Creek by Creek at City Gallery

Creek by Creek is a collaborative effort by artists Mary Edna Fraser and Jeff Kopish, underscoring the perils of plastic pollution and the importance of protecting the Lowcountry’s unique waterways. Featuring an array of Fraser’s batiks on silk and oil paintings and Kopish’s ceramic and found object sculptures incorporating everything from recycled plastic to actual trash, this exhibition aims to further educate the public on environmental issues through the lens of art, and to remind viewers of the consequences of their own actions within the larger ecological systems of which they are a part.

The artists’ new work, and their ecological concerns, is being presented in concert with three indispensable area groups: Charleston Waterkeeper, the Coastal Conservation League, and the South Carolina Environmental Law Project. Specifically, the exhibition will focus on eight areas of concern: the endangered African American communities of Cainhoy and Phillips, the Beidler Forest Audubon Center and Sanctuary, Captain Sams Spit, Crab Bank, the Great Pee Dee River, Hobcaw Barony, Shem Creek, and James Island Creek.

“My work is not what is important,” says Fraser. “It is the collective work done by all three groups. How they protect what we hold dear… passing the baton to win new battles. This is an environmental activist show to encourage action and counter apathy.”

The installation will be on view Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5pm starting March 18 and closing May 8, 2022 at City Gallery.

[Image & Text Credit: City Gallery]


There are currently four new videos on view at City Gallery (approximately 25 minutes total). You can watch them individually below:

Charleston Waterkeeper at James Island Creek –

Coastal Conservation League at Shem Creek –

SC Environmental Law Project at Captain Sams Spit –

Waties –

Other relevant videos are available to view through Mary Edna’s website HERE.

Listen to an interview with Mary Edna and Orrin Pilkey on Creative Process podcast HERE.

Listen to an interview with Mary Edna on Ohm Radio 96.3 HERE.

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A great article on the continued threat of rising ocean waters on our Atlantic coast.

Refer to the blog for additional information on the exhibit through November 17th on Dewees Island.

High Tide 20″x 60″ oil on canvas, Mary Edna Fraser

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Say NO to I-526 Extension

Silent Retreat 60″ x 20″ oil on canvas 2020

“The environmentally destructive 526 extension plan still looms over Charleston County and our beloved sea islands at a projected cost of close to $800 million and likely much more. The latest cost estimate is $772 million using 2019 dollars, which is more than $50 million higher than the last cost estimate completed four years earlier in 2015 (CCL). The project includes a shocking 6.1 miles of bridges over our Stono River. If you’ve ever picked up trash under the JI Connector, you know what the damaging result of this will be on our river and marine life. 

This plan will destroy 30+ acres of our James Island County Park, and will fill in several acres of wetlands near the Riverland Dr./Maybank intersection, not to mention the destruction of hundreds of acres of marsh, greenspace and trees in rural and suburban areas on Johns and James Islands. (Some 17+ acres of sea islands wetlands will be impacted in the entire project.) 

Please read more about the detrimental impacts of this horribly outdated project at Coastal Conservation League’s website here:

Read the Post and Courier’s editorial opposing the 526 extension here:

Submit your “No Build” comment to SCDOT TODAY or by Oct. 15 and make sure that everyone in your household (18+) does, too. Deadline is October 15. If you need help with talking points, please read CCL’s info at the link above. Comment here: OR Email: ….”

(Text by Susan Milliken)

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