Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival 2017 Artists
Organized by the Wallkill River School
Karrie received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah in 2003. She travels and participates in plein air events and juried exhibitions wherever the sun shines. The West and Costa Rica have been her recent venues, she now is beginning to explore New York State and the East. Her impressionist paintings focus on light, contrast and color, they are sensitive, yet express the energy and sense of place. Her goal is to create a painting that calls to the viewer to look, then look again and again. “I am inspired by the beauty and diversity of the landscape and the peace and connection this amazing earth provides. Thoughts of joy, peace and love are in each brush stroke. Every shape, color, pattern and mark is connected to send lasting ripples of energy from one to another. The painting process is complete when someone finds a connection to a painting. Sharing the feeling of a place is so exciting.”
Susan Beadle is a social historiam at heart. The combination of history, people, and the events that bind them into a compelling story have been my passion. When she stopped teaching history, she needed a way to examine the human condition anew and art became her medium. Art is ancient. Art is emotional and compelling. Art is the human story. She is interested in images that evoke a response or pose the question “why this?”
Janet Campbell has always had a love of art and nature. Her initial art education was in the Botanical Illustration Program at the Bronx Botanical Garden. In the 1990s she fell in love with watercolor in her first class taught by Mary Whitehill. She has had many inspiring teachers and among them found Mel Stabin most helpful in her evolution. Her paintings reflect a transparent and loose style. Early watercolor experiences and plein air painting classes focused her on landscape painting. Living on the Shawangunk Ridge and close to the Bashakill Wetlands in Sullivan County NY offers her rich subject material. Along the way she expanded into figure work and the painting of shelter animals. More recently she has developed a passion for color pouring with watercolors.
Janet teaches workshops and classes in watercolor at the Wallkill River School of Art in Montgomery, NY. She also teaches Painting-by-the-Sea workshops with her colleague Pat Morgan on Long Beach Island, NJ.
Janet has had solo shows hosted by Newburgh City Hall, Vino 100 in New Windsor, the Berkshire Bank in Bloomingburg, NY and the Glen Rock NJ Public Library. She has exhibited in several “Kindred Spirits” shows with Pat Morgan in the mid-Hudson area and at The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ; she partnered with David Munford for their “Oil and Water” exhibit in 2014 in Hasbrouck, NY. Her work has been accepted into the American Watercolor Society Exhibition, the North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Exhibition, and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors where she has won numerous awards. She is a Signature member of the North East Watercolor Society. She is represented by the Wallkill River School and Gallery in Montgomery, NY. Locally she is a member of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, the Middletown Art Group and the Community Art Association of Allendale, NJ.
John J. Capowski
John J. Capowski holds a B.A., Hamilton College, a J.D., Cornell Law School, and a Cert. in Fine Arts, M. I. C. A.
He grew up in Edward Hopper’s hometown of Nyack, New York in the Hudson Valley and was influenced by Hopper’s work (his high school art teacher mowed Hopper’s lawn) and that of the Hudson River School painters. School trips were often to the New York City museums, and he continued to regularly visit the museums when home from college and graduate school.
While he has painted and drawn throughout his life (his mother thought he should be an artist), knowing the difficulty of a career in art, he earned a law degree and has made his career in public interest law and as a law professor.
In college he studied painting with James Penney and, while living in Baltimore, he studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art with Louise Hennessey, Philip Koch, Stan Friedman, and others. In recent years, he has focused on plein air landscapes in oil. Whether on his porch as a child or in the fields of Upstate New York, he painted en plein air long before he had any idea what that meant.
Primarily an equine artist for over 35 years, Sharon has branched out to add plein air painting to her portfolio. As a long-time track artist during the summer at the Saratoga Race Course, a request from management to paint in the saddling paddock ignited her love for the genre. She explains: “very hesitantly, I agreed to try it out. I was so nervous and self-conscious among the crowds but many people encouraged me to continue and expressed a genuine interest in what would become a new direction.” That was five years ago and Sharon has since pursued outdoor painting as her main focus, studying with other artists and traveling to exhibit her new body of work. “I’ll always paint horses, but now my horses are in a landscape instead of racing around a track.”
