Artina 2020 LIGHT: A Sculptural Solar Dance

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum

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LOCATION:
17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
www.sandyspringmuseum.org

Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020

JUROR: María Gabriela Mizes

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

As climate change concerns continue to rise, we need to increase the uptake of renewable energy to help reduce the use of polluting fossil fuels. In this exhibit, LIGHT: A Sculptural Solar Dance, artists will use renewable energy sculptures to represent a need for better environmental responsibility. Work proposed for this exhibition will re-imagine solar energy as an art form. It may adopt sunlight as the medium, the subject matter, or the energy source for the art. Artists may explore how light, sun, sound, and energy intersect, capturing the importance of sustainability by using solar energy in existing or site-specific outdoor sculptures: art made from sunlight—the energy source for life on Earth. Visitors will be able to find sculptural displays celebrating the energy of the sun’s warming rays.

In thinking through the dance between art and light, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s and American artist James Turrell’s thoughts may come to mind:

“I am obsessed with light. How light forms a space. How a space forms light. As a child I grew up in Iceland where there is no sunlight in the winter. It simply stays dark all day. Light became something that pulled people together. Light became a way of connecting to other people. Light is social. Light is life.”

Olafur Eliasson

“Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.”

James Turrell

Artists may experiment with materials such as:

  • Recycled and upcycled solar PV panels in new and innovative ways
  • The colors of the solar spectrum
  • Mirrors, prisms, lenses, sound, texts, architecture
  • Eco-friendly materials

Artwork selection will be based on the highest standards of creativity, innovation, and sustainability. 

ABOUT THE JUROR

María Gabriela (“Gaby”) Mizes is originally from Argentina. She graduated from the Instituto Argentina de MuseologÍa in Buenos Aires and Columbia University in New York, and has worked around the world for many museums and art institutions. These include: the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as Assistant Curator of the traveling exhibition Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century; and the American Federation of Arts, where she handled traveling exhibitions in the United States and abroad.

In Washington, DC, Gaby founded Latin American ERA, a private consultancy company providing expertise in exhibitions and art collections management for national and international projects, and has worked for the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and several private art collections. She is currently the Director of Registration at Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, where she has been coordinating exhibition installations, managing the outgoing loans program, planning and designing art storage facilities, and caring for the collection for thirteen years.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Monday, June 8, 2020 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Participating artists can upload submissions through EntryThingy (www.entrythingy.com). Artina 2020 will be juried from digital images submitted through the EntryThingy site, and there is a $5 processing fee for uploading images. No entries will be accepted by mail or email.

ELIGIBILITY

The exhibition is open to members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists who are not already members may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). Prospective members may download a membership form from the WSG website (www.washingtonsculptors.org), and send checks, along with the membership form, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. Existing WSG members must renew their dues for 2020 to be eligible for this exhibition.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

WSG is accepting proposals from established and emerging sculptors for its fourth annual exhibition of outdoor sculptures at Sandy Spring Museum. The exhibition is from Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020, with installation from Friday, July 31 – Wednesday, August 5 (9am-6pm), and de-installation the week following November 7. (note new dates)

Sandy Spring Museum, located in Sandy Spring Maryland, serves as a catalyst for community building by providing opportunities for creative engagement in a range of cultural arts. The museum offers the environment and inspiration for artists and community members to create and host events, performances, activities, and exhibits, which engage, stimulate, and bring people together. The SSM grounds are open daily and many special events and programs are offered throughout the year, as are private rentals. For more information about the museum please visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org.

Sandy Spring Museum is located on 7+ acres of land, 3 acres of which are heavily forested. The remainder is naturally landscaped with mature trees. Sculptures can be installed throughout the property, including upon two 10’x 10’ concrete pads. Artists can also use a wooden trellis that blooms with wisteria in the spring and extends the entire length of the property.

Works should be suitable for long-term, outdoor exposure, as well as fabricated and installed in a viewer-safe manner. Artists are responsible for any maintenance of the work.

Artists should detail their installation requirements when submitting the application. All sites are on grassy areas, although there are two 10’ X 10’ concrete covered areas that are situated next to each other. We highly recommend artists visit the site and plan their proposals accordingly but please continue to adhere to all recommended social distancing practices.

