Local Charleston Treasure, Mary Edna Fraser, Returns
Many of you who live and visit Charleston are aware of Mary Edna Fraser but you might not know it- you’ve probably seen her batiks draped from the ceilings at the Charleston airport. Even before I put a face and name to the art I was taken in by their beauty. The Real Estate Stdudio is proud to have her return after her last exhibit over a year ago. At our downtown space- it’s so much more than an office, it’s a showcase of the Charleston lifestyle- Mary Edna will be sharing her new series on narrow vintage kimono silk. The artist says it’s intimate in scale and draws from the visual memory of her aerial perspective. The art depicts a floating world.
There will be a Meet the Artist reception Thursday, May 12 from 6-10 at the Real Estate Studio located at 214 King Street. Please stop by and enjoy the unique ambiance. If you cannot make the reception, her work will be on display there seven days a week from May 12- June 21. You can call for hours before stopping in (843)722-5618. You’ll be glad you met this Renaissance woman extraordinaire.
Mary Edna is one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met. She is a devoted artist who spends hours creating works in the ancient medium of batik– a wax resist method of dyeing cloth, she’s also a musician who sings and dabbles in an assorted collection of instruments (banjo, bass, xylophone, guitar…) and is the stationary member (the “Lime” if you will) to a local group of revolving musicans Lime & The Coconuts who can be found playing around town. She’s also involved in conservation of land in the state of South Carolina. And she was a Jeopardy question – “1994-95 she was the first woman to be honored with a one-person exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC”-“Who was Mary Edna Fraser.”
She and her art have traveled the world but next Thursday she’s sharing it with the place she calls home. We hope to see you there!