zondag 18 december 2011

New Sensual Mystic Poetry Art

The first of my four poetry galleries will open this weekend:

 The Sensual Mystic Poetry Art Gallery, exhibiting illustrated Poetry Art about the every day seasons of life.

Spiritual poems illustrated with sensual photography by Marcus Ranum. Sensual photos transformed into Poetry Art by Zena Zemlja. Mystical thoughts with a sensual touch.

After the first Carly Collection, which contained 11 artworks made of four photos by Marcus Ranum of model Carly Champagne, I now have created a second series called Carly 2 Collection, containing another 11 artworks made of another four photos by same artist of same model.

The first series, created in 2009, describes the four seasons of life: feeling down, getting up, exhaling, getting on top. The second series takes a deeper look at what we have to do to get there: awake, introspect, reach, surrender.

An openings reception is scheduled on Sunday 18th of December, from 10 AM till 11 AM SLT. I will be present to answer all your questions.

Be welcome :)

New Art @ Adult Art Room

New Art has been added to the Adult Art Room @ Adult Hub: D/s Poser Art by DP Beaumont, Erotic Second Life Photography by Cat Boccaccio and Carley Noonan, and Interactive Sensual SL Art by Nima Benoir. All together 18 artists are exhibiting their adult art for you in this one room, check it out!

zaterdag 3 december 2011

Opening Adult Art Room @ Adult Hub!

Today the Adult Art Room @ Adult Hub opens its doors!

At the Adult Art Room you will find a Showcase of Adult Art Galleries in Second Life.

Original Art is presented by renowned Real Life and Second Life artists: Bobbi Laval, China Hamilton, Ainsworth Gastel, Rob Steenhorst (Rob Barber), Marcus Ranum, Papillon Coberts, Toby Jackman (Toby Zsun), Mick Payton, Callipygian Christensen, Francois Benveniste, Cat Boccaccio, Samuel Edelstein, Amael Juran, Odilia Oldrich and Zena Zemlja.

Enjoy your Adult Art!

Touch here for teleport.

dinsdag 13 september 2011

Gorgeous Bondage Ambrotype

The images on the net really not do justice to the original ambrotypes of Marcus Ranum. I know, because I have several of them at home in first life (IRL), and they are real precious treasures. Ambrotypes are not photo on paper, they are chemically treated glassplates. You really have to see and hold one to feel their true beauty.

Marcus, who's bondage works always are gorgeous, made another bondage ambrotype for your first life. It's up for sale at ebay for 3 more days. Make a bid to get this unique artwork. This is an one of a kind work, as every ambrotype is unique. So this is your opportunity to get an unique artwork for a very affordable price. You decide yourself how much it's worth to you. Go here.

Enjoy your art!

zondag 11 september 2011

Ten years gone by 9/11

Today I sent the artwork 'September 11 tribute' by Mickie Mueller as a gift in several artgroups and wiccan/pagan groups. It is such a healing image, it touches my soul every time I see it. I hope it may bring comfort to the ones who receive it.

Mickie Mueller about her artwork:

To buy this work for your Real Life, go here.

"On Sept. 11 th we all watched in horror as three passenger planes hijacked by terrorists were crashed into the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon, a fourth crashing in the open in Pennsylvania. As I watched it felt like a hole in my heart, complete disbelief. Sometime during the day after the attacks, I had an inspiration. The next day I watched the services for the fallen Americans with many friends around me in the bar where I worked at the time. My friend Dawn brought a candle to light so that we could all be part of it. She and I talked about how we both wanted to do something to help, giving blood was a good thing, but we both felt the need to do something more as well. When I described the picture I had in my head, Dawn agreed to model for me. Her strong emotions about the loss that was felt by us all really came through, and this powerful piece was born.

She may be an angel or a winged Goddess, she is the feminine healing and nurturing Spirit. The eagle she cradles in her arms is injured, but not down for good, his head held high. As she sends divine healing energy to the eagle and the nation he represents, we see four feathers at her feet, symbolic of the four planes that went down. A tear streams down her face and her wings fold around in a protective motion, remeniscent of Isis healing Osiris. This is my tribute in loving memory of the families, friends, and heros of this country. They are many."

To visit Mickie's Second Life Art Gallery, go here. To buy her art for your first life, go here.

A selection of the art of Mickie is also exhibited in the Wiccan Art Gallery @ Witches Island, a Wiccan Second Life Community run by the Children of Artemis in the UK which you can visit here.

zaterdag 27 augustus 2011

Zexpo 2011

Zexpo is the annual adult event in Second Life to promote the adult way of life in this Virtual Reality. Art Galleries Body, Mind & Spirit exhibits the adult art @ Zexpo 2011 from 26th of August till 4th of September. Zena Zemlja will give 4 workshops in the series BDSM & Spirituality on both weekends, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 AM Second Life Time. Zena Zemlja and Odilia Oldrich will also have a Meet N Greet for those who are interested in their BDSM Poetry Art on wednesday 31th of August. Be most welcome!

