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

Batik workshop at the University of North Texas

October 25th, 2016

The Fibers Department of the University of North Texas sponsored a 2-day batik workshop for graduate students facilitated by their professor Amie Adelman. The students were amazing. I hope to return to Denton to teach monotyping and have an exhibition.

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

UNT workshop with Mary Edna Fraser

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

Batik workshop at the Columbia Museum of Art

October 20th, 2015

I had such a good time with this group of talented women at the Columbia Museum of Art on October 17th & 18th. My asthma is making it difficult for me to continue giving workshops in batik so this may be my last. My heart goes out to all in South Carolina affected by the flood.

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CATEGORIES: Educational, Lecture, Process, Workshop |

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

SPIN Silk Festival in Santa Fe July 22-27 featuring Mary Edna as teacher and speaker

February 13th, 2012

Sign up for the SPIN Silk Festival and receive entry to workshops, lectures, and special events.  The 6-day full package event features catered meals, evening activities, and housing.  You can also sign up for workshops without attending the whole festival.  On-site registration is also available on Monday, July 22nd, as long as the conference is not full.

Two two-day workshops to learn Mary Edna’s unique methods of batik are still open but filling fast.  Only ten students per class.  Read an overview of the workshop, Mapping Your Personal Landscape, here: http://silkinsantafe.com/maryedna_fraser.htm.

Mary Edna is a keynote speaker on the first day of the festival, Monday, July 22nd.

On Wednesday, July 25th, the afternoon will be open to travel to the Albuquerque Balloon Museum to see an installation of Mary Edna’s batiks.

North of Beaufort, batik on silk, 74″ x 36″

CATEGORIES: Art Work, Batiks, Exhibitions, Lecture, News |

Mary Edna and Orrin Pilkey lecture at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY, Friday, January 20th, 7 pm

January 17th, 2012

Global warming lecture set” by Scott Cornell was published by The Poughkeepsie Journal this morning, Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in anticipation of Fraser and Pilkey’s arrival at the Cary Institute. The article is quoted below:

Duke University professor Orrin H. Pilkey and environmental artist Mary Edna Fraser will discuss their book “Global Climate Change: A Primer” when the institute presents “Global Climate Change: What Every Citizen Needs to Know” at 7 p.m. Friday in their auditorium at 2801 Sharon Turnpike in Millbrook.

The discussion will not be the first time the institute hosts a lecture on the hot-button issue of global warming, communications program assistant Pamela Freeman said.

“Given the importance of global climate change, a number of our offerings have touched on the topic,” she said. “The Pilkey lecture will be provocative because he will tackle popular anti-warming arguments head-on, using the best peer-reviewed science available.”

The upcoming lecture is part of the Cary Institute’s monthly discussions on environmental topics that include global warming, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, urban ecology and the Hudson River, Freeman said. The institute also offers weekend education programs.

Orrin and Mary Edna lecture at the Cary Institute, New York, January 20th

January 5th, 2012

Orrin Pilkey and Mary Edna Fraser will discuss the politics of climate science and the damage being caused by rising CO2—from ocean acidification to melting glaciers—at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies. Join us on January 20th at the the Cary Institute’s auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.