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.
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.