Details and locations:

All 10 days of Zexpo, from 26th of August till 4th of September, 24 hours a day:
Exhibiting the art of:

Marcus Ranum

Francois Benveniste

Mick Payton

China Hamilton

BDSM Art Galleries Body, Mind & Spirit @ Zexpo 2011

All 10 days of Zexpo, from 26th of August till 4th of September, 24 hours a day:
Exhibiting the poetry art of Zena Zemlja and Odilia Oldrich

BDSM Poetry Art Body, Mind & Spirit @ Zexpo 2011

Workshop SAT AUG 27
11AM ‘The liberating aspect of submission’ by Zena Zemlja
Workshop I in the series ‘BDSM & Spirituality’
Workshop 1 @ Zexpo 2011

Workshop SUN AUG 28
11AM ‘The liberating aspect of Domination’ by Zena Zemlja
Workshop II in the series ‘BDSM & Spirituality’
Workshop 2 @ Zexpo 2011

Meet N Greet WED AUG 31
11AM Meet the BDSM Poetry artists Zena Zemlja & Odilia Oldrich
BDSM Poetry Meet N Greet @ Zexpo 2011


Workshop SAT SEP 3
11AM ‘Yin and Yang in BDSM’ by Zena Zemlja
Workshop III in the series ‘BDSM & Spirituality’
Workshop 3 @ Zexpo 2011

Workshop SUN SEP 4
11AM ‘Protect me, break me, make me Yours’ by Zena Zemlja
Workshop IV in the series ‘BDSM & Spirituality’
Workshop 4 @ Zexpo 2011

donderdag 4 augustus 2011

The Gathering Storm

Here's another opportunity to buy an unique Marcus Ranum Original Artwork for your first life!

This is the ambrotype that is on auction at this moment:


Click here to make a bid on this gorgeous bondage ambrotype original by Marcus Ranum!

All you fans of the bondage art of Marcus, grab this chance to bid on this gorgeous Bondage Ambrotype! I already bought two of them myself and I garantee you, this is something special which you will cherish once you hold it in your hands :)

These ambrotype artworks are very unique, there is only one of each of them in RL!

Missed this one?
Stay tuned and watch this blog for more ambrotypes on auction!

To buy Marcus Ranum's Original Ambrotypes for your Second Life, go here.

zondag 24 juli 2011

NEW: China Hamilton's erotic photography available in Second Life!

Another new gallery will officially open this weekend, at the Second Life Art Sim Body, Mind & Spirit, with amazing erotic photography from the most talented Real Life photographer China Hamilton.


The Openings Reception with champagne is scheduled on Sunday 24th of July at 1PM Second Life time (this is 10PM European time and 9PM UK time).

During the Openings Reception, from 1PM till 2PM SLT, you will get one free artwork in this new gallery for every other artwork you buy :)


China Hamilton has established a considerable global reputation as photographer of fine art erotic images of women.

He has been seen as one of the leading fine art photographic printers of the twentieth century. He strove to produce photographs that were each unique pieces of creative work. In this quest he mastered and improved many historic processes and has contributed to photographic science a number of new printing processes including making photographic images upon hand made watercolour paper and copper sheets.

His work has often examined the darker side of female sexuality alongside his more traditional erotic pictures. Much of his later work is inspired by sadomasochistic subjects. This particular theme has made this aspect of his work controversial though its reflection upon the power and private expression of women has brought a new sensitivity and respect to this subject. His unique and distinctive style of image has often been the inspiration for the work of other photographers.

You can buy China's work from his own website or from Obsessionart. Copies of his book 'Velvet Nights' are available at Amazon.

In Second Life, China Hamilton is represented by his Second Life Art Gallery Manager, yours truly Zena Zemlja.


Legal copies of the work of China for your Second Life are available in China's Second Life Art Gallery at Body, Mind & Spirit, which you find here.

China's photography is not like any other photo's you've seen in SL. His work has a mystical touch that expresses the darker side of his erotic work. The Lifestylers in SL with a bit more extreme kinky taste will surely appreciate these dark collections.

Personally I love the Pants Collection which is exhibited on first floor of the gallery. Other collections exhibited are the Bend Collection, Waiting I, Waiting II, Discipline I, Discipline II and the Submission Collection.


The special offers to buy a whole collection of 6 artworks for the price of 4, are great value for those who want to decorate or redecorate their SL homes, castles, dungeons or clubs.


China Hamilton's Gallery is registered as a Legal Erotic Quality Art Gallery in Second Life. This means that China's Gallery is certified by the standards of Legal Quality Art Galleries in Second Life, and part of the Legal Art Galleries Tour Hud that is distributed through the Certificate Kiosks of registered SL art galleries.

China Hamilton's Gallery is also listed on Sasun Steinbeck's website of Art Galleries of Second Life. China's Gallery is therefore part of the Art Galleries Tour Hud that is distributed through the Kiosks of Sasun's listed SL art galleries.

China Hamilton's art will also be exhibited at the Adult Second Life Zexpo Event from 26th of August till 4th of September 2011.

Join art group Body, Mind & Spirit, or the group for Legal Erotic Art Galleries in Second Life, to get notified about this and other adult art events. Erotic Gallery Tours are regularly hosted by the lovely Odilia Oldrich.


