Whispering Marsh and Rainy Night

August 22nd, 2011

Architect Glenn Keyes and his wife Cyndy commissioned a diptych batik of kimono silk for the home.  Glenn designed the lovely space. The batik was requested to be rendered in blues, greys, tans, greens, some yellow, red, purple, and copper with no pinks or oranges to accommodate the space. I took lots of photographs of their natural surroundings and was able to perceive the way this landscape would look as if from the air.  The photographs led me in both color way and design. I had full freedom to create beautiful art as the clients trusted me. We were both totally happy with the installation.  I waxed out a moon behind a dense rainfall, inspired by the batik “Rainy Night” that the Keyes saw hanging in my studio.

Rainy Night   

Rainy Night                                          Whispering Marsh

Book Signing on Thursday, June 23 for Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press

June 7th, 2011

Come celebrate the publication of Global Climate Change: A Primer, co-authored by Orrin & Keith Pilkey with batik art by Mary Edna Fraser, coinciding with the opening of Our Expanding Oceans at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.  You can buy the book directly from Amazon.com.

Exhibit Premiere, Reception & Book Signing
Opening: Thursday, June 23, 6-9:30 pm

Exhibit dates: June 25-November 6, 2011

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 733-7450, extension 303

Our Expanding Oceans features more than 50 hand-dyed silk batiks by Mary Edna Fraser with explanatory science by Orrin H. Pilkey.

Purchase your tickets to the opening ($10 Friends, $15 General Public) directly from the museum: naturalsciences.org/programs-events/?select=1731

Reflections on Water opens Thursday, June 9th at the Nash Gallery in Minneapolis, MN

June 7th, 2011

Reflections on Water: Recent Works by Mary Edna Fraser, Linda Glass, and Barbara Lee Smith
A featured exhibition in Confluence, the 2011 International Surface Design Conference in Minneapolis
Sponsored by the Surface Design Association (SDA) and the Textile Center

Opening reception: June 9, 5-7 pm
Exhibition dates: June 9-30, 2011
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-6 pm
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Reflect on the power of water and the state of the earth’s ecosystem in a way that heightens awareness and inspires contemplation, hope and action.

Our Expanding Oceans opening at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

June 6th, 2011

Exhibit Premiere & Reception
Thursday, June 23rd, 6-9:30 PM

Join us for an exhibit tour, lecture, book signing, live music, light bites, beer and wine.

For more information, visit naturalsciences.org or call 919.733.7450, extension 303.

You can buy tickets ($10 Friends, $15 General Public) directly from the museum at: http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/?select=1731

The exhibit features more than 50 hand-dyed silk batiks. Developed by artist Mary Edna Fraser and scientist Orrin Pilkey.

Exhibit runs June 25-November 6, 2011.

Installation of Kimono Silks

June 3rd, 2011

Here a few shots of the elegant new Kimono Silks up at 214 King Street (The Real Estate Studio) through June 21st. Thank you to all who came out to the opening. We had a great crowd of folks actively observing and talking about the art. You can attend the show Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 12-5.

Installation of Our Expanding Oceans at University of Georgia’s Circle Gallery, Athens, GA

January 11th, 2011

Wall of batiks on silk at the Circle Gallery

Rene Shoemaker looking at her installation of Mary Edna's art

John Sperry cleaning glass display case in gallery

Our Expanding Oceans: Batiks by Mary Edna Fraser at UGA’s Circle Gallery

January 5th, 2011

South Carolina batik artist Mary Edna Fraser will bring her unique environmental artwork to the Circle Gallery January 10th, 2011, where it will stay on exhibit until February 18th. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, February 17th, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Fraser’s work is a compelling blend of art and science, an exploration of the earth’s oceans and shorelines as they experience climate change. Her methods are an intruiguing part of the creation of her elegant interpretation: Using aerial photographs she makes from the 1946 Ercoupe plane that belonged to her grandfather, Fraser explores planet with an artist’s sensibility. Satellite imagery and modern dye technology are integral to these distinctive silks. Color, abstract form and expression create lively works that can let us “see” our oceans in a whole new way.

Mary Edna Fraser works in conjunction with Orrin Pilkey, geology professor emeritus from Duke University, studying the changes in shorelines along the Southeast coast and beyond. Their collaboration is meant to “share scientific information in a way that will both educate and inspire,” according to Fraser. The exhibit comes to the Circle Gallery from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, N.C.

Fraser’s artwork has been featured at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Charleston International Airport, and other public settings, as well as in books produced with Orrin Pilkey.

The Circle Gallery is located on the ground floor of Caldwell Hall across from Denmark Hall on the North Campus of the University of Georgia. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. The gallery is part of the College of Environment and Design and exists to inspire students of landscape architecture, planning and historic preservation, as well as the general public. The library and gallery are open daily from 8:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays. This exhibit is free; everyone welcome.

For more information, please contact the Owens Library and Circle Gallery at 706-542-8292.

Artist Reception at McKissick Museum

November 3rd, 2010

“The Art of Environmental Awareness” will be on display at McKissick Museum through December 14 in the north gallery, on the second floor of the museum. A reception with Orrin Pilkey and artist talk is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 12.

Environmental art comes to McKissick Museum

September 3rd, 2010

McKissick Museum presents “The Art of Environmental Awareness: The Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser” beginning August 14.

All exhibits at the museum are free and open to the public.

Mary Edna Fraser

Fraser uses batiks, a form of earthworks and an ancient medium of waxing and hand dyeing cloth to express climate change and its long-term effects on the environment. Earthworks, a new style of environmental art, emerged in the 1960’s drawing parallels between traditional art in museums, gallery, and the environment.

Early in her career, Fraser recorded landscapes as an artistic expression and focused on the coastlines of the Carolinas. She noticed changes in the earth and became inspired by the land, water and sky. Her works are topographical, and reflect large to-scale pieces like barrier islands, coastal regions and in-land rivers, which reflect the dynamic look and feel of the diversity in the landscapes.

“The Art of Environmental Awareness” will be on display at McKissick Museum through December 14 in the north gallery, on the second floor of the museum. A reception and artist talk is set for 5:30 p.m. November 12.

McKissick Museum is located on the University’s historic Horseshoe. Parking is available in the garage located at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is closed Sundays and holidays.

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Terraqueous Silks

March 24th, 2010

Florence Museum of Art, Science and History

March 13 – May 23 2010