Art & Beyond Summer/Fall 2013

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Vol. 3 • Summer/Fall Issue • 2013

art beyond

from artist to artist - market, promote, succeed

Helen Kagan

IN SEARCH OF MEANING oil • acrylic • watercolor • mixed media • photography • digital art • print making • sculpture • glass • ceramic • jewelry

Karen J. Sander

WITHOUT A TITLE (Shadow 7). Mixed media, 48" x 32" Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly

Vol.3 • Summer/Fall • 2013

art&beyond Art is a form of communication based on a range of emotions one can express using brush strokes, color, various techniques, different medium and materials. The viewer is able to experience the visual impulse that creates a fountain of feelings. Art is a universal language and one can experience its power by merely looking at it. Art & Beyond Magazine is proud to present the incredible artists featured on the pages of this issue. Each possessing their own style, unique ideas and vision of the world around us. From scratch they are able to create things that inspire and enhance our lives. For this issue Art & Beyond held a Cover Competition giving four artists the opportunity to be featured on four covers of the magazine.

CONTENTS Where to Go Spectrum–Miami


Fine Art Dr. Elana Ashley Gabi Domenig Anna Ivleva Jack Jasper Susie McKay Krieser Cheryl Parsons

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Sculpture Raquel Rub Margarita van der Velden

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Fine Art • Mixed Media Helen Kagan PhD Minja Lah Sabine Blodorn Karen J. Sander Peter Filzmaier Santiago Perez

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Fine Art • Jewelry Sandra Den Hartog Mila Ryk Natalya B. Parris Guy Brock Kevin McCabe Jeff Levine

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Cover Art Winners

We are proud to announce that the artwork “In Search of Meaning” by Helen Kagan PhD has been chosen as the winner of the Art & Beyond Front Cover. The artwork “Bird of Paradise” by Anna Ivleva has been chosen for the Back Cover. The artwork “Without a Title (Shadow 7)” by Karen J. Sander won the Inside Front Cover. Helen Kagan PhD – Front Cover

Anna Ivleva – Back Cover

And for the Inside Back Cover the artwork “Emotion” by Raquel Rub was chosen. Congratulations to Helen, Anna, Karen and Raquel! Art & Beyond wish you a great success in your artistic career. We would like to thank all of the immensely talented artists who participated in this issue.

Karen J. Sander – Inside Front Cover

Publisher/ Art Director

Mila Ryk


Alina Lampert

Art & Beyond published 8 times a year.

Raquel Rub – Insid Back Cover

Entry Form to apply to be published in the Art & Beyond Online magazine is available at Membership Program application is available at

Six (6) Online issues and Two (2) printed issues. Distributed to the galleries, museumes and other art institutions electronically and by mail.

For any additional information please contact Mila Ryk at

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where to go SPECTRUM-MIAMI

2013 prime location adjacent to Art Miami/Context and Miami Projects makes Midtown and Wynwood the most visited areas which run concurrent and successful satellite art fairs during Art Basel Miami Beach. For the last 4 years, Castillo decided to focus his career on the fascinating and fleeting aspect of the arts market: the development and organization of the international art fairs. After working for 17 years as the director of his eponymous gallery in Chicago, Castillo has built a reputation based on his forward-thinking and progressive ideas which were evident in his participation as associate director for MIA Art Fair 2011, Shanghai Art Fair 2011 and Art Shanghai 2012 as well as Art Spot 2012.