Thank you for supporting Legal Quality Art in Second Life.

zaterdag 16 juli 2011

NEW: Mick Payton's erotic photography now available in Second Life!

A new gallery will officially open this weekend, at the Second Life Art Sim Body, Mind & Spirit, with gorgeous erotic photography from the very talented Real Life photographer Mick Payton.


The Openings Reception with champagne is scheduled on Saturday 16th of July at 1PM Second Life time (this is 10PM European time and 9PM UK time).

During the Openings Reception, from 1PM till 2PM SLT, you will get one free artwork in this new gallery for every other artwork you buy :)


Mark Davis, Mick Payton's agent in Real Life, about Mick Payton:

"Born 1953, Mick Payton’s working life started in the less than artistic domain of steel engineering. A career change saw him venture briefly as a driving instructor before a chance photoshoot with an aspiring model lead to the realisation that, although raw in essence, there was considerable potential in a life for him behind the lens.

Steadily, the number of aspiring and subsequently established models wanting their portfolios enhanced by Payton’s grasp of high quality atmospheric fine art nude photography grew. His workload developed to a point where he was able to make a full time vocation from what was fast becoming his passion.

In the years that followed, his style became a forbearer for modern tasteful erotica, with Payton becoming one the first erotic photographers to find widespread commercial acceptability within his chosen genre of art.

Since 1998, Payton has been commissioned for more than four calendars every year, including both male and female erotica, with many international best sellers across several continents to his name.

In 2007 his career continues from strength to strength, with a regular stream of global commissions and flourishing collectors market for both his limited edition and open edition prints."

You can buy the art from Mick for your First Life at Mark Davis' site Obsessionart.

In Second Life, Mick Payton is represented by his Second Life Art Gallery Manager, yours truly Zena Zemlja. Legal copies of the work of Mick for your Second Life are available in Mick's Second Life Art Gallery at Body, Mind & Spirit, which you find here.


I'm so very proud that Mick decided to distribute his gorgeous work in Second Life through Art Galleries Body, Mind & Spirit. Exhibiting and selling high quality erotic art in Second Life for over 4 years, Art Galleries Body, Mind & Spirit most welcomes Mick's exclusive collections of female and male erotic photography.


For the kinky hearted in the SL Lifestyle, the Restrictions Collection, as well as the Femdom and Submissive Collections, presented on first floor of Mick's Second Life Gallery, will add a new and exciting dimension in decorating your SL homes, clubs and dungeons.


The sensual collections of female and male nudes on second floor of the SL Gallery, will enhance any Second Life private home or public club with the special magical sensual touch that comes alive in the erotic photography of Mick Payton.


Mick Payton's Gallery is registered as a Legal Erotic Quality Art Gallery in Second Life. This means that Mick's Gallery is certified by the standards of Legal Quality Art Galleries in Second Life, and part of the Legal Art Galleries Tour Hud that is distributed through the Certificate Kiosks of registered SL art galleries.


Mick Payton's Gallery is also listed on Sasun Steinbeck's website of Art Galleries of Second Life. Mick's Gallery is therefore part of the Art Galleries Tour Hud that is distributed through the Kiosks of Sasun's listed SL art galleries.

Mick Payton's art will also be exhibited at the Adult Second Life Zexpo Event from 26th of August till 4th of September 2011.

Join art group Body, Mind & Spirit, or the group for Legal Erotic Art Galleries in Second Life, to get notified about this and other adult art events.

Thank you for supporting Legal Quality Art in Second Life.

zondag 5 juni 2011

Samuel Edelstein and Mickie Mueller Art Galleries Re-Openings Reception!

It took me some time to get another two galleries up and running, but I made it, yay!
The mystical and magical galleries of Samuel Edelstein and Mickie Mueller will officially re-open on Thursday 9th of June. Mark your calenders!
During the Re-Openings Reception from 11AM till 1PM SLT, you will get one free artwork for every artwork you buy from same artist in both galleries :)


Samuel is an artist who was born in India and currently lives in France. He paints the female divine aspect in many different ways, often showing a lot of mystical symbols in his paintings. His work is truly amazing. I can look at it for hours and I will see something new every time I blink my eyes.

Many of his paintings have a sensual touch, like the seitan series, the pen and ink series, and the meditation series who show the art of pure and nude meditating under the sun, on the beach, in balance with Mother Nature.

This is what Samuel says about his work on his website:

"Painting for me has always been a personal exloration into the nature of the feminine.
Born in India- Land of the Mother Goddess, opend this view, and I began sketching her as soon as I could make a mark on any available scrap of paper.
She has always been strongly represented - Mother, Aya, teachers, sister, friends, daughters and my wife, always having my close Muses.
Honouring the goddess in my heart, has allowed me to explore many of Her forms, styles and attributes, from her intensities of Spirit to Her Profound simplicity of Love, Nature and Pure Mind.
As a man and as a painter I feel this is a good thing to do."

Samuel's art is a mystical journey, and you can take it every day at his website or at his Gallery in Second Life.


