The Magic Dolphin

April 4th, 2018

Mary Edna Fraser is quoted on the jacket of The Magic Dolphin: A Young Human’s Guide to Beaches, Sea Level Rise and Living with the Sea, by Charles Pilkey with Orrin Pilkey. She writes, “Charles and Orrin Pilkey have once again teamed their stunning art and heart-warming science in a magical, cautionary tale. Youngsters will travel the world on the back of a flying dolphin over Greenland’s melting glaciers and the Pacific Garbage Patch, learning about sea level rise and dynamic beaches. The joyous tour offers hope to all.”

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On the Covers

March 20th, 2018


Mary Edna is pleased to contribute her artwork to appear on the jackets of two recent publications. The first is Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast, by Christine DeLucia (Yale University Press,) featuring “Narragansett Bay” (batik on silk, 66″ x 46″.) The other is On the Mediterranean and the Nile: The Jews of Egypt, by Aimée Israel-Pelletier (Indiana University Press,) featuring “Nile Delta Desert Islands” (batik on silk, 52″ x 36″.)

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Museum of the Earth exhibition extended

February 23rd, 2018

The exhibition Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY has been extended until the first week of June. The show has been a big hit and we are pleased with the response!

Spring Island workshops with Cecelia Dailey and Mary Edna Fraser

February 22nd, 2018

Canna I, lumens photogram, Cecelia Dailey

Lumens photograms in progress, Cecelia Dailey

Cecelia Dailey and Mary Edna Fraser will host consecutive workshops on Spring Island the first week of March. Tuition cost listed below will be reduced with additional students. Folks not living on Spring Island can stay at a hotel Beaufort, SC. Contact Pam Brickell (pbrickell@springisland.com) to reserve your space! Registration ends Monday, February 26th. Email celiedailey@gmail.com or info@maryedna.com for questions. The duo will also have an artists’ reception on March 7th and they will give a trust talk on March 8th on Spring Island, SC.

March 5 & 6 – 2-day Lumens Photography Workshop using Natural Materials with Cecelia Dailey, 9 AM-3 PM, $220 plus $15 materials fee
The camera-less photography technique “lumens” uses direct contact of materials on photo paper to create one-of-a-kind images. Dailey will take students on a nature walk each morning to collect plants, and spend the afternoon processing and arranging material, and some exposures left overnight. Photo papers, both 8 x 10 and 11 x 17, as well as warm tone papers, create a range of artistic options. Students will be invited to make up to multiple prints each day. Dailey will provide technical information on the photographic process, as well as a wealth of knowledge on the local flora. Her work which bridges art and science has been informed through collaborations botanist Richard Porcher. Cecelia Dailey holds a BFA in Filmmaking & Photography, BA in Philosophy, and is currently a Master’s student in Biology at The Citadel. She is an author of numerous articles on art and the environment, and her forthcoming book, The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser, USC Press, is due out in 2019.

March 7, 8, & 9 – 3-Day Landscape Plein Air Workshop with Mary Edna Fraser, 9 AM-3 PM, $350 plus $35 materials fee
This course explores plein air palette knife and brush painting on panel. Choosing your composition, underpainting, glazing, scumbling, transparent vs. opaque oils, adventurous colors, and finding your individual voice are emphasized. Feel free to bring any supplies you enjoy and/or recommended supplies. Mary Edna uses Gamblin oils and their Landscape Palette as well as contemporary Radiant colors. She works on Raymar Claessens #15 Double Primed Linen Panels. A variety of palette knives will be available from Mary Edna to try out during the class. Participants are encouraged to bring a palette knife of their choice. Mary Edna’s materials (a squirt of an oil color, etc) will also be available with the materials cost. You will need sunscreen, hat, bug spray, comfortable clothes, water, snacks, and paper towels. Be prepared to work outdoors. We will have fun!

From Betsy’s Pond, 8″ x 24″ oil on panel, Mary Edna Fraser

Plein air oil painting in progress, Mary Edna Fraser

Meditative, 12″ x 16″ oil on panel, Mary Edna Fraser

Chamber Music Charleston

February 1st, 2018

If you’ve never heard of the Chamber Music Charleston group, they are incredible! I’ll be going for my birthday in March. Upcoming events in 2018 include house concert series every month, and ovation concerts at Dock Street Theater. The batik on silk, Ashley River, was featured on the cover of the current program.

Chamber Music Charleston 2017-2018 program, featuring Mary Edna Fraser's batik on silk "Ashley River"

Chamber Music Charleston 2017-2018 program, featuring Mary Edna Fraser’s batik on silk “Ashley River”

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Watercolors for sale

January 6th, 2018

Here is a sample of watercolors on paper for sale at the studio. There are many works on paper including monotypes which can be framed to your specifications.

We are transitioning to a new website soon! See you there in about a month.

