Beaches Exhibit Artist Interviews: Daze Landar and Skyspinner Soulstar

When we were planning a summer exhibit for Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn, many ideas came to mind, but the very best one was right under our noses: Ce Soir Beach! The beach is an icon of summer – a dream vacation or a destination wedding for anyone, or simply a fresh escape for those who live nearby. Beaches are known as locations for fun in the sun, which can mean anything from a spirited volleyball game to langourous hours relaxing with a good book and a cool drink. Who has not enjoyed (or dreamed about) delicious barbecue for a sandy supper, romantic walks long the shore as the sun goes down, or gathering round a bonfire with a group of friends as evening falls, the foam rushing in, the gulls calling o’erhead?

We decided we needed a little research, and so we wandered down to the beach every chance we got. In-world, we played with the WindLight® as we lounged at both Ce Soir and Starry Night Island; in RL, we visited at various times of the day, consciously experiencing shifts in the light as the sun and moon chased one another across the sky. It was enjoyable and quite instructive. The most magical discovery was that there is an endless variety of images possible – environmentally and thematically. In fact, beaches exist at the edge of the world, the expanse of salty sea opening before us in a sweeping panorama – and in quiet inlets where the waters are calm and near bustling civilisation. Both evoke unique feelings and thoughts, and the artists whose work you will see at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn offer the viewer their own unique perspectives to enjoy.

Gazebo on Ce Soir Beach

We were pleased to meet Daze Landar when she and her partner Owen visited at Ce Soir Arts. We had known Owen for some time, having hosted his stunning artwork on several occasions. Daze is a charming presence and her in-world photography is exceptional. This talented artist is becoming known for vibrant photography with a unique verisimilitude that rests easy on the eye and offers a deep capacity for immersion. The three photos that Daze has graciously included in the BEACHES Art Exhibit draw the viewer in as an experience. We are taken by each of them for different reasons, and we invite you to take some time to engage with them. What the viewing will reveal to you about your own perspective on beaches will be much more than worth your time, and the idea of what lies ahead in the unfolding of Daze’s work is enticing.

Hosting the work of Skyspinner Soulstar makes us smile. She is a newly exhibiting artist, but she has been a resident in our beloved virtual world for some time. She works with our Poet Laureate, Artist-in-Residence, and Musician Extraordinaire, Russell Eponym. She provides outstanding support of his programmes in-world, offering notices and invitations to his shows to his many fans and friends. Skyspinner recently provided us with a surfboard ride into Russell’s weekly musical show at the lovely undersea world, Merquarium. In addition to that, Skyspinner often finds herself taking photos of the beautiful Kingdom of Alurel, that lovely world that is so richly appointed that it makes a wonderful location for photographs! For her BEACHES piece, Skyspinner has chosen a charming photograph of herself steering into port at Alurel. Viewing her photo, you feel immersed in that enchanting world. With her interest in machinima, we are looking forward to her future work!

THE INTERVIEWS…

Daze Landar:

M: What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

DAZE: I’ve been creating all my life and can’t remember a time when I didn’t have little drawings inside my head or on post-it notes tucked all over.

M: What do you like best about the Second Life® experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

DAZE: I came to SL® after seeing some images on Flickr and I thought what a great medium it could be for me to test out. I love the challenge of learning all about the WindLight®, the use of the “camera.” I get closer all the time to what I want to be doing, which is a little less photography and a little bit more of a mixing of mediums with a more painterly approach. It’s been a steep learning curve but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it!

M:    Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

DAZE: I find inspiration everywhere. The way a light will accent something, music, a line from a poem, the news, or an image I’ve seen can spark it. Often my images are mood driven and they help me express how I’m feeling at that time. For the BEACHES exhibit, my first thought was to capture my favorite times of the day at the ocean…my peaceful mornings walking (usually before family gets up and things get active), playful afternoons in the water, and quiet sunsets. Living on the east coast I don’t get to see the sun actually setting over the water so SL® is a treat for me…I get to have that kind of sunset all the time!

