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

“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!

Sumter “Lowcountry” opening and artist talk tonight!

February 23rd, 2017

“Lowcountry” Silks & Oils
February 23 – April 21
Opening reception February 23rd, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Artist talk 6:30 pm
Sumter County Gallery of Art
Sumter, SC

Hummocks, oil on panel, 4″ x 12″

Edisto Island Preservation Alliance exhibit and talk

December 6th, 2016

As guest speaker for the Edisto Island Preservation Alliance Annual Meeting, I put up a one-day exhibit for my talk “Mary Edna Fraser, Artist, Environmentalist” on November 6th, 2016. Cecelia Dailey helped hang the batiks in their beautiful old barn. What a wonderful group of environmentally-minded folks gathered to continue conservation of the ACE Basin!

"Mary Edna Fraser, Artist, Environmentalist" Edisto Island Preservation Alliance Annual Meeting, November 2016

"Mary Edna Fraser, Artist, Environmentalist" Edisto Island Preservation Alliance Annual Meeting, November 2016

"Mary Edna Fraser, Artist, Environmentalist" Edisto Island Preservation Alliance Annual Meeting, November 2016

"Mary Edna Fraser, Artist, Environmentalist" Edisto Island Preservation Alliance Annual Meeting, November 2016

Mary Edna Fraser exhibits with photographer Cecelia Naomi Dailey at Spring Island, SC

December 5th, 2016

Mary Edna Fraser’s oils paintings, both plein air and large scale studio pieces, capture the vibrancy of the lowcountry landscape. Cecelia Naomi Dailey‘s photographs use a camera-less technique called lumens, where plant materials are collected and laid on top of photo paper to create a light impression. Both artists extensively research and ground-truth the locations they depict in their chosen media. Fraser is known for her aerial imagery and working with Duke geologist Orrin Pilkey to educate the public on the fragile coast. Dailey works with Citadel botanist Richard Porcher on books and multi-media presentations which explore the relationship between culture and natural history. Spring Island hosted the two as artists in residence where they stayed for a week (November 6-12th, 2016) exploring the woods and marshlands as inspiration for their work. Their collaborative talk “Artists as Activists” and exhibition opening was November 9th.

Mary Edna Fraser and Cecelia Naomi Dailey, Spring Island Artists in Residence, exhibition November 9, 2016

Cecelia Naomi Dailey, Spring Island Artist in Residence, exhibition November 9, 2016

Mary Edna Fraser, Spring Island Artist in Residence, exhibition November 9, 2016

Mary Edna Fraser, Spring Island Artist in Residence, exhibition November 9, 2016

Mary Edna Fraser, Spring Island Artist in Residence, exhibition November 9, 2016
Mary Edna Fraser and Cecelia Naomi Dailey, Spring Island Artists in Residence, exhibition November 9, 2016

Cecelia Naomi Dailey, Spring Island Artist in Residence, exhibition November 9, 2016

PleinAir Magazine features “Akaiyan Falls”

December 5th, 2016

PleinAir Magazine Dec/Jan 2017 issue (now available on newsstands) featured my “Akaiyan Falls” oil on panel, framed 8″ x 24″ as 1 of 11 in their series of National Parks Porfolio.

Akaiyan Falls, 8" x 24" oil on panel, framed

Akaiyan Falls, 8″ x 24″ oil on panel, framed

CATEGORIES: Art Work, News, Oil Paintings |

PleinAir Magazine features Mary Edna’s oil painting

November 30th, 2016

The Oct/Nov 2016 “Shoreline” Expanded Digital Edition Content of PleinAir Magazine featured Mary Edna Fraser’s large scale “Shem Creek Park” oil on canvas.

View the Shoreline, Digital Expanded Edition Content. Mary Edna’s art is on page 2.

