As many of you know by now, the gifted musician, writer, and artist Russell Eponym serves as Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence at Ce Soir Arts. A cherished member of the Ce Soir Arts family, Russell offers us a range of stunning programmes. From his weekly readings at The Magic Tree – since January 2012 – to his weekly music programmes at Château Ce Soir – also since January 2012 – Russell brings a special, professional, and warm touch to all he offers.
This past spring, we had some wonderful art exhibits. Spring Awakenings filled the region with artwork from some of the grid’s finest artists. Part of that was a slideshow (still available near The Magic Tree) of some of the beautiful lyrics that Russell has penned, paired with some of his own paintings. From that, we’ve centered two seasonal exhibits after his songs (Songs of Summer and Autumn Splendour). And now, something new has developed! From his gorgeous song Rockpools – based on his experience of living on the coast of Wales – we have created a spot for quietude and reflection that we have named after that song.
Do come visit this sweet location, seaside near Le Phare (the Ce Soir Lighthouse). There is a bench for relaxing, and a lovely rockpool to enjoy. We trust it will calm and inspire you!
It is no secret that we love autumn – and all it brings. The natural beauty of vibrant leaves as trees make their turn from the liveliness of summer toward the stillness of winter is glorious – but it’s just the beginning! Of course, there are the autumn holidays to celebrate: Labour Day (farewell to summer); Columbus Day (a day of discovery in the US); Hallowe’en (our ghoulish favourite!); Veteran’s Day (to honour those who served in the US); and Thanksgiving (such a beautiful, thoughtful holiday – and the food is good too!).
But what was that thing about Hallowe‘en??? Well, we’ll leave that to an upcoming post, but for now, we celebrate the annual transition as it begins. Subtle and not-so-subtle changes in the natural world are fascinating to watch. Come explore a bit at Côte de la Mer Galerieand enjoy the beauty. Russell Eponym (our Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence) has a beautiful piece that is a pairing of lyrics and painting that’s a must-see, and Ǣon shares a lovely tryptich based on Ode to Autumn by John Keats. Read the lyrics in what Russell has created along with the Keats poetry, and be enchanted! I share a few of my favourite fall views as well. I can feel the chill in the air and smell the cooling earth resting under those fallen leaves that crunch beneath my feet – and gather my sweater around me to keep warm!
Your conveyance to Côte de la Mer Galerie is HERE. And do grab the notecard at the entrance to wander the region for more autumn splendour – and a hint of winter too!
There is something special coming to The Magic Tree this month: a wonderful reading by two of our world’s very best spoken word artists! Caledonia Skytower, who reads regularly at The Magic Tree – in addition to her duties as principal at the wonderful Seanchai Library – is bringing a special guest to her next session. Cale will be joined this coming Wednesday at 3 PM SLT by the well-known Elrik Merlin, whose marvelous work with Radio Riel and the popular Second Life®television programme Designing Worlds makes him a household name in SL®.
Both of these talented individuals have wonderful speaking voices and rich repertoires of readings. Truly, they can read anything with skill and presence, but they are also excellent at selecting just the right material for themselves. This time, they will read from a wonderful book that is guaranteed to get our attention.
Award-winning author Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist & author Jackie Morris created something wonderful and unique in their 2017 book. The Lost Words is a ‘book of spells’ that seeks to conjure back the near-lost magic and strangeness of the nature that surrounds us. It transcends age barriers inspiring children and moving adults with its wide appeal. This past July eight leading folk musicians released their response to the creatures, art, and language of Macfarlane & Morris’ book. On 18 September at 3 PM SLT, Elrik and Caledonia present a special blending of the music and spells of The Lost Words, live on stream at The Magic Tree in Ce Soir Arts. Do plan to join us HERE.
This has been one of the hottest summers on record…especially where we live in the US. Whilst we expect some hot times during the “dog days” of summer, this has been truly exceptional. DAYS ON END of heat and humidity have been pretty hard to take. We have a lot of outdoor activity here, and we’ve had to make some serious adjustments. Getting the work done whilst taking good care of ourselves has been a challenge. We both discovered that we need to drink MUCH more water than usual – and we feel grateful for that learning. Summer has still been beautiful – lots of gorgeous trees, flowers, and crops to enjoy. We hope the summer has been good to you so far – and that our new art exhibit will also make your heart sing: Songs of Summer!
