New oils from Sperry Chalet

November 2nd, 2015

Small plein air oil paintings on panel can be seen here, at the gallery on my website. These oils will be featured at Jericho Arts opening November 12, 2015 and are available as 6″ giclée prints.

On the way to Gunsight Pass

On the way to Gunsight Pass

Sperry Glacier panorama

Sperry Glacier panorama

Plein air painting

Plein air painting

Sperry Chalet

Sperry Chalet

Sperry Chalet staff

Sperry Chalet staff

Mules bring in supplies

Mules bring in supplies

Loving the moment

Loving the moment

After a strenuous hike through lush cedar and hemlock forests, I’m welcomed by the camaraderie of the staff at the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park. Two of the more ambitious hikes in the backcountry are to the Continental Divide at Gunsight Pass and the Sperry Glacier Trail. The Great Northern Railway opened the chalet in 1914. No roads, electricity, or telephone made this the perfect place for an artist to work. You can only get in by horse or foot on an arduous trail. It was an honor to have been the artist-in-residence for two extraordinary weeks in August 2015. I’m in process of creating a book of photographs and oil paintings to document this wilderness experience. E-mail me if you’re interested in more information.

“Independent Spirits” open until January 10th, 2016

October 12th, 2015

Abiquiu, batik on silk, 95" x 41.125", featured in "Independent Spirits"

Abiquiu, batik on silk, 95″ x 41.125″

I’m honored to be featured in the exhibition “Independent Spirits” at the Columbia Museum of Art from October 9th-January 10th. Concurrent with this show is “Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story” which I really enjoyed and has an especially interesting audio tour.

In 1990 I had my first flight over the Santa Fe area and photographed the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Rio Grande, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu Lake. Georgia O’Keeffe’s visual voice has influenced my work as an artist and I wanted to have the aerial experience of her beloved home. The incredible landscape with the lake in the foreground was vast and unfamiliar. This silk began with the dyeing of the sky and the resist waxing of the white rocks. Someday I hope to batik and paint an exhibit of impressions seen from jaunts in the sky above New Mexico.

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Panoramas by Mary Edna Fraser of the exhibit at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

March 31st, 2015

I am so excited to be able to exhibit 3 segments of my career’s work with scientists in the elegant City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Over 1000 people went last weekend to see the silks. The show ends on May 3rd and the lecture is Saturday, April 18th at 2pm. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday & Sunday 2-5pm and located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, SC. Above, Between, Below also has 2 films explaining my process and adventures.

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Above, Between, Below

March 17th, 2015

Above, Between, Below panorama

The Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Charleston presents Above, Between, Below by Mary Edna Fraser at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

Opening is Friday, March 20th 5-7 PM and the Artist’s Lecture is Saturday, April 18th at 2 PM.

This exhibition is the largest in Mary Edna’s history and brings together decades of collaboration with scientists, presenting breathtaking perspectives of outer space, earth and deep sea with her signature large scale batiks on silk. She has drawn upon the insights of Planetary Scientist Ted Maxwell, Geologist Orrin Pilkey and Deep Sea Biologist Cindy Lee Van Dover to create images that bring the grandeur of distant environments near to us. Massive batiks fill the atrium and greet the viewer with the feeling of a Bedouin tent. The vibrant draped artworks connect the geologic formations of underwater volcanoes and extraterrestrial spaces with estuaries, deltas, mountain peaks and glacial canyons to provide a greater understanding of our place in the universe.

More details and the curatorial statement by Michael Haga are available on the City Gallery website.

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, SC 29401. Contact Anne Quattlebaum at (843) 958-6484 for more information. Hours during the exhibition are Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM; Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM.

Here is a sneak peak at our installation in progress with Greg Jenkins, Celie Dailey and Anne Quattlebaum.

Above, Between, Below installation at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

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Above, Between, Below installation at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

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The Island Packet publishes article on Fraser’s exhibition on Hilton Head

September 14th, 2014

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.

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Mary Edna Fraser, Flight Patterns at the Atlanta Airport

May 27th, 2014

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

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Ann Long Fine Art features Mary Edna’s batiks on silk

May 20th, 2014

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.
843.577.0447 or [email protected]

Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 11-5, Sunday by appointment

View the invitation and preview the show here.

Moonrise, 105" x 44", batik on silk by Mary Edna Fraser

Moonrise, 105″ x 44″, batik on silk by Mary Edna Fraser

Flight Patterns opens at the Atlanta International Airport

May 7th, 2014

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.

Gulf Oil Spill, 55" x 35"

Gulf Oil Spill, batik on silk, 55″ x 35″

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Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound at Newark Gateway

January 30th, 2014

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.

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Sierra Club Celebration, November 9th, 2013 at Mary Edna’s studio

October 8th, 2013
Sierra Club Celebration invitation

Sierra Club Celebration invitation

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