Daisy de Puthod
Born in Paris, France, to a family of artists, Daisy de Puthod has been painting since childhood. In 1975, after graduating from the Colorado Institute of Art, she became a successful commercial artist, illustrating in pen and ink or watercolor for ad agencies and publishing houses. In 1988, she relocated to the Hudson Valley, where she studied portraiture in pastels and oils, exploring a bold and colorful style, “leaning a bit towards Fauvism” as described in a New York Times review of her solo show at the Garrison Art Center, NY. Since 2000, Daisy’s main focus has shifted to plein-air painting, participating in 15 nationally juried plein-air events in California, Maine, Maryland, New York, Vermont and Virginia. She is on the advisory board and a Signature member of the New York Plein Air Painters, also a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society. Her work has found its way into numerous private and public collections, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the home of the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tarryl Gabel, an award winning Hudson Valley Artist, was born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Forth Berthold Indian Reservation, ND. She was inspired and encouraged by her grandfather, a self-taught western artist. Living in the Hudson Valley for many years, her work is more focused on the landmarks and beautiful landscapes of this region and throughout New England. Tarryl prefers to work plein air when possible. She also paints wildlife and western subjects, as well as still life paintings, when she cannot be outdoors. Tarryl had the honor to be chosen to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree. At that time, “Our Country’s National Parks” was the theme. She was invited to and attended a special reception at the White House. The ornament remains a part of their permanent collection. Tarryl was also a past winner of the “Paint the Parks Top 100” and “Paint America Top 100” National Competitions. Her works are displayed in many private and corporate collections around the country and abroad.
Kari Ganoung Ruiz
Kari was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State, which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Fine Art from Ashland University in Ohio, she worked as a decorative painter, faux finisher, and occasional muralist. Kari and her husband Diego Ruiz opened a picture framing studio featuring fine art and gifts in 2007. An encouraging local response to her work prompted more space at the boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a larger location. Due to the increased visibility of the new gallery, the draw on their time became much greater and began to cut into studio hours. At this time, Kari began to focus on plein air work; feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. The choice was made and the plan set in motion to close the storefront location and move to an online only gallery. Kari and Diego have recently moved back out to the finger lakes countryside where open fields, forests, lakes, streams, and farms can continue to inspire their work.
Air, earth, water and light mix together to form our living world. Elissa Gore captures these elements as she has seen them in landscape paintings for over thirty years. Formerly a scientific illustrator and college professor of fine art living in New York City and the Catskills, she paints and sketches outdoors in the city and the country. She makes larger works from her studies in the studio. Her work is in over 60 public collections including the US Art in Embassies program. A Philadelphia native, she has a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from the University of Texas. She exhibits frequently and has had over 15 solo exhibitions. She’s a prize winner in plein air painting events. She has taught watercolor workshops for the New York Botanical Garden for 20 years. In New York City, she is represented by Markel Fine Arts.
Lana Grauer grew up in upstate New York. Cold snowy winters exploring icy forests and frozen bays followed by wonderful hot summers on the shores of Lake Ontario led to a great joy and appreciation of the landscapes and waterscapes of this area. She attended Syracuse University being attracted by the art school but ending up as a biology major. Following a career in the biotech industry in San Diego, she returned to her first love of painting. Now she spends summers in the Finger Lakes region of New York state painting the lakes, marshes, vineyards and farmhouses of the area. She paints exclusively in pastel, often with underpaintings. As an avid sailor, she paints sailboats and tries to capture the thrill and excitement of small boat racing. She is a member of the Yates County Art Center in Penn Yan, New York where she is an artist member as well as teacher. Her work is also shown at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, New York as well as at the Edward Hopper House and Museum in Nyack, New York and the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville Florida.
