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.
Mary Edna Fraser: Artist, House & Studio, James Island, Charleston, SC
Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound opens at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN on September 13, 2013August 28th, 2013
SEPTEMBER 13 – OCTOBER 20, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound, a multimedia exhibition, offers a unique approach to our corner of the universe: the solar system. Large-scale silk batiks by artist Mary Edna Fraser provide insights into each planet’s personality. Planetary scientist Ted Maxwell of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides text as the viewer experiences silk galaxies and heavenly bodies. Music composed by Mark Mercury evokes the majesty of our nine planetary worlds.
Wednesday, September 11, 2:00 p.m., Regents Hall 210
Hidden Rivers and Lakes of the Northeast Sahara and Implications for the Origin of Mars Channels
Dr. Ted A. Maxwell, Senior Scientist at the National Air and Space Museum’s Center or Earth and Planetary Studies
Round Table Discussion
September 12, 7:00 p.m. Dittmann Center Room 305 with Mary Edna Fraser, artist; Anne Goodyear, President, College Art Association, Co-Director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art; Dr. Ted A. Maxwell is Senior Scientist at the National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies; Mark Mercury, composer.
Fall Break (museum closed): October 12 -15
My recent class “Mapping Your Personal Landscape Two-Day Batik Workshop” at the Textile Museum in Washington DC was a success. There are still openings for the SPIN workshop in Florida this weekend.
SPIN (SILK PAINTERS INTERNATIONAL), TALLAHASSEE, FL—August 9-11, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts. Instructors include Mary Edna Fraser, Jan Janas, Diane Tuckman, Diane Lawrence, Deborah Younglao, Suzanne Punch and Marcia Ferris. See festival website to register for the master classes.
Mary Edna Fraser presents her batiks on silk and didactic process photographs at The Citadel’s Daniel Library, opening May 30, 5:30-7:30pm. Admission is free. She brought together songwriter Dana Downs and author Akiko Busch for a musical performance, reading, and projection of art on May 31 and June 1, 7pm, at The Citadel’s Bond Hall. Tickets are $20; seniors $15. Buy your tickets here: http://www.piccolospoleto.com/?tribe_events=traditional-music-of-the-old-south-nine-ways-to-cross-a-river
Here is link to the full current issue of Eno: http://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/eno/current-issue/
Please click to enlarge the page below, featuring Mary Edna.