Magaly Otaola. TENSION. Digital on a Light Box

During Spectrum Miami 2013, Castillo will have a dozen booths located at the right of the 60,000 square foot tent, near the entrance in a section named ArtSpot showcasing painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper. Current Art Group will exhibit a new project called Current Art Group, USA Project at ArtSpot Booth #215. This group was founded and curated by Ted Barr well known curator in cities as Miami, NYC, Paris, Tel Aviv. Ted Barr delivers international lectures and workshops demonstrating his multi-layered Tar technique as well as presentations in the subjects of symbolism, modern art concepts, curating models and global art marketing. The Current Art Group consists of more than 5000 members worldwide. The group enhances residency exchanges and offers platform for emerging and established Artists’ shows. Additional to Ted Barr, Luis Valenzuela will be the sharing curator, Creative Director of Artsy Productions USA©. Internationally renowned visual artist and curator Valenzuela has has successful careers in marketing, journalism, and fashion design. I his quest to create diverse and unique art, he has producedmany one-of–a-kind pieces, several of which have landed in art collections, interior designers and architects from around the world. Valenzuela’s passion to create such exceptional art and his creative vision naturally served as a catalyst for him to expand his career as a curator. He has successfully organized art exhibitions in distinguished institutions such as The Chelsea Art Museum and The Kennedy Center Washington DC and at art fairs such as Art Miami and Art Wynwood. Most notable of Valenzuela’s work as a curator was his collaboration with art champion and pioneer Bernice Steinbaum.

Gilberto Salinas. INOCENCIA. Acrylic on Canvas

Current Art Group, USA will offer the most modern methods of Marketing including social networking, artists’ personal interviews to promote the project as well as the participants’ artists, under the direction of Tata Fernandez, Art Marketing/Social Media Consultant. Between the Participants Artists, we can mention Barbara Rosenzweig/USA, Magaly Otaola/Venezuela,Alejandro Leyva/Cuba, Lina Rosenman/Israel, Gilbert Salina/USA, Fabio Mesa/Colombia, Gouri Sahn, India, Bernadetted Despujols/Venezuela, Giovanni Lunardi/Italy. For more information visit our website: or email us to: currentartgroup2013@gmail.

Giovanni Lunardi. NY-TAXY-2013. Photography

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Dr. ELANA ASHLEY Having greatly enjoyed reading Greco-Roman and Norse mythology as a child and teen, having studied the Bible during my early years and college years, and having received a Ph.D. from New York University in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, specializing in Ugaritic Mythology, I use my knowledge, understanding, and imagination to create bold, colorful, abstract, fantasy, mystical, and spiritual paintings, and mixed media art. As a cancer survivor, I derive spiritual strength from the Bible. I take joy in every moment, in every splash of color, in ever-changing emotions and physical healing, in visions seen and unseen. Painting became the primary creative outlet for expressing my thoughts and feelings as I moved through the worst of the cancer and into the ongoing healing process. Whatever my mind, heart and spirit conceive, my hand translates into colorful reflections of reality, fantasy, sci-fi adventure, futuristic visions, memories, dreams, and spirituality.

AFTER THE GARDEN OF EDEN. Watercolor. 24” x 18”

I developed an artistic collection based on the Bible entitled "Biblical Inspiration and the Creative Spirit," that includes eight paintings, one mixed media and one originally embroidered design. Other art work fall into a series of varied categories including “The World of Fantasies and Dreams,” “The Animal Kingdom,” “The Cosmic World of Sci-Fi Mystery,” and “The World of Abstract Art.” My major focus as an artist has been to interweave bold colors into ever-changing tapestries of animal, plant and human life with spiritual awakenings—some planned; others completely unplanned. Sometimes I shift into quieter, more subtle tones, and the artwork reflects dreamlike, mystical and spiritual dimensions of my mind and heart. In addition to painting and mixed media pursuits, my creativity has taken other artistic forms including cartooning, caricaturing, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art, puppet making, floral design, and jewelry.

BEFORE THE COVENANT. Acrylic on canvas. 18” x 24”

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PARADISE MADONNA AND CHILD. Acrylic on canvas. 120cm x 80cm

Gabi Domenig was born in Austria. She is a through and through figurative artist. She tries to capture moments and build up emotional tensions. She does not want to shock, stir up or provoke. The viewer of her images should be touched by a positive energy. He should feel the music she has listened during her painting. He should feel something of her passion when she paints. There are so many negative messages every day which cause bad feelings. For her art should be life-affirming and beautiful, touching and connecting. A language without words. She paints mostly with acrylic colours and concerns herself primarily with the representation of man and especially of women. Her characters send out varied emotions such as pride, pain, love, sadness, loneliness, joy and longing. They are sensuous, strong, vulnerable, thoughtful, dreamy, seductive, promising and cautious. For the most part the figures are located in a particular environment cutout. The expression of the eyes should draw the viewer into its spell and animate him to enter in a deeper communication with the figures in the picture. Flowers, plants, animals, patterns and landscape sections are decorative parts, but are usually situated in the background. ANGEL WITH DOVE. Acrylic and pastels on paper. 30cm x 30cm

