Fran Moyer (1922-2007)
World War II veteran United States Army airfield mechanic Fran Moyer completed her education on the G.I. Bill, in 1952 receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts), Oakland, where she later taught. www.cca.edu
Throughout the 1950s, Moyer focused on liturgical sculpture, working in stone, concrete, monumental hand-carved wood and welded steel, including her fourteen Stations of the Cross, installed at Saint Anselm’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette, California.
Fran Moyer’s rigorous sculpture won awards and critical acclaim, and was exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide, including group shows at the deYoung Museum, San Francisco and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and solo exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of Art (the Oakland Museum of California as of 1969). http://museumca.org/
When Moyer started teaching at the Mendocino Art Center in the early 1960s her sculpture began to exhibit the ironic yet puckish humor which characterized all her later work, including the small format watercolors for which she achieved a second generation of fame, the manic geese, distracted sirens and plump red cows of her Caspar Pond series, her cheerful illustrations of the bloody mayhem of Greek myths and her comic, closely observed cats.
In the 1970s an alter-ego emerged, the irascible artist Honey Glumm, author and illustrator of “Honey Glumm’s Tales for Kiddies”, published serially in The Big River News and gathered in a limited edition book for Fran Moyer’s 2002 Mendocino Art Center retrospective.”
Mendocino old-timers will remember Moyer’s handcarved lifesize “Cigar Store Indian” standing sentinal at the entrance to Zacha’s Bay Window Gallery from 1964 until the mid-1980s when the sculpture was kidnapped. Bill Zacha’s daughter Lucia says it broke her father’s heart. A reward is offered for a safe return. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
– Carol Goodwin Blick (2008)