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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:11 pm    Post subject: PUBLIC: an Art Gallery Reply with quote



PUBLIC: An Art Gallery

The gallery is located in the Marketplace district, on a narrow cobblestone side street. It is a small storefront, sandwiched between a bookstore and a flower shop. It is a one-room affair with an open plan that heads straight back with art featured on both walls to either side.

The gallery rotates artists approximately every three to six months depending on how quickly the art is being sold. Each new exhibition has a special opening event---an evening with cocktails and light hors d�oeuvres---with different levels of publicity to keep from oversaturating and exhausting the market interest. Glossy catalogs are published for every new exhibit including descriptions of each piece and a local art historian�s analysis of the works.

Art pieces are valued by size and demand for the artist�s work, and prices are provided only upon inquiry. It is safe to assume, however, that nothing at the gallery is priced for less than five figures. Sold works are marked as such, but remain at the gallery as part of their collection until the exhibition is complete, at which point the pieces are delivered to the buyers.

The gallery is open daily from 11AM to 9PM. While Lucy is often at the gallery, she is available to show work by appointment only.

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This is the official thread for all future stories and play involving the gallery. Anyone is welcome to post here at any time about visiting the gallery, purchasing art, or having any other interest in the gallery.

The thread will be updated now and again with descriptions of the art currently being shown, or about any vapored events occurring at the gallery. You are welcome to play off of those posts, whether it be coming to see the current exhibit or expressing interest in purchasing a piece.

If you want to interact with Lucy or the gallery beyond simply visiting, please feel free to PM me to discuss. In particular, if you are interested in having your character purchase a piece or having your character show their work at the gallery, please PM me!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Opening!

Within the last couple of weeks, those on the gallery’s mailing list received elegant glossy cards announcing the showing of two new artists at the gallery, and a special opening party on Saturday, November 7. Advertisements were also placed in local arts and culture magazines as well as in finer establishments in the Marketplace and New Haven districts.

The new collection will feature the work of local artists Elena Rafaelo and Peaches H. Both artists will have an entire side of the gallery dedicated to their work with their names stenciled on the wall in front of their collections. Booklets are also available providing additional information about the artists and their work.

The Party

Saturday, November 7, PUBLIC will be hosting a party in honor of Elena and Peaches and their collections!

The gallery will be open to the public beginning at 6pm in the evening. An open bar will be situated at the back of the space, with a featured autumn-inspired cranberry-champagne cocktail. Catering staff will also be circulating light hors d’oeuvres, and a DJ at the front of the gallery will be spinning music to set the mood (though not so loud as to prevent cocktail conversation).

Lucy will be attendance, mixing and mingling, along with the two artists Elena and Peaches.

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This is a board-only event. Descriptions of the artists’ work will soon follow below. All are welcome to post your character's attendance or anything else you like!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Although it was an evening of work for Lucy, she was in her element at a cocktail party surrounded by art and hobnobbing with the rich and arrogant. She did her best to help promote the artists' work, introducing Peaches and Elena to as many potential buyers as they could tolerate.

But her attention was not reserved to the upper crust alone. She circulated throughout the evening, trying to make sure that anyone who came to the opening were welcomed and enjoyed themselves.


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Zofie had little chance of buying anything on her own, but she justified her presence in a few ways, namely the bag of Falafel takeout that she offered to the artists and Lucy during opportune lulls, when finger foods were unavailable. She occasionally chatted up a few attendees to influence sales, but for the most part, she kept her attention to the art itself, asking the artists little professional questions and barking happily over odd details.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

November 7, 2015

Mach showed up for a brief time at the opening of the new exhibit mainly to support Lucy and to keep up with his hob snob snobbery (a useful skill for a fellow in his line of work… from ditch to galleria in the course of an afternoon!) Dressed shabby chic with olive chinos, leather boat shoes, a dark crew cut t-shirt, and a tweed sports jacket; the schmooze cut quite the handsome look with everything worn slim and flattering. Hey, he was an idiot but one with good style!