Yellow sun, 18" x 4" pastel on paper, framed

Yellow sun, 18″ x 4″ pastel on paper, framed

 

Ellis Creek 3, watercolor on paper

Ellis Creek 3, watercolor on paper

 

Ellis Creek 2, watercolor on paper

Ellis Creek 2, watercolor on paper

 

Ellis Creek 1, watercolor on paper

Ellis Creek 1, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 30, watercolor on paper

Unknown 30, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 24, watercolor on paper

Unknown 24, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 23, watercolor on paper

Unknown 23, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 22, watercolor on paper

Unknown 22, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 20, watercolor on paper

Unknown 20, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 20, watercolor on paper

Unknown 20, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 10, watercolor on paper

Unknown 10, watercolor on paper

 

Unknown 2, watercolor on paper

Unknown 2, watercolor on paper

 

South Carolina 2, watercolor on paper 2010

South Carolina 2, watercolor on paper 2010

 

Nocturne, 5.5" x 19" pastel on paper, framed

Nocturne, 5.5″ x 19″ pastel on paper, framed

 

Natahala, watercolor on paper

Natahala, watercolor on paper

 

Maine 10, watercolor on paper

Maine 10, watercolor on paper

 

Maine 7, watercolor on paper

Maine 7, watercolor on paper

 

France, watercolor on paper 2010

France, watercolor on paper 2010

 

France, watercolor on paper 2010

France, watercolor on paper 2010

 

Maine 9, watercolor on paper

Maine 9, watercolor on paper

 

Early, 22" x 45" pastel and watercolor on paper, framed, Mary Edna Fraser

Early, 22″ x 45″ pastel and watercolor on paper, framed, Mary Edna Fraser

 

Mysterious Ocean Floor, 11" x 13.5" watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis

Mysterious Ocean Floor, 11″ x 13.5″ watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis

 

Deformation Zone, watercolor on paper, Barbados, RV Atlatis 2012

Deformation Zone, watercolor on paper, Barbados, RV Atlatis 2012

 

Bajan Mud Volcanoes, watercolor on paper, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

Bajan Mud Volcanoes, watercolor on paper, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

 

Volcanoes, 6.5" x 6.5" watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

Volcanoes, 6.5″ x 6.5″ watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

 

Map Room, 11" x 13.5" watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

Map Room, 11″ x 13.5″ watercolor on paper, framed, Barbados, RV Atlantis 2012

Anthropocene Blues

August 30th, 2017

“Anthropocene Blues” by Jack Lane, cover art by Mary Edna Fraser

You can purchase the poetry book “Athropocene Blues” on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Anthropocene-Blues-Poems-John-Lane/dp/0881466255/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504122531&sr=8-1&keywords=anthropocene+blues

In the story of the earth, geologists tell us that around 12,000 years ago the planet shifted from the Pleistocene to the Holocene. There probably were poets to sing about that change, but of what they sang, we have no records. Even earlier, paintings on cave walls point toward an artistic response from our upstart species. These early artists painted the Pleistocene’s last great ice age herds thundering past.

Now John Lane’s traveling geologist sings a dawning epoch’s blues. The Anthropocene is upon us, and his poems show how humans believe they have become “the planet’s boss, the big chief, the emperor of air, diesel fuel, bow thrusters, and tax shelters…”

And if you don’t believe the times are changing, consider these poems–full of dead-on-the-road groundhogs and radial tires, carbon-spewing adventure travel, masturbating parrots, and mounds and mounds of garbage–as twenty-first-century objective correlatives John Keats might recognize.

But all is not collapse out there. The puny human voice William Faulkner praised in his Nobel acceptance speech sings amidst the 6th Great Extinction. These lyrics and narratives deposit the pleasures of contemporary poetry in the carbon record.

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“STRADA AT HOBCAW” STRADA Easel Video Challenge

July 31st, 2017


Mary Edna climbed the fire tower at Hobcaw Barony to paint plein air for the Strada Easel Video Challenge. She has a ball with her Strada easel on location and back in the studio. Watch for the hilarious ending! This video was compiled from Facebook live videos. Please watch and share so we can go viral!

28th International Cartographic Conference exhibitions in Washington, DC

July 3rd, 2017

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CAGIS) invited us to display art for the 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association, supporting two exhibitions in Washington, DC.

“cARTography” at Wardman Marriott (2660 Woodley Road NW) atrium installation is now open to the public, on display until July 6th at noon. Large-scale silks hang from the gridded ceiling.

“Rising Tides” at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (1632 U Street, NW) opens July 5th, with a public reception Friday, July 7th, 7-9pm, on display until August 26. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday, 11am – 3pm.

See a video shot during the load-in at the Healing Arts Gallery. We are honored to be working with director Spencer Dormitzer and wonderful staff at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery whose mission is to promote physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer.

I have so many friends and colleagues in DC. Please try to catch me while I’m town!

“Force of Nature” feature in Charleston Magazine

May 15th, 2017

Mary Edna is so honored for her most recent work, from oil painting to climate change activism, to be featured in the May 2017 issue of Charleston Magazine. Many thanks to Stephanie Hunt for the brilliant writing, to Leigh Weber for the stunning photography, and especially to editor Darcy Shankland for inclusion in CM. Read the full article and view photos here on their site…