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
Silk & Glass
Mendocino Art Center
45200 Little Lake Street, Mendocino, CA
June 4 – July 9, 2014
Saturday Reception: June 14, 5-8 pm
Homage to Hokusai II, batik on silk, 53″ x 43″ and L.A. Flight, batik on silk, 48″ x 52″, are two of five pieces selected for this invitational exhibition.
Celie and I are working on a book titled “The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser” with University of South Carolina Press. We hope to give a workshop in Mendocino when the book is published. I wish I could attend the opening this Saturday.
This is an excerpt from the video featuring textile artists in the exhibition Flight Patterns.
You can view all 26 artists on the website of Curator Dorothy Moye, Davis-Moye & Associates.
T-North Gallery, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
April 2014–April 2015
MARY EDNA FRASER
B A T I K S
May 23 – June 7
Join us for an opening with Mary Edna and mimosas
Saturday, May 24
11 am – 1 pm
at Ann Long Fine Art, 54 Broad Street, Charleston
Let us know if you can join us.
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Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 11-5, Sunday by appointment
The theme, Flight Patterns, served as reference and inspiration for 26 international participating artists, referring not only to the location at the world’s busiest airport but also to the many uses of the word and concept of patterns that are frequently used in connection with textiles.
The exhibition is located in Concourse T North at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Mary Edna Fraser’s Gulf Oil Spill was selected by curator Dorothy Moye for Flight Patterns, on view April 2014 through April 2015.
Michael Haga introduced me to the most interesting group of artists and people who love art. This jazzy collection of individuals are inspiring with their energy and intellect, hailing from California, Seattle and London. Southern Sampler Artists Colony arrive every spring to join with the artistic community of the Lowcountry. They cherish music, dancing, poetry, art and the creative juice that flows between fertile minds. Here they are in the studio, Martha, Mary Brent, Paula, Ann, Anne, MJ, Unity, Greg, Cindy, Cheryl, Cathleen, Barbara, Linda, Angela, Bente, Carolyn, Jeanine and Toni. I look forward to their yearly visits and the friendships that transpire.
View the newest oil paintings in the studio: http://maryedna.com/works-for-sale/oils/
I’ve had several opportunities to paint with masterful artists on location outdoors, producing a series of oils inspired by nature. It is liberating to translate color knowledge from batik on silk to oils on canvas with the palette knife, my new favorite tool.
Sara Jane Reynolds painted with me on my father’s 80th birthday in a house we rented in McClellanville, SC. It even had a landing strip for the family Ercoupe. Karen Weihs, Judy Fuller and Judy Walters kindly took me under their wings in the Louisiana Bayou Cajun Country where Judy Fuller has a studio. Back in South Carolina we were joined by Hilarie Lambert and Ruth Heffron to paint on Sullivan’s Island. Each of these women gifted me with knowledge as we worked side by side.
Come to the studio anytime to see these new works.
I’m eternally grateful to Susan Pearlstine for commissioning me to create a work of art which hides her big screen TV. This site-specific piece is the first time that I’ve made my art move, thanks to Brent Havens. The main panel on the left, which covers the screen, is a combination of an aerial view and an on-location shoot from the ground. The trees feel like they’re in a mysterious creek and the Spanish moss gives the batik an atmospheric texture. Two side-by-side verticals are stationary on the right and show a satellite image of Chadwick Road, Charleston. Once the square panel moves behind the two verticals, it makes a whole new work of art. Thanks to Lauren Sanchez, Mark Sloan and Reggie Gibson for helping me with the process of design.
Nicky Jones is my new assistant who went with me, silks loaded in the van, in frightfully cold weather to New Jersey in mid-January 2014. My outer space show, Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound, was installed at “All That Glitters…” with music by Mark Mercury.
This collaboration came about because of my daughter Sarah Fraser who performed at the opening under the tent-like silk structure. Open through March 20, 2014 at Newark Gateway, NJ.