SOS wrapup..

Posted by Ted on May 4, 2005 in Photography

SOS is over.. and now life continues quickly apace. I actually need it to slow down.. but not this week.

Sunday of SOS was more subdued than Saturday, but no less wonderful.

the number of people that I knew that walked through were staggering. I just have to name them, because well, it meant a lot that they came. baronet,bookteacher,cgull_,chhotii,coraline,crs,cthulhia,
roozle,smashrgrl,sunspiral,vorpalbunny,and wolfkitn. and those are just the folks with LJs. Francie, Steve, Tom, Kit, Roland, and Lenny, too. thank you all for coming out in the rain..

being an artist, sitting in a gallery of one’s own art, felt both strange and comfortable. I had this moment on Friday night, just after I’d set up, looking at the walls with my art on them, arranged just so, and I felt like an artist. I felt pride. and over the weekend, sharing that with everyone was just wonderful. watching the way people reacted, the smiles on their faces and the occasional laughter or giggle, and the recurring question of “so what is that orange line?” watching the few kids who came in, what they gravitated towards.. (the astronaut and the ones with fire) it was interesting seeing which pieces were more popular and why.. “Flags” got a lot of comments, and I’m really pleased by that because it’s one of my favorites.. “Chandelier” was exactly as popular as I would have expected.. it was so stunning in real life. hmm, so ya, pride.

as I was saying, sitting out so exposed to the world of friends and strangers, cemented this belief I’ve been testing, that I’m basically shy.. maybe in some ways we all are. but for a long time, I just hid from people. not wanting to infringe upon their lives. the problem is that I like people. so one thing that I seem to have started doing is putting myself out there, and seeing who comes to me. because when people do, I’m receptive and care free.. so rather than lead a closeted life, I’m trying to get out and do things. actor, acrobat, and artist all in a year? if those are the a’s, I wonder what the b’s will be. but what’s wonderful is that by putting myself out there, I feel more like a part of the world. putting up Soundscape at Burning Man last year was great in just the random encounters with complete strangers. and with Murder in the Cathedral last fall, being in front of several audiences, and working with a cast and crew, was really wonderful.

and SOS was no exception.. there was this woman that came in, who had gone in 94-99.. and she’s in a different place now, and so isn’t going to go back.. but she wanted to see the playa. and that just made me so happy. there were the old couple whose son has gone a bunch of years. there was this really enthusiastic kid and his mom, even wanted to be on the mailing list.. (I would later learn that guest books are more appropriate.. ah well, we learn :) there was also a burner from 2003, that I think I might have even met, wandering into his camp. there were lots of moments throughout the day, that were just precious for their unexpectedness.

and then there was the back of the house, and being part of an artist community, even if just for a weekend. not only was I in a studio personally with 4 other artists, all of whom were sharing community space offered by Mad Oyster, Jill Bendonis, Janet Cormier, Sarah Peck, and my fabulous studiomate, Margaret Ann Ryan, but there were the other artists in the building, too. Scott Cahaly, Parrish Dobson, and our own Rachel Mello.. being told by someone who has been a photographer for 20 years that I have a good eye felt really good, too.

and then there’s this whole selling of one’s art thing. when I started this, I hadn’t even thought of that. but then I realized it was a part of it, and as I sat at home last week, looking at the pictures, matting them.. then pricing them.. and I had some guidelines, and just went with it.. and I wasn’t too far off base it seems. a friend bought some, and I got an order from another local artist that I’m delivering on Friday. and the thought of having my art up on someone’s wall just fills me with this sense of happiness that I hadn’t expected. I was reminded of the day that I told mamishka I wanted her art on my shoulder.

and it seems that art continues, because I’m now going to be showing at Redtail Open Studios, as part of the Fort Point Art Walk this coming weekend. (not that I’ll be there myself, I’m off to climb a mountain.) I’ll be able to have space for about a dozen of them.

I am so happy. thank you everyone who nudged, bagged, labeled, advised, helped, hugged, and encouraged. and thank everyone for making me feel worth the time to come and see my art.

and for , amsra, doctordidj, jencallisto, lionsburg, and noire who couldn’t see it, here’s what it might have looked like.


An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


May 5, 2005 at 4:16 am

it was extremely cool for me to walk into your studio space and see your art, and to see you. you looked very comfortable, FWIW — and just so happy about being there, and doing the whole thing — it was completely awesome. (god, i feel like a teenage groupie. ;) )

re: shyness — i can relate! i think of myself as a shy extrovert, meaning that i am definitely energized by spending time with people, and i love to be in the midst of people; but in terms of approaching a given person, especially someone who pings any of a number of buttons, and especially in a large group? unlikely to happen — the shyness sets in, and i want to disappear into the walls and observe. it gets easier if i know some portion of the people who are present. unsure if that’s how it is for you; i’ve never thought of you as a shy person, but then lots of people don’t believe that i am, either.

May 5, 2005 at 4:49 am

shy extrovert.. I think that describes a lot of people I know. I’m just finding it interesting in what ways I’m finding to try and overcome it, or at least to deal with it.

May 5, 2005 at 4:03 pm

Like me, for instance. Much as I enjoy spending time with people, I find it really intimidating to try to make deeper connections.

May 5, 2005 at 4:35 am

I like your mood. :)

May 5, 2005 at 4:36 am

It was great to see you and your art hanging out–I’m glad we had the chance to stop by.

I guess I’ve had some clue how fantastic you are for a long time, so it sort of surprises me that everyone doesn’t know it. But I’m glad you’re finding ways to express that where other people have a chance to share in it.

May 5, 2005 at 4:46 am

*laugh* thank you :)

(oh pusher of thespianism..)

May 5, 2005 at 5:17 am

First one’s free!

May 5, 2005 at 4:38 am

I really wish I could have been there to see your art in person. Congrats on the good show.

May 5, 2005 at 4:50 am

thank you!

May 5, 2005 at 5:09 am

It’s so amazing that you do this. This is what makes you an artist, is doing the work, getting out there and having people react. You have more courage and drive than I will ever have.

May 8, 2005 at 4:06 pm

hey.. you have plenty. it takes drive to be a DDR Jedi, master constumer, and taiko drummer. and courage, it’s not about courage.. it’s self confidence. and I think you can have that if you acknowledge what you can do, and not be upset for what you can’t. takes silks for example.. I feel like I suck compared to the people that I’m largely learning with. but you know? I couldn’t do any of it a year ago.

and you kept shime for the first time. it’s no different.


May 5, 2005 at 7:05 am

I’m really sorry we didn’t make it to see you on Saturday. Dragging the kids along, we just ran out of time. Next year for sure!

May 5, 2005 at 11:09 am

Hey, I went too! *laughs*
You did a great job, and you were able to act as an ambassador to Burning Man, as well. The dish of playa dust was a nice touch.

May 5, 2005 at 2:11 pm

and I listed you on the previous day, along with !


thank you for coming!

May 5, 2005 at 2:13 pm


Sounds like a wonderful experience for a wonderful, and talented, person. :)

May 8, 2005 at 4:01 pm

Re: Congratulations!

hee! now maybe a DC showing! ;)

May 6, 2005 at 2:06 am

congrats on the show!

May 8, 2005 at 4:00 pm

thank you!