Mickie Mueller grew up beneath the great mountains and the desert sky of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They aptly call it "The Land of Enchantment." She was exposed to art all her life, both of her parents’ were prominent artists and craftspeople in the area, and she was influenced by many of the great artists of the Southwest, all friends of the family.

Today Mickie has a growing business with her magical fantasy art. Her work has been seen in magazines and books internationally, including a school textbook in Norway. Her prints are sold in catalogues and on the Internet all over the world. She has two critically acclaimed divination decks published by Llewellyn, The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path.

Mickie’s third deck comes out in 2011 and is her first deck that she created on her own, concept, writing, and art. The Voice of the Trees, A Celtic Ogham Oracle is based on the rich and fantastic Celtic history, myths and legends and the Ogham system of letters used in 4th-6th century. More information about the Voice of Trees you find

Mickie's thoughts on creating fantasy art::

“I decided to make my dreams reality, drawing upon the magic that I grew up with, singing to inchworms with my mother and watching nature create miracles in the sun and under the moon. I love researching the legends of fairies, Goddesses, nature spirits, folklore and history. I feel these themes are a part of us all on a deeper level, so when I have an opportunity to reach into that realm and bring something back, it’s an honor and I feel that I have a certain responsibility to do it with respect to these powerful entities. When I work on a piece, these beings speak with me, and when someone else sees it, and loves it, they get to be a part of that fantastic realm where anything and everything is possible too, and bring that energy into their lives.”

Mickie's art is soul touching for the wiccan hearted, her paintings bring that magical touch into your life that makes you feel at home, be it your home in First Life or in Second Life. The magic is available for you in both your lifes: buy Mickie's prints for your First Life at her website shop, and get some for your Second Life, right here :)

A selection of the art of Samuel and Mickie is also exhibited in the Wiccan Art Gallery @ Witches Island, which you can visit here.

zondag 10 april 2011

Change in update

Second Life can sometimes be a lovely distraction and escape from first life. But sometimes things in first life can not be escaped. I need all my time and energy for my first life at this moment. This means that all projects mentioned in the update post of March 18th
are postponed for at least two weeks. The announced meeting for SL based artists, that was due April 17th, and announced in Palais Magazine in world, is cancelled and postponed till further notice.

Bright Blessings to all of you.


vrijdag 1 april 2011

The Official Opening of the Histoire d'O Art Gallery

Art Galleries Body, Mind & Spirit proudly presents:
The Official Opening of the Histoire d'O Art Gallery.

When: Saturday 2th of April, 11AM-1PM SL time
Where: Rue du Chateau à Roissy 142,153,23

A huge collection of 78 of the finest erotic art by the very talented photographer Marcus Ranum. Art nudes, submission art, gorean art, bondage, fetish and much more.

Quality Adult gifts available and champagne for everyone.

Be welcome :)

vrijdag 18 maart 2011

Update New Art Sim and New Art Groups

I feel I want to make an update for everyone to read, customers, group members, artists and everyone who is in one way or another involved in the development of the new art groups or my new art sim and other galleries I am currently working on. I am quite busy with all of the new developements on all subjects and they are so very exciting.

New Art Groups

The two new groups for Legal Quality Art both have reached over 100 members already and are still growing steadily. Several artists and art gallery owners, like Maena Tammas and Toby Jackman, have asked to get certified and I am working on the certificates as I write this. Sasun Steinbeck is making a cool database to store them, and if Sasun makes it, that means it's gonna be a Quality Database for Quality Art Galleries :)

The word is getting out more and more about the new groups and the article is being blogged on several other sites too. Nima Benoir wrote a wonderful review, thank you so much, Nima.

Bobbi Laval contacted me to have a talk about some concerns for SL based art, which in some ways are different from RL art brought into SL. I have contacted Madison Arnahan and she generously allows us to use her lovely Palais Orleans Art Studio for a meeting to talk things through. This meeting for SL based artists will be in April - date and time will be communicated on this blog and in art groups in world. We will make sure all concerns of SL based artists will be heard and aknowledged, and we will find a way to integrate them in the new groups for legal quality art.

New Art Sim

The big move from all Art Galleries Body, Mind & Spirit is still taking place, slowly but steadily. First two galleries opened recently with a wonderful reception on the new sim: the photography galleries of Marcus Ranum and Francois Benveniste - who I both will have interviews with on this blog soon too.

I'm working at this moment also to get the mystical paintings up and running, the gallery of Samuel Edelstein is almost finished and the gallery of Mickie Mueller will be next and next door to Samuel's. Plans are to have a big reception for the re-opening of these two wonderful mystical art galleries last weekend of this month. Balloons will be up!

I am also working on new galleries for new artists I work with. I am so excited to announce that another two well known and talented photographers have decided to exhibit their art in Second Life through Art Galleries Body, Mind & Spirit: China Hamilton and Mick Payton. I plan to have a big reception in April to open both their galleries, bought the champagne already!

