Metaverse Arts Episode 5

This was a great episode with a lot of insight and interesting information about Burning Man and Burn2 from both Burn community members Raven Haalan and Emcee Widget. Check out this episode with event listings and our featured gallery for this episode, Kelly Yap Art Walk

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Metaverse Arts Episode V – BURN2 Special Edition

We’re celebrating opening day of BURN2 on Metaverse Arts today!

BURN2 - The Iconic Burn Statue


BURN2 is the Second Life counterpart to the Burning Man Festival held in the Nevada High Desert every year. From the Burning Man website: ( “Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance”

This annual counterpart to Burning Man was originally called Burning Life. This year it’s organization was taken over by the Burning Man team, and changes have been made in its scale and in its adherence to the message and the community ideal  of Burning Man.

Renamed BURN2 – this new, streamlined festival launches today at noon SLT. Metaverse Arts staff attended a press preview and came back with a cornucopia of photos from the festival site. Today at 2pm, we’ll meet up with two BURN2 staff members, Communications Manager Raven Haalan and DMV Department Lead Emcee Widget.

Learn a little more about the changes to the Burn and how it compares to previous years from Raven, then investigate with us the DMV, Department of Mutant Vehicles – a RL and SL Burn phenomenon – and learn about the fun, whimsical and creative Art Cars from Emcee.

All of this, plus we’ll highlight a few upcoming events and unveil this episodes featured gallery!

See you there!

Tricia Aferdita
Metaverse Arts Producer/Host

Artists: Step Up! Against Content Theft

In response to a weekend of the wholesale theft of sims and content, a few SL residents got together and decided they wanted to do something about it. This includes other types of content theft, which have been fought for so long by organizations like Content Creators Association, and other anti-Content Theft groups within Second Life.

Founded by Saffia Widdershins, Gwen Carillon, Angie Mornington and Gabrielle Riel, Step Up! Against Content Theft was created to spread awareness of content theft. Together they instituted Step UP! Day on November 5th, 2009, a day of NO TEXTURE Uploads to the grid to show our economic power. The day will end with a celebration across the entire grid.

DiJodi Dubratt and Ironwolf Taurog have generously donated their gallery sim for a period of time, to feature the creativity of SL Content Creators. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage the artists of Second Life to voice their opinions on Content Theft. Many of us have been the victim of bandwidth theft, snapshot rip-offs of artwork and blatant disregard for IP Rights, DMCA and copyright laws by exhibiting works of old masters, and living artists who are not in SL and completely unaware of their work being stolen.

As curator of the Step Up! Gallery, I invite you to join Step Up!, Jodi and Ironwolf at their sim for a temporary exhibit of artwork showing off the artistic side of SL Content Creators. The exhibit will be sim-wide, highlighting the art community and gearing this extensive part of the SL population into action against Content Theft. We encourage your exhibit to make YOUR statement about Content Theft, share as much of your story and inspirations as you are comfortable with. Find your niche and make it your own

If you would like to exhibit at the sim, please drop me (Tricia Aferdita) a note card in world. Please wait to start setting up after we’ve connected. You can explore the sim now, finishing touches are being completed.

A few things to consider regarding the exhibit:

1) Join the Step Up! Against Content Theft Group, in order to rez at the sim
2) You’ll have about 200 prims to use for your display
3) Please exhibit only. However, you can set landmarks to your galleries/exhibits
4) You can set up anywhere you like on the sim, on the ground or up in the sky and set a LM to the space to give your friends and fans.
5) Scripts and spinning objects okay, but keep an eye on sim lag.
6) No use of bots or other automated SL clients
7) Set up starts soon and the sim will open for public exhibit on Friday, October 30th.

Step Up! Day is November 5th; a day we encourage you to not upload textures and ask you to encourage your friends to do so as well. We are planning events for that day at the Sim, you’re welcome to attend and encourage your friends to attend, more details to come.

More information on Step Up! can be found on the following site:

Thank you for your support and for the support of Content Theft Awareness!
Tricia Aferdita, Step Up! Gallery Curator

Cora Dibou @ Tricia Aferdita Gallery

Tricia Aferdita Gallery is pleased to present artist Cora Dibou:

Cora has been in SL for two years, but is just recently making her debut into the SL Art World.