Shem Creek Park, oil on canvas, 32" x 83.5"

Shem Creek Park, oil on canvas, 32″ x 83.5″

CATEGORIES: Art Work, News, Oil Paintings |

Hobcaw Barony’s firetower view has come to an end

October 24th, 2016

Hobcaw Barony’s firetower blew down in our recent storm, Hurricane Matthew. It marks the end of an era in my painting. One of my favorite things to do is paint plein air from an elevation point. Here are the first two oils done at Hobcaw Barony from this location. “From the Firetower I” was just acquired by Beth Thomas.

From the Firetower II, oil on panel, framed, 8” x 24”

From the Firetower II, oil on panel, framed, 8” x 24”

From the Firetower I, oil on panel, framed, 12” x 12” SOLD

From the Firetower I, oil on panel, framed, 12” x 12” SOLD

CATEGORIES: Art Work, News, Oil Paintings, Process |

Hobcaw Barony oil paintings

August 17th, 2016

I climbed the firetower in the heat of summer at Hobcaw to make small paintings en plein air for several days. Inspired, I returned to the studio with digital panoramic photographs and produced two large 20″ x 60″ oils on canvas. Email or give a call to come by the studio to see the new work.

Hobcaw Nocturne, oil on canvas, 20" x 60"

Hobcaw Nocturne, oil on canvas, 20″ x 60″

High Tide, oil on canvas, 20" x 60"

High Tide, oil on canvas, 20″ x 60″

Mary Edna Fraser painting in the studio

Mary Edna Fraser painting in the studio

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Mary Edna’s “Waterscapes” mentioned in the Island Packet

July 7th, 2016
Shem Creek Park, oil on canvas, floating, 32” x 83.5”

Shem Creek Park, oil on canvas, floating, 32” x 83.5”

The article “Lowcountry artists have big things happening in Charleston” by Nancy K. Wellard was published by the Island Packet on July 6, 2016. Fraser’s exhibition at Diamonds Direct, a fundraiser for Charleston Waterkeeper, was described by Wellard:

And then move on to “Waterscapes,” an exhibit of stunning, monumental batiks on silk, along with some new oil paintings by artist, Mary Edna Fraser, who spent a number of years pursuing her artistic focus on Hilton Head Island.

She now works daily in her studio, nestled in a wooded setting, just 10 minutes off the beaten track from downtown Charleston. Happily, she remains in close touch with island galleries, artist friends, particularly, and continues to expand the portrayal of her artist’s focus about her reverence and appreciation for our planet, generally, and its waterways, specifically.

A collection of her astonishing batik work, “Waterscapes,” was selected by Charleston’s Diamonds Direct, to be featured in the inaugural exhibit in their location. The thrillingly intimate, strikingly personal show is fully in place, and you must take in every piece.

The younger Mary Edna Fraser, developed her appreciation for waterways, and the way they converge at water’s edge, forming patterns with fingers of land, when she peered down from the side of the open cockpit of a small airplane. That unusual perspective, many years ago, contributed completely to her interest, in her adult years, to a greater understanding and appreciation for our Lowcountry settings.

Over time, Fraser’s interest in representing those perspectives artistically, led to her now acknowledged and award-winning, monumental work in batik — batik on silk, particularly.

“Batik is a process that started in Java, and predates written records,” Fraser said. “It’s a dye resist process in which I apply removable wax to fabric, in my case, silk. I create areas that will repel dye while the unwaxed areas will absorb my color choices.”

Recently, satellites and space imagery have further expanded Fraser’s range of content to the extent that she has added barrier islands, river deltas, mountains, glaciers and landscapes to her body of work, with astonishing technical precision.

“But most especially, I work from my own aerial photograph — oh, and with maps and charts,” she said.

Apart from the vibrant and light-filled beauty we all find in her batik work, she has been recognized by the Planetary Geologists of NASA and the Smithsonian Institute for her artistic accomplishments.


The exhibition is open through August 22, 2016 at Diamonds Direct, 1911 Hwy 17 N, Mount Pleasant.

Homage to William Morris II, batik on silk by Mary Edna Fraser, 57.5" x 14"

Homage to William Morris II, batik on silk by Mary Edna Fraser, 57.5″ x 14″