Roaming around the man indulged in small talk with the social elites and elbow rubbers alike, gracefully moving through different strata’s of interests and backgrounds. He greeted and made friendly with Elena and Peaches, gave cheek kiss kisses to Lucy and Zofie and anyone else he may know, and screamed completely internally when he’d heard of some of the prices being thrown around regarding a few of the pieces he thought looked somewhat interesting (he could swear he saw a llama playing baseball with a duck in one!)

But alas the hunter didn’t stay over long as he had prior engagements to tend to (namely picking up a sweet looking hammock bench thingy he saw on sale that he thought would be a much loved addition to the home he was building!) And so just as ninja like had he slipped in did he slip back out once more feeling as cultured as an expired tub of probiotic yogurt… because while it was a useful skill to keep honed he really did see it less in the useful vein of swimming and more in the useful vein of being somewhat uneasily lit on fire – something you appreciate but don’t appreciate trying out over often.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Of course Terry would be there to support Peaches. She'd also be buying one of her works of art under an anonymous name, or at least attempt to!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mona doesn't buy any art this time. She's just there to admire the talents of Peaches and Elena and, oddly enough, to mingle. She smiles at King, who she doesn't know, and greets Zofie and Mach with a wave and a wink for the latter and a hug for the former. For Lucy she brings a pale blue orchid for a job well done.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



This was not the boardwalk.

Her instincts were crammed into the thin pipelines of her circuitry, stifled down with a gaudy color she wore that made her stand out as a magenta daisy set in the middle of an urban jungle. That gut feeling to tear down the sensitive portraits of her personal hobby wasn't fleeting; they were so bold, so raw, the energy of them ranging from bewildering to wild with thick accents of the oil which seemed to spell out its own language. She was openly inviting when seeing familiar faces even if her tongue seemed to be numbed by some unknown substance. It slurred in that typical way, getting beneath the skin, burrowing behind knees to make some weak when catching a quick lyric of a siren song -- but the paintings? She didn't leave too long. Didn't avoid them. Strode back and forth as if first seeing them herself when the lights here were bright enough to catch all the hidden innuendos in the fierce angles.

This was definitely not the boardwalk.

Handfuls of singles, sometimes ranging a little higher, were what she was used to taking for them. Lucy had helped to engulf her in understanding how the actual prices ranged rather than what a junkie girl from the coast of Brixton would snatch away. This was a new era where she didn't need the pennies in her pockets to help supply her with an addictive bread and butter. New experiences were the light of life to most and she was encouraged to sell little bits of her soul in a public venue where they could either cringe at some of the more inelegant pieces, or be beckoned in to stare just a little longer and catch their breath for the emotions it urged to awaken.

It wasn't till King had arrived, and even splurged on a canvas, that the creative genius behind the effervescent paintings felt that it was okay to let people see just what she had seen for years.

It wasn't the boardwalk, but that was okay.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dark City: a Night of Art and Accessories

In conjunction with Fashion Week 2016, PUBLIC: an Art Gallery is pleased to present Dark City: a Night of Art and Accessories. The dual evening presents a new collection of work from local artist Leika Svall, as well as the new fashion line from Annalise Accessories.

The Event

The Gallery is located in the Marketplace district, on a narrow cobblestone side street. It is a small storefront, sandwiched between a bookstore and a flower shop, a one-room affair with an open plan that heads straight back with art featured on both walls to either side.

An open bar is situated at the back of the gallery, while catering staff circulate with trays of high-end hors d’oeuvres meant to be eaten as finger-foods, cocktail napkins in abundance. A DJ also situated at the back of the gallery plays drum and bass throughout the evening.

Leika Svall’s art occupies the walls on either side of the gallery, but also lining each wall is a row of well-lit pedestals, each featuring a piece from Annalise Accessories.

Security is on hand, keeping a low profile, and occasionally reminding people not to touch the accessories.

The Works

Text printed directly on the wall just before the first piece of Leika’s collection reads:

Leika Svall is a local Rhy’Din artist whose work is deeply influenced by the city’s unique culture. Her latest collection explores the experience of the city at night, using projected images of street scenes to represent the violence enacted upon the bodies of its residents. Intended to spark a dialogue between citizens and city leaders, the collection creates a discourse on place, security, and identity---three difficult concepts in a city as unique as Rhy’Din.