M:    How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

DAZE: These days I’m dreaming about creating a sim with oodles of prim with my partner Owen Landar. I also want to build, so I am expanding my knowledge by learning Blender. I’m hoping that will get me closer to building a large-scale 3D installation. It’ll take time and I try to be patient, but I get a little excited and ahead of myself to do things that I don’t have the skills for…yet.

M: Wonderful, Daze! We so enjoy your work, finding it quite expressive and engaging. We can’t wait to see what’s next!

Skyspinner Soulstar:

M:    What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

SKYSPINNER: As a child, I would spend time drawing floor plans and house designs. As an adult, I think that rubber stamping was the breakthrough for me – I never did learn to do “art,” but with art stamps, I could create cards and scenes and decorate envelopes and generally embellish everything! Within Second Life®, too, I can begin with an in-world snapshot and use it to expand and experiment and explore the possibilities.

M:    What do you like best about the Second Life® experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

SKYSPINNER: I am constantly in awe of the creative efforts of Second Life® residents – it is truly imagination come to life! In addition to still snapshots (posed or action) I learned to use screen capture software to create machinima – a whole new way to express an idea or inspiration! Video can incorporate visuals, audio, sound effects, visual effects, color exploration…so much!

M:    Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

SKYSPINNER: Inspiration is everywhere! Just look around and be amazed, think of possibilities!  🙂  The beach has always been important to me – as a child and teenager, going to the beach regularly for the day – and as an adult, planned vacations to the beach have always been a highlight. I recently moved back to Florida and the beach is more easily available to me again! I had just been to the coast when the BEACHES exhibit was announced, so I was excited to create something to send for consideration.

M:    How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

SKYSPINNER: I hope to create video and use still snapshots to share my current interests and inspirations. I make show posters, too, for an in-world musician, and that keeps me in practice, even when there is no time for the more time-consuming effort of machinima.

M: Thank you, Skyspinner, for sharing this information about your work and for exhibiting with us at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn!
We appreciate your visit to our blog and this posting about two more of the 12 artists exhibiting at the BEACHES Art Exhibit at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn! The exhibit will be open through August; we hope you will come to enjoy…and be inspired tonight!

Click to join us! Ce Soir Beach   Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn

August keeps on rollin’…and so we keep rockin’…

This coming week will be the height of August, and we’re going to enjoy it in the cool glades of The Magic Tree on Tuesday – and in the breezy comfort of Château Ce Soir on Thursday. Of course, the beachside Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn is also a refreshing spot to relax, with the bonus of enjoying lovely artwork and the proximity of the expanse of Ce Soir Beach.

As always, you will be welcome to visit at any time, but do come enjoy some of the wonderful art, spoken word, and musical events that are offered at Ce Soir Arts; you can read more detail about each in earlier postings. We know you will not want to miss Poet Laureate Russell Eponym…or the music of the inimitable Baz, the multifaceted Anj Gustafson, and the Aussie chill king Nuvolino! The schedule varies just a bit, but as summer moves toward its dénouement, some changes will become more noticeable including the addition of some programmes and areas focused on autumn activities. Look for another installment of the interviews with BEACHES Art Exhibit artists coming up soon, as well. We are having such fun with that and hope you are enjoying learning more about these excellent artists!

The Magic Tree          Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn          Château Ce Soir 

We will be happy to welcome you whenever – and wherever – you land on the sim! The present schedule is posted above; make a plan to pop round. Come…be inspired tonight!