Of course, the title of this exhibit came straight from our Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence, Russell Eponym. His song, Summer is a favourite, and we’ve been humming the tune since June! And so, naturally, we decided we needed an interim art exhibit in theme. Songs of Summer will open formally tomorrow at Côte de la Mer Galerie, when Russell will be reading and sharing music at The Magic Tree, NOON SLT. Pop on over and enjoy – and remember, you are always welcome at Ce Soir Arts!
The above notice has been posted at the popular Second Life™ Destination Guide this past week. We were happy to see it there, and to greet many new visitors to our beloved Ce Soir Arts. Many who have been visiting are brand-new to the SL™ experience, and we hope that their introduction which now includes Ce Soir Arts will be one that encourages them to explore the vast horizons of our beautiful virtual world.
Some have attended events such as readings and musical shows, and others have wandered about. Our next art exhibit is in planning, even as we have taken a wee summer break (see previous post). It’s been fun to greet people when we are present on the region – and to just let them wander on their own to discover what we have to offer in varied locations. Some have found the “wintry escape” floating above, and have commented on how refreshing it is to visit that snowy landscape on a hot summer day – or even a cooler one! We’ve gained some subscibers and look forward to their return!
Thank you, Linden Lab®, for this means of introducing everyone to places that are new to them. What fun! To add to the enjoyment, our week’s schedule boards include information about spectacular readings with Russell Eponym (our Poet Laureate); Master Storyteller Bryn Taleweaver; exceptionally gifted reader/writer Dubhna Rhiadra will be absent this week, so I (Mireille Jenvieve) am going to read in her stead. I’ve got something special related to our current art exhibit, so come along for some poetic fun; and Seanchai Library’s own Caledonia Skytower – and a sweet musical programme with Russell! Note that a new exhibit – mostly at Côte de la Mer Galerie– opens on Tuesday. Songs of Summer is a theme taken from one of Russell‘s original songs, so come enjoy an artwork featuring those lyrics and one of his own paintings – along with other works we hope you will enjoy.
It’s been a hectic spring! Following the tremendous success of the region-wide Spring Awakenings Art Exhibit that brought us such joy, activities in the physical realm have stepped up – as is common in summertime in our part of the world. We’re having a great time, but having many guests and doing some traveling ourselves takes time and effort. So…since there’s a bit of fatigue involved, we’re taking the rest of June off for some R & R.
Our Poet Laureate, Russell Eponym, is on vacation as well – and a couple of our regular readers are engaged in some activities other than those in our virtual world – so, this seems an appropriate time for a wee break. We will return on Tuesday, 02 July, when Russell will read again at The Magic Tree at NOON. Until then, please enjoy the region, which will remain open to visitors. Come dance, relax, and enjoy the summer!
One of our regular readers at The Magic Tree – the marvelous Dubhna Rhiadra – was away for a few weeks working on a dance project in the physical realm (read more about her work with Café ReasonHERE). Coming off a wonderful success with that project, she returns to us today, and in a very special programme in collaboration with Master Storyteller Bryn Taleweaver. Beginning at 1 PM SLT – the time usually scheduled for Bryn, the two will present a reading from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” This beloved tale will come to life as the reading begins….
Tom Bombadil was an enigmatic figure who lived throughout the history of Arda. He was known by the Elves as the one who dwelt in the valley east of the Shire. A mysterious being, Tom lived in the depths of the Old Forest, and within his domain, his power over virtually everything in it was extraordinary. Bryn and Dubhna will read for two hours and will delight us with their reading acumen. Voices are a specialty for both, and their dialects will enrich the reading. Do come join us for this reading. Bryn will be in Voice and Dubhna will be on Stream, so set your sound and come on over!
Then, at 3:00 PM SLT, we have yet more to enjoy! Another of our regular readers, the gifted writer and reader Caledonia Skytower will step to the Reader’s Throne. We all know Cale for her stellar work with Seanchai Library and elsewhere including at The Magic Tree. Today, she will continue with her second in a series of readings from “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. The author was awarded the Newberry Medal in 2013 for this intriguing story, and Cale has a command of the reading that will have all of us in rapt attention as the story unfolds.
Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a mall in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. In the story, his relationships with other animals and the storekeeper where he lives are explored. Change occurs, and it’s fascinating to follow along. Come enjoy as Caledonia brings us more this story that will capture our imaginations and touch our hearts!
Your conveyance to The Magic Tree is HERE. See you there!