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By May of this year, Chamberlin's Liberty Loft condo was filled with sketches for Martin to review. Some were almost like finished paintings, some were very rough sketches, and one was a torn-paper collage. Martin gave his approval and the artists went to work.

The collection includes a gorgeous pastel of Argo Cascades by Observer cover artist Laura Strowe--"she waited until the black-eyed susans were in bloom," says Chamberlin. Jill Wagner painted Washtenaw Dairy, Marty Walker took on the Rock at Washtenaw and Hill, and WanChuan Kesler did a haunting rendering of Nickels Arcade. Other scenes include Martin's own First National Building and the Big House at night--Martin oversaw its renovation during his ten years as U-M athletic director.

Martin says he's spent close to $100,000 on the project. By early November, a relieved Chamberlin reported, all the works were finished and stored in an empty condo in Liberty Lofts.

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