Sandra Hildreth is a retired high school art teacher who lives and works in Saranac Lake. Working primarily in oils, Hildreth enjoys hiking, paddling and skiing to various locations in the Adirondacks to paint. Her work is always on display at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery in Saranac Lake, as well as other regional galleries and she welcomes visitors to her home studio, by appointment. She is the organizer of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival.
Hudson Valley artist Janet Howard-Fatta creates a variety of works from landscapes in oil depicting place and time, to figurative works in wet and dry media. Light, color and a love of nature are the driving forces behind her work. She strives to create a visual representation of what she experiences through her senses. Painting events on location such as weddings, parties to create a keepsake and artistic experience has become a main focus in her work. Telling the stories of others through creating art celebrates our cultural history. Janet is a Pratt graduate, currently a board member of the Orange County Arts Council, and facilitates the Warwick Life Drawing Group. She lives in Warwick, NY surrounded by the beauty of a rural landscape that includes farms, mountains and state parks.
Shawn Dell Joyce
Shawn Dell Joyce is the founder and executive director of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit arts organization with a mission of preserving agricultural history while creating economic opportunity for local artists. The Wallkill River School brings cultural tourism to the region through plein air painting classes on local farms, historic sites and open spaces. She has won many prestigious awards for her art and environmental activism, is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Plein Air Magazine. She has participated in many national level plein air festivals and IPAP international.
Jim Laurino began painting as a teenager and eventually studied design and color theory at the University of Connecticut. Over time he formed a more lasting interest in painting landscapes, and particularly enjoys working on-site, or “en plein air”. Through workshops and self-study, Jim has cultivated a unique representational painting style that balances the impressionists influence with contemporary subject matter. Jim constructs frames for all of his paintings. The frames, which are made out of reclaimed wood material, fashion a rustic window into each piece, subtly complimenting his work. Jim’s paintings are in numerous private collections. He exhibits in galleries and events throughout the Northeast, and recently received top prize in the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival (2016).
As a pastel painter, color is what grabs Diane Leifheit. Her home base, the Adirondack region, contains the whole spectrum of color from the blue that is a shadow in a snowbank to the myriad greens of summer, to the riot of autumn leaves. The human figure ads depth to her compositions relating the land to its inhabitants.
Leifheit’s medium of pastel allows her to construct a very close interpretation of a particular landscape, but also exhibit the freedom to capture a mood in the work i.e. misty mornings, swirling snow storms or the atmosphere of a hot, humid day.
Working with portraiture has allowed Leifheit to explore the beauty of the human face. In 2014 she completed 185 faces for a portrait project, “Face to Face: Drawn to Saranac Lake”, depicting the people of her home town Saranac Lake, not just residents but visitors too. The project strengthened her abilities with the figure and allowed Leifheit to get much closer to her “home town”. The exhibit gave the residents and visitors of the town a real perspective of who the town was that year.
Currently, Diane Leifheit is a plein air painter, painting outside. Her subject matter is at times as close as her own backyard or as far afield as her travels to Mexico. Leifheit is also exploring oil as a medium though that will be more private as she develops an understanding of the medium.
A visit to Leifheit’s studio will put a face to her work and the artist. Browsers are encouraged. Leifheit is always open to talking about how pastel meets paper. Check out Leifheit’s work on her website www.dianeleifheit.com
Taking his first painting lesson at age 8 in an art store in Pittsburgh PA, John McNally minored in Studio Art at PSU, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at LSU. After managing a poetry bookstore in San Francisco 6 years, he moved to New Jersey, where, from 1997 thru 2009, he studied plein air painting with Bucks County artist Robert Beck along the Delaware River and in Maine. Further journeys with his easel to the Four Corners and Finger Lakes Regions cemented his practice of travel and painting. In 2013 he attended his first painting competition, the Seneca Lake (formerly Billsboro) Plein Air Festival, received 2nd place, and discovered a community of likeminded itinerant artists. Among his other awards: 1st Place in Morristown NY 2014 (judged by Laura Foster, Director of The Remington Museum); 2nd Place, Adirondack Plein Air Festival 2015; 3rd Place, Easton PA Riverside Festival 2015. He attended Plein Air Magazine’s Publisher’s Invitational the last 4 summers, and will participate again next June.
