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

Blue, Blue Planet

April 5th, 2016
Murray River, Australia, batik on silk, 31” x 27.75”

Murray River, Australia, batik on silk, 31” x 27.75”

Out of Line Gallery

2812 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago
Thursday, April 28th open noon-5pm
Friday, April 29th open noon-5pm
Friday, April 29th 5:30pm Climate Change from an Artist’s Eye followed by discussion

Installation of “Silks & Oils” at Jericho Art Gallery

February 13th, 2016
Installation at Jericho Arts with Celie Dailey

Installation at Jericho Arts with Celie Dailey

Batiks on silk at Jericho Arts (from left) Edisto V 42" x 14", Over the ACE 42" x 14", Supermoon 41" x 14", and Historic Charleston 42" x 34"

Batiks on silk at Jericho Arts (from left) Edisto V 42″ x 14″, Over the ACE 42″ x 14″, Supermoon 41″ x 14″, and Historic Charleston 42″ x 34″

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from top) Reflections 9" x 12", Smolder 9" x 12", and assorted unframed paintings

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from top) Reflections 9″ x 12″, Smolder 9″ x 12″, and assorted unframed paintings

"August" (sold) oil on panel, triptych, 22” x 30” at Jericho Arts

“August” (sold) oil on panel, triptych, 22” x 30” at Jericho Arts

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from top left) Dreamscape 12” x 12”, Cypress Swamp 6" x 30", Interpretive (sold) 10" x 20" and (from top right) Vert 5" x 7", Congregation 10" x 8", Duo 7" x 5"

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from top left) Dreamscape 12” x 12”, Cypress Swamp 6″ x 30″, Interpretive (sold) 10″ x 20″ and (from top right) Vert 5″ x 7″, Congregation 10″ x 8″, Duo 7″ x 5″

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts  (from left) Morning Light 10" x 10", Rain Approaching  5" x 7" (top right), Little Edisto (sold) 5" x 7" (bottom right)

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from left) Morning Light 10″ x 10″, Rain Approaching 5″ x 7″ (top right), Little Edisto (sold) 5″ x 7″ (bottom right)

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from left) Autumnal Equinox 8" x 10" (top), Enigmatic Atlantic 8" x 10" (bottom), Anamnesis 16" x 20", Lightsome 12" x 12" (top), From the Firetower I 12" x 12" (bottom), Changing Tide 8" x 10" (top) Through the Rain (sold) 8" x 10" (bottom)

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from left) Autumnal Equinox 8″ x 10″ (top), Enigmatic Atlantic 8″ x 10″ (bottom), Anamnesis 16″ x 20″, Lightsome 12″ x 12″ (top), From the Firetower I 12″ x 12″ (bottom), Changing Tide 8″ x 10″ (top) Through the Rain (sold) 8″ x 10″ (bottom)

“Goat Rock” oil on panel, 24” x 8” (left) and “Sprague Creek” (sold) oil on panel, framed, 24” x 8” (right) at Jericho Arts

“Goat Rock” oil on panel, 24” x 8” (left) and “Sprague Creek” (sold) oil on panel, framed, 24” x 8” (right) at Jericho Arts

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from top) James Island Bank II 10" x 8", Edwards Ridge (sold) 4" x 12", Seven Sisters (sold) 4" x 12", and Supermoon 10" x 8" (bottom)

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from top) James Island Bank II 10″ x 8″, Edwards Ridge (sold) 4″ x 12″, Seven Sisters (sold) 4″ x 12″, and Supermoon 10″ x 8″ (bottom)

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from top) My Front Yard (sold) 10.25” x 53", Behind Shem Creek II 6" x 30" (left center), Behind Shem Creek I 6" x 30" (right center), Ann Lee's Dock (sold) 8” x 24” (bottom left), From the Firetower II 8" x 24" (bottom center), and Fluorescent Evening 8" x 24" (bottom right)

Oils on panel at Jericho Arts (from top) My Front Yard (sold) 10.25” x 53″, Behind Shem Creek II 6″ x 30″ (left center), Behind Shem Creek I 6″ x 30″ (right center), Ann Lee’s Dock (sold) 8” x 24” (bottom left), From the Firetower II 8″ x 24″ (bottom center), and Fluorescent Evening 8″ x 24″ (bottom right)

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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“Mary Edna Fraser: Above the Earth” by Cecelia Dailey in Fiber Art Now, Fall 2014 issue

September 26th, 2014

Celie Dailey’s 6-page spread in the latest Fiber Art Now issue is beautiful. “Mary Edna Fraser: Above the Earth” coincides with a book she has written, with the editor now at University of South Carolina Press. Celie has managed my artistic career for the past 6 years and brought my work to a worldwide audience. I don’t know what I’d do without her. Through her filmmaking, photography and writing, she has been able to intimately observe my techniques and that’s really nice for an older artist. For my retirement, I plan to teach around the world using Celie’s professional insights.

The article and the upcoming book both feature the batik, Above Mobile Bay, which is to be installed at the new Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, AL.

Above Mobile Bay, photograph by Rick Rhodes

Above Mobile Bay, photograph by Rick Rhodes

Above Mobile Bay, with Celie Dailey, photograph by Rick Rhodes

Above Mobile Bay, with Celie Dailey, photograph by Rick Rhodes

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

Chadwick installation

February 25th, 2014

I’m eternally grateful to Susan Pearlstine for commissioning me to create a work of art which hides her big screen TV. This site-specific piece is the first time that I’ve made my art move, thanks to Brent Havens. The main panel on the left, which covers the screen, is a combination of an aerial view and an on-location shoot from the ground. The trees feel like they’re in a mysterious creek and the Spanish moss gives the batik an atmospheric texture. Two side-by-side verticals are stationary on the right and show a satellite image of Chadwick Road, Charleston. Once the square panel moves behind the two verticals, it makes a whole new work of art. Thanks to Lauren Sanchez, Mark Sloan and Reggie Gibson for helping me with the process of design.

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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“Ethereal Edges” and “Nine Ways to Cross a River” at the Citadel during Piccolo Spoleto

May 14th, 2013

Mary Edna Fraser presents her batiks on silk and didactic process photographs at The Citadel’s Daniel Library, opening May 30, 5:30-7:30pm. Admission is free. She brought together songwriter Dana Downs and author Akiko Busch for a musical performance, reading, and projection of art on May 31 and June 1, 7pm, at The Citadel’s Bond Hall. Tickets are $20; seniors $15. Buy your tickets here: http://www.piccolospoleto.com/?tribe_events=traditional-music-of-the-old-south-nine-ways-to-cross-a-river