((The above inspiration pieces are from Pro-ject by real life artist, Lee Kirby, whose work you can see here)).

Text printed on the opposite wall reads:

With roots in Star’s End Spaceport, Annalise Accessories captures the spirit of city life with their latest line of accessories. The pieces accentuate both the hard and soft angles of the urban personality. Presenting them alongside more traditional artwork positions the pieces in their proper setting as objets d’art.



((The above inspiration pieces are from Lanvin.))
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was no doubt that the only bit of Fashion Week the girl-creature would be attending was at Lucy's own gallery, in full support of her friend and the activity she was stirring up.

Curious to the accessories but she was utterly captivated with the work of Leika Svall and if she was lucky enough to catch Leika then a few compliments were awarded. Surprisingly, Leika commented on Peaches' own works of art that had been presented here before, a few still hanging like pieces of the siren on the walls.

The rest of the time would be dedicated to rubbing elbows with everyone who came, unfamiliar or familiar.




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jewell attended the event because she heard it was the place to be. Unfortunately, she had a secret dread of art, particularly paintings.

The Empress did not stay very long. She did her best to observe the different pieces, mostly the accessories, in a calm and collected manner. She also made a point to finally introduce herself to Lucy.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fashion Week energized Lucy. She loved the energy of the designers and models and fashionistas. It reminded her of home, almost like New York. So she was alight and alive as hostess of the Dark City event. She flitted about, introducing herself to those she didn't know (hello, Jewell!), and welcoming those she did.

She kissed cheeks and sipped glasses of champagne and just enjoyed the evening!



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lirssa's understanding of art was limited, but that did not mean she missed opportunities to learn. And it was a good night to try and expand that knowledge, besides, learning about people was always to the advantage, too. And there would be plenty there.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fashion week wasn’t something he was into but for the past week or so he had been trying to get more active in the community. This event, he decided, was better to show up stag then try to find a date. There was no one for him to match or even care what he wore. His thoughts even convinced him that he could go there and not say a thing since they were supposed to be admiring the art instead of making conversation.

A grey suit was chosen for the night’s events. Pinstripe shirt laid under it the strips being a blue color almost giving the shirt a tone blue because of it. Paired with it was a medium blue tie with a clip that was chrome he picked up many suits before. The only thing left was to trim the beard and put the hair into a bun. After he slapped a watch and a chain around his wrists he went to the gallery to see what was happening there.

( Edit: Forgot the picture refrence. )


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thorn was there, moving through the crowd from piece to piece, conversation to conversation. Statement to Statement.

As ever she was open for conversation, and the warmth she had in spades was readily shared. A few moments, probably more, spent speaking with the artist in a manner of give-and-take to share thoughts and possibilities.

Everyone she saw, that she knew, Thorn offered a quick hug and cheek kiss to. Genuinely friendly and sincerely pleased to see them.

And of course, she congratulated Lucy on another successful show.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duci smiled and blew air kisses or offered hugs (pending the distance) to all she knew while browsing the collection.

If anyone was near her, she shared her oohs and ahhs for each item between delectable finger food and sips of alcohol infused beverages.

After a sweep of the collection, she received a text message that had her hastily finishing up her last bite and downing her drink.

Hurried hugs and congratulations were offered to Lucy before she dashed out to make it to the Annex to call Fight Night.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much like his previous visit to PUBLIC, Locke came with one of his most trusted lieutenants in tow: wisp General Manager and assistant to L.D. 50’s assistant creative director Andressa Sugimoto Moraes. Again, Andressa served a similar purpose as she had during their last trip to PUBLIC: Locke’s social facilitator. For as much of the old outgoing Locke had been on display during Fashion Week events situated within his bailiwick, like the Millie & Mallie runway show or his own pool party, he was another beast entirely outside his safety net. This shift might have been best embodied in his decision to wear gloves this evening. Anyone who had shook his hand, hugged him, or even seen him swimming in the warm pool earlier in the week might have been surprised to see his leather-clad hands, and more surprised still to receive a chilly shake from him. The gloves were meant as subtle armor, but the difference between the effusive, effervescent ice elf on display earlier in the week and the more subdued Locke that attended tonight’s event made that attempt at subtlety pointless pretty quickly.