The paintings Lynn creates are the art of Impressionism. It is important for her to give the surprise of discovery when looking closely at her paintings and then stepping back, allowing room for imagination. She works in her home studio in Alexandria, VA and paints outside. An artist at an early age, the outdoors has been where she feels the most free. Plein Air Magazine ran a 5-page “Artist Profile” on Mehta in September 2016, Washington DC’s, Hill Rag, ran a 2-page article in February 2016, and she is a featured artist in 100 Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. A member in several organizations, Mehta is juried into Oil Painters of America, Salmagundi Club, and Washington Society of Landscape Artists. Most recently, she was awarded Signature Membership in the American Society of Marine Artists. With a B.A. in Art from San Diego State University, Mehta continued her studies in workshops of internationally acclaimed artists in the US and abroad. In May 2016, she completed an artist residency in Acadia National Park. A recipient of numerous awards, Mehta most recently received Best Use of Light at Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2017, First Place in BSSS Queen City Plein Air Festival 2016, and First Place in Staunton Juried Artists’ Quick Draw Art Competition 2016.
Nedra has always been interested in the many ways texture appears in art. An early stage of her art making involved collage in a print process called the collagraph. Texture still pulled her into its spell. Painting geometric shapes suggesting the city, she then painted text in one color over the composition. She found that the text created points of color and had the look of a textural tapestry. Her work has gone through several stages and she is now a figurative painter who paints the textures of the landscape as she sees them in brick, glass, water and stone. Text, when it appears, is a sign identifying a place such a Macy’s. She is a regional artist and has a passion for Plein Air Painting, winning the grand prize at the Niskayuna Paint Out in 2015. She was included in the paint out at Olana in Hudson, NY in 2016. She is a current member of the American Artist Professional League and the Salmagundi Club in New York City participating in the Grand National Exhibition since 2014. Her work has been included in the Mohawk-Hudson Regional winning a prize in 2011. She is a member of the Cooperstown Arts Association and was pleased to win the Winsor & Newton award in National Juried Exhibition in 2013. She has exhibited her art in group shows at Pleiades Gallery, The Drawing Center, The Museum of the City of New York and the Pen and Brush. One person shows include, “Color Moves Form”, Washington and Jefferson College, Olin Gallery, PA; The New Art Center, “Spells”, at 580 Eighth Ave, NY; and most recently, an exhibition of paintings, “There and Back Again”, at the law offices of Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, PC. In Niskayuna, NY. Her work is included in two books, Painting the Town, published by the Museum of the City of New York and Site Matters, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Trade Center Residency, 1997-2001. Nedra Newby earned her BVA and a Masters of Visual Art from Georgia State University, USA. She has a Masters of Arts from SUNY, Albany, NY and studied art at the Central School of Art and Design in London England, earning a diploma in printmaking while on a Fulbright Grant. Nedra is also an Edwin Austin Abbey Fellow sponsored by the National Academy of Design.
Chrissy Pahucki was born in Goshen, NY. She is a painter living in the Hudson River Valley. She loves the outdoors and spends much of her summer painting en plein air. Using acrylics, she captures the natural essence of her subjects. Chrissy is especially interested in the relationship between land and water and how water affects the colors, shapes and dynamics of landscapes. Her plein air awards include: 2016 Honorable Mention at the Easton, MD Quick Draw preview, 2015 Chrissy won The Best Depiction of Nature award at Paint It! Ellicott City, MD 2015 Honorable Mention in the Camp Hill, PA Plein Air festival’s Quick Draw Competition, 2014, 3rd Place – Adirondack Harvest Plein Air Festival, 2014 Honorable Mention – Castine Plein Air Festival, ME, 2014 People’s Choice & Honorable Mention – Morristown Plein Air Festival, NY, 2014 Will Roger’s Award – Adirondack Plein Air Festival, NY. Chrissy has been a Represented Artist of the Wallkill River School Gallery and has had an annual show at the gallery from 2009 to 2015. Her paintings hang in many homes across the United States.