Self-guiding maps of the exhibition will be available at Sandy Spring Museum and on the websites of WSG and SSM. Exhibition cards will be distributed to WSG, SSM members, and the community. Promotion of the show will be actively pursued.

INSURANCE, COMMISSIONS, AND SALES

SSM insures works on loan up to $10,000 after the work is delivered and the exhibition loan agreement is signed. Insurance during transportation is the responsibility of the artist. All purchases during the exhibit will go through the museum. The museum charges a 30% commission fee.

WORK TO BE CONSIDERED

A maximum of 6 images (including any detail images) of sculptures/installations per artist or team may be submitted for consideration.

In addition, please include:

  • A description of where the project pieces are to be placed
  • The brief background or narrative information about the artwork or proposal
  • An explanation of how the project relates to the theme and whether there is light, sound, or movement that may impact the ability of others to experience nearby artworks.
  • Artists may choose to install their work with public participation and involvement during the installation period, or if required, over the life of the artwork.
  • Artists will submit a proposal in .doc or .pdf format.  The proposal should include the project description, concept sketches or renderings, and any other information pertaining to the proposed project. In addition, artists will provide up to 6 images of existing work in .jpg format titled “portfolio001”– ‘portfolio005”.jpg.” Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each.
  • It is highly recommended that artists visit Sandy Spring Museum to get a sense of the surroundings and possibilities prior to applying. Artists can visit the site seven days a week, at any time.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRYTHINGY

  • Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each. Video files must be smaller than 50MB each (about five minutes).
  • Files should be named with only the title of the work (no first or last names). Use the actual title for each work. Example:

Title 1.jpeg

Title 1 (detail).jpeg

Title 2.jpeg

Title 3.jpeg

etc.

  • The EntryThingy platform allows you to submit a statement about how your work relates to the exhibition’s requirements. It also offers you a chance to provide a brief description of each work along with a title, dimensions, etc. To avoid being disqualified, do not include your name in either the statement or any of the description paragraphs.
  1. Applicants should go to http://www.entrythingy.com/ and click on the tab (at the top) “for artists”.
  2. Click on “list of current calls”.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Artina 2020 listing.
  4. Create a login account to http://www.entrythingy.com/ if you don’t have an account, or if you do, login to your existing account with the “Click here to login” button.  After logging in, select the Artina 2020 call and complete the entry steps.
  5. There is a $5 entry fee.
  6. All applicants will receive ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’ notifications via email.

UPDATED CALENDAR (as of 5/22/2020)

Exhibition Dates:                  Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020

Call for Entry Posted:          Monday, April 13, 2020

Submission Deadline:        Monday, June 8, 2020 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Jurying Period:                    Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June 14, 2020

Artist Notification: By Monday, June 22, 202

Drop off & Installation: Friday, July 31 – Wednesday, August 5 (9am-6pm)

Due to existing social distancing recommendations, we will have a limit of three artists at any given time. Artists will be required to sign up for a specific time slots during the installation period to help facilitate this process. More details will be sent out to accepted artists.

Opening Reception: NO OPENING RECEPTION FOR THIS EVENT. This is in keeping with recommended social distancing practices. However, the exhibition and site will be open.

Artist & Juror Talk: Saturday, November 7, 2020 (12-2pm)

This may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date.

Deinstallation/Pick up: Saturday, November 7 – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

This may also change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date if more time is needed to accommodate social distancing.

Please contact with any questions.

Please contact with any questions.

Due to existing social distancing recommendations, we will have a limit of three artists at any given time. Artists will be required to sign up for a specific time slots during the installation period to help facilitate this process. More details will be sent out to accepted artists.

Opening Reception:           
NO OPENING RECEPTION FOR THIS EVENT. This is in keeping with recommended social distancing practices.
Artist & Juror Talk:            
Saturday, November 7, 2020 (12-2pm)

This may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date.

Deinstallation/Pick up:       
Saturday, November 7 – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

This may also change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date if more time is needed to accommodate social distancing.

Please contact with any questions.

