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Holding On. Holding In. The Artist's Books of Martha A. Hall 
In response to those who requested information:

The exhibition of Martha's books is currently at Wellesley College and will 
continue at Bowdoin College (February 3, 2004) and at Yale in 2004. 
The catalogue will also be available at these exhibition.
Copies may be purchased at this time from the Mortimer Rare Book Room 
for $15.00, plus $3.50 for postage. (Checks should be made out to Smith 
> Mortimer Rare Book Room
> Neilson Library
> Smith College
> Northampton, MA 01063
> Tel.: 413-585-2906   
> Fax: 413-585-4486
> Bowdoin College Library
> 3000 College Station
> Brunswick, Maine 04011
> 207-725-3288 
> fax: 207-725-3083
> < The windowsills in Martha and Alan Hall's bedroom are lined with smooth 
> stones, 
> each with a white band running through it, some found, others given. Legend 
> has it 
> amongst lobster fisherman that these stones are a source of power. Martha 
> wrote 
> of the idyllic views from their bed, the views of Dipper's Cove, their 
> garden on 
> Orr’s Island, Maine, and she wore a bracelet made of these stones.
>   On Friday, after fifteen productive, courageous years living with cancer, 
> Martha Hall, wife, mother to Danielle and Gabrielle, book artist and friend 
> peacefully died at home surrounded by her family.
>    Dedicated to speaking the truth about cancer through her books--
> some powerful, others gentle, Martha seemed to tirelessly stretch all of 
> her creative muscles. Her books laugh and cry testimony. 
> Testimony to the cruelty of disease and treatment, the preciousness of life 
> and family, and the power of hope. 
>   This past year, despite failing health, with discerning eye and fierce 
> determination, 
> Martha oversaw the completion of a catalog of her books, continued to 
> produce 
> new works and attended the opening of Holding On. Holding In. 
> The Artist's Books of Martha A. Hall (’71) at the Morgan Gallery
> and Book Arts Gallery at Smith College. This exhibition will travel to 
> Wellesley, 
> Yale and Bowdoin Colleges. Patrons of Martha Hall's books have made a 
> second printing of the catalog possible.
> A memorial service is being planned. The family suggests that donations 
> be sent to the place of Martha's inspiration and creativity:
> Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
> PO Box 518
> Deer Isle, Maine 04627
> Telephone: (207) 348-2306
> haystack@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> With admiration,
> Alice Simpson>>

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