After a strenuous hike through lush cedar and hemlock forests, I’m welcomed by the camaraderie of the staff at the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park. Two of the more ambitious hikes in the backcountry are to the Continental Divide at Gunsight Pass and the Sperry Glacier Trail. The Great Northern Railway opened the chalet in 1914. No roads, electricity, or telephone made this the perfect place for an artist to work. You can only get in by horse or foot on an arduous trail. It was an honor to have been the artist-in-residence for two extraordinary weeks in August 2015. I’m in process of creating a book of photographs and oil paintings to document this wilderness experience. E-mail me if you’re interested in more information.
Sacred Waterway, batik on silk, 72″ x 44.5″ is being auctioned as part of the “Artists for Emanuel” fundraiser. You can bid on my art here: https://bidr.co/events/item-detail.php?evt=1828&item=12415. The opening bid is $3,750 for this art valued at $8,025.
Online auction begins this Wednesday, November 4, at 9:00 AM sharp. Collectors can also visit bidr.co/events/artistsforemanuel or artistsforemanuel.com/gallery to access the online auction. Bidding will continue into the live showings, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Cigar Factory. There is a final reception open to the public on Nov. 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with food, wine and music. The week long auction ends on November 11 at 8:30 PM.
All bidding can be done remotely via smart phone and/or live at the Cigar Factory. There will be “Bidder Buddies” to assist those who are unfamiliar with this high tech auction. The show is in conjunction with the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Colour of Music Festival. Proceeds benefit Coastal Community Foundation’s Lowcountry Unity Fund.
I had such a good time with this group of talented women at the Columbia Museum of Art on October 17th & 18th. My asthma is making it difficult for me to continue giving workshops in batik so this may be my last. My heart goes out to all in South Carolina affected by the flood.
Abiquiu, batik on silk, 95″ x 41.125″
I’m honored to be featured in the exhibition “Independent Spirits” at the Columbia Museum of Art from October 9th-January 10th. Concurrent with this show is “Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story” which I really enjoyed and has an especially interesting audio tour.
In 1990 I had my first flight over the Santa Fe area and photographed the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Rio Grande, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu Lake. Georgia O’Keeffe’s visual voice has influenced my work as an artist and I wanted to have the aerial experience of her beloved home. The incredible landscape with the lake in the foreground was vast and unfamiliar. This silk began with the dyeing of the sky and the resist waxing of the white rocks. Someday I hope to batik and paint an exhibit of impressions seen from jaunts in the sky above New Mexico.
I am so excited to be able to exhibit 3 segments of my career’s work with scientists in the elegant City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Over 1000 people went last weekend to see the silks. The show ends on May 3rd and the lecture is Saturday, April 18th at 2pm. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday & Sunday 2-5pm and located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, SC. Above, Between, Below also has 2 films explaining my process and adventures.
The Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Charleston presents Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.
Opening is Friday, March 20th 5-7 PM and the Artist’s Lecture is Saturday, April 18th at 2 PM.
This exhibition is the largest in Mary Edna’s history and brings together decades of collaboration with scientists, presenting breathtaking perspectives of outer space, earth and deep sea with her signature large scale batiks on silk. She has drawn upon the insights of Planetary Scientist Ted Maxwell, Geologist Orrin Pilkey and Deep Sea Biologist Cindy Lee Van Dover to create images that bring the grandeur of distant environments near to us. Massive batiks fill the atrium and greet the viewer with the feeling of a Bedouin tent. The vibrant draped artworks connect the geologic formations of underwater volcanoes and extraterrestrial spaces with estuaries, deltas, mountain peaks and glacial canyons to provide a greater understanding of our place in the universe.
More details and the curatorial statement by Michael Haga are available on the City Gallery website.
The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, SC 29401. Contact Anne Quattlebaum at (843) 958-6484 for more information. Hours during the exhibition are Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM; Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM.
Here is a sneak peak at our installation in progress with Greg Jenkins, Celie Dailey and Anne Quattlebaum.
The batik Lower Saluda River maps the park at Saluda Shoals, Columbia, South Carolina. Indigenous birds silhouette the silk.
Celie Dailey’s 6-page spread in the latest Fiber Art Now issue is beautiful. “Mary Edna Fraser: Above the Earth” coincides with a book she has written, with the editor now at University of South Carolina Press. Celie has managed my artistic career for the past 6 years and brought my work to a worldwide audience. I don’t know what I’d do without her. Through her filmmaking, photography and writing, she has been able to intimately observe my techniques and that’s really nice for an older artist. For my retirement, I plan to teach around the world using Celie’s professional insights.
The article and the upcoming book both feature the batik, Above Mobile Bay, which is to be installed at the new Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, AL.
Written by Nancy Wellard, the author meets Mary Edna Fraser at the Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head and converses about her current batiks on silk and growth as an artist. Fraser began her career on Hilton Head and the article highlights the important friendships that guided her trajectory as a young artist. Read “Mary Edna Fraser flies high with creativity and insight” in the Island Packet, Beaufort Gazette, published September 11, 2014.
Instructor: Mary Edna Fraser, Master Dyer, Fine Artist
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Batik Retreat at La Cascade in Durfort, France
La Cascade, 27 Rue des Martineurs, Dufort, France 81540/Tarn
September 1st-8th, 2014
Open for 8 participants
Stay in a 17th century house in the southern French village of Durfort to take a workshop on batik under the tutelage of Mary Edna Fraser. All skill levels are welcome. 20 hours instructions over 5 days will take you from design to a finished batik artwork.
Learn the basics of batik on silk with techniques developed over 4 decades by a master dyer. Mary Edna teaches the ancient art form using vibrant Procion MX dyes and heated wax applied in layers to silk stretched on a frame. We will work on 22” x 22” squares of silk charmeuse to begin, then move to larger rectangles or squares. The dye-resist process uses Tjanting tools, brushwork, fabuki, and other methods. Batik is just plain fun and Fraser’s adventurous spirit will energize her students and inspire individual experimentation. Mornings will be spent in the well-equipped studio. We will take excursions to the surrounding countryside in the afternoon.
You will reside at a beautifully restored house on the River Sor in Durfort, one hour east of Toulouse. The rooms are tasteful and comfortable. Meals are cooked fresh each day by chef Nese Pelt with local ingredients, paired with wine in the evening.
Field trips may include the Saturday market in Revel, the nearby monastery En Calcat with its outstanding art bookstore, and Toulouse-Lautrec Musee. From the medieval village you can walk into the mountains or drive up to St Ferreol, a world heritage site, for swimming and quiet time. All activities are optional and the group will decide their itinerary.
Our hosts speak fluent English and make the entire visit delightful. Mary Edna is a world traveler from Charleston, South Carolina with international recognition as an artist.
$2,500 includes all equipment, supplies, meals, and lodging. Cost for anyone wanting to attend and not take the workshop is $1,000 for board and shared room. Travel to Toulouse airport, trip insurance, and shuttle or rental car to the location are not included. Travel insurance is required. For Mary Edna, this is about $30. For everything else you want to know about workshops at La Cascade, click here.
Cost: $2,500 price includes
*Charming and comfortable double occupancy room (7 nights)
*7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 6 dinners
*Four hours daily workshop instruction & 24-hour open studio access