6 @ 35 – Fabricating Culture

Celebrating Washington Sculptors Group’s 35th Anniversary
Presented by Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
August 19, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Participating Artists:
Luc Fiedler
Allen Linder
Mitra Lore
Vienne Rea
Gil Ugiansky
Wilfredo Valladares

Opening Reception & Meet the Artists:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5-8 pm

Artist Talks:
Vienne Rea – Friday, September 27, 2pm
Mitra Lore – Friday, October 11, 2pm
Luc Fiedler – Saturday, November 2, 2pm
Allen Linder – Friday, November 15, 2pm
Wilfredo Valladares – Friday, December 6, 2pm
Gil Ugiansky – Friday, December 13, 2pm

Washington Sculptors Group supports area sculptors by collaborating with other arts organizations, helping develop careers and exhibiting artwork. Celebrating Washington Sculptors Group’s thirty-fifth year, artwork for Fabricating Culture was selected by a jury comprised of Sandy Bellamy who runs the Percent for Art Commission at the DC Department of General Services. Ms. Bellamy curates and manages competitive art commissions and acquisitions for DC public buildings including schools, recreation centers, shelters and other buildings. The Commission sponsors about 40-50 large scale works and 200 smaller works per year representing all media, interior and exterior, two and three dimensional. Prior to DGS, Ms. Bellamy served as executive director of the Historical Society of Washington DC and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Margery Goldberg, Zenith Gallery Owner/Director, Founder of the Zenith Community Arts Foundation and Sculptor. Nancy Nesvet, curator, artist, and art critic who writes for Artscope and Something We Africans Got magazines.

Fabricating Culture recognizes the following six Washington Sculptors Group members and their creations: Luc Fiedler, Allen Linder, Mitra Lore, Vienne Rea, Gil Ugiansky, and Wilfredo Valladares

Luc Fiedler’s work, inspired by natural or man-made objects show process. Tooling, hammer marks, flashes and splashes of foundry work, saw and carving marks are left intact. As the sculptures change, originally visualized ideas remain. Spontaneous decisions made during the developmental process result in entertaining meditative sculptures.

Allen Linder’s subtractive process of direct stone carving with hammer and chisel refine the emerging form. As Linder continues to reveal the emerging form, discovery leads to becoming. The moment of recognition, and of perceived finality leads to the finished sculpture.

Mitra Lore is a social activist who creates artwork to convey her message of “peace on earth.” Awarded American University’s Washington Area Peacemaker Award, Ms. Lore founded the Mideast 2000 Peace Foundation in 1991 with the goal: fostering peace in the Middle East. Mitra Lore’s collages and sculptures, often inspired by Rumi’s poetry, have been donated to benefit social causes and educate Maasai girls.

Vienne Rea’s Ladder Series, inspired by a dream, combines traditional and non-traditional materials using varied sculpting techniques. The use of ladder-as-symbol has become a vehicle for her expression of autobiographical and biographical stories spanning a lifetime of experiences.

Gil Ugiansky Creating non-representational artwork in mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, iron, bronze and found objects, Gil Ugiansky’s geometric shapes and shiny objects capture the interest and curiosity of the viewer eliciting the question: “how is that possible?” or “how did he do that?”

Wilfredo Valladares Using bronze, wood, steel, cast iron, rolling pins and other materials to explore the interconnectedness of cultures, Wilfredo Valladares’ sculptures capture relationships between people and cultures and tell their unique stories. “Portraits and headdresses capture relationships between time, memory and space.” Cast and found objects become conduits that allow transformation of stories and memories into tangible visual information. In the casting process, seams in the molds become scars alluding to stories told in facial expressions. Fire infiltrates the materials, reshaping the original form leaving voids behind.

Location:
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20004

Exhibition Dates:
August 19, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5-8pm

Artist Talks:
Vienne Rea – Friday, September 27, 2pm
Mitra Lore – Friday, October 11, 2pm
Luc Fiedler – Saturday, November 2, 2pm
Allen Linder – Friday, November 15, 2pm
Wilfredo Valladares – Friday, December 6, 2pm
Gil Ugiansky – Friday, December 13, 2pm

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Sat. 8am-4pm.
On Saturday, enter on 12th St. NW please knock & guard will let you in.

