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Barton College in Wilson, NC, Hosts The Scholastic Art Awards For Eastern/Central NC Region – Jan. 31, 2016

January 31, 2016


Barton College in Wilson, NC, will welcome students from across the state to celebrate their creativity at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. This marks the 38th year that Barton College has served as host and regional sponsor for the National Scholastic Art Awards for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region. The featured speaker for the awards ceremony is Dr. Betty McCain, former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Following a reception for Gold Key and Silver Key awardees and their families in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus at 1:30pm, on Sunday, there will be an awards presentation for the award recipients beginning at 2pm. The ceremony is open to student Gold Key and Silver Key recipients, their families, and North Carolina arts teachers and principals. The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be available for public viewing in the Barton Art Galleries beginning Jan. 31, 2016.

Dr. McCain is one of the state’s most popular speakers. She is known for her quick wit, decisive leadership, and Southern charm. She embodies the enthusiasm and energy that fuels North Carolina’s cultural network. In addition to her duties as Secretary, she has served the state through membership with many cultural and philanthropic organizations including, but not limited to, the Board of Directors of the Agency for Public Telecommunications, the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, the Development Committee of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Board of Visitors, the Information Resources Management Commission, the North Carolina Center for Public Television, and Wilson’s Whirligig Festival. She has also served as a member of the UNC Board of Governors, the North Carolina Art Society, the North Carolina Symphony Society, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the North Carolina Preservation Association, Inc., Imagination Station in Wilson, the Arts Council of Wilson, and the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library.

Among the many awards Dr. McCain has received during her professional career are the Distinguished Service Medal from the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993, the 1995 Carpathian Award given by NC. Equity for significant contributions to women and families of North Carolina, the Morrison Award presented by the Roanoke Island Historical Association in 1996, the 1996 Distinguished Women of North Carolina Award for Public Service, and the 1996 Most Powerful Women in the Triangle Award presented by Triangle Business Journal. Dr. McCain received the Doctor of Letters Degree, honoris causa, by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1997 and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. She was presented with the Doctor of Laws Degree, honoris causa, from Barton College in 1999. Dr. McCain was the 2009 recipient of the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian award bestowed by the state for public service. She also was a 2010 inductee into the North Carolina Women’s Hall of Fame. And, the trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council honored Dr. McCain as the recipient of the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities in 2012.

Entries from all 50 states are submitted for competition in the nationally renowned Scholastic Art Awards program. The program, created for middle and high school students, is designed to encourage student achievement, to recognize and applaud our fine art teachers and to emphasize the importance of the visual arts in the school curriculum. Barton College is proud to host the Eastern/Central Regional District in North Carolina, representing 62 counties from the piedmont to the coast.

Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Barton College, and Susan Fecho, professor and dean of the School of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts at Barton, will bring brief remarks during the program. Jodi Aker of the Scholastic Art Awards Regional Teacher Advisory Committee will present special awards to student recipients.

The Scholastic Art Awards entries for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region are reviewed by professional art jurors at Barton College during the first week of January. This year, there were 2,897 entries and an additional 99 portfolios from approximately 147 schools presented for judging. Students submitted artwork in a variety of categories, including: architecture, comic art, ceramics & glass, digital art, product design, drawing, fashion, film & animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video games, and art portfolio. Jurors are charged to select entries that they consider especially worthy of recognition.

The Eastern/Central North Carolina Region has an advisory committee composed of nine art teachers. This year, the exhibition selection jury was composed of college professors, retired public school art teachers, and professional artists.

Three hundred and thirty-four artworks were selected as Gold Key awards for the exhibition as well as 11 Gold Key portfolios. Digital images of these finalist art works will be sent to New York City for judging against other regional winners for the national exhibition held in June at Parsons School of Design and the Pratt Institute. Also sent to New York will be five American Vision Award (Best of Show) artwork nominees, including: Sadie Cook, University of North Carolina School of the Arts [three artworks], Spence Witmer, South Stokes High School, and Christian Jegbadai, Dudley High School.

There were 419 Silver Key Awards and 10 Silver Key portfolios chosen from the entries submitted. These artworks will be displayed at the Barton Art Galleries.

