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

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!

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

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″

Blue, Blue Planet installation at Out of Line Gallery, Chicago

April 30th, 2016

Mapanare blog posted about the short exhibition Blue, Blue Planet in Chicago featuring Mary Edna Fraser, Michelle Stone, and Diane Jaderberg at Ayala Leyser’s Out of Line Gallery.

Mary Edna Fraser installation at Out of Line Gallery, Chicago

Mary Edna Fraser installation at Out of Line Gallery, Chicago

Mary Edna Fraser installation at Out of Line Gallery, Chicago

Martin Gallery features Mary Edna’s newest large scale oils

April 15th, 2016
Shem Creek Park, oil on canvas, floating, 32” x 83.5”

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

Mary Edna’s Floating World

Martin Gallery
18 Broad St, Charleston
Friday, May 6th 5-8pm opening during the Art Walk
Daily hours 10am-6pm
Concurrent with Spoleto Festival USA

Batiks on silk and large scale oils are installed in their atrium-like interior. Giclée prints, books and scarves are also available.

Circular Church opens to the public for one week to exhibit “Visual Prayers for Earth Day”

April 10th, 2016
Boston II, batik on silk, 43” x 98”

Boston II, batik on silk, 43” x 98”

Visual Prayers for Earth Day

in the Tibetan tradition of hanging banners meant to bless and heal

Circular Congregational Church
150 Meeting St, Charleston
Viewing April 25th-29th 10am-2pm
Opening Friday, April 22nd 5:30-8pm – Meet the artist & community leaders

Blue Bicycle Books
Charleston Waterkeeper
Coastal Conservation League
Coastal Community Foundation
Sierra Club Robert Lunz Group
South Carolina Environmental Law Project