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

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.

“Global Skepticism and Global Change” by Orrin & Keith Pilkey published by Berfrois literary magazine

January 11th, 2012

“If the vast majority of scientists believe that humans are directly contributing to climate change, then why do polls show that fewer Americans today see global warming as a serious threat than they did two years ago? This public opinion phenomenon is directly attributable to groups motivated to misinform the public. These groups are commonly funded by the Fossil Fuels industry and they are increasingly becoming worldwide in scope.”–Orrin H. & Keith C. Pilkey

View the full text here:

“Global Skepticism and Global Climate” was published January 10, 2012 by Berfrois literary magazine to promote the vital and timely content of Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press (2011).

Northwest Passage, batik on silk by Mary Edna Fraser, 38.5″ x 54.5″

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.

SciWorks opening on November 12th

November 29th, 2011

“Our Expanding Oceans” is open at SciWorks until February 25th, 2012, and will travel to other locations afterwards. Elizabeth LaBar took these beautiful photos of the exhibit.

SciWorks is located at 400 Hanes Mill Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Call 336-767-6730 for more information.

Durham County Library hosts book signing for “Global Climate Change: A Primer” on November 6th

November 1st, 2011

Sunday, November 6th, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC

What is “Climategate” and why does it concern all of us?  Join Dr. Pilkey, the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of geology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, for a discussion of his new book, Global Climate Change: A Primer. Learn why he believes some people work to obfuscate facts to the harm of all life.  He will be joined by Mary Edna Fraser, whose silk batiks, based often based on satellite images, beautifully illustrate the book. Dr. Pilkey will also briefly discuss The World’s Beaches: A Global Guide to the Science of the Shoreline. Dr. Pilkey and Ms. Fraser will be available for book signings after the reading.

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,, Scientific American, Parade, and National Geographic.

Delete Apathy: Hurricane Irene’s wake

August 30th, 2011

Check out our latest post on Delete Apathy, a venue for creative people to change the political climate of environmental and social policy. We hope to form a pattern for activism in your backyard. Delete Apathy is our signature for various events and includes choreographed dances, musical compositions, and other fine arts, planned for major universities and institutions.

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

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:

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 or call 919.733.7450, extension 303.

You can buy tickets ($10 Friends, $15 General Public) directly from the museum at:

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.