The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in Charleston, SC, Presents Artist’s Talk with Mary Edna Fraser – Apr. 18, 2015

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Join artist Mary Edna Fraser for an informal discussion about her work and technique on Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 2pm at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, SC.  Her new exhibition, “Above, Between, Below,” featuring batiks on silk, which will be on view through May 3, 2015, at the gallery.

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“Above, Between, Below” is an ambitious exhibition of work by Lowcountry artist Fraser, depicting breathtaking perspectives of space, earth and deep sea through her signature large scale batiks on silk. Developed with leading researchers in the fields of planetary science, coastal geology, and oceanography, “Above, Between, Below” bridges cutting-edge science and the living, ancient art of batik to afford a vantage point the human eye and traditional cameras cannot reveal.

Collaborators Ted Maxwell (Planetary Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum), Orrin H. Pilkey (Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University) and Cindy Lee Van Dover (Director of the Duke University Marine Lab) assisted Fraser in developing batiks as a vehicle to share information, to educate and to inspire. The artist has drawn upon their scholarship and insights to develop images that emphasize the fragility of ecosystems and bring the grandeur of distant spaces near to us. Fraser refers to her pieces as “snapshots” in geologic or galactic time and asserts that artists can condense and interpret scientific observations so that viewers may develop a greater understanding of our place in the universe.

Established in 2003, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, is a free and non-profit gallery owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Gallery hours during exhibition dates are Tue.-Fri., 10am – 6pm and Sat.-Sun., noon-5pm.

For more information call 843/958-6484, e-mail to (citygallery@charleston-sc.gov), or visit (www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com).

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