Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

 
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2018 Featured Artist and Painting Revealed

SEWE is excited to announce its Featured Artist and Featured Painting for the 2018 event, marking 36 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life.

Kathryn Mapes Turner has been named the 2018 event’s Featured Artist. Her painting, Unbridled, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2018 poster.

The artwork of Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As a daughter of the Northern Rockies, she was born and raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape. The happy synergy of a receptive spirit and a place of magnificent beauty set the course for her life.

“It is a deep honor to be selected to be the featured artist for this year’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition,” said Turner. “Having been passionate about painting animals since I was a young girl, this is an unprecedented opportunity for me as an artist. My goal is to create work for the show that expresses my profound respect for the natural world and inspire the viewer to understand the interconnectedness we share.”

Unbridled depicts the wild horses that live in the wide-open spaces of the West.

“In the high desert plains of my native Wyoming, they live as mustangs, without domestication or fences,” said Turner. “Their range is as vast as the distant horizon line. In this image, I wanted to capture this wild freedom that is such a romantic notion in my own heart and one that expresses the spirit of the American West.”

With an ongoing focus to bring renowned wildlife and sporting art to Charleston, SEWE also welcomes Guest Artist Joseph Sulkowski. Sulkowski studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he learned to prepare his paints using recipes developed in the studios of Rembrant. With work reflective of the Old Masters, Sulkowski will bring the rich sporting art painted from memories of his trips from South Georgia to the Scottish Highlands.

“The Featured Painting is a powerful image and sets an exciting tone for the complete body of work yet to come,” adds SEWE Executive Director John Powell. “We believe the subject and style of Unbridled is going to resonate with an even broader audience. Collectors and wildlife art enthusiasts will be on-hand in February to celebrate Kathryn and another extraordinary group of artists.”

Turner’s original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Preview Gala and Sale, February 15, 2018. The Official 2018 Poster will be available for purchase starting October 15.

 

 
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Joseph H. Sulkowski | Artist Spotlight

SEWE is excited to announce painter Joseph H. Sulkowski as its Guest Artist for the 2018 event. Sulkowski knew from the age of five that he would be an artist. His early skills in drawing and painting enabled him to begin a path toward fulfilling his passion.

Following graduation from Canon-McMillan High School, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, founded in 1809 and the oldest art school in the U.S. Later he met his greatest influence and mentor, Frank Mason, the foremost authority on the principles and techniques of the Old Masters at the Art Students League of New York. Mason was the last protege of Frank Vincent DuMond whom he succeeded as teacher in Studio 7 at the League. DuMond was a close friend and disciple of James Abbott McNeil Whistler.

Sulkowski became an apprentice to Mason from 1974-1979 learning the traditional principles of painting in the 17th century Flemish, Dutch and Italian techniques. He also learned how to prepare his paints, mediums and oils using recipes developed in the studios of Rubens and Rembrandt.

Joseph Sulkowski refers to his style of painting as “poetic realism”, an interpretive form inspired by the natural world. He values his freedom to view the world as a poetic vision and then to express that vision in rich impastos and luminous transparent shadows on canvas.

The animals, figures and landscape of the sporting life are the subjects that continually draw Sulkowski’s attention. His love for sporting dogs, terriers and foxhounds inform many of his most illustrious canvases. At the same time, he is inspired by the intimacy of companionship of “man’s best friend”, the feeling of which is expressed in his privately commissioned pet portraits.

Sulkowski’s trips to places afield from the quail hunting plantations of south Georgia to the grouse moors of the Scottish Highlands continue to be sources for inspiration. The artist has also often returned to one of his favorite subjects, the horse, to capture this animal’s grace and beauty.

Joseph Sulkowski’s work is represented in public and private collections worldwide. His two murals of Saudi Arabian history reside in the King Abdul Aziz Museum in Saudi Arabia. Other collectors include Rolex, the Duke of Bedford, Marshall Field IV, GeorgeMichael and the Tennessee State Museum to name a few. He is represented by Halcyon Gallery in London, Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY and Scottsdale,AZ and The Edgartown Art Gallery in Marthaʼs Vineyard.

