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 Gateway to Glacier

  Mary Edna Fraser

  Artist in Residence at Glacier's Sperry Chalet 





 On Exhibit:  October 4, 2019 to January 4, 2020

 Opening Reception:

 Thursday, October 3,  5:00 - 7:00 PM



Gateway to Glacier

Exploring Glacier National Park as the Sperry Chalet Artist in Residence in August 2015 resulted in fourteen plein air oils on panel and numerous photographs created on location. This exhibition will include oils,  books, batiks on silk, and panoramic images, as well as a scholarly component, bringing attention to conservation of this cherished wilderness.

Geoscientist Orrin H. Pilkey provides the text to accompany Mary Edna's art. Both have been featured by National Geographic, National Academy of Sciences, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The austerity of geology is revealed in the monumental landscape when hiking to the retreating Sperry Glacier and the Continental Divide. Sperry Chalet is a treasure in your backyard, deserving of honor and an invitation for the next generation to visit. Viewing grand vistas and depicting the beauty of a specific place is my forte. This is the beginning of an ongoing project that highlights our country’s National Parks.












 Image credit: Mary Edna Fraser, Alpine Lakes, oil 


Mary Edna Fraser

 The pioneering work of American artist Mary Edna Fraser has been collected and exhibited worldwide. Her large-scale batiks   (an ancient resist process using wax and dye on cloth) feature aerial landscapes, deep ocean waterscapes, and outer space   imagery. Her newest endeavor, oil paintings, use a panoramic perspective to give a sense of the bird’s eye view. The common   thread in her career of four decades is environmental awareness.

 Collaboration with geoscientist Orrin H. Pilkey has yielded numerous traveling exhibitions and two acclaimed texts, Global   Climate Change: A Primer (Duke University Press) and A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands (Columbia University   Press).

Her studio on James Island Creek has hosted Charleston Waterkeeper and the Coastal Conservation League. Her art has supported the efforts of Water Missions International, The Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club. Her blog, Delete Apathy, is a venue for activism, from local to global.

NASA recognized Fraser as their Artist of the Year in 1995 and she was featured demonstrating batik in DC at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. As artist in residence at Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park in 2015, her oil paintings became prominent in her repertoire. The Verner Award was presented in 2016, South Carolina’s highest honor for an artist.

Fraser has lectured internationally in Indonesia, Taiwan, and Australia. Venues such as the National Academy of Sciences, Duke University Museum of Art, and the National Science Foundation have hosted the artist’s over 100 one-woman exhibitions. National Geographic and Ted Turner have broadcast her endeavors. Beginning with the bird’s eye viewpoint of her grandfather’s vintage 1946 Ercoupe plane, she has photographed and seen the bigger picture. Science has become more beautiful and accessible through the lens of Mary Edna Fraser’s art.






 Image credit: Mary Edna Fraser, The Continental Divide, oil on canvas, 12" x 48"

National Parks

Mary Edna has visited 31 National Parks in her 66 years. Photographing from the air, studying maps and satellite imagery, and exploring on the ground inform her work as an environmental artist whose career is devoted to the protection of public landscapes. Fraser’s methods employ painting on location as inspiration for large-scale works, displaying grand vistas and the beauty of a specific place in time.

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