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[BKARTS] MARTHA HALL



   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 Bowdin 
Colleges. Patrons of Martha Hall's books have made it possible for a second 
printing of the catalog. 

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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