Beaches Art Exhibit Artist Interviews, Continued…Wildstar Beaumont and Larke Longmeadow

As you know, we are enjoying the BEACHES Art Exhibit at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn. The summery and refreshing nature of the artwork captures the spirit of the sea as it reaches the shore – in any season. Some of these works are stunning in their focus and scope, and you can stand before them and become immersed in the vision of the artist. Whilst doing just that, I recently had the pleasure of visiting with a patron; we had quite a conversation about several of the works we are honoured to share. We had differing perspectives – somewhat based in the fact that I have often lived near an ocean and that the patron had never seen the sea in person – we both came to a similar conclusion: we could feel the movement of the water and smell the salt spray as if we were truly au bord de la mer. I called on lovely active memories and he on a beautiful, rich imagination. We were as bookends to the experience and it delighted us both!

As I now post interview responses from two more of the artists exhibiting, I keep the learning from that encounter in mind. Art is marvelous for many reasons, but one of them is this: it can take you back into the sweet field of memory or ahead to somewhere you’ve never been before. It can gather the best of your past together and set apart the wonderment of your future…it can spark what we hold dear in our hearts or enliven that about which we dream. Through the experience of art we can relive moments as fleeting as a breeze or envision those as limitless as the skies.

We are always happy to show the work of one of the premier photographers in Second Life™, the gifted Italian artist Wildstar Beaumont. He is widely known for his photography and deep artistry, and is sought out to chronicle important events such as the annual Fantasy Faire for Relay for Life of SL™ and the Second Life™ birthday celebrations. The Admiral, as he is known for his seagoing leadership at Winterfell and elsewhere, has a catalogue of images taken of magnificent seaworthy vessels. Last year, he filled the gallery with gorgeous photographs from the sea in his Sailing exhibit at Ce Soir Arts. It was thrilling to view those pieces, and the two he has graciously included in the BEACHES Art Exhibit are just as marvelous. Of course, we love the one of Ce Soir Beach…its a perfect representation of the freedom and security we feel there. The other – gloriously colourful and inviting – is RAIN FOREST: South Sailor’s Cove. Wildstars work is the centrepiece of the exhibit; lovely!

Having a newly exhibiting artist in at Ce Soir Arts is always a joy. We love fostering interest and exploration of both the arts and Second Life™. Its no secret that we love our virtual home and the vast ground, sea, and air of SL™ in its wide and wonderful otherness. We met Larke Longmeadow when she took a parcel on one of our sims a few years ago. She was on her own and happy as, well, a lark! She always made us smile whe she was about and we remember she asked if she could photograph on the island. Of course, we said yes! Weve kept pace with Larke, as she is a fan of our Poet Laureate, Artist-in-Residence, and Musician Extraordinaire, Russell Eponym. In her medical field work in RL, she is busy and cannot visit often, but when she does, we smile – in part because its a treat to see her and because we know well end up with an array of great photos! Larke graces the gallery with three bright photos of summer dreams…a home on the beach, a boat casually moored with a lone gull overhead, and a beautiful capture of summer at its end. These are thought-provoking and sunny views of BEACHES.

THE INTERVIEWS…

Wildstar Beaumont:

M:   What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

WILDSTAR: I remember I started taking images in SL™ since the very first days. Soon people started asking me to be a photographer at their wedding or other event. However, if I have to pick a specific moment when I decided to play the role of photographer in-world, I think it was back in 2008 when I started being the photographer for the (now defunct) SL™ Shakespeare Company for a while.

M:    What do you like best about the Second Life™ experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

WILDSTAR: I love SL™. I love SL™ because it it not RL. 🙂 It is where I relax, where I have fun. Even after the Relay for Life weekend where I end up totally sore after days of photo taking, I am happy to have been in SL™, admiring all the creativity of the campsites and helped keeping their memory.

M:    Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

WILDSTAR: I love light, I love colors. I love to play with Windlight™ and take my strong colorful images. It is my taste (that I share with my RL photography), and I find SL™ the best to find inspiration. Sometimes I like to experiment with post-processing, like the picture of South Sailor Cove I display at the exhibit, which is actually the blending of multiple images trying to recreate an HDR (High Dynamic Range) feeling in SL™ photography.

