The Magic Dolphin

April 4th, 2018

Mary Edna Fraser is quoted on the jacket of The Magic Dolphin: A Young Human’s Guide to Beaches, Sea Level Rise and Living with the Sea, by Charles Pilkey with Orrin Pilkey. She writes, “Charles and Orrin Pilkey have once again teamed their stunning art and heart-warming science in a magical, cautionary tale. Youngsters will travel the world on the back of a flying dolphin over Greenland’s melting glaciers and the Pacific Garbage Patch, learning about sea level rise and dynamic beaches. The joyous tour offers hope to all.”

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On the Covers

March 20th, 2018


Mary Edna is pleased to contribute her artwork to appear on the jackets of two recent publications. The first is Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast, by Christine DeLucia (Yale University Press,) featuring “Narragansett Bay” (batik on silk, 66″ x 46″.) The other is On the Mediterranean and the Nile: The Jews of Egypt, by Aimée Israel-Pelletier (Indiana University Press,) featuring “Nile Delta Desert Islands” (batik on silk, 52″ x 36″.)

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Museum of the Earth exhibition extended

February 23rd, 2018

The exhibition Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY has been extended until the first week of June. The show has been a big hit and we are pleased with the response!

Spring Island workshops with Cecelia Dailey and Mary Edna Fraser

February 22nd, 2018

Canna I, lumens photogram, Cecelia Dailey

Lumens photograms in progress, Cecelia Dailey

Cecelia Dailey and Mary Edna Fraser will host consecutive workshops on Spring Island the first week of March. Tuition cost listed below will be reduced with additional students. Folks not living on Spring Island can stay at a hotel Beaufort, SC. Contact Pam Brickell (pbrickell@springisland.com) to reserve your space! Registration ends Monday, February 26th. Email celiedailey@gmail.com or info@maryedna.com for questions. The duo will also have an artists’ reception on March 7th and they will give a trust talk on March 8th on Spring Island, SC.

March 5 & 6 – 2-day Lumens Photography Workshop using Natural Materials with Cecelia Dailey, 9 AM-3 PM, $220 plus $15 materials fee
The camera-less photography technique “lumens” uses direct contact of materials on photo paper to create one-of-a-kind images. Dailey will take students on a nature walk each morning to collect plants, and spend the afternoon processing and arranging material, and some exposures left overnight. Photo papers, both 8 x 10 and 11 x 17, as well as warm tone papers, create a range of artistic options. Students will be invited to make up to multiple prints each day. Dailey will provide technical information on the photographic process, as well as a wealth of knowledge on the local flora. Her work which bridges art and science has been informed through collaborations botanist Richard Porcher. Cecelia Dailey holds a BFA in Filmmaking & Photography, BA in Philosophy, and is currently a Master’s student in Biology at The Citadel. She is an author of numerous articles on art and the environment, and her forthcoming book, The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser, USC Press, is due out in 2019.

March 7, 8, & 9 – 3-Day Landscape Plein Air Workshop with Mary Edna Fraser, 9 AM-3 PM, $350 plus $35 materials fee
This course explores plein air palette knife and brush painting on panel. Choosing your composition, underpainting, glazing, scumbling, transparent vs. opaque oils, adventurous colors, and finding your individual voice are emphasized. Feel free to bring any supplies you enjoy and/or recommended supplies. Mary Edna uses Gamblin oils and their Landscape Palette as well as contemporary Radiant colors. She works on Raymar Claessens #15 Double Primed Linen Panels. A variety of palette knives will be available from Mary Edna to try out during the class. Participants are encouraged to bring a palette knife of their choice. Mary Edna’s materials (a squirt of an oil color, etc) will also be available with the materials cost. You will need sunscreen, hat, bug spray, comfortable clothes, water, snacks, and paper towels. Be prepared to work outdoors. We will have fun!

From Betsy’s Pond, 8″ x 24″ oil on panel, Mary Edna Fraser

Plein air oil painting in progress, Mary Edna Fraser

Meditative, 12″ x 16″ oil on panel, Mary Edna Fraser

Chamber Music Charleston

February 1st, 2018

If you’ve never heard of the Chamber Music Charleston group, they are incredible! I’ll be going for my birthday in March. Upcoming events in 2018 include house concert series every month, and ovation concerts at Dock Street Theater. The batik on silk, Ashley River, was featured on the cover of the current program.

