*Author Appearance* by Nazz Lane @ Avalon Town

Join us in Avalon Town on Sunday, March 15th at 5pm SLT as Nazz Lane brings us a live reading of excerpts from his SL-based serial novel “Borders of Our Lives”.

As a resident of Second life for nearly two years, freelance journalist and author leads an active business and social life. Having arrived in SL, Mr. Lane served for an interim period as the Business Manager for ‘Simone! Design’, and in leading Simone Stern’s Second Life Charity, ‘Virtual Angels’. He began a career in journalism as a freelance reporter a year ago shortly after launching his blog, “Lane’s List” which is a personal travelogue of people and places in virtuality. Nazz has had many articles published and his area of focus in this metaverse has been in covering Music, Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Nonprofits. He has spoken to and chronicled the stories of Musicians, Venues Owners, Artists, Gallery Openings and Owners, Nonprofit Events, People and Places for the SL Newspaper, Metaverse Tribune and Avenue Magazine.

As an author Nazz has published in SL the first five chapters of his serialized novel based on characters and the setting of Second Life. The novel “Borders of Our Lives” is a serialized novel, and is based on characters and the setting of SL. Since the characters don’t exist solely in the metaverse, the stories do integrate their lives, both the virtual and real.

Since beginning his journalistic career Nazz has explored SL, and shared with his readers the ordinary and extraordinary places and people he’s encountered there. Since the inception of Lane’s List and as a freelance reporter, he’s met some of SL’s most talented and creative people and has visited a host of sites, from captivating gardens, to affable and welcoming coffeehouses, classic ballrooms, stylish art gallery’s and neighborhood gin joints.

(This excerpt written by Nazz Lane)

SL Gallery Series: Gruntled Gallery

Like many galleries in SL, Gruntled Gallery began as a space to showcase the art of its founder, Thomas Gruntled. Often seen as a tiny Doctor Who mouse, Thomas is a RL artist and photographer residing in Maine. The gallery originated as a studio space in Cetus Gallery District, then moved to a small studio in Avalon Town in late summer of 2oo8, where it has since expanded to its own parcel in the Avalon Art District.

In developing Gruntled Gallery, Thomas combined his love of nature with his interest in science and space, mixing in the fun of Science Fiction with plenty of Doctor Who and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy references.

Recently the gallery began featuring a revolving selection of short term exhibits, with such artists as Fuschia Nightfire, Sachi Nozaki, Tricia Aferdita, Em Larsson, and the newest collection by Ally Aeon. Sprinkled among the assorted exhibit rooms are the works of Thomas himself and a handful of selected works of friends and prior exhibits.

The ground level is a fusion between nature and architecture, with art amongst the trees and blending into a more traditional gallery structure. The interior is warm and comfortable, decorated in an old world style.

Click on a teleporter and find yourself transported to a variety of unique environments, from the courtyard to the sky deck, to the Who Cafe and the sky lawn for a game of croquette. Or find yourself in the console room of Doctor Who’s TARDIS, where Thomas has created an assortment of buttons, levers and distractions. Step inside the TARDIS itself, created by Cheshyr Pontchartrain, and take it for a joy ride across the Avalon landscape.

Among all these fun distractions resides a eclectic assortment of fantasy, sci fi and visionary art, photography and nature. A visit to Gruntled Gallery is as much an adventure as it is an exploration of art and all that SL has to offer.

Sledge Roffo @ Tricia Aferdita Gallery

For March, Tricia Aferdita Gallery is featuring SL Artist Sledge Roffo. Sledge has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in painting in RL, but has taken to painting with pixels in SL.

In a style he calls Primagery, Sledge creates swirling, colorful prim sculptures on which he bases his photography, creating unique images of color, light and depth. The resulting work is something like a blend of sculpting, fractals, painting and photography.

This show features new works not yet exhibited in Second Life as well as two full sized sculptures. An opening reception is planned for Monday, March 2nd at 7pm SLT. Another reception will be announced. Be sure to stop by and check out this vibrant exhibit.