There were 684 Honorable Mention Awards chosen, as well as 35 Honorable Mention portfolios; the artwork of these award recipients is available on the Barton Art Galleries’ web site at (

From the Gold Key artworks, the jury also selected works for additional regional awards to be presented at the ceremony including The Wilson Times Award to Akina Obata, West Carteret High School; the North Carolina Governor’s Student Excellence Award to Meryl Winicov, Mount Tabor High School; the Emerging Vision Award to Mindy Ji, Champion Learning Academy; the Jurors’ Choice Portfolio Award to Sadie Cook, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Recycled Materials Award to Dalton Ferguson, South Stokes High School; the Edward C. Brown Sculpture Award, which honors the long-time director of the Barton Scholastics program, to Myah Wyse, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Jerry’s Artarama of Raleigh donated a $200 gift certificate awarded to Sadie Cook, recipient of the Jurors’ Choice Portfolio Award. Blick Art Materials donated a $150 merchandise voucher for classroom materials, given to Olivia Ouyang of Champion Learning Academy, teacher of the Emerging Vision Award recipient, Mindy Ji.

The exhibition of Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will run from Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2016, in the Barton Art Galleries located in Case Art Building on campus.

For additional information, please contact Bonnie LoSchiavo, at 252/399-6559 or the Barton Art Galleries at 252/399-6477.

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Winner of People’s Choice Award Winner for Small Works Show

December 30, 2015

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has announced the winner of its People’s Choice Award from its 2016 Small Works exhibition to be Rachel Jones for her work “Winter”.

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2015 Salisbury, NC, Sculpture Show Awards Announced

November 29, 2015

Durham, NC, artist Stephen Hayes has taken top honors in the 2015 Salisbury Sculpture Show “Discover What’s Outside.” going on in Salisbury, NC. Hayes also is an adjunct instructor in the art department at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

His 12-piece kinetic installment “Under the Maple Seeds” has been on display at Livingstone College since April. All 20 pieces selected for this year’s show may be viewed at various locations in downtown Salisbury and on each of the four local college campuses – Catawba, Livingstone, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Hood Theological Seminary.

Local and nationally known multi-media artist Whitney Peckman selected this year’s winners. Peckman noted that as a judge she looks for excellence in composition, creativity in design and concept, use of both positive and negative space, appropriate scale, craftsmanship, and finally, the most subjective quality which expresses emotion/meaning and causes the viewer to want to continue looking.

Here are her comments about the winning pieces:

Norvell Best in Show:  “Under the Maple Seeds” by Stephen Hayes, Durham, NC, on view at Livingstone College. “The kinetic aspect of the multi-piece sculpture pulls me to stand dreamily, recalling childhood, and experiencing the lyricism of Nature so beautifully interpreted.”

2nd Place:  “Fighting for Alpha” by Todd Frahm, Swannanoa, NC, on view at Catawba College. “Todd Frahm’s Fighting for Alpha” fully achieved excellence. Its narrative is fully expressed, the fighting fish powerful and graceful at the same time, expanding out of the confines of their implied space.”

3rd Place:  “Red Green Construction” by Ray Katz, Pontiac, MI, on view at Yadkin Bank. “The fun, or joyful aspect of this piece kept me enjoying it for quite some time, and the visual impression stays with me.”

This is the seventh consecutive year that Salisbury has hosted the show. The 20 pieces in the show will remain in place until early January 2016. Brochures are available at the Visitor’s Center, Rowan Museum, Rowan Library, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, and other downtown locations. The next nine-month sculpture show will be installed in early April 2016.

The City of Salisbury, America’s first 10-gigabit city, is located in the heart of the Piedmont region of North Carolina, midway between Charlotte and Greensboro. Salisbury is the county seat of Rowan County, and provides a full range of municipal services, including law enforcement, fire protection, zoning and code enforcement and water and sewer systems.