Last but not least, I still have to set up my 4 poetry galleries with my poetry art, and some of you may think what is keeping her that long? Well, first of all, I am making some new collections, like both the Mystic and BDSM Poetry Collection will be expanded with several poems I recently made and some known poems will have a makeover in a brand new edition. I also added some new colors to the whole collection, on request, and am figuring out how to exhibit them in the new galleries on the new sim, it is going to be a huge collection now and I only have 4 galleries... lol. Just so you know I'm busy allright *winks*. And I hope you all will say that the results will have been worth the waiting :)

Other Galleries Body, Mind & Spirit

Next to my new art sim, I still have galleries at Roissy and Witches Island as well, currently also changing collections there, and one collection at Roissy is a big yummy surprise for the art fans of Marcus Ranum!

Stay tuned and watch this blog! Love you all.

Bright Blessings,


dinsdag 8 februari 2011

Legal Quality Art for your Virtual Reality

Recently I have founded two groups for Art Lovers and Art Gallery Owners to meet and join hands for Legal Quality Art in Second Life:

Legal Quality Art Galleries

Group Insignia, with permission and support from photographer Marcus Ranum:

(this is also the image for the inworld signs you can touch to join the group)

Group Charter inworld:

Art Galleries in Second Life, joining hands for legal quality art for your Virtual Reality.
When you buy art from galleries in this group, you know you're buying legal art, sold either by the artist, or by an official SL agent - which you can check on the artist's website.
It also means you are buying quality art, right pixeled and framed with the right aspect ratio.
Join this group to support Legal Art in Second Life.
IM Zena Zemlja for posting rights for your art events.

Legal Erotic Quality Art Galleries

Group Insignia, with permission and support from photographer Marcus Ranum:

(this is also the image for the inworld signs you can touch to join the group)

Group Charter inworld:

Erotic Art Galleries in Second Life, joining hands for legal erotic quality art for your Virtual Reality.
When you buy art from galleries in this group, you know you're buying legal art, sold either by the artist, or by an official SL agent - which you can check on the artist's website.
It also means you are buying quality art, right pixeled and framed with the right aspect ratio.
Join this group to support Legal Erotic Art in Second Life.
IM Zena Zemlja for posting rights for your art events.

These groups are going to set the standard for legal quality art in Second Life. Gallery owners in SL often ask me advice, how to run and market their gallery. If you’d like to know which standards I set for myself, you might want to read this article. If you think you’re meeting same standards, contact me, and I will give you posting rights for your art and art events in one or both groups.

How are these standards developed?

These standards come from my experience for running art galleries for my own art and other artists in Second Life for 4 years now, also giving business consults to art gallery owners and artists who want to set up their own gallery.

It can be really frustrating for hard-working artists, marketing and selling their art legally, to see blatant copyright infringement going on in SL, and that in almost all of the cases the RL artists have no idea their art is being sold illegally in SL. So yes, that’s the most important issue to address: we are going to make a stand for legal art, giving customers a choice to buy their art only from art galleries that sell their art legally.

Same time I’m going to use these groups to set a standard for quality art in Second Life. What do I mean by that? It means I am going to address all the stuff that helps you to sell your art virtually properly, meaning your customers will feel they are buying something that’s really worth their Linden money.

I’m not talking about whether you have great art in your gallery. That’s not what this group is about. Whether or not your art is good, that’s something your customers will have to decide. I’m talking about how you present your art in this virtually reality, because that’s a whole other story than doing it in your first life.

Like your art can be gorgeous in first life, then you upload it and put it on a prim, out of aspect ratio.. ouch! Or you’re afraid to sell your art unmarked, because you want to protect it from art thieves that sneak around in SL – and you’re so right to wanna protect your art! - so you put copyright marks on it, and then you expect your customers to put that in their home or club.. but why do you expect them to settle for that, I’m sure if they buy your art for their first life, they are not receiving it marked either. If you ask a fair price in SL, then they should also receive a fair SL product, without the copyright marks.

So how to sell your art same quality as in first life, unmarked, and protect it the same time? It’s things like these that I have developed the Legal Quality Standards for.

May these standards change over time and develop further? Yes, they may. I have talked this over with several people who are familiar with the art business in SL. And I will be checking on the standards regularly, because there may be situations that may cause the standards to change over time. You can help me with that. If you think the standards are too strict, tell me and tell me why. If you think they are not strict enough, please let me know and explain.

Sane advice

I will check any doubt I may have about changes to the standards with people that know the art business in SL and/or rl (real life), like Sasun Steinbeck, Marcus Ranum, MeGaByte Pienaar, and other friends in the SL or rl art business who’s opinion I highly value, and who support the initiative of these two groups.

You all know Marcus Ranum is one of the photographers I work with for several years already, selling his gorgeous photography in my art galleries, and I’m running his Second Life Art Gallery for him. Marcus is a down to earth person, who always gives me sane advice. He’s happy with the initiative of these two new groups, and allowed me the use of his photo’s to make the insignia’s.

On one of these photo’s Marcus takes a stand for exhibiting his art without watermarks or copyright marks. Marcus feels that marks ruin a good artwork, and he thinks he should not have to mark it, because you just have to respect his Intellectual Property, and not take what is not yours, like your folks once taught you. If you would have any art of his in your gallery, that I would not have found out about yet, you may wanna take it down right now, because if he finds out, he’ll file DMCA on you before you can say ‘wut?’.