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Back Cover Winner

EVA. Oil on canvas. 24” x 36”

Anna Ivleva When I have been asked about my strengths as practicing visual artist, I am quick to reply that my lack of fear of painting with bold, bright colors is my greatest strength. All of my work is painted in oil on canvas with colors from our daily surroundings such as yellow, red, lavender, blue and green. These uplifting colors create joy and mental stimulation in the viewer I believe, which is very important to me. My picture are meant to capture and reflect on canvas the glory of Glory of God on Earth. My artwork is quiet and peaceful as well as joyful. In my portraits, I first draw the viewer in through the eyes-the window to the soul. Then comes the face, the body, and the surrounding atmosphere.

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ORCHIDS. Oil on canvas. 18” x 24”

In the still life works, I want the observer to be able to smell the flowers and taste the fruits. In landscape, there is a call to visit and enjoy the real smells and textures. As a practicing artist I want to reflect nature on canvas and the creations of God in bright bold terms.

PRIMEVAL. Acrylic on canvas. 52” x 38”

EPIPHANY. Acrylic on canvas. 52” x 38”

Jack Jasper My art is relational. I have always been fascinated by creation myths and I perceive the universe as having evolved from one catastrophic event. From one point, everything emerges, with the best scenarios trying to rush to completion. I grew up in Chicago and lived for years in Montana. While there I studied medical technology and the life sciences. From the experience of being surrounded by the powerful presence of nature in Montana and my studies, I'm drawn to experimenting with combinations of elements, sometimes alluding to air, earth, fire and water. I try to represent nature's electron dance, with an ambient underlying sexuality, unfolding as a shimmering becoming—a synchronicity between disparate elements.

I’m drawn to the culture of the Australian aborigines and their idea that every thing they do is connected to the Dreamtime when their Creative Ancestors created the world. My theory of art and life is dialectical. From the one point of creation, all contradictions arise. I see my art as the struggle between thesis and antithesis. I have moved from an imagist sort of art to abstraction to try to play this out. I have worked as a graphic designer and a medical illustrator and in a subtle sense it may influence the work. I try to use my art to reconcile these contradictions and to achieve synthesis and— ultimately—transcendence.

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FALLING. Diptych, Paper Collage and Acrylic Paint on Canvas. 24” x 48”

TELL ME.Quadtych, Acrylic Paint on Canvas. 48” x 48”

Susie McKay Krieser is a contemporary artist, who lives in Los Angeles, California. Her minimalistic, bold and vibrant works explore the relationship between form and color, and the divergence of stimulation and serenity. She has a permanent collection hanging in the Eli Broad Stage in Santa Monica and has shown in The Los Angeles Museum of Art’s Rental and Sales Gallery. Her artwork hangs in Paris, London, and throughout Mexico and the United States. Her paintings reflect the inspiration she receives from live models and the artwork of Alex Katz.

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ARTISTS STUDIO. Oil on canvas.

cheryl parsons “A painter’s brush consumes his dreams.” John Keats’ statement has been a driving force behind my passion. With a background as a large scale muralist in South Florida, my work has evolved into painting small more detailed works of art. And as a representational painter, my life has been an exploration of interpreting “the realistic” by painting everyday objects with a twist. Oversized apples, marbles, candy, crayons, games. The bright side of life! I choose objects that have been subjects in my life or it may be just the attraction of color or shape. Commissions are welcomed. How about a huge crayon painting in your kitchen? Delicious apples, cherries; colorful marbles, candy-especially M&M’s. Or, more classical paintings such as trompe l’oeil (to fool the eye). My paintings have been exhibited throughout the Metro DC area in galleries and exhibits with awards including “Best of Show” several times. Also, my paintings and murals are in private and corporate collections throughout the Miami and South Florida area where I painted commissioned large scale murals for corporate offices, retail stores, restaurants and residential homes including Burger King International Headquarters, Sunglass Huts and Spec’s Music Stores.