For more information regarding the City of Salisbury and its services and departments, please visit us on the web at ( To receive updates regarding local initiatives, meetings, programs and events, please follow us on Twitter @CitySalisburyNC and Facebook at (

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Winners of “Small Works 2015”

November 29, 2015

The Judging is complete. Talbot Easton Selby, the judge for our Second Annual “Small Works Show”, has awarded the following prizes:

Best in Show goes to Wyatt Todd for “Reaper of the Sky”, an Oil on Wood – $300

2nd Place went to Elizabeth Keller for “Green Tea”, an Earthenware Clay & Glaze – $200

3rd Place  was awarded to Haley C. Smith for “Strangled by Security”, Nickel, Copper, Brass – $100

Honorable Mentions went to:

Cat Taylor for “Love Afterlife”, Acrylic on Vinyl – $75

Haley C. Smith for “The Burden”, Relief Print – $75

Brittany Clark for “Song of the South: Cicada Whistle”, Brass, Copper – $75

Among the Finalists:

Rachael Jones for “Winter”

Rebecca Jolly for “Hobcaw Barony Study”

Ron Olive for “Crosses”

Judy Lilly for “By Candlelight”

Jane H. Thomas for “Sunday on Midway Creek”

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

Voting for “People’s Choice” ($200) continues through Dec. 19, 2015

Visit us to see the award winners and vote for your favorite work.  Original works of art make great holiday gifts!  Support local artists by purchasing their work!

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Anita Funston Wins Gold at the North Carolina SilverArts Competition in Raleigh, NC

October 8, 2015

On Sept. 25, 2015, Hendersonville, NC, artist, Anita Funston, was awarded the gold medal, in Sculpture, at the North Carolina Senior Games SilverArts competition, in Raleigh, NC.

Funston lives in Henderson County and has been recently creating art at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC.  Regarding the event, she stated, “It was an honor to represent Henderson County in the State competition and I was thrilled to learn that I was awarded the gold medal.”


Funston qualified for the state competition by winning first place with her sculpture, titled “Chief, at The Four Seasons” SilverArts competition held in Henderson County on May 7, 2015.  “I greatly appreciate how hard The Henderson County Parks and Recreation Department works every year to hold Silver Games and SilverArts; they make it possible for participants to compete locally and qualify for the state competition. “ Funston continued.

For more information about the NC SilverArts competition can be found at (

Anita Funston creates one of a kind sculptures.  She is inspired by nature.  Her works incorporate harmony and humor.

Her website can be found at ( She can also be reached by e-mail at (

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of 12th Annual “Bring Us Your Best” Exhibit

August 20, 2015


The Arts Council of Henderson County, in Hendersonville, NC, has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XII”.  Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition, on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus, on view through Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chairman, Francis Cullinan, and board member, Elise Pratt. Joan Jackson, representing the Wax Family Memorial Funds, long-time sponsor of the awards, presented the awards to the following artists:

1st Place/2-dimensional  – Al Junek, “Soliltude”
1st Place/3-dimensional – Bobbie Polizzi, “Spectator Sport”
1st Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “It’s Always Summer”
1st Place/Fine Craft – Thomas Crothers, “Three Skinny Mushrooms”
2nd Place/2-dimensional  – Susan Sinyai, “She Who Wanders”
2nd Place/3-dimensional – Bonnie Joy Bardos, “Whirl”
2nd Place/Photography – David Simchock, “Simply Sanibel”
2nd Place/Fine Craft – Maggie & Freeman Jones, “Twisted”
3rd Place/2-dimensional  – Samuel Dillon, “Malaysian Bas Relief”
3rd Place/3-dimensional – Susan Douglas, “Geisha”
3rd Place/Photography – David Simchock, “Max Patch Sunset”
3rd Place/Fine Craft – Holland Van Gores, “We Stand as One”

Al Junek, “Soliltude”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received checks for $100.

In addition to the above awards, Keith Dalbec, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Garry Turpin for his oil on canvas painting entitled “Mountain Folk.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life.

Bobbie Polizzi, “Spectator Sport”

Ten Honorable Mention awards, $25 Gift Certificates for The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing, were awarded to the following: Walter Arnold, Karen Eve Bayne, Cathyann Burgess, Jim Carson, Dan Carter, Joan Covell, Cathy Hennessey, Jane Molinelli, Rachel Pomraning, and Constance Vlahoulis.