He has received numerous awards including the AAPL Grand National Award, the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award and the Best in Show award at the Art in the Mountains exhibition sponsored by Southwest Art magazine. He is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, the National Society of Mural Painters, the National Arts Club, the American Artists Professional League and he is a Life Member of the ArtStudents League of New York.

Sulkowski resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his artist wife, Elizabeth Brandon.

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2018 VIP Program

VIP Packages will be for sale starting October 13. Members of SEWE’s VIP program enjoy perks and insider access throughout the weekend, including private art viewings, exclusive lounge areas, parties, transportation and priority entry to all venues during show hours. A limited number of VIP packages will be available to ensure the best experience possible for our most important guests. Flip through the brochure below and get ready!

 
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Exhibitor Applications Open for SEWE 2018

Attention all exhibitors – applications are now live for SEWE 2018.

Exhibitor applications are open June 1 – October 1.  CLICK HERE FOR EXHIBITOR APPLICATION

 
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Feathers and Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina

Feathers and Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina
February 15 – May 7, 2017

“They frequent the lower parts of Rivers in Carolina” was about all Mark Catesby could say about “the little brown duck” that got away from him whilst compiling notes for his eighteenth century masterwork detailing the region’s wildlife. Of course, the bird’s speed and elusiveness came as no surprise to the countless duck hunters and birdwatchers that followed.

Numerous species of ducks and other local waterfowl are central to the Lowcountry’s historical culture, their meat and feathers filling specific desires from dining tables to fashion statements, and even indigenous sacred ceremonies. These birds today still carry a certain mystique all their own, influencing artisans and artists alike with their serene demeanor and brilliant plumage. Even hunting them has become somewhat of an art form. Handcrafted decoys and calls have themselves become prized possessions, as have the elegant shotguns used in conjunction with them.

The Charleston Museum, in cooperation with the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, and with generous sponsorship from the Charleston Mercury, presents Feathers and Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina, a collective look at the historic art and artifacts associated with local waterfowling. This exhibit will draw from a number of different categories from the Museum’s vast collections as well as a few private ones, and offer an important glimpse into the South Carolina Lowcountry’s longstanding water bird traditions.

Learn more about the Charleston Museum, the nation’s oldest museum.

PLEASE NOTE: Free admission for all Charleston Museum members. Special $10 entry fee for all SEWE ticket and badge holders during SEWE weekend only. $5 for ages 3-12, and children 2 and under are free. Regular museum rate of $12 for adults resumes after SEWE weekend.

 
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Live Presentations at SEWE 2017

SEWE is excited to offer the following live presentations throughout the weekend. All of these shows are included with your general admission ticket. And don’t forget – kids 10 and under are free!

JEFF CORWIN

Friday, 2/17 at 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 1 PM  |  Gaillard Center

As a television personality, nature conservationist and author, Jeff Corwin will entertain and delight SEWE attendees at the Gaillard Center with live presentations on Friday and Saturday. Best known as host and executive producer of Ocean Mysterieson ABC, Jeff is recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation. Seating is first-come,first-served.

BUSCH WILDLIFE

Friday, 2/17 at 11 AM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 3:30 PM  |  Sunday, 2/19 at 11 AM  |  Gaillard Center

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

THE CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY

Friday, 2/17 at 11 AM and 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM |  Sunday, 2/19 at 1 PM | Marion Square

Presented by BP America
One of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. See amazing flight demos up-close by a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks while learning about the important role they play in our ecosystem.

 

THE ORIANNE SOCIETY

Friday, 2/17 at 1 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 3 PM |  Sunday, 2/19 at 3 PM  |  Marion Square

Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species (such as quail, turkey and deer) in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.

 

 
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SCWA Events

Check out these South Carolina Waterfowl Association events during SEWE weekend!