Those who know me private in SL, also know my SL bf MeGaByTe Pienaar, who is a rl (real life) photographer as well. MeGa is also a builder in SL, and he can give you advice about your gallery build or you can hire him to build one for you that meets your gallery needs.

I’m glad to know MeGa supports my new groups, which means a lot to me, because he’s not just supporting this because of being my bf. He will always tell me what he thinks is right, and I highly value his opinion. He will be an important advisor for me while I’m running these both groups.

Sasun Steinbeck is the founder of Art Galleries of Second Life and developer of the Art Gallery Kiosks. There’s no one in SL who knows the virtual art business better than Sasun, and there is no one who has done more for us art gallery owners in SL, to market our galleries and cooperate with each other in the Kiosks System.

Everyone who knows Sasun, knows how she thinks about copyright infringement in SL. You won’t be on her list if she finds out your selling art that is not yours to sell. So does that mean when you’re on the kiosk list, you’re qualified for these new groups as well? No, not necessarily.

I talked to Sasun about this. The Art Gallery Owners group and the Kiosks are very inclusive, and meant for anyone to add themselves, which is a great way to connect all galleries with each other. Sasun kicks you of her list if she would find out, often by chance, that you’re not legally selling your art.

In the new founded groups for Legal Quality Art, it will work the other way round, as the group will be a very exclusive one. You’ll first have to proof you’re a quality art gallery, meeting the same standards I set for my own galleries, for getting the rights to post your events.

I’m glad to say that Sasun supports both new art groups, as they are additional to hers, and helping the legal galleries one step further to join and take a stand for legal art in Second Life. Her support and advice for my groups are highly valued. Thank you, Sasun, for helping me do this.

So what are the standards that I set for myself and that I will set for you if you want to get posting rights in my quality art gallery groups?

Legal Quality Standards

Absolutely necessary standards:

• Written permission of the original artist

This is something your customers should be able to check. Best way to do that is to ask the artist to put your name on his website with a link to their inworld gallery. If an artist does not want to do that, then it should be possible to contact them on their website to check if the permission has been given. I will check on this if you ask me to give you posting rights in these groups. If I can’t contact the original artist to check, then the posting rights will not be given. If you say you’re the original artist, I will need to be able to check that too, on your website.

• Crediting the original artist

This goes without saying. If it doesn’t go without saying for you, then what are you doing having an art gallery in Second Life in the first place? If you don’t understand this question, you may not have read my articles on this blog before. Go here and learn.

• Exhibit of the art inworld

This actually goes without saying too. I mean, we’re talking art galleries. If you only sell your art on the SL website marketplace, that’s no inworld gallery. You need a ‘physical’ inworld gallery with a nice exhibit that people want to visit. That people can teleport to. That they can take their friends to, to have a nice chat about your art. We’re talking Second Life Art Galleries here, not world wide web art galleries. Having a world wide web art gallery is wonderful, additional to the one inworld Second Life. But the inworld galleries is what these groups are about.

• Framed Art

Of course you sell your art framed. You’re not selling it as a texture, omg, you really don’t. Not ever give any texture of your art to someone else in SL with full permission on the texture to frame it themselves. Next thing you know they are running an art gallery with your art. But you did not give them permission to do that, did you? Nope, but they will use the permission given on the texture and you’ll have to file DMCA to stop them from infringing on your copyright.

So you frame the art yourself and set the frames to no copy. Because your customers buy one copy, like in real life. If they order your art for real life, you’re not sending them an unlimited copy of it either, don’t you? Right.

• Right pixel size

Using the right pixel size is quite vital. Too low pixels will make your framed art look blurred. Too high pixels will take too long time for the image to rezz inworld. If you want advice about the pixelsize for your frames in your gallery, you can contact me inworld.

• Right aspect ratio

You will always use a frame that respects the aspect ratio of the artwork. You don’t want to use standard frames that stretch the art, omg, it hurts my eyes every time I see that in a gallery :( Please respect the original artwork and frame it right!

• Unmarked images

Yep, this is a tough one. Of course you want to protect your art. But if customers would buy it for their first life, they would receive an unmarked print too, wouldn’t they?

Marked art can be watermarked, or it can have a written text on it that says it is copyrighted, using the © sign, or having the website url of the artist on it. These are all marks that you won't find on an art print that you buy for your first life. If the art is signed with an original signature of the artist, of course that is different, that is often part of the artwork and no mark.

So if your customers are willing to pay you a fair Second Life price, then you should give them that quality for their virtual reality as well. So this is a requirement that protects the right of the customer to get what they pay for. If they want to settle for marked images, well, there are hundreds of those out there on the illegal market for a few Linden Dollars already, so why would they buy your art for a fair price if it is marked too?

• Original names of the artworks

You probably named your art, with a purpose. It’s part of the art, you did not name it by accident. And your customers will like to know the name, so name the framed artwork after the original name of the artwork. If the art is from another artist, you ALWAYS use the name they originally gave their work. If you name their art with numbers like erotic 01, erotic 02 etc, while they gave meaningful names to their work, you’re not respecting their art.

