Holden Beach commission completed for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

February 22nd, 2012

Located in Raleigh, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences hosted the initial Our Expanding Oceans collaborative exhibition, as well as a smaller Aerial Inspirations show in their Nature Art Gallery, in 2011. Now Mary Edna’s art will be a part of their permanent collection with her newly completed commission, Holden Beach.  Please click to enlarge this image.

Holden Beach, North Carolina, batik on silk, 92″ x 34.75″

“Aerial Inspirations” opens November 4th at the Nature Art Gallery

November 1st, 2011

“Backwater” batik on silk 50″ x 14″

Complimenting the closing of Our Expanding Oceans at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, Aerial Inspirations opens in the Nature Art Gallery, the museum’s exhibit space upstairs from the gift shop.  Meet the artist on First Friday, November 4, 6:30-8:30 pm.  Our Expanding Oceans closes November 6th, but will be viewable until 7 pm during the opening of Aerial Inspirations.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

11 West Jones St.  Raleigh, NC 27601

919.733.7450

State of Change blog covers “Our Expanding Oceans”

October 4th, 2011

States of Change, a blog by Climate Central, has posted an extensive article about my work: From the Front Lines of Climate: Mary Edna Fraser.

Climate Central is an independent, non-profit journalism and research organization. They are dedicated to connecting mainstream America with the realities of climate change.  Their content has been broadcast, published, or otherwise used by organizations including PBS, The Weather Channel, The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, MSNBC, TIME.com, Scientific American, Parade, and National Geographic.

Expanding coverage of “Global Climate Change”

August 17th, 2011

Global Climate Change: A Primer has gotten an abundance of recent media exposure, including:
“Duke professor Orrin Pilkey takes on the deniers in Global Climate Change: A Primer”, Independent Weekly, Durham, NC, by Gerry Canavan
“The art of climate change”, CNET News, by Leslie Katz
“Authors present climate change argument”, Salisbury Post, NC, by Deirdre Parker Smith
“Expanding Oceans: Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser”, Deep Blue Home, by Julia Whitty
“Rising Oceans, a Story in Batik”, Mother Jones, San Francisco, by Julia Whitty

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

Mary Edna and John Sperry observe "Global Perception"

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
naturalsciences.org

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

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.

Preview show of Our Expanding Oceans opens at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

March 28th, 2011

Our Expanding Oceans

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

June 25 – November 6, 2011

Preview beginning March 23, 2011

Mary Edna Fraser and Orrin H. Pilkey continue their collaboration with the comprehensive art and science installation, Our Expanding Oceans.  Designed to educate about the major elements of global climate change, 60 batiks with accompanying text give an overview of subjects such as sea level rise, ocean acidification, and glacier and sea ice melting.  They examine the content of their newest book co-authored by Orrin’s son Keith Pilkey, Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press, to be published in June.

Thank you Ricky and Steve for such a great installation!

Homage to Hokusai II hangs next to whale bones

From left to right: Core Banks (NC), Self Portrait, Oak Island (NC), and Flying North

From left to right: Oak Island (NC), Flying North, and Homage to Hokusai II

A portion of Global Perception (seen above) is hanging near the gift shop (pictured below).  It is an adaptation of Buckminster Fuller’s 1930 Dymaxion Map in which major land masses are their relative size on a world globe without grossly distorting shape.

Truly a spectacularly large artwork, on display is only a small section of the batik sculpture thought to be the largest in the world.

Homage to Hokusai II

March 18th, 2011

Mary Edna just completed her depiction of Hokusai’s great oceanic wave. She will be installing this work and other large-scale batiks on silk at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC as a preview for the upcoming comprehensive exhibition, Our Expanding Oceans. In collaboration with geologist Orrin H. Pilkey, the show will examine the content of their book, Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press, to be published in June.

Our Expanding Oceans

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

June 25 – November 6, 2011

Preview beginning March 23, 2011


Homage to Hokusai II, batik on silk, 53 x 43 inches

“Many of my batiks are prayer flags and Homage to Hokusai II is dedicated to those in the wake of the Japanese tsunami.” -Mary Edna Fraser

ECU’s magazine spotlights Mary Edna

February 23rd, 2011

East, the magazine of East Carolina University, promotes Mary Edna Fraser’s upcoming exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, June 25, 2011 – May 2012.

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