M:    How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

WILDSTAR: I consider myself much more a simple photographer than an artist. I like to document SL™ and to keep memory of the huge creativity displayed in this world and that too often disappears overnight.  So, whatever SL™ will have to offer I’ll be there to document! 🙂

M: Thank you, Wildstar, for sharing your beautiful work, for documenting the beauty and activities of our wonderful virtual world!

Larke Longmeadow:

M:    What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

LARKE: When we were children, my brother and I found some paint in the garage. There were several small cans, and we were curious. We looked at the opened cans, and as we were turning to get more, one of us (still don’t know which one!) kicked over a can that kicked over a can that kicked over a can. We were worried about being discovered, but we were struck by the patterns made by that paint on the floor. Those shapes and how the colors morphed together was fascinating. I paint casually in RL – very abstract stuff – but am enthralled by the virtual world and everything in it. So…I take pictures to freeze-frame special moments.

M:    What do you like best about the Second Life™ experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

LARKE: The camera was just sitting there, and I decided to snap something other than myself for a profile shot. Truly, I just pointed and clicked, but I really liked what I saw. I had taken a photo of a sweet little house where I was residing at the time. The love I felt for that place came through the image, and I knew I would continue. SL™ inspired me to take that shot, because there are so many possibilities here. I am inspired to try new things, to express myself in new ways – and it’s incredibly relaxing. Things are just so POSSIBLE. I HAVE to take photos to capture the moments.

M:    Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

LARKE: Visiting various sims, some designed for photographic beauty, and traveling about to shop or enjoy a music concert takes me many places where I discover the world in layers. I guess that’s what I like most about SL™ and photography: the surface beauty, and what lies underneath. The sim where I used to live is owned by someone quite artistic. The beach there (as you know!) is swept clean, raw. That inspired me for this exhibit as I conjured up alternative views for that fresh and very summery space.

M:    How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

LARKE: I know I’ll keep snapping photos. I come in whenever I can (work interferes!), and I find myself wearing the same clothes over and over. I do like to change it up, but I’m also always on the lookout for someplace to go, another interesting place. As far as RL art is concerned, I think I’ll keep spilling paint and enjoying the results!

M: Thank you, Larke, for your responses and for sharing your view of BEACHES!
Readers, we are so grateful for your visit to our blog and this posting about two more of the 12 artists exhibiting at the BEACHES Art Exhibit at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn! The exhibit will be open until late August, so do come, relax, and enjoy…and be inspired tonight!

Click to join us! Ce Soir Beach   Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn

Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn – MidDay Windlight

The week ahead…

It’s a new week, and we are off and running with some outstanding spoken word events at The Magic Tree on Tuesday (08 August) and Wednesday (09 August). First up, as usual, is our beloved Poet Laureate, Russell Eponym – who always brings us marvelous literature, poetry, and music as well as a truly informative Thought for the Day. Come join us at NOON on Tuesday – we’d love to welcome you!

A bit after Russell, at 1:30 PM, the lovely Caledonia Skytower takes the Reader’s Throne and shares with us more from Grahame’s charming Wind in the Willows! We can’t wait to see what Mr. Toad is up to now – and how the other denizens of the forest will deal with it all. Such a wonderful tale, with delightful twists and turns! Cale is a true marvel when it comes to reading. Don’t miss this enchanting hour!

Then, at 2:30 PM…it’s more with Harry Potter and friends as MrG Darkrose brings his vocal talents (which are, by the way, considerable!) to Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The adventures are riveting and the telling outstanding. You’ll want to come along to see just what might happen next in this enthralling story as MrG weaves his own magic spell!

Before we know it, it will be Wednesday…and we have another slate of excellent stories and readings at The Magic Tree! It all starts at 1 PM with master storyteller, Bryn Taleweaver, who this time out regales us with some mystery in what he is calling Sinners…Saints…and ….. It all sounds enticing, and with his great style, it’s sure to be a fascinating hour as we relax under the branches of The Magic Tree, here in the cool glade by the water. Do come join us!