South Carolina Waterfowl Association Sportsman’s Ball    
6 pm, Friday, February 17
This SCWA wild game feast features dinner, cocktails, raffles and offers a silent and live auction. A 30th anniversary celebration with cocktail attire at the Omar Shrine Center in Mt. Pleasant.
TICKETS: $60 per person | $90 per couple. Reserve a table for your group: $360 for 8-person table | $450 for 10-person table. Available HERE or call 803.452.6001.
Omar Shrine Center, Mt. Pleasant

Annual Duck Shuck Oyster Roast
6 pm, Saturday, February 18
With live music, raffles, live and silent auctions and hot oysters, this casual party is a fun evening at the Omar Shrine Center in Mt. Pleasant.
TICKETS: $50 per person | $400 to reserve a table. Available HERE or call 803.452.6001.

 

 
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2017 Live Auction Preview

From the 2017 Featured Painting to a private dinner with Jack Hanna to custom handcrafted knives, preview the line up of fabulous auction items available to bid on during the SEWE Preview Gala and Auction, being held Thursday, February 16, 2017 as part of the SEWE VIP program. Happy bidding!

 
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How to Buy Tickets in Advance

February 1st is the last day to buy tickets online for the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

Tickets are available at the following locations now through the event:

DOWNTOWN
The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street (Monday-Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Charleston Visitors Center, 375 Meeting Street (Daily, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)

MT. PLEASANT
Town of Mount Pleasant Visitors Center, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd in the New Mt Pleasant Waterfront Park (Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)

KIAWAH ISLAND
Kiawah Visitors Center, Town Hall, 200 Beachwalker Drive (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

NORTH CHARLESTON
North Charleston Visitors Center/American LaFrance Fire Museum, 4975-B Centre Point Drive (Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

You may also purchase tickets on-site, during SEWE 2017, at the following locations:
– Brittlebank Park
– Charleston Place Hotel
– Gaillard Center
– Marion Square

For more information . . .

 

 
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2017 Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

The 2017 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) art competition results are in! To say we are overwhelmed by the talent and hard work produced by these K-12 students and their respective teachers and parents is an understatement.  We are BLOWN away. A big thank you to everyone across the state who participated in this year’s contest. And thank you to SC Ducks Unlimited, the SC JDS sponsor – we could not continue this successful and important program without your support.

And a standing ovation to Olivia Wingo from Thomas Cario  Middle School in Mount Pleasant, SC, for being chosen as the 2017 SC Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show. Good luck at the Federal Judging on April 21 (being hosted by SEWE in Charleston!).

2017 Best of Show, Group 3, Age 13_Oliva Wingo, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dawn” 2017 Best of Show by Olivia Wingo
Age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

Announcing the 2017 SC Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

BEST OF SHOW
Olivia Wingo – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP I (Grades K-3)

1st
Addison Carpenter – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Grey Newman – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Siri Surapaneni – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC

2nd
Emma Richards – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Colt Stanley – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Camryn Trent – age 8, Palmetto Bays Elementary, Myrtle Beach, SC

3rd
Abhi Balachandran – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Paisley Knox – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Blaise Shepherd – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Honorable Mention
Makayla Benjamin – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Will Cowell – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Carter Durham – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Carson Hicks – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Andie Johnson – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Brantley Jones – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Greg Lee – age 6, H.E. Bonner Elementary, Moncks Corner, SC
Weston Milz – age 6, Burgess Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Maximus Shepherd – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Chloe Shroff – age 8, Vine and Branches Home Educators, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kennedy Stutts – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Emerson Taylor – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Hailey Thurston – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Rowan Vaughn – age 6, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kirya Warner – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Abigail Wood – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC


GROUP II (Grades 4-6)

1st
Leaton Nuttall – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Tabby Perry – age 10, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Meredith Rogers – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

2nd
Kelsey Bennett – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Bella Immelman – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Aden Pugsley – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

3rd
Emma Causey – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Madison Ciccone – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Brenna Ullrey – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Honorable Mention
Amrithaa Balachandran – age 10, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Meenakshi Balachandran – age 11, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Amelia Godfrey – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Rowan Johnson – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Millie Morris – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Addison Junkins – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Tori Morris – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Ellison Newman – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Maria Remon – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant SC
Gracie Reynolds, 11 – age Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Parker Rupe, 12 – age Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Emma Sanders, 12 – age Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Emma Tiberian, 11 – age Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Alexandra Trapp – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Katharine Vanderbilt – age 10, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Julia Zimmerman – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP III (Grades 7-9)