Henderson County artists Walter Arnold and Brian Shope sponsored an “Artist’s Choice” award. After participating artists voted for their favorite piece in the show just before the opening reception, ballots were tabulated, and Sarah Sneeden took home the $300 cash prize for her oil on canvas work entitled “Summer Bliss.”

Walter Arnold, “It’s Always Summer”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply, and will be announced on the last day of the exhibition, Aug. 28. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots.

Gallery hours are Monday- Friday, 10am – 4pm.  The exhibition is free and open to the public, and all artwork is for sale.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County by calling 828/693-8504, e-mail to ( or visit (

In addition to The Wax Family Memorial Funds, “Bring Us Your Best XII” is also sponsored by The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies,  the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 N. Main Street, 3rd floor Hendersonville, NC 28792.  (Entrance on Fourth Ave. W.),

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

Charlotte, NC, Artist Robin Wellner Gets In “American Women Artist’s National Juried Show” for 2015

August 18, 2015

Artist Robin Wellner is one of the finalists in the “American Women Artist’s National Juried Show” for 2015. Close to 1,000 entries were submitted from almost 400 artists, of which the jury selected approximately 60 works to be displayed from Nov. 12-30, 2015, at Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ.

“Kalvin, Portrait of a Young Man,” by Robin Wellner

Wellner’s piece, “Kalvin, Portrait of a Young Man” was done from life and was also featured in the 2015 “Spring Online Show for the American Women Artists”. Her focus includes  figurative and portrait painting, as well as, plein air landscapes. One of her portraits was selected for the “2015 Carolina’s Got Art!” show at the Elder Gallery in Charlotte. She was also a finalist in the “Artist’s Magazine 2014 Over 60” competition; and a finalist in the “Richeson75 Online Animals, Birds and Wildlife 2013 Show”.

Wellner is passionate about painting, particularly people.  She has recently begun a series of portraits of local Charlotte musicians. The first piece of this series was included in the “Carolina’s Got Art!” show at Elder Gallery.

Her work can be viewed on her website at ( and Facebook: Robin Wellner, Artists; as well as, Slate Interiors and Rusty Rabbit here in Charlotte.

For further information e-mail to ( or call 704/614-6852.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “26th Annual Juried Competition”

July 30, 2015


The Arts Council of York County announced its “26th Annual Juried Competition” winners at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6pm. This exhibition was on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through July 26, 2015.

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Judging this year’s competition is Mitchell Kearney. Kearney is a commercial advertising photographer and multimedia fine art image-maker dealing in the study of human nature, physics and the miracle of day to day living.

A fixture in the Charlotte art scene since moving from New York City in 1983, Kearney has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and has witnessed and documented many fine art projects, including the creation of Jean Tinguely’s Cascade in the lobby of the Carrillon office tower for the Bechtler family in 1991. Then, over a period of eight years, he created insightful portraits of the first 185 Artists-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. In 2006, he was honored to spend six weeks photographing the ten mid-career Japanese artists who were selected for the “Force of Nature” installation project. Mitchell has had numerous exhibitions of his photography-based work in the Charlotte region; including the “6th Juried Annuale at the Light Factory” and his “Inside Out” solo exhibition of insightful portraits at Winthrop University, both in 2013. He has also exhibited at the Arti Multie Visione in Rieti, Italy and at the Camera Club of New York.

Kearney selected 41 works by 38 artists out of 137 entries from 23 cities and 4 states to be displayed in the “26th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “25th Annual Juried Competition are:

Best of Show: “My Home II” by Dallas Austin
1st Place: “From Series: Erosion” by Rebecca Jacobs        2nd Place: “Appendage” by Julia Rossman Perez
3rd Place: “Confronting Dimension” by Libby Stewart    Honorable Mention: “Meditate” by Leah Mulligan Cabinum
Honorable Mention: “Questioning the Cause & Sense” by Paul Martyka
Honorable Mention: “If I Only: the series” by Cory Unkart

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits was the presenting sponsor of the “26th Annual Juried Competition”.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit the Arts Council’s webpage at (

Final Award from “Carolina’s Got Art!” Competition and Exhibition Held in Charlotte, NC, was Given to Tyrone Geter

July 29, 2015


Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!), North and South Carolina’s most anticipated juried art competition, awarded $26,000 in cash and prizes to winners at opening receptions at Elder Gallery, in Charlotte, NC, held during May and June, 2015. Mediums including paintings, photography, sculptures, weavings, drawings, glass and ceramics were included. CGA! continues to build on the success of its past competitions and attracted just under 3,000 entries this year.