After that, we have yet another treat in store! Exceptional writer and reader Dubhna Rhiadra will share another (and well-anticipated) installment of her completely delightful Alternative Faerytales. This time, there’s a bit of bada$$ery afoot (as if there’s not, usually!). It’s definitely a reading to catch, and we’ll be ready to welcome you at 2 PM. Bring your smiles and titters…we’re sure you’re going to need them!

Stay after Dubhna to enjoy Æon Woodford – sci-fi afficianado that he is – as he takes us deeper in to Ray Bradbury’s masterpiece The Martian Chronicles. We have been enjoying this extraterrestrial adventure (or set of adventures!), and now the intrigue continues! Do join us, as Æon will be changing his reading date & time soon. Of course, we hope you’ll join us then as well, but do grab a seat on the spaceship this week at 3 PM.

Wow! All that great storytelling is so satisfying that we will take a moment to relax and let it all sink in! Russell Eponym will return on Thursday for his weekly 9o minutes of music – LIVE from Wales. This hour-and-a-half of folk, blues, and beyond is quite enjoyable, so come along and join in the fun as Russell thrills us with his amazing musical talents. His unique finger-picking style with the guitar is a delight, and he often brings out the banjo, harmonica, or kazoo…too! Come along as the Eponymous Family of friends gathers for a rousing, charming time at Château Ce Soir.

Don’t forget! The very summery and refreshing BEACHES Art Exhibit remains open at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn. Check below (and soon, above!) for responses to interview questions from these twelve artists. It is so interesting to learn more about their each unique work and perspective. It’s a beautiful exhibit – one we continue to enjoy throughout August. As summer begins its wrap, what better time to enjoy these lovely reflective and representative works. Each is for sale, so you can keep these sweet reminders of summer days at the beach near throughout the year. Do come enjoy! Relax in the gallery (there is a beach chair with your name on it!)…and leave a note in the Guest Book before wandering out to Ce Soir Beach. Stop in at Le Phare – there is an amazing view of the beach and ocean from inside the lighthouse. Beautiful!

Ce Soir Beach – Le Phare

The Magic Tree     Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn     Château Ce Soir      Le Phare

Come…be inspired tonight!

Beaches Art Exhibit Artist Interviews…A and Z (well…A and X!)

The BEACHES Art Exhibit is proving to be one of the most intriguing ones we’ve had in some time. Interest is high and we’ve enjoyed encounters with many visitors – a few of whom have left notes in the Guest Book. We so appreciate those comments, as they can be quite important to us as owners and curators of Côte de la Mer Galerie and to the artists who exhibit with us. If you come by, consider leaving your thoughts…and we thank you!

Today, I will post the interview questions responses from two of the artists exhibiting – from both ends of the alphabet! Of course, Æon is my favourite person in all the world, but I am finding that he has a natural talent for in-world photography. It is yet new, but blossoming, and I am enjoying his photos, even those he takes casually at events or locations we might visit. I am so pleased to include some of his photos in this exhibit, and do have a favourite; can you guess which it is? I think he knows, because after all, he lives with this beach and spends quite a bit of his in-world time relaxing there – and he has snapped it from various perspectives.

The very talented Catalan artist Xirana Oximoxi is at the end of our alphabet, but is certainly in our top echeclon of treasured artists. Xirana has exhibited with us before at our various gallery locations. We always enjoy her exquisite landscapes, beautiful florals, and imaginative drawings and sculptures of animals – some from her sweet line of self-authored children’s books. Her first, Amanda and the Ladybug is a favourite (in-world slideshow available HERE), but the others are as delightful; all are available at Amazon.com (author name:  Núria Vives). For the BEACHES Art Exhibit, Xirana has painted – with rich, sensitive brushwork – the ocean: up close. These three paintings that she has brought into our virtual environment are stunning examples of her capacity for intensity and detail, and are not to be missed.

