A busy Friday and Saturday ahead!

Let’s start with Friday. Is the December issue of FOCUS Magazine coming out? Yes. Will there be entertainment at the FOCUS Quadrangle? Absolutely. Are two new artists’ work being shown at The Main Gallery on the Quadrangle? Yes, again. And finally, what about FAIR? Four new exhibitors, in fact! Just to make it easier, here’s the whole Friday in one place.

As for the entertainment, here’s a bit about Scorpio Aeon: Scorpio learned his love of music from his father who taught him to appreciate all forms of music — from jazz to Southern soul and from country music to funk. Getting his start in a church choir, like many other singers in SL, Scorpio’s love of music grew, first learning from such artists as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and later from people like Darius Rucker and Josh Turner.

For those unacquainted with Rickylivemusic (aka Ricky Capone): He was the winner of the 2013 ‘SL Got Talent’ award, and he’s a singer and songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. He has studied classical and jazz voice in RL and has appeared on television but sings rock, pop, and country songs as well. Also, he has performed with several live bands. If you’d like to preview his music, here’s a link: https://soundcloud.com/rickylivemusic-resident .

See you on Friday! We’ll post Saturday’s schedule soon. (Just plan on holding open noon on Saturday though. You have a treat coming then!)

It’s Photo Contest Deadline Day — Kinda

Angela Thespian has reminded us that today is the deadline for submitting photos for the monthly FOCUS Photo Contest. Topic: “Moods and Emotions”.

Fortunately, she has agreed that “late entries will be accepted if not too late”. No idea what that means! But we now have a red mailbox for y’all to submit your work (see photo below), just swing on by FOCUS Quadrangle and get your best efforts in now. (Remember to make your entry full permission!)

Check out our Flickr pages, too!

As some know (and others do not) FOCUS has a ‘sister page’ where you can upload your photographs and artwork on https://www.flickr.com/ . To get to “FOCUS Magazine (Too Sexy for this Group)” just click on https://www.flickr.com/groups/tsftg/. Though Flickr is independent of Second Life and of FOCUS, there’s a ton of images from “our world” up there.

Even if you hate sharing, it’s fun to see what other folks have uploaded. Kinda like perving profiles. 😉

That’s the main (“splash”) page.
and here’s where it gets interesting — the uploads page!

If you decide you’d like to get on the Flickr site, contact anyone here in FOCUS who has been on the site — or check out the images and if you see a friend’s work up there, just IM them in world. Most folks are happy to show ‘new to Flickr’ folks how to get rolling.

Of course if you want, there’s always YouTube videos, too. It is NOT rocket science!

Kent Nowicka Class’s Photos

After Kent’s recent composition classes, he asked students to submit two photos each using concepts he’d taught. He also asked everyone meet to view each others’ work — on Saturday, November 20th. It worked! Great turnout. And the photos are still up and viewable.

These works are on the second floor of the FOCUS Learning Center — for a short time. Just walk up the stairs, plop in an easy chair — and take it all in!

iPiccy: A Magical Mystery Tour

iPiccy, is an amazingly comprehensive graphics processing package — and it’s free!

Mel’s class this Saturday — NOON SLT at the new FOCUS Learning Center — will take you through this package, tool by tool. We will explore many that you can use today: cropping, resizing to fit SL’s upload limit, adjusting colors, balancing contrast, and alternating explosure. These are just a few of what Mel will demonstrate however. Methodically!

Mel is a natural teacher and she won’t be “skipping steps”. She’s systematic. No one will be left behind, confused. And no buzzwords, either. This class won’t be just “information”. It’s going to be an adventure in twisting and manipulating your images into things you only imagined, some delightful, others horrific, and others just bizarre.

Join the party . No reservation required.

Note: The previously announced time was in error. The correct time for this class is NOON SLT!

More Classes at the brand new FOCUS Learning Center!

Kent Nowicka (of Kent Photography) will be giving two limited enrollment classes over the next few days. Topic: “Simple Composition Techniques for Awesome Photos”. This will be intensive! The Sunday class has ‘filled’ but Kent has agreed to give another session Saturday, November 13th at 10 am SLT.

Participants will receive a free book of materials, coaching, and feedback, and a list of photo sites — and students should bring examples of their own photos to share with the class. All levels are welcome. This class will be conducted in voice!

For those interested in Kent’s work: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kentnowicka

To join Kent’s classes, just IM him. Easy peasy! No charge, by the way…