Press Inquiries:
Washington Sculptors Group, , (202) 686-8696
Zenith Gallery, , (202) 783-2963

ABOUT ZENITH:
Celebrating 41 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style and subject. The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012. Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. www.zenithgallery.com

IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR REPRODUCTION

Image: Wilfredo Valladeres, Unmasked Series, Installation, Resin, 6’ x 10’ x 6”

Notes of Color

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at The Athenaeum
June 6 – July 21, 2019

 

The Athenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
www.nvfaa.org

Gallery Hours:
Thursday through Sunday from 12–4 pm
Admission to the gallery is free

OPENING RECEPTION
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 4 – 6 pm

CURATOR’S DISCUSSION
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2:30 – 4 pm

MEET THE ARTISTS
Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2 – 4 pm

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Linda Agar-Hendricks
c.l. bigelow
Annie Farrar
Sharon Fishel
Kate Fitzpatrick
Marilyn Geldzahler
Penny Jacoby
Joanne Kent
Heidi Lippman
Darcy Meeker
Marja Ponkka-Carpenter
Judith Pratt
Marie Ringwald
Marc Robarge
Jean Sausele Knodt
Craig Schaffer
John A. Schaffner
Lynda Smith-Bügge
Marcos Smyth
Steve Wanna
Janet Wittenberg
Jenny Wu

JUROR
Mollie Berger Salah

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Notes of Color is an exhibition exploring the materials of both the painter and the sculptor, as inspired by the unique multi-media practice of Hilda Shapiro Thorpe (1919- 2000). Painter-turned-sculptor, Thorpe was a fixture of the Alexandria and Washington, DC arts scene. Her studio was on the third floor of the old “Why Not” store on the corner of King and South Lee Streets for over thirty years. The Athenaeum, located on the same block as Thorpe’s former Old Town Alexandria studio, is a suitable exhibition space for area sculptors to explore color and materials within their artistic process, just as Thorpe did. Thorpe’s work demonstrates her lifelong interest in the visual and visceral properties of color, a trait she shared with her contemporaries such as Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Ann Truitt. While the study of color remained constant throughout her artistic career, it was her bold use of conventional and unconventional materials that set her apart from other artists of her time. Not only an Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painter, Thorpe was a sculptor using a wide variety of materials such as balsa wood, piping, sheet metal, and gauze. She later worked in textiles and handmade paper works. Her practice is a challenge to artists today who wish to push the boundaries of how they use materials while retaining one of the most critical elements of art making: color. With Notes of Color, WSG offers an opportunity to its members to participate in this exhibition with sculptural work that investigates color as an integral part of the sculptural process while rethinking the ways in which they use materials.

ABOUT THE JUROR: Mollie Berger Salah
Mollie Berger Salah is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art. She graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Arts in Art History in 2014. While at GWU, she held internships in the Prints and Drawings Departments of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Art. Mollie has also worked at the Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington VT, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME. An adapted version of her graduate qualifying paper on Kenneth Noland’s circle paintings and psychoanalytic therapy of Dr. Wilhelm Reich was recently published for Refiguring American Art, a research project organized by Tate, London. She has also published essays on Thomas Downing and Mary Pinchot Meyer. Mollie’s research interests include artists who have lived and worked in Washington, DC, early twentieth-century American landscape painting, and the cultural impact on the Cold War,

ABOUT THE ATHENAEUM
The building now known as the Athenaeum was constructed in 1851–1852 as the Bank of Old Dominion. Robert E. Lee Banked here, as did many other prominent Alexandrians. During the Civil War occupation of Alexandria, the building was commandeered by Federal troops and used as the Chief Commissary Office of the U.S. Commissary Quartermaster. An authentic Civil War site, the Athenaeum is on both the Virginia Trust and the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

ABOUT THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION (NVFAA)
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association is dedicating to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Norther Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. As the primary site for these activities, the NVFAA owns, and maintains, the historic building called the Athenaeum. For additional information on the organization, please visit www.nvfaa.org.

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Image: Jenny Wu: Stunning Sapphire, Cosmopolitan, 2018, 10 x 8 x 2 in., latex paint and resin on canvas, Photo courtesy of the artist

Tom Rooney Tribute 2019: An Invitational Exhibition

Featuring works of past WSG Tom Rooney Prize winners

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA
620 Michigan Avenue, N.E. Washington. DC 20064
Campus Map: https://www.catholic.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf

TWO LOCATIONS
Salve Regina Gallery
Exhibition Dates: Mon. Feb. 4 – Fri. Mar 29, 2019
Location: Salve Regina Hall and Art Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am to 5pm