Æon Woodford:

M:   What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

Æon: My creative energies are best sparked in response to what someone else has done with their creative energies. These opportunities give me a focus for my own self-expression. For example, I’ve always enjoyed photography, but I particularly enjoy Second Life™ photography. There are so many opportunities to experience someone else’s vision and bring to that my own point of view. All I truly offer to this collaboration is a range and an angle of vision—of which there are hundreds of possibilities—to a very singular work over which someone else has labored extensively.

M:    What do you like best about the Second Life™ experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

Æon: Second Life has genuinely enriched my ability to see and enjoy all that life offers. Rather than an alternative to Real Life, Second Life™ for me is an extension, an embellishment of my Real Life experience.

M:    Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

Æon: I was particularly happy to bring my meager angle of vision to the richness of but a small part of your incredible creative range in your landscapes at Ce Soir. You and I have collaborated in so many ways on so many different projects—both real and virtual, verbal and visual. We are always in the process of breaking new ground together.

M (smiling):    How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

Æon: I will continue to collaborate with you and others as I explore my own abilities to express myself in various media including photgraphy and writing.

Thank you, Mireille, for this wonderful opportunity!

M: Of course, you’re welcome, Æon! Thank you for participating!

Xirana Oximoxi:

M:    What started you off on the adventure of creating art in your life – in-world or otherwise? Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked your creative energies?

XIRANA: I don’t  remember a special moment in which I started to paint. When I was very young  I painted, I used to write stories and also learned to play guitar. But I decided to concentrate in just one form of expression to try to get more skilled in it. Now with my children’s books I do combine writing and painting (illustrating).

M:    What do you like best about the Second Life™ experience? How has it enriched or otherwise informed your artistic work – your process, perspective, choice of media?

XIRANA: I’ve been doing exhibits of my paintings regularly in Second Life™ and, as I‘ve started to write and illustrate children’s books, I’ve also done some presentations of the books here. I do participate in Art projects when I am invited. A lot of times it is a way to work on different matters than the ones I usually do. So, my Second Life™ experience always has been stimulating and SL is a nice world to share what I do.

M:    Inspiration is important to us at Ce Soir Arts. Where do you most often find the inspiration for your work? What about for your work in the BEACHES exhibit?

XIRANA: Creativity for me is a circular process. It gets its fuel from experiences (also SL experiences) and emotions but at the same time, when you try to draw  them, the drawings, sketches, or colors you are using, open and suggest new ways to explore.

My works for the Beaches exhibit express a personal sensitivity nourished by impressions from the sea, the external world, and my internal world. In this latter sense, I like to call them abstractions of  ‘mental landscapes’.

M:    How about the future? What do you forecast or dream for yourself in regards your artistic vision and other creative endeavours?

XIRANA: Children’s books have led me to start drawing comic strips. Cartooning is also related with writing and painting but, technically, it has its own rules and ways of doing that I am still learning. I am really enjoying the process. I feel open to anything that becomes a creative challenge for me in the future.

M: Thank you so much, Xirana – both for all the wonderful work you share with us and for participating in this interview.
Thank you for reading our blog and this posting about two of the 12 artists exhibiting at the BEACHES Art Exhibit at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn! The exhibit will remain open until late August, so there is time to come, relax, and enjoy! The beach parties we’ve enjoyed will be held again as summer begins to wane…we love combining musical events as celebrations of artistic expressions of all types including exhibits like this one. The BEACHES Exhibit is close to our hearts, as we have lived at the beach on both coasts of the US and elsewhere. Even when we are “landlocked,” we can find a glorious stream, lake, or waterfall to enjoy.

We so appreciate your visits and want to support your interest in the arts. Come visit anytime…and be inspired tonight!

Click to join us! Ce Soir Beach   Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn

Sunday Evening at Ce Soir Beach

It really is summer…!