For those not selected by this year’s juror for the main exhibit of Carolina’s Got Art!, a second show, chosen by Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery, where 125 pieces were exhibited during the month of June.

Tyrone Geter of Columbia, SC, was selected as the “People’s Choice” award winner in Carolina’s Got Art! Salon 2015 competition. His powerful drawing on torn paper entitled “Backache” won him a cash award of $500.

Backache by Tyrone Geter

In 2009, as a reaction to the economy’s impact on local artists, Charlotte gallery owner, Larry Elder, brought Carolina’s Got Art! to life to provide financial support to Carolina artists. Now in its fourth year, Carolina’s Got Art! has emerged as the pre-eminent competition, exhibition and sale for Carolina-based artists and will have awarded over $60,000 in prizes since its inception.

“When I founded Carolina’s Got Art! in 2009, I wanted to create a competition that would support local artists and help showcase the amazing talent within our two-state area,” says Elder. “For many artists, juried competitions are an important part of launching and sustaining successful careers. Our goal is to continue to offer opportunities to support their livelihood and to encourage their creative process.”

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Fine Craft Shows Charleston Announces 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows Awards Made in Charleston, SC

July 5, 2015

The 36th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows, held May 22-24 and May 29-31, 2015, featured fine weather, great crowds, and beautiful crafts presented by artists from all over the US. The two weekend events held in historic Wragg Square Park in Charleston, SC, featured art by 119 artists from 21 states.

The Judge for both events was Sherry Browne, a visual artist, working paper cut and collage artist, and owner of Studio Open Gallery in Folly Beach, SC. Awards were distributed on Friday of each weekend.

Best in Show winner Nancy Michael-Susaneck with Mayor Riley.

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley distributed the awards for the May 22-24 show.  Award winners were:
City of Charleston Mayor’s Award (Best in Show): Nancy Michael-Susaneck, a Mixed Media artist from Missouri City, TX;
1st Place: Addelle Sanders, a Fiber artist from Charleston, SC;
2nd Place: R. L. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA;
3rd Place: Maggie Joynt a Jeweler from Hope Mills, NC.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Christie May, a Jeweler from Greenwood, IN; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silverhill, AL and Leslie Peebles, a Printmaker from Gainesville, FL.
The Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Justin Brady, a Woodworker from Bell Buckle, TN,
and the Emerging Artist Grant went to Melina LaVecchia, a Potter from Boone, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Molly Griggs and Lindsay Powell, a Fiber artists from Charleston, SC; R.C. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA; Susan Marling, a Fiber artist from Acworth, GA and  Doug Richard, a Woodwoorker from Satsuma, FL.

Show Judge Sherry Browne distributed the awards for the May 29-31 show.  Award winners were:

1st Place: Kevin Duval, a Metalworker from Wilmington, NC;
2nd Place: Mimi Hay, a Fiber artist from Myrtle Beach, SC;
and 3rd Place: Sabra Richards, a Glassmaker and Metalworker from Worton, MD.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to:  Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Nancy Green, a Potter from Watkinsville, GA and Honey McCrary, a Mosaics Artist from Mt. Pleasant, SC.
The Emerging Artist Grant was awarded to Jan Barco, a Leatherworker from Virginia Beach, VA.
The Slide Juror’s Choice Award went to Tanya Gerard and Rob Thomas, Woodworkers from Beech Mountain, NC;
and the Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Lucy Clark, a Potter from Clear Mountain, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silver Hill, AL; Uzo Ezekwudo, a Fiber artist from Chapel Hill, NC and Hanan Ingel and Erez Epshtein, Jewelers from Berkeley, CA.

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston would like to thank the artists, staff and volunteers who help to make this show possible. We would also like to thank the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks, and Police Department for their assistance.

More information about this show and future shows, along with photos of the award winners, is available on our website: (

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