Chamber Music Charleston 2017-2018 program, featuring Mary Edna Fraser's batik on silk "Ashley River"

Chamber Music Charleston 2017-2018 program, featuring Mary Edna Fraser’s batik on silk “Ashley River”

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Watercolors for sale

January 6th, 2018

Here is a sample of watercolors on paper for sale at the studio. There are many works on paper including monotypes which can be framed to your specifications.

We are transitioning to a new website soon! See you there in about a month.

Yellow sun, 18" x 4" pastel on paper, framed

Yellow sun, 18″ x 4″ pastel on paper, framed

 

Ellis Creek 3, watercolor on paper

Ellis Creek 3, watercolor on paper

 

Ellis Creek 2, watercolor on paper

Ellis Creek 2, watercolor on paper

 

Ellis Creek 1, watercolor on paper

Ellis Creek 1, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 30, watercolor on paper

Unknown 30, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 24, watercolor on paper

Unknown 24, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 23, watercolor on paper

Unknown 23, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 22, watercolor on paper

Unknown 22, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 20, watercolor on paper

Unknown 20, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 20, watercolor on paper

Unknown 20, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 10, watercolor on paper

Unknown 10, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 2, watercolor on paper

Unknown 2, watercolor on paper

 

South Carolina 2, watercolor on paper 2010

South Carolina 2, watercolor on paper 2010

 

Nocturne, 5.5" x 19" pastel on paper, framed

Nocturne, 5.5″ x 19″ pastel on paper, framed

 

Natahala, watercolor on paper

Natahala, watercolor on paper

 

Maine 10, watercolor on paper

Maine 10, watercolor on paper

 

Maine 7, watercolor on paper

Maine 7, watercolor on paper

 

France, watercolor on paper 2010

France, watercolor on paper 2010

 

France, watercolor on paper 2010

France, watercolor on paper 2010

 

Maine 9, watercolor on paper

Maine 9, watercolor on paper

 

Early, 22" x 45" pastel and watercolor on paper, framed, Mary Edna Fraser

Early, 22″ x 45″ pastel and watercolor on paper, framed, Mary Edna Fraser

 

Mysterious Ocean Floor, 11" x 13.5" watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis

Mysterious Ocean Floor, 11″ x 13.5″ watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis

 

Deformation Zone, watercolor on paper, Barbados, RV Atlatis 2012

Deformation Zone, watercolor on paper, Barbados, RV Atlatis 2012

 

Bajan Mud Volcanoes, watercolor on paper, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

Bajan Mud Volcanoes, watercolor on paper, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

 

Volcanoes, 6.5" x 6.5" watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

Volcanoes, 6.5″ x 6.5″ watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

 

Map Room, 11" x 13.5" watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

Map Room, 11″ x 13.5″ watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

Borseda, Italy

October 18th, 2017


Ellen Kochansky’s Rensing Center Residency in Borseda, Italy is a delightful refuge. On the last week of September, we travelled increasingly winding roads through a hailstorm followed by a rainbow. All of the descriptions and tidbits of kind information made the key turn of a green door open to a place and time that I will forever cherish.

I visited this secluded town in the Ligurian mountains with my husband John Sperry, a pediatrician known as the Dr. Babe. With us were daughters Labanna, 31, from New Orleans, and Reba, 29, from Asheville. We have an upcoming show called “Family Ties” at tThe Southern contemporary gallery during Charleton’s Spoleto festival 2018 starting May 17th through July 8th. With no WiFi in this ancient village, we began our collaborative process.

Both daughters are capable artists, with huge personalities that could not be more different, and incredible cooks. For dinner, Labanna made a stew using squilla mantis, a huge local shrimp, along with wine, shallots, butter, parsley, tomatoes, sea asparagus, and garlic. Reba figured out the gas stove in the well-equipped kitchen. After we ate, a bat darted about, and Labanna the Bat Whisperer used her coos and a lavender-embroidered dishtowel to capture and release it to freedom.

We had our first breakfast on the outdoor patio, then took a introductory photographic walk through the village where grapevines were turning crimson. Labanna and I spent the rest of the quiet day painting while John and Reba read.