Still, it was good to see some familiar faces, both from the art gallery’s opening last year and other Fashion Week events. Locke made a point of introducing Andressa to those friends and acquaintances of his that were not mutual, before letting himself slip into the background and letting Andressa drive the conversations, only chiming in when specifically asked to. More than once, Andressa had to shoot Locke a dirty look to keep him from drifting back toward the DJ, whose music seemed to hold more interest to him than the people inside. Locke did eventually find himself staring at much of the artwork on display, and very nearly considering buying a piece, before a quick glance at the price tag dashed away those dreams. The same scenario repeated itself with the accessories.

Locke attempted to leave early, but Andressa wasn’t having any of it. She practically stepped in front of him at the door, refusing to move until he went back over to properly bid farewell to Lucy. Only then would Andressa let her boss leave the party.

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Better late than never! Charlie Darling showed up Saturday afternoon to take in the current exhibits at PUBLIC, standing in front of each photograph for at least three minutes at a time (and sometimes longer) in pensive study, her slim arms crisscrossed in front of her casually.

Eventually, she made her way to the fashion accessories which captured just as much of her attention although she was far more animated in her appreciation of them. Several times over, she almost purchased a piece, but she managed to talk herself out of it.

Before leaving, she tracked down Lucy and as it was around lunchtime, she did everything she could to persuade the other woman to take a break to come grab a bite with her. She knew a local restaurant only a block and a half away, after all, that did cold-pressed organic juices and serious salads. If able to convince Lucy to join her, she spent a fair amount of time gushing over the art gallery and asking Lucy her own thoughts about the current artists while promising to come back.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The windows of the gallery have been covered in white butcher paper to keep passersby from being able to see inside. A sign in the window reads:

Installation in progress. New exhibition coming soon!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Exhibition

On Saturday, November 19th, PUBLIC: an Art Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition---The Art of the Home.

Continuing in its efforts to feature local Rhy�dinian artists, PUBLIC is pleased to shine a light on traditional works most often seen only in the home. By drawing back the curtain on typically private spaces, the small collection includes works of art and craft that are at once intimate and useful.


Inspiration drawn from the unique work of Joan Baxter, whose piece Winter Skyline is above. You can learn more about her beautiful work here.

The pieces shown in this exhibit highlight the special relationship Rhy�dinians have with the belongings in their homes. Tapestries provide not only color and warmth, but can be used to weave powerful spells of protection, fertility, and good fortune. The hand-thrown clay pottery coming from a utilitarian tradition can also bring unusual beauty to the mundane and the arcane.


The above is a work by the talented ceramicist, Haejin Lee. You can learn more about her interesting work here.

Rather than featuring individuals, with this collection PUBLIC has opened its doors to the many Rhy�dinian artists whose art and work are hiding in plain sight.

We hope you enjoy these special works.

Open House

To celebrate this new exhibit, PUBLIC has joined with the other small shops on Sullivan Mews to host an open house. Beginning at 11 AM, the small cobblestone side street just steps from the Marketplace will be open to the community for a day of fun and celebration. All of the shops, from the florist to the bookstore and more, will be hosting special events and special sales to kick-off the holiday season.

PUBLIC will be offering refreshments throughout the day including hot cider (with or without the kick) and seasonal champagne cocktails, as well as fresh caramel corn and apple fritters to snack on.

As usual, gallery owner Lucy Mitford will be there to welcome her guests and answer any questions about the art or the artists. We hope to see you there.



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As usual, this is a board-only event. All are welcome to post your character's attendance or anything else you like right in this thread! If you're interested in having your character's work featured at the gallery, interested in purchasing a piece, or interested in a SL involving the gallery, please feel free to PM me! I am open to your ideas!


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Worlds would have to be ending for the redneck to miss an event that mattered to a friend, and even then, she'd manage at least a minute or three to drop by.

Happily for the Multiverse, worlds weren't ending. In fog grey lace and laced suede Thorn offered cheek kisses and dimpled smiles for Lucy. Definitely a squishy hug that, despite its enthusiasm and squeeze, didn't muss or mess the redhead in the least. No rumpled Lucy tonight! At least not by the blonde's hands.