It will also help the artist to sell the art for real life if the customers can order the same art with the right names on their website.

• Fair price, with respect for the artist’s work and in compliance with the SL market art business

Aww, very tough one this is! How do you set a fair price? Best way is to visit a lot of galleries and learn from their experience. If you’re selling your art too cheap, people will not really appreciate it and will probably think it’s illegally sold. In most illegal galleries art is being sold for 50L or 100L, some even dare to ask 200L.

In legal galleries you will find prices that usually start at 300L. Most artists sell their own art for fair prices between 400 and 800L. Some may even ask more, and if people are willing to pay for it, it will sell. In the sculpt business prices are often much higher, like the gorgeous art sculpts by Amael Juran, which sell for 2.500L, which in this case is a totally fair price for a wonderful quality artwork. So since these groups are meant for all kinds of art - yes, sculptures too - it’s difficult to set a limit to a required price for the art.

I would advice to not go anywhere below 200L for a framed artwork, but, if the art is your own creation and you want to sell it for 100L, then that’s totally up to you. I will be more strict about this if you’re selling the art from another artist. Does the artist agree with your low pricing? Do they know about the usual prices that art sells for in SL, and did you inform them of the consequence for selling it cheap? Because selling it cheap will devaluate their art in SL and it may even affect the value of their art in real life. If you say you have informed them about that and they understand and agree to low pricing, I will check with the artist to make sure they really do.

If you want to be sure your art sells for the right price, I’d advise you to start pricing your framed art between 300 and 600L, or any price higher if you think your art is worth it, and see what happens. You can always adjust the price later if necessary.

• Informing the artist about consequences if they allow more people to sell their art

This one comes from my own experience with artists who sold their art in SL through more galleries. It does not work. Really, it does not. Making galleries competing for same art will cause them to set low prices for the art. They want people to buy the art at their place, so they will sell it cheaper than that other gallery. Then another gallery will want to sell it even more cheap, and before you know it your art is being trashed in SL for 50L. Your art is worth more than that!

If you’re an artist reading this, be sure you give the permission to sell your art to one person in SL, and make sure it’s someone who has a legal business in SL. I will be happy to inform you about this, if asked, whether the art gallery owner is qualified as a legal quality gallery, or could get qualified for it. You can contact me here

• Protecting the copyright of the artist

This may be the hardest requirement. But it is the most important one too. It’s the one that made me found this group: we want a virtual reality where art lovers can buy art legally for a fair price. That’s not possible if others sell the same art without having the right to do so.

So how are you going to prevent that? By being active. By visiting other galleries. By asking them to take your art down if they would sell it without your permission. By filing DMCA if they don’t take it down. By doing the same if you sell the art for another artist: you visit other galleries, and you ask on their behalf to respect their copyright and take the art down. You cannot file DMCA for them, but you can give them all the information they need to do it themselves.

Do you have art from another artist and it does not sell? Wonder why? Check out other galleries. Chances are they are selling same art, probably illegal, for less Lindens. That’s why yours isn’t selling.

Yes, it’s a lot of work to protect your art. But it’s worth it. Once other galleries know you’re serious about this, they will respect that and leave your art be. Because they don’t like to be DMCA’d. Believe me, this beats ugly watermarks. Big time.

There are some optional standards that are highly recommended for your own art, and the first two ones are required standards for selling the art of others:

• Promoting the artist’s rl (real life) website – highly recommended, required if the art is not your own

There are several ways to promote your website in SL. You can put the url on a note that you give to your customers. There is also a script that will make them go directly to your website if they touch a sign in your gallery. If you want to have that script, IM me inworld. If you sell the art of another artist, they will want their website promoted. If you say they don’t, I will check on that.

• Advertising in Search Second Life – highly recommended, required if the art is not your own

Of course you advertise your art. How can people know it’s there if you don’t? There are several ways to advertise, and it really does not need to be that expensive. If you have a parcel of your own, be sure to set the parcel for shown in search (go to about land, tab options to enable that). Lindenlab will charge you 30L a week for it, and this really is the best way to have your gallery shown in Search: it will show in tab places, where most people check where to go, and it will also show in tab all, which is google based. Check it out. You will get more visitors if you do this.

So what if you don’t have landpowers and rent a gallery on someone elses land? You can still advertise your gallery in Tab Classified Ads in Search. Go to your own profile, tab classifieds, to make your ad. You can set a price to your like, it always costs at leasts 50L a week. If you want to rank higher in search, you can set a higher price, like 500L a week. Doing both, parcel in search and classified ad in search, is an awesome combination to get your art up on the market. If you’re selling art from another artist, advertising for them is required. If you say they don’t want their art to be advertised, I will check on that.

• Art Gallery Kiosk – highly recommended!

Join the group Art Gallery Owners, founded by Sasun Steinbeck, and get a Kiosk. Really, you want your gallery to be on her list and website. It’s one of the best things in SL you can do for your art!

The Kiosk at your gallery will give your customers a hud that will teleport them to all the other galleries on the Kiosk Gallery List. It's an awesome gallery tour and people who get the hud from another gallery Kiosk, will visit your gallery too! You will get visitors that are real art lovers, because they are the ones that use this Kiosk art hud, and those are the customers you want in your gallery!

