On View

In the late summer and early fall of 2000, the Art and Rare Book store, More Moe's, sponsored a series of exhibitions in our fourth floor shop featuring the work of three well known graphic artists. The work of each appears regularly in national publications.

Our first artist was Ward Schumaker and set the theme of the three exhibitions - “the fine art works” of three professional commercial artists, which is to say, work done for love and not necessarily money.We titled the series “On View.”

Ward Schumaker’s work has appeared in over 150 periodicals, including the Los Angeles Times, NewYork Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New Yorker, Esquire Japan, and Le Figaro. He has illustratedtwo limited edition letterpress books for the famed Yolla Bolly Press: Two Kitchens in Provence byMFK Fisher, and Paris France by Gertrude Stein. His work on the Stein book won a silver medal fromthe Society of Illustrators. He has received awards from the AIGA, CA Illustration/Design Annuals, Print Magazine, Graphis and American Illustration. His work has been the subject of articles inCommunication Arts, Print, Step-by-Step, Design Journal (Korea), and Portfolio (Japan). With theSmithsonian Institution, Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, he received a FederalDesign Achievement Award.


Our exhibition celebrated the publication of the Paris France book and featured the suite of illustrations Ward executed for the book. In addition More Moe's commissioned a two-color fine letterpress print in an edition of 60 copies, numbered and signed by the artist.

Our second artist of the “On View” series, who coincidentally is married to Ward, was Vivienne Flesher, also a well known commercial artist whose work has frequently appeared in The New York Times. The focus of Vivienne's exhibition was a series of charcoal studies she had produced at the time in a workshop at the San Francisco Art Institute. More Moe's commissioned an Iris print poster of one of her studies, stamped and signed on the obverse by the artist.


The recent work of Vivienne, and well as Ward, can be viewed at warddraw. com.

Our third and final artist for the “On View” exhibition series was Jeffery Decoster, who, like Ward and Vivienne, is quite well known for his commercial illustration work. Jeffery produced a number of beautiful mono-type prints, signed by the artist. The prints themselves featured in the exhibition along side other work and the fantastically painted windows of the More Moe's shop itself.


Recent work of Jeffery can be viewed at jefferydecoster.com, as well as on the website picturemechanics.com, where you will also find the work of Ward and Vivienne.

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