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Dear Friends

July, 2013

Poster design by Michael Vanderbyl

Poster design by Michael Vanderbyl


First of all, HUGE thank you's to all of you who were able to attend our Celebration of Life and those of you who were there in spirit.

Jon Carroll wrote a beautiful reflection on the event, read it  here on SF Gate.

We are gathering more stories and the many photos of the day to share. Please send us yours!

CCA allowed us a fabulous opportunity to Celebrate Life and our dear Michael. For those of you who weren't on the "yes" list, here's some more background on the day. Enjoy.

CCA offered us their beautiful, huge gallery space for both our gathering and an art exhibition. We started counting the new artwork just in our home and studio from the last 10 years, when the number got over 100 pieces, including some design work as well, we went looking to see what else we had framed and ready to show. Besides the amazing work from the first ever SFMOMA graphic design exhibition, we had thirty years of design work from our former San Francisco offices, as well as older studio artwork.


Photo by Karin Hibma

Photo by Karin Hibma


Linked here are two essays written especially for this exhibition:

The first, by Naomie Kremer, looks at Michael's Painting.

The second, by Analisa Goodin, looks at the Drawing series Michael did in the last months of his life, and includes some notes from her interviews with him on life and life's passing.

The Celebration was also blessed by the beautiful music of Carlos Reyes, see some of his other performances here, on his website.

If you would like to make a contribution or donation in memory of Michael, please consider these organizations: California College of the Arts (CCA)Coaching CorpsCook for Your LifeHealthy Child Healthy WorldFutures Without ViolenceCreative SummitAnita Borg Institute for Women and Technology or Dr. Paul Polak's Design for the Other 90%, thank you from and for all.