The weather has been so HOT this summer, that we are celebrating temps below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. We always have good sunshine here, but it has been almost alarmingly bright some days…and the radiant heat is incredible; we can even feel it in the house, although the air conditioning is giving it a run. Even though we are somewhat uncomfortable some days, we are reveling in the freedoms of the season. Our cavalcade of guests continue to fill the house with even more joy, and we’re having fun with good times together; good food and good friends make life all the better! And so do BEACH PARTIES! (Well, that’s what Æon says!). Soooo…we will have another of our infamous beach parties on Thursday, 03 August – and you’re invited to join in the fun!

Of course, the marvelous and refreshing BEACHES Art Exhibit remains open at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn. These 12 wonderful artists are sharing their views of BEACHES…and it’s magical! Come visit and be transported seaside by these works of art…and then stay to visit the Ce Soir Beach as well. NOTE: Next posting on the blog will begin the series of interview queries with each of these artists. You’ll enjoy reading and learning more about them and their work. I’m very much looking forward to that posting and those that will come after. So…stay tuned!

Then, as the week moves on, the inimitable RUSSELL EPONYM, Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts will read and share music at The Magic Tree on Tuesday, 01 August. Always a delightful time, it’s even more special as we near the conclusion of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (by Robert C. O’Brien, illustrated by Zena Bernstein). It’s been a marvelous ride, and we’ve been left on quite a cliff-hanger! Come along and enjoy this fascinating tail…er…tale – and the rest of what RUSSELL has to offer. It’s magical!

We take Wednesday off, but gear back up on Thursday, 03 August, when RUSSELL will play at Château Ce Soir at his regular time of 2 PM SLT. As always, he will be bringing us 90 minutes of outstanding folktales and poetry set to music. He’s written many of the songs he sings with a velvety voice- and that unique finger-picking guitar style is sheer delight to the ears! Come dressed up or as-you-are for a charming good time!

Then…as the evening deepens, BAZ and ANJ GUSTAFSON – two of the most versatile of musicians found anywhere – will hit the beach with fun in mind! BAZ and band will play at 5 PM and ANJ follows at 6. Each will thrill us with modern tunes just made for dancing! Wear your beach gear as summer rounds the bend into August (which I’ve heard termed “the dog days of summer”). I don’t really know what that means, but we’ll have fun, no matter what, dancing the night away on the sands!

As if that’s not enough…that Aussie wonder, NUVOLINO will hop on stage at 7 PM on Thursday with his magnificent light show to keep us going with his excellent trance and electronica sound. This is cool personified. What a beat! You’ll want to hang out for this – and let the beat move you as the evening grooves on into night. These deep house sounds are totally unique and you’re bound to enjoy as the moon shines bright.

Here’s the schedule – in a nutshell:
Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn – The Magic TreeChâteau Ce SoirCe Soir Beach

Another week of art, spoken word, and music at Ce Soir Arts…

This is a very busy weekend for us IRL, so here’s a quick look at the schedule for the coming week. Do note, however, that you are likely to see the first of the artist interview question responses very soon…and you will no doubt find them to be of interest, so do check back soon. Be sure to visit to enjoy the art up close – perhaps after attending a reading or musical show this week. All works are for sale, and at quite reasonable prices. Besides, you will enjoy relaxing at the gallery and enjoying these unique views and beautiful renderings of BEACHES.

This grouping of artists who have come together to make the beautiful BEACHES Art Exhibit the gorgeous summery one that it is are truly some of the most intriguing and interesting of artistic spirits. Come back soon to get the details…and in the meantime, pop over to Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn to feast your eyes – and your souls – on these lovely shores. Each one is strikingly different from the others, highlighting perhaps a special interest or area of artistic talent for the individual creating the piece. And after, pop on over to the Ce Soir BeachLa Plage – and relax as the gulls fly and the waves whisper their song….

Sunday Evening at Ce Soir Beach

THE SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK…

 

Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn  – The Magic Tree Reading Spot – Château Ce Soir