Mullen Library
Exhibition Dates: Mon. March 4 – Fri. May 3, 2019
Location: John K Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, May Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Thurs 8am-11:30pm, Fri. 8am-10pm, Sat.9am-8pm, Sun. 11am-11:30pm

Lincoln Mudd, 3 Squared (2017) Iron 17.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”
Photo courtesy of Mahasti Mudd

 

“If you don’t take delight in the arts, you miss a major reason for their existence.” – Tom Rooney, Interview with Anna Williams at Catholic University of America in 2010.
http://www.eastcityart.com/profiles/memoriam-thomas-rooney-1924-2018/

 

 

TOM ROONEY PRIZE WINNERS 2007-2018

Constance Bergfors (2007), Lincoln Mudd (2008). Joel D’Orazio (2009), John Simkins-Camp (2010), Olivia Rodriguez (2011), Nicole Salimbene (2012), Todd Fry (2013), Mike Shaffer (2014), Jessica Beels (2015), Monroe Isenberg (2016), Jeremy Kunkel (2017)

TOM ROONEY INVITATIONAL PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Lincoln Mudd, Joel D’Orazio, Nicole Salimbene, Mike Shaffer, Jessica Beels, Monroe Isenberg, Jeremy Kunkel

CURATORIAL SUPPORT: John Figura, Nora Heimann and Joan Stahl

OPENING RECEPTION FOR SALVE REGINA: February 7, 2019 (5-8pm)

ARTIST RECEPTION FOR MAY GALLERY, MULLEN LIBRARY: April 11, 2019 (6-8pm)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition, at the Salve Regina Gallery and the Mullen Library, on the campus of The Catholic University of America, features selected works by past WSG “Tom Rooney Prize” winners from 2007-2017. The exhibition will honor the late Tom Rooney (1924- 2018), a sculptor and educator whose many students at CUA include Martin Puryear. Tom Rooney was one of the Founding Members of the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) in 1984 and a longtime volunteer. During the inception years of the organization Tom Rooney was the WSG Exhibitions Committee Chair and helped organize the Annual Members Image Show. Tom Rooney’s impact and legacy will carry on in Washington DC through his students, colleagues, and friends.

During the Tom Rooney Invitational Exhibition at Catholic University of America, the Brentwood Arts Exchange (Brentwood, MD) will be hosting the WSG Sculpture Now 2019 Exhibition, where juror Spencer Dormitzer will select the 2019 Tom Rooney Prize Winner at the opening reception on January 19, 2019 from 5-8pm. More details

ABOUT THE CURATORIAL TEAM

  • John Figura, Assistant Professor and director of the Salve Regina Gallery at the Catholic University, Department of Art, is a Washington DC painter who has been exhibiting his work professionally since 1977. His paintings have been seen in solo and group exhibitions here in the US and abroad.
  • Nora Heimann, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art, is a specialist in European and American Modern and Contemporary art history, and the relationship between art, religion and national identity. She is also an independent curator, and an active museum educator leading programs that seek to make art accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Joan Stahl, Director of Research and Instruction at the University Libraries and Chair, Library Programming + Marketing Committee. She has coordinated several art-specific exhibitions, including the gilded art of DC artist, Kay Jackson.
  • Mimi Frank: A Maryland based sculptor works in a variety of media. Her work often addresses social issues. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including two Maryland State Arts Council Grants. She exhibits her work locally and nationally.
  • Steve Wanna: Born and raised in Lebanon, Wanna is a multi-disciplinary sound and visual artist whose work includes music, sound design for dance collaborations, sculpture, installation, photography, and works for mixed media.

The Salve Regina Gallery

The Salve Regina Gallery is part of programming for the Department of Art at The Catholic University of America. Programs at the Salve Regina Gallery are devoted to nurturing the production and understanding of artistic expression with the belief that art and culture are one, and that exposure to the visual arts is an essential component of every liberal education. The goal of the gallery is to foster a greater appreciation of the arts in the context of the Catholic Church and the resources offered by the greater Washington DC area.

The Mullen Library

The Mullen University Library at the Catholic University of America is part of a library system that houses books, print volumes, and provides access to electronic journals and books. In 1924, John Kernan Mullen facilitated the construction of the library through a gift and the library opened its doors to the public in 1928, as the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG)

WSG is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators.

Visit https://www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

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