This exhibit features a technique that is a modern version of paper cutting. Each piece was created in real life, hand drawn on a piece of paper and extracted with an X-Acto knife, then coupled with background paper to show it off.

Cora’s works are a colorful combination of specialty and hand made papers, incredible detail and beauty. They really need to be seen up close to appreciate them. Stop in today!

Stop by the gallery from now through February and see these wonderful pieces for yourself!

Representing SL Artist Em Larsson

I am now representing photographer Em Larsson in Second Life. You can see some examples of her fantastic photography on her Flickr page. If you’d like to have Em’s work in your SL Gallery, send me an IM in world, or e-mail

Em Larsson has been capturing the pictures she sees in the world around her for decades, but it wasn’t until she discovered Second Life that she began to share them with others.

While she has taken photography classes, she never considered herself a technically knowledgeable photographer. However, since coming into SL in April 2007, she has been experimenting with new techniques and programs and expanding the world she shares her photography with.

Em loves to photograph everyday things and shed new light on them, creating objects of beauty. She finds herself inspired by her artistic colleagues in Second Life, especially her partner, Dane Fride, and photographer PJ Trenton. In RL, her mentor is photographer Frank Reiter.

When not promoting her photography in SL, Em creates furniture and does interior design and building. Her photos have been Exhibited at the Garden of Spiritual Peace, Harmony Cafe, Exposure Gallery, Roma, Bellagio, Nantucket, Avalon Galleries, and more.

Eris Island – Golden Apple Galleries

Join us on Sunday, Dec 21st as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Eris Island’s Golden Apple Galleries. An open air art marketplace, this Greek-Themed Sim is home to more than a dozen artists, photographers and sculptors.

At 1pm SLT the party kicks off with the high energy rock/pop sounds of Vienna James, followed at 2om by SL Newcomer Eio Tuqiri’s combination of blues, folk & classical, and winding up the party at 3pm with the powerful vocal style of Noma Falta.

Throughout the sim you’ll find works by some fantastic artists, including Konrad Jansma, Scottius Polke, Jofus Wrigglesworth, Goose Wycliffe, Lawndart Curtiss, Karen Petty, Thomas Gruntled, PJ Trenton, Eidolon Dreamscape, Em Larsson, Tricia Aferdita, Dane Fride, Serenity Questi, Fuschia Nightfire and Rik Zwiers

We’ll be mixing things up with a sim-wide scavenger hunt and prize giveaways!

June Featured Artist @ Harmony Cafe


For the month of June, SL Artist & Photographer Texanna Schumann created a special exhibit of SL Photography for Harmony Cafe. When we asked her to show her photos in the Cafe, she was inspired by thoughts of June Brides, and with her friends as models she created a beautiful collection of Bridal Photography. An elegant exhibit that pleasantly contrasts the cozy atmosphere of Harmony Cafe. Be sure to stop in and see it, from now until the end of June.

Featured Artist @ Tricia Aferdita Gallery


For the month of June, Tricia Aferdita Gallery features the work of artist India Garrigus. Taking photos since she was big enough to hold a camera, India’s collection features an ecclectic assortment; from cats and butterflies, to clocks, dichroic glass and more… some her own craft work. She then takes her unique way of looking at things a step further and transforms them digitally, making fantastic, colorful and sometimes psychadelic works of amazing texture and vision. On exhibit and for sale in Second Life through the end of June.

Featured Artist @ Tricia Aferdita Gallery


Joseph Perkins (aka: Jofus Wrigglesworth) has been painting seriously for about 5 years. He started in 2003 when we entered the ArT Institute of Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania.
His main focus is in abstract organics as well as abstract expressionism. Some of his major influences from the list of greats are Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Piet Mondrian. Much of his work is also influenced by his observation of nature, ranging from a universal to a molecular level of appreciation.

Over the past few years, Joseph has experimented with acrylic, oil, latex, and alkyd paints, as well as numerous approaches to creating different textures. A freeflowing application of these materials gives much of his work the energy found in action painting, with less of an emphasis on the physical actions of the artist and more focus on the natural reactions of the materials. (bio written by Joseph Perkins)

Join Tricia Aferdita Gallery in welcoming Joseph to Second Life and his very first exhibition in SL. The paintings selected for this show represent some of his most colorful, texture filled and expressive works. I am please to have him at my gallery and in Cetus Gallery District.