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!
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.
December 5th, 2016
Abby Deering’s article “Sacred geography” about Mary Edna Fraser was published in Elysian magazine, Winter 2016/2017.
“Sacred geography” article by Abby Deering, Elysian Magazine, Winter 2016/2017
December 1st, 2016
PleinAir Magazine Dec/Jan 2017 issue (now available on newsstands) featured my “Akaiyan Falls” oil on panel, framed 8″ x 24″ as 1 of 11 in their series of National Parks Porfolio.
Akaiyan Falls, 8″ x 24″ oil on panel, framed
November 30th, 2016
Mary Edna is the recipient of South Carolina’s highest honor for an artist, The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, 2016. Read more here: http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/verner/2016/artist.shtml
Mary Edna Fraser, photo by Jack Alterman
October 27th, 2016
The Oct/Nov 2016 “Shoreline” Expanded Digital Edition Content of PleinAir Magazine featured Mary Edna Fraser’s large scale “Shem Creek Park” oil on canvas.
View the Shoreline, Digital Expanded Edition Content. Mary Edna’s art is on page 2.
Shem Creek Park, oil on canvas, 32″ x 83.5″
October 25th, 2016
An image of Mary Edna Fraser’s batik on silk “Hurricane Katrina” 50.625” x 53.75” was featured on the first page of the inaugural edition of Anthropocene Magazine, October 2016.
Anthropocene Magazine, October 2016, featuring Mary Edna Fraser’s batik on silk “Hurricane Katrina”
“Hurricane Katrina” batik on silk, hanging on a decorative curtain rod in the studio with silk scarves below
Anthropocene Magazine, October 2016, cover
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.