Rick Parenti began drawing as a young child and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. With his three dimensional art background, furniture and designing interiors was a natural fit for him. His love for designing with beautiful woods grew into a successful business of 33 years, Wood Join Company. Rick collaborates with many and varied artists, craftsmen and business people in order to fulfill each clients project. Twelve years ago, Rick studied with Najim Checham, a well-known international sculptor. He recently discovered the Wallkill River School where he has been studying pastels with Shawn Dell Joyce. Pastels have given Rick the venue to produce paintings quickly. His work has changed and grown with his skills, and he is being featured in a solo show as both a painter and a sculptor at the Wallkill River School of Art this Spring. Rick is as passionate about his art as he is his business. He says; “In art, everything is permissible as long as it’s beautiful and fantastic!”
Nancy Reed Jones
Nancy Reed Jones is an award winning artist living and working in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Nancy was trained at the Huntington Art League on Long Island where she lived most of her life. She owned her own mural business for many years on Long Island and painted murals for the cancer patients in the hospitals there. Her murals were painted directly on the walls in the patient’s rooms where they could be viewed from their beds. These murals were used for “Guided Imagery” which is a technique where the patients get so engrossed in the scene that it alleviates their pain. Nancy has developed “Art For Relaxation” classes to help people in recovery from addictions and serious illnesses. Relaxation techniques such as soft music, flowing fountains and aroma therapy are used to help people relax and enjoy the process of learning to paint. Nancy now teaches acrylic and oil painting in her home studio in Walden, New York and is also a painting instructor at the Wallkill River School of Art where she was a member of the Board of Directors for several years. In 2013 Nancy was chosen to receive the “Champion Of The Arts” award from the Orange County Arts Council. She was also voted #1 acrylic artist in the region in 2010.
Julie Riker received her BFA in Illustration from the University of The Arts and, after graduation, she worked on the restoration of the PA State Capitol for 6 years restoring original decorative finishes. In 1996 she started her own interior decorative painting business, specializing in murals, faux finishes, and hand painted decoration. She has painted in countless homes throughout the area as well as churches and businesses. When not working for a client, Julie enjoys painting outdoors. Many of these plein air paintings serve as inspiration for larger studio pieces, but some stand on their own as observations of the beauty and variety of nature. She has participated in many national painting competitions and has won several awards – most recently the Artist’s Choice Award for Paint Snow Hill 2016, the Plein Air Magazine Award for Plein Air Wayne 2016, Plein Air Salon, and juried artist in Plein Air Easton. She is past president of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters and a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters.
Mitchell Saler is a fine art painter who lives in Middletown, New York. In 2009, he graduated with an Associate Degree in Visual Arts from Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York. In 2011, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at New Paltz. The university awarded him the Alex Martin Scholarship, and he has received awards in various art exhibits. He has been exhibiting in a number of venues and is a represented artist at the Wallkill River School. His works emphasize vastness, dramatic lighting, and atmospheric effects. He is a Board Member of the Goshen Art League and a member of the Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group, and the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters.
Vaune Sherin is a true Orange County daughter. A long term resident of Maybrook who graduated from Orange County Community College, she received a BA from Binghamton University with a concentration in painting. Her early experience was in the art department of a silk screener for the garment industry. Sherin painted two murals in the children’s room of the library in Maybrook. She has also painted numerous sets for the Valley Central High School performing arts department over the past twelve years. Here she found a sense of community among the hard working students, faculty and volunteers. She was featured in two solo shows and is a represented artist at the Wallkill River School in Montgomery. Her plein air landscapes and pastel still lifes reflect the technical expertise of her years of work experience. Last year she received the “Best in Show – Pastel” award at the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival.
