Finny Yates’ Avatar Textures – Opens this weekend, Open House on Tuesday

Finny Yates wrote today to tell me that her Avatar Texture show is open!

In addition to her upper gallery display of avatar photos and textures (check out the Madcow Cosmos cube – too cool!), Finny’s also applied many of the textures to prims, like the “vase” in the picture. What a wonderful application!

Finny Yates show

The show will run through next weekend, and Finny plans an Open House on May 27 (Tuesday night) at 6PM SLT at Oyster Bay. We’ll have music, art and lots of fun…please join us!

Great new Cheen Pitney show @ Lauk’s Nest

Cheen Pitney and Lauk’s Nest host Lukas Mensing have an artistic coup on their hands – a show featuring a ton of Cheen’s latest works! Here’s an example:

There is the occasional classic Pitney piece mixed in – I recall seeing the Lipanzer horse that Cheen displayed at Oyster Bay’s grand opening – but the vast majority is Cheen’s private commissioned work…which makes this show even more impressive. The eagle pictured above…a stock market bull…the Statue of Justice….and MUCH more.  Simply put, Mensing and Pitney have one amazing collection of work on their hands.

And then there’s Lauk’s Nest. Take the art out of the place and you still have one of the most lush, beautiful locations in Second Life. Originally created by Laukosargas Svarog, this site is now maintained by Mensing, who has chosen to emphasize art within the gorgeous surroundings. Svarog made a unique ecosystem, with plants, animal life and more. The textures are lavish and perfectly match the scene. Second Life builders should aspire to make places so well done.

Every reader should take in the majesty of Lauk’s Nest (one of Philip Rosedale’s favorite places in SL) and see what Cheen has been up to recently. It’s time very well spent!

Seeker Gray on elros’ Tubular Gallery

Seeker Gray (pictured) discovered elros Tuominen through elros’ display at Oyster Bay and offers this wonderful review of elros’ Tubular Gallery. Besides an opportunity to praise one of Second Life’s top bloggers and link to his site, this entry is notable to Oyster Bay and me for three reasons:

First, elros is one of our amazing group of artists whose work fills the Oyster Bay sculpture gallery space. Touching on Seeker’s theme, elros’ work is not just “art” but GOOD art. In a brief period, Oyster Bay has gone from being a place begging for artists to show works to a place where artists WANT to be. I tell you that not as a way to make my hat size larger but instead to reinforce the message that this place is indeed special, a place where you can know that a visit to Oyster Bay is an opportunity to admire the highest quality SL-generated artwork that we can find. elros’ work is indeed good, and worthy of Seeker’s comments. And Oyster Bay is proud to bring you his work, just as we are proud to bring you ALL of the artists and pieces on display.

Next, Seeker’s blog entry was a shining example of one of the overarching visions for Oyster Bay – not to be a gallery as an end-all, be-all – but instead to act as a portal for the unitiated into the amazing world of Second Life art. Nearly every nameplate at Oyster Bay has a notecard with artist biographical information (some with commentary on the pieces on display); some offer landmarks to the artists’ personal galleries. If Oyster Bay can inspire you to explore deeper into an artists’ work, or investigate another few galleries’ offerings…then it’s performing one of its key goals.

Lastly, elros is a great guy with a passion for the visceral, emotional experiences of life – virtual and otherwise. I strongly encourage everyone to look him up and talk to him about his art. If you’re lucky enough to get on his friends list, you’ll get a wonderful surprise from elros every day. Suffice it to say that there’s much more to elros than just sculptures!