PEELING ORANGE. Oil on canvas.

I have been honored to exhibit internationally in Dinan, France where one of my paintings was added to the collection of La Grande Vigne.

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fineart • sculpture Inside Back Cover Winner THE SOURCE. Marble. 15” x 17.75” x 5”

NATURE. Marble. 9.5” x 6” x 6”

Raquel Rub was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Her interest in art began as a young child. She studied Oil and Acrylic Painting at Brooklyn College, New York in 1956. Back in Lima, Peru, Raquel continued her studies in Pastel and Oil Painting at the Academy of Suarez Vertiz in 1957. She earned her degree in Interior Decoration at the Escuela de Decoración Interior de Miraflores in 1968. Relocating to Miami, Florida in 1974, Raquel continued to take art classes and workshops with Ilse Grinstein, Peter Rubino, Nilda Comas, Eugene Daub, Susan Luery, Paul Lucchesi, Judy Williams, Wayne Pelke, and currently Robin Katz amongst other artists. Raquel is an accomplished and prolific artist working with different media such as watercolor, acrylics, oils, metals, ceramics and stones. Traveling to different parts of the world, Raquel always found the sculptures she encountered irresistible to touch. Her desire to understand the art of sculpting, prompted Raquel, to pursue studies in stone sculpting with Salvatore Zagami. “When I work with stone, I feel the inner essence that seeks to be revealed, it is as if ‘voices of the stone’ are guiding my hands.” Raquel earned her first award in 1967 for “Kindling Light” an oil painting exhibited in Lima, Peru. She then won an award for 12 • Art & Beyond • Summer/Fall 2013

“Menorah” a bronze sculpture in 1972 in Lima, Peru. “Menorah” is part of the permanent collection of the Jewish Museum in Miami Beach, Florida. Raquel has earned numerous awards for her ceramic and alabaster sculptures and continues to showcase exhibitions in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in South Florida. Her first solo show was on April 2009 at Caridi Gallery in North Miami, FL. Her second show is a mother and daughter exhibit which was showing at Maor Art Gallery in Miami, Florida in 2011. Raquel is an overall humanitarian and a philanthropist. She is an active participant in the Jewish community. Raquel was the president of Na’amat OR Chapter of Miami from 1983-2005. Since 2005 to the present day, Raquel serves as the Na’amat South Florida Regional President. The State of Israel Bonds honored Raquel as a “Woman of Valor” in 1993, and honored Raquel and her husband Dr. Moises Rub O.B.M. in 1999 with the ‘Celebration of Life’ award. Raquel Rub has received many awards for her oil paintings and sculptures, has had two SOLO exhibitions and several groups exhibitions in Miami, FL and Dallas, Tx. Her sculpture was chosen by Camuso in Lima, Peru to manufacture locally. Raquel Rub may be reached at

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE Ceramic Sculpture

Margarita van der Velden, VeldWerk Joyful Art For me, art is discovering your passion. By working with clay I have discovered my passion for making figurative and humorous sculptures. After successfully completing my education at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (19801984) I worked as an independent graphic designer for many years. However, after working on commission for a long time, the desire to create freely spurned me to start making ceramic sculptures in 2001. Since 2007 I have left my work as a graphic designer behind me to focus completely on my art. Gradually, through art, I have begun to experience life as a gift. I try to show the beauty of the world and instill a positive and loving appeal in everything I produce. It is my hope that my sculptures will bring a smile to someone's face; to let them experience, even for a moment, how special and beautiful life really is.