John is a Pennsylvania artist who was born and remains based in Philadelphia. His career has been devoted to painting landscape and figure. John’s paintings are his attempt to understand nature and relate its lessons. Each work begins with a search for an idea, concept, or vision, and he considers his work successful only when he is able to communicate these concepts. Plein air painting and color studies from life are important initial steps in John’s understanding of a subject and a painting is complete when it remains truthful to the subject. His goal as an artist is to grow and improve with every painting. John has been invited to many competitions as both artist and juror, and his art has been featured in such publications as PleinAir Magazine.
Raymond Smith is a self-taught painter, illustrator, and graphic designer, specializing in figurative art, and lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. He has a wide range of artistic interests and skills in both traditional and non-traditional media. He has been the art instructor for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, and the ‘Saturday U’ enrichment program for public school children at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. His ‘Hoboken Children’s Memorial Flag’ can be seen on permanent display at Hoboken City Hall. It was Hoboken’s first public 9/11 memorial. Raymond keeps his skills sharp by working indoors from life, outdoors from nature, copying old master and Impressionist paintings at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He takes a sketchbook everywhere he goes, and really enjoys painting En Plein Air!
Joseph Sundwall is a representational artist trained at the Kansas City Art Institute, Art Students League, and St. Oswald’s Studios in London. He is principally a portrait painter, but he is also known for his sporting art (equestrian and canine) and landscapes with animals and birds. Joseph has had numerous solo exhibitions in New Jersey and in Florida, and has won many awards for his efforts. He recently moved to Montgomery, NY, and has enjoyed painting en plein air in the celebrated Hudson Valley. Joseph is represented by J.M. Stringer Gallery in Vero Beach, FL, and Portraits North in Lexington, MA.
There is a strong sense of place in the paintings by Alix Hallman Travis. For her the painting life begins and ends with watercolor. Her summers are spent painting en plein air in watercolor. Those summer paintings are often the source of inspiration for her oils and acrylics created in an 1884 blacksmith shop in the remote hamlet of Halcottsville, Catskill Mountains, New York State. Her winter’s work ends with watercolor as a prominent element in multimedia works. Travis has exhibited her watercolors locally and nationally, earning awards and signature memberships. In 2007 she founded and coordinates the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters. Travis began her art training at the Cleveland Institute of Art, followed by study at the Arts Students League, New York. While at the League she was awarded the Art Students League/Fantasy Fountain Fund Merit Award, to study in Paris, France at the Paris American Institute.
From an early age, Marylyn has had a passion for art and dreamed of being an artist. In fulfillment of that dream she studied art at the Traphagen School of Fashion Illustration and Design in New York City. Although she loved illustration, in her heart, she really wanted to be a painter. She was introduced to watercolor painting by the late artist Don Selchow. He quickly took Marylyn under his wing, and with his guidance, she was hooked on this wonderful medium. After many years of studying watercolor painting she began experimenting with oil paint which is currently her medium of choice.
Early on, she began to visit Rockport, MA and Kennebunkport, ME. The quaintness of these New England coastal towns and her love of the ocean spoke to her creative spirit and inspired her love of painting. She is an elected Fellow of The American Artists Professional League, NYC, NY; a member of The Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ; The Wallkill River School, Montgomery, NY; Artists in the Parks, Bear Mtn., NY; The Orange County Art Federation; The Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters; and Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY. An award winning artist, she is represented by The Wallkill River School and Gallery in Montgomery, NY and The Gallery in the Bear Mountain Inn at Bear Mountain State Park. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections.
Marylyn has studied with Master Artists, Andrew Lattimore of Cornwall, NY and John P. Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute. Marylyn spends as much time as possible living her passion, painting in her studio, or “En Plein Air.” marylynvanderpool.com
Wallkill River School’s Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival 2017
Organizing Committee included:
Shawn Dell Joyce, Janet Howard-Fatta, Chrissy Pahucki, Mitchell Saler, Vaune Sherin
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