s Wardrobe which offers participants a chance to show their photography and fashion style and  also win prizes.  To check out the rules for both you can visit the contest page on the website .  
I noticed that they also are also publishing ‘Quill and Pen,’ a literary journal .Writers are invited to submit their work, nonfiction, poetry, fiction . It is published twice yearly in June and December. Those interested can read about the submission on the website. The time for the June issue is closing soon.  
May15 there will be at the opening of the new exhibits in the Gallery. May 28 through the 30th there will be an event to raise funds for Creations for Parkinson's called the Red, White and Blue. On the same day there is an opening event for The Edge Gallery. 
There is a lot to see and enjoy in the sim and the website can inform you of more. You are invited to join the group Windlight Readers to keep up with everything and there is a lot! The website tells all. Kudos to John and the entire staff that keeps all this going.
 This landing will put you at the door of the Gallery. The next exhibition will open May 15 but there is much to explore on the sim until it does. . Check it out.

Gemma Cleanslate

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