Warmth and cheer, banked to a gentle ripple in abundance, there was an impish light in her eyes when she offered an ivory parchment gift bag over. Hostess gifts were whenever someone was hosting something right? Also, bag's a bit heavy so be careful!

Excited, tickled pink really, Thorn tick-tock swayed through the exhibits. The transformation of simple into extraordinary, the commonplace into fantastic, the overlooked into arresting, was fantastic. And for her, mesmerizing, and fulfilling.



(Lucy's hostess gift is a vintage marble jewelry box with a vintage, signed rose brooch pin nestled inside.)
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It had been difficult for Benjamin to get away from work and socialize, but with winter coming, he found more time. He showed up for the art show sleek and handsome in jeans and a button down shirt, a cable knit cardigan, his hair grown to his shoulders once more.

A warm hug and kiss to Lucy's cheek as he found her, then he stood and chatted with her a bit before wandering off to view the exhibit. And buy things. He'd catch up with Thorn and anyone else he knew, cheerfully talking about his acting and wondering what day it was at any given time.

It was a dirty little secret that Benjamin favored New Century and Kitsch, his home was a monument to the 1950s and even had an aquamarine set of washer-driers. Despite that, his eye for balance and harmony was good, and one might be assured that anything he purchased was probably going to be a gift for others.
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Angel did not actually know Lucy, although she'd heard of her, of course. Still, she was always on the lookout for items her clients might have an interest in...hidden gems and blooming talents, along with the remnants of the past that were her usual stock in trade. And she was in desperate need of distraction.

Keeping mostly to herself, Angel wandered through the rooms, with the occasional nod and smile should someone wander close enough to catch her attention. But most of that was on the items displayed.

Pausing here and there to consider a piece, champagne cocktail in hand, she noted down descriptions and prices before approaching Lucy to compliment her on the exhibit, and leave her card. A few phone calls, and a subtle trip to measure someone's wall, and she would be in touch.
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It had felt immensely wonderful getting out for the matinee showing of 'The Wizard of Oz,' even if it hadn't involved any socializing on her part. Eregor, Saila and Sabine were all in the play, these were faces she recognized and knew and had no idea they were into performing arts. Duci frowned, saddened to realize how disconnected she had become from Rhy'din and its inhabitants, even her own friends. With that thought, she sought to remedy her sorrowful situation and make more of an effort to attend local events while she was planetside.

Duci arrived just at 11:00 when the party began, waiting patiently behind Thorn to greet her when she was done exchanging pleasantries with Lucy. After promising Thorn more hugs and catching up later, she turned to Lucy and gave her a light squeeze and twin cheek smooches. She came bearing no gifts, but hoped to find a time to meet up with Lucy for lunch or cocktails in the near future. She hadn't had the time to browse yet, but from her vantage point she saw how Lucy's excellent attention to detail gave the best possible viewing. "It looks beautiful, Lucy. You're quite talented. I'm going to browse some pieces, maybe buy one to add to my sparsely decorated place.. Lunch or drinks soon? It's been too long!" Another squeeze before she ducked out of the way for the next person to compliment Lucy and to warm up with a hot cider.

The blonde flitted through the displays, her heart swelling with the amount of thought and dedication that must have gone into these pieces. One of her favorite things about Rhy'din was the diversity, but everyone needed a home. She smiled at the others in attendance, exchanging thoughts or just smiles as they passed. Debating making a purchase, she kept her eye on a tapestry and a utilitarian clay pot, considering throwing caution to the wind and getting both. Deciding to peruse the other shops on the lane before making a decision, she not only ended up taking advantage of some of their sales, but she also turned back around to Public to find Lucy so she could buy the tapestry and clay pot.

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Jewell was more than happy to attend the open house to see Lucy's newest exhibition, especially since it was not painting-heavy. The faerie's heart still gave a little painful twist when she saw paintings. Tapestries and pottery she could handle though!

There were cheek kisses for the lady of the hour and a request for another lunch date. The Empress was also happy to see Thorn, Duci, and several other friends as they checked out the pieces of display.
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