• Promoting the art on the Marketplace – recommended

Lindenlab made us a new marketplace on their website. I put a series of my poems up there for some time to see how things work, testing it. And I can recommend it. In fact, I will be promoting all my own art up there soon, and the art from my ‘other artist’ galleries as well, to the like of the artist.

So, these are a lot of standards to meet before you get your posting rights. Yep, it’s going to be an exclusive right. One that will bring you customers that are prepared to pay a fair price for quality art in their Second Life. They are the ones who visit my galleries. You want them to visit yours too? IM me and ask me for the posting rights.

If you are a new resident and thinking of making your own gallery in Second Life, you can contact me for a business consult. Charges are 450L for 45 minutes undivided attention.
Members of my Art Group Body, Mind & Spirit or the new Legal Quality Art Galleries groups get 50% discount for an art business consult.
If you're a certified Legal Quality Art Gallery Owner, any advice from me for your art business will be for free up to 30 min per consult.

Certified Legal Quality Art Gallery Owners will be granted a certificate, provided by the Legal Quality Art Group, which they can put up in their art gallery, for all customers to see.

With any questions or comments you may have, contact me inworld. You may also leave a comment on this blog.

To join group, go here

To get posting rights, contact Zena Zemlja.

Enjoy your Art Gallery in your Second Life!

Zena Zemlja,
Owner Art Galleries Body, Mind & Spirit.

woensdag 2 februari 2011

Marcus Ranum and Francois Benveniste Art Galleries Re-Openings Reception!

I have my art sim back! Yay!

And I am celebrating it with the re-opening of the galleries of the two very talented photographers of erotic art and bdsm art that I work both with for several years already: Marcus Ranum and Francois Benveniste.

But before I tell you more about Marcus and Francois, I want to thank someone special in Second Life, who helped me rebuild my art sim, and who helped me through a rough time last year in both of my lifes: my dear friend and SL bf MeGaByTe: thank you so much for being there for me, because I could not have done this without you.

Marcus Ranum

Who is Marcus Ranum? If you don't know the answer to that question, you have not been in my galleries the last three years :) Marcus is an extremely talented photographer, and I am so very proud to be his Second Life Art Gallery Manager. His art is very popular is SL, especially his Submission Art and his Bondage Art. He also has a Gorean Collection which is very much appreciated by the Gorean Community in SL. You can buy the art from Marcus also for your first life: go here to his website.

Marcus has recently started a new kind of art making: ambrotypes, which you can all read about here. I regularly post the ambrotypes that are for sale in this blog, and you may want to bid on them, they are unique artworks for your first life.

I also know Marcus is a very special person, someone who often says that one sentence or that one word that makes me put my chin up again when I need it, which was so very welcome especially last year. Thank you so much, my friend, for being you.

You will find the new gallery of Marcus in SL right here.

Francois Benveniste

Since two years I have the honour of being the Art Gallery Manager of Francois Benveniste. I feel so lucky having that privilege, because his art has become very popular by the members of my artgroup.

Often I witness customers walking into his gallery and being immediately in an awe, loving the french sensual touch of his photography and the special ways he uses the light in his work.

The art of Francois is extremely popular in the Femdom Community of SL, and his photo's of couples, both female-female, and also female-male, are very sensual and artistique. You can buy the art of Francois for your first life on his website which you can find here.

You will find the new gallery of Francois in SL right here.

So tomorrow, Thursday 3th of February 2011, there is a Re-Openings Reception for both galleries of Marcus and Francois. I will give a gallery tour for the art of Marcus at 11 AM SL time (8 PM Europe time and 7 PM UK time), and another gallery tour for the art of Francois at Noon SL time (9 PM Europe time and 8PM UK time).

If you cannot make it to the reception, do not despair :) You can already visit the gallery today, and as many times you like all others days of the year as well. I have put up a bottle of champagne already for you, and I will keep it on ice for you for the next couple of days, for whenever it suits you to visit and have a glass of the finest SL Champagne, to celebrate the re-opening of the art galleries of these two wonderfully talented photographers.

Cheers and bottoms up!

(I know some of you think of other bottoms now, especially after you've seen the galleries :))


zondag 9 januari 2011

Happy Valentinesday from Marcus!

These are two chances for you to buy a Marcus Ranum Original Artwork for your first life!

Marcus made two gorgeous Valentine Bondage Ambrotypes and you can bid on them for the next four days.

These are the ambrotypes that are on auction at this moment:

Click here to make a bid on this gorgeous shibari roses ambrotype original by Marcus Ranum.

Click here to make a bid on this gorgeous cuffs & roses ambrotype original by Marcus Ranum.

All you fans of the bondage art of Marcus, grab this chance to bid on one of these gorgeous Bondage Ambrotypes. If you don't buy it, I will! I already made my bid :)

These ambrotype artworks are literally one of a kind: there is only one of each of them in RL! So make sure you get one :)

Meanwhile I'm working on new art collections for your Second Life as well, so stay tuned and watch this blog!