1st
Olivia Wingo – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Grace Moore – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Abigail O’Donnell – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

2nd
Emma Heesen – age 14, James Island Charter High School, James Island, SC
Amelia Rankin – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Gavin Wheeler – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC

3rd
Will Chase – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Katelyn Howard – Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
Landry Wolverton – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

Honorable Mention
Mersina Argyropais – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Grace Collins – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Macy Crawford – age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Paige Emerson – age 14, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
Morgan Flanders – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC\
Caroline Floyd – age 13, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Sarah Frankel – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Elizabeth Glendinning – age 13, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Hannah Houston – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Matthew McFarland – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Ethan Roland – age 13, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Olivia Seitz – age 13, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
Devaney Ullrey – age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Daniel Wannamaker – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Sarah Ann Whalen – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Caroline Whitley – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)

1st
Jorge Feria de la Cruz – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Rose Holstein – age 17, Homeschool, Mt Pleasant, SC
JoAnn Lawhorn – age 15, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

2nd
Nikayra Emmons – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kathryn Felkel – age 17, Orangeburg Prep, Orangeburg, SC
David Flowers – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

3rd
Destiny Denue – age 16, James Island Charter High School, James Island, SC
Kylie Mason – age 16, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Nancy Sterrett – age 17, James Island Charter High School, James Island, SC

Honorable Mention
Ty Bell – age 18, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Khiley Blackmon – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Jason Carvalho – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Lania Collins – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Cindy Contreras – Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Ava Kronberg – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Leah Dillon – age 17, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Chase Jarvis – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Anna McGrath – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Juliann Moua – age 16, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Melanie Murray – age 15, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
William-Datton Penn – Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Katherine Phillips – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Findley Stillwell – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Olivia Sweatt – age 16, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Anna Walker – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC

 

2017 Conservation Message Winners

GROUP I (Grades K-3)

Spread your wings, lend a hand to work for conservation of everyone’s future.
Addison Carpenter – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Become a Jr. Ranger and help save the ducks from danger!
Grey Newman – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

When you conserve, you protect the wildlife.
Maximus Shepherd – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Cayce, SC

Don’t be whack, protect the quack!
Colt Stanley – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Save our wildlife! Don’t dirty our waters!
Hailey Thurston – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Manning, SC


GROUP II (Grades 4-6)

Nature created the inspiration, but we must conserve the art of the wetlands.
Madison Ciccone – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Taking care of our environment benefits all life! It’s our responsibility to make a difference!
Meredith Rogers – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Wildlife paints us a picture of our past and our present, but conservation determines our future.
Emma Tiberian – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Stewarding the gifts of nature while striving to conserve its treasure.
Alexandra Trapp – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

They say, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” Let’s not find out.
Audrey Wolverton – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC


GROUP III (Grades 7-9)

Conservation is important to me because I believe we need to protect wildlife for future generations
Libby Ashworth – age 14, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC

It is important to conserve the wet lands because wetlands prevent flooding and keep river levels normal. Also, because they are home to many amazing creatures.
Emma Heesen – age 14, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

Don’t be a schmuck; save a duck.
Grace Moore – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Lexington, SC

Wildlife is a beautiful gift to the world that should not be taken for granted.
Sarah Ann Whalen – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Join the flock to conservation by learning, helping, and restoring!
Caroline Whitley – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Awendaw, SC


GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)

The problem speaks for itself; be the translator.
Destiny Denue – age 16, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

All living creatures deserve the home the Earth provides for them.
Nikayra Emmons – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC

It is important to protect wildlife habitats so future generations can witness the same species we have the privelage to see now.
Allison Gonyer – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

The ability to conserve life is priceless, while the failure to do so is costly.
Sarah Imgrund – age 16, Homeschool, Summerville, SC

Conservation of wetlands is important to preserve the environment for future generations.
Anna Walker – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC

See all of the winning entries here . . .

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