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secondlife-postcard-9neteralandarArticle by Netera Landar

Photography by Dahlia Jayaram

The foundation of our society is built upon courage, strength, engineering, great minds and leaders and those who built and fought for it. While history continues to present the past achievements of men, women are stepping up to the podium and making their voices heard. We have broken the glass ceiling and are now reaching for positions our mothers could only dream of. We need to remember that the women of the past paved the way for their contemporary daughters.

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Snug Harbor has dedicated a virtual exhibit in their honor. “Iconic Women,” features women who have made a lasting impression in our lives. I invited one of Second Life’s most powerful poets to do a special reading. Kamille Kamala  of the Lyrical Cafe (right) joined me in opening of this first exhibit for Netera’s Lounge. Kam read her original poetry, “Broken,” “Paint the Pain,” “Unity Required to Break Free,” and “Personalities of Flowers while I read Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” “Alone,” “Phenomenal Woman,” and “Shall I Rise.” All appropriate poetry to open the doors of the gallery. The majority of the wonderful pictures in this blog post were taken by my friend Dahlia Jayaram. I big thank you for your contributions.

Kam and I were thrilled to have a standing room only crowd while we read. Addressing the crowd I said, “Today, we are going to open the doors to a different kind of gallery. We can do what everyone does and put high-quality representations of an artist’ s real and second life work on a virtual wall, or we can take it a step further, as other exhibits have. Like virtual sculptors we can organize thought-provoking exhibits. ‘Iconic Women’ is Snug Harbor’s first exhibit dedicated to women. I’ve chosen those who have made their mark in history by swimming against the tide of society, who dared to think outside of the box, to lead and motivate and make their voices heard.

To view the exhibit on Snug Harbor, visit Netera’s Lounge, click on the teleport door near the bookcase and go upstairs. Two more exhibits are currently being planned, but if you are an artist, sculptor or photographer and would like your work featured in the gallery, IM me. Groups are welcome to have meetings in the coffee shop.

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Dahlia Jayaram reading Kamille’s poem dedicated to the women in the exhibit. The exhibit will be open through the end of February. I am currently working on an educational exhibit about H.G. Wells.

 

 

 

 

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We were pleased to have a group of SL residents supporting the exhibit and the work of Kamille and the late Maya Angelou.

 

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I’m currently writing a sequel to my book “Deadly Reservations” and my character, Zoe Montgomery, is helping Harriet Tubman escape through the Underground Railroad. I admired her courage and inner strength so that is why I began the exhibit with her first. (photo by Netera Landar)

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Clara Barton (1821-1912) was a nurse during the Civil War, humanitarian and founder of the American Red Cross. (Photo by Netera Landar)

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Marie Curie (1867-1934), Marie Sklodowska Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist. She conducted “pioneering research on radioactivity and was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Beside Marie’s photo is a picture of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Anne was not born blind and deaf. When she was 19 months old, she had what they called “brain fever” what could have actually been scarlet fever or meningitis and that caused her to become blind and deaf. Through the exceptional work of Anne Sullivan, (also the 6 year old daughter of the family cook who taught her “home signs,”) Helen learned how to communicate. She went on to become a voice of those who were disabled, a suffragette, a socialist (because of poor industrial conditions and the rich living in ease while the poor have no rights), and a birth control supporter.

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