April 21st, 2017
February 23rd, 2017
Longtime friend Joni Vanderslice at J. Banks Design commissioned a large-scale print installation for The Boundary at Moreland Village in Bluffton, SC. Rick Rhodes photographed the original “Hobcaw Barony” (batik on silk) at their Discovery Center in Georgetown, SC. Mary Edna’s assistant Celie Dailey digitally stitched the images of the multi-panel batik art. It was printed on an 18’2″ x 3’8″ canvas, at such high resolution that it looks like the original herringbone silk.
Many thanks to Joni and Laura Page at J. Banks, Rick Rhodes Photography and Celie for all their support!
December 6th, 2016
“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
Hummocks, oil on panel, 4″ x 12″
December 5th, 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!
August 12th, 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.
June 21st, 2016
Ashley River, our first rug, has just arrived! Two more rugs translated from batik on silk designs are currently in the works. Please inquire about price or make an appointment to come by the studio. Special orders for custom sizes and unique designs are available. Thanks to Nathan Tucker with his Lapchi Chicago team and the skilled weavers in Nepal for their expertise in producing these high quality rugs.
Each design is a limited edition of 100, numbered and signed by the artist, Mary Edna Fraser. Atelier Lapchi uses true Chinese silk, a renewable resource, dyed in small batches with Procion MX dyes, the same chemistry that Fraser uses for her original batiks on silk. Cotton sourced in Kathmandu, where the rugs are made, provides the warp and weft fibers onto which the silk is hand knotted. No latex or any coating is applied to the back, making a more environmentally friendly rug that will not yellow or harden, becoming an antique over time. Each loop knot is wrapped tightly around its warp and weft, making a beautiful enduring backing, finished with panels of cotton hand-sewn for a protective edge.
Each rug is certified by Goodweave.org to ensure that no child labor is used in the making of the product. Educational programs funded by Goodweave.org help children through “rehabilitation, day-care, literacy, formal schooling and vocational training” and they cite 3,700 children freed from the textile industry through their efforts.
Ashley River, 5′ x 3′ silk rug, Mary Edna Fraser, Atelier Lapchi, made in Nepal, 2016
May 17th, 2016
Opening today June 21, 2016 and running through August 22, 2016, the exhibit “Waterscapes” will benefit Charleston Waterkeeper. A portion of proceeds go to the non-profit organization with Diamonds Direct charging no commission on the sale of art. Mary Edna Fraser has been an ongoing supporter of the work of Charleston Waterkeeper and currently building a coalition to improve the water quality of her creek on James Island. Batiks on silk and new oil paintings grace the showroom space.
April 30th, 2016
The Power of Nature, oil on linen, 32” x 83.5”, installation by Celie Dailey
In the collection of MUSC’s College of Nursing, this oil on linen of a storm on Sullivan’s Island had special appeal to Dean Gail Stuart whose textbooks on psychiatric nursing seek to deal with the mind and body holistically. The tumultuous waves in the painting create a panoramic window in the institutional space. Stuart has featured Fraser’s images—batiks of outerspace, monotypes and moonscapes—in three editions of her Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Nursing, published by Elsevier in 2004, 2009 and 2010. This is Fraser’s first large scale work of art in oil.
April 15th, 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.
April 10th, 2016
Shem Creek Park, oil on canvas, floating, 32” x 83.5”
Mary Edna’s Floating World
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.
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
Coastal Conservation League
Coastal Community Foundation
Sierra Club Robert Lunz Group
South Carolina Environmental Law Project