On Tuesday we day tripped to Cinque Terre. From southernmost Riomaggiore first, we took a train to Monterossa al Mare. There we dined overlooking the beach, where the girls sunbathed and swam in the salty sea. Next Vernazza, smaller and less touristy, and on to Corniglia, where we climbed over three hundred steps. Manarola was our sunset village with boats returning to the streets. After a full day of people-watching and walking, we drove home to a sauce of pork and beef made the night before using Ellen’s spices.

The next morning we painted watercolors and discussed the Southern, argued and reconciled. We hiked five miles of the stunning Alta Via ridge near Veppo. For dinner, we had yummy beans that took four days to cook, with fish from the Wednesday truck. Reba stacked the futon with every comforter in the house, and she and Labanna slept by the wood stove. John and I cuddled comfortably in a separate room with shutters open.

Thursday morning, we took the long route along the coast to Genoa, where my dear friend John Taylor, godfather to my daughters, lived as a young man. We entered the remnants of 12th century San Andrea cloisters, saw work by Rubens (1589-1606), and enjoyed an antique market full of treasures. For dinner, Labanna stuffed squash blossoms with gorgonzola dolce and my leftover sauce, served with Reba’s salad of shaved brussel sprouts, raw peas, lemon, garlic, and reduced balsamic.

Paulo, Rensing’s caretaker, was setting out to gather mushrooms early Friday morning as we left for La Spezia flea market. Our last day, we went to Veppo and visited a little restaurant owned by Stephano, friend of Ellen’s. He served us a lunch made with love by his mother, along with two bottles of wine. Delicious! After that, everyone napped while I painted.

I am so grateful to Ellen for this escape with my loved ones. If you want an artist, writer or ecologist this residency in authentic Italy then the Rensing Center’s Borseda Program is perfect. The one bedroom, living room, kitchen, bath and large outdoor terrace is in a town of about 26 residents who don’t speak English. We were lucky to have this adventure as a family, on the border of Tuscany in a tiny neighborhood of peace.

Anthropocene Blues

August 30th, 2017

“Anthropocene Blues” by Jack Lane, cover art by Mary Edna Fraser

You can purchase the poetry book “Athropocene Blues” on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Anthropocene-Blues-Poems-John-Lane/dp/0881466255/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504122531&sr=8-1&keywords=anthropocene+blues

In the story of the earth, geologists tell us that around 12,000 years ago the planet shifted from the Pleistocene to the Holocene. There probably were poets to sing about that change, but of what they sang, we have no records. Even earlier, paintings on cave walls point toward an artistic response from our upstart species. These early artists painted the Pleistocene’s last great ice age herds thundering past.

Now John Lane’s traveling geologist sings a dawning epoch’s blues. The Anthropocene is upon us, and his poems show how humans believe they have become “the planet’s boss, the big chief, the emperor of air, diesel fuel, bow thrusters, and tax shelters…”

And if you don’t believe the times are changing, consider these poems–full of dead-on-the-road groundhogs and radial tires, carbon-spewing adventure travel, masturbating parrots, and mounds and mounds of garbage–as twenty-first-century objective correlatives John Keats might recognize.

But all is not collapse out there. The puny human voice William Faulkner praised in his Nobel acceptance speech sings amidst the 6th Great Extinction. These lyrics and narratives deposit the pleasures of contemporary poetry in the carbon record.

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“STRADA AT HOBCAW” STRADA Easel Video Challenge

July 31st, 2017


Mary Edna climbed the fire tower at Hobcaw Barony to paint plein air for the Strada Easel Video Challenge. She has a ball with her Strada easel on location and back in the studio. Watch for the hilarious ending! This video was compiled from Facebook live videos. Please watch and share so we can go viral!

28th International Cartographic Conference exhibitions in Washington, DC

July 3rd, 2017

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CAGIS) invited us to display art for the 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association, supporting two exhibitions in Washington, DC.

“cARTography” at Wardman Marriott (2660 Woodley Road NW) atrium installation is now open to the public, on display until July 6th at noon. Large-scale silks hang from the gridded ceiling.

“Rising Tides” at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (1632 U Street, NW) opens July 5th, with a public reception Friday, July 7th, 7-9pm, on display until August 26. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday, 11am – 3pm.

See a video shot during the load-in at the Healing Arts Gallery. We are honored to be working with director Spencer Dormitzer and wonderful staff at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery whose mission is to promote physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer.

I have so many friends and colleagues in DC. Please try to catch me while I’m town!