HAPPINESS. Ceramic Sculpture

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fineart • mixedmedia Front Cover Winner

Helen Kagan PhD Coming from a family of scientists, Helen was always fascinated by the left and right brain communication. A holistic therapist and artist, she's been developing her unique technique and style in “Healing Arts” which reflects her own deep and colorful view on life, a desire to bridge realities and heal the Past. A refugee from Russia, Helen believes that art as a powerful form of self-expression can be a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Her “Healing Arts” – is her unique way to integrate fine art and the art of healing, and through beauty of expression, positively charged intention, healing frequencies of color, and energetically balanced composition – enhance well-being in a viewer. Helen believes in mind-body-spirit connection and her passionate art is a statement of her beliefs •

MISTY PURPLE. Oil on Canvas. 28” x 22”

Min Ja Lah is a contemporary artist working in the mediums of print, woodcutting, acrylics and mixed media. Min Ja Lah earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Ewha Women's University in Seoul, Korea and a Masters of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has been an active member of the Northwest Cultural Council Gallery in Chicago for the past decade, exhibiting in private facilities, financial institutions, suburban commerce of chamber locations and public gathering spaces. Min Ja Lah's work has also appeared in numerous publications from "The Chicago Art Scene" and "Northwest Cultural council Poet and Artist Chapbook", "Living Artist of Today: Contemporary Art - International. vol. I" (May 2012) and "Art & Beyond magazine” ( May/Jun 2013). Her artwork can be seen in the suburbs of Chicago through the Fall of 2013.

PLANET IN SUN. Arcrylic on Canvas. 20” x 20”

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Iside Front Cover Winner

SOMEWHERE ELSE. Mixed media. 100 x 100 x 4cm

WITHOUT A TITLE (SHADOW 2). Mixed media 48" x 32" Photograph by David Hume Kennerly

Karen J. Sander

Sabine Blodorn was fortunate to grow up in an artistic family, with an Architect for a father and Photographer for a mother. Sabine likes to integrate the past, the here and now with the unknown as it relates to future, space or time, questioning ‘what might be out there or not’. By using several techniques and not being constrained to a certain style while remaining faithful to a particular subject/topic, her paintings almost become alive, allowing visual interchange of connectivity to the viewer, by their own ability to reflect the soul.

Studied at the Art League School in Virginia, US. In Cali, Colombia she continues her learning of oil and lithographic inks techniques. Along her life Karen belonged to the world of business but she has always had an intriguing eye towards the arts. Now, Karen employs the arts as space of personal debate.

ALONE. Oil on canvas. 36” x 38”

PATH. Oil on canvas. 48” x 60" The journey is long and narrow but the path always brings discovery.

Santiago Perez Peter Filzmaier Art is not a profession. It is a way of life affecting perception and thought processes regarding shapes, light values and color, tapping the intuition, enhancing imaginative renderings and automating principles of technique and design learned from habitual practice. It goes beyond a learned skill requiring the artist to be open to new ideas about self and others, welcoming the individuality of people and cultures to evolve thinking and artistic expression.

is a representational visual artist depicting the beauty, drama, and tragedy of life using primarily narrative figurative art. He is a self taught artist that is constantly looking to improve his skills by attending weekly life drawing sessions as well as workshops with living master artists. Plans are in the works to attend classes at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence Italy as well as The Flemish Atallier in Burgess Belgium. He is largely influenced by works from William Bouguereau, Raphael, Jean Leon Gerome, Adam Scott Rote (living), David Gray (living) and Edson Campos (living).

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fineart • jewelry Sandy Den Hartog is a Native California. She now resides in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. She is an Award Winning Artist. Sandy has placed in numerous Juried Art Shows throughout Arizona. Her pieces of Art continue to be showcased at DAVID RAFAELS at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Other pieces with a different flair at THE JAMES RATLIFF GALLERY in Sedona, Arizona. She is a self taught Artist. Her Jewelry displays both serene and harmonious qualities that have been regarded as the highest of models. Her work covers many styles, from Ethnic, Classic, Over the Top and everyday Chic. She refers to herself as displaying "ARTISTIC FREEDOM." Although quite versatile in her designs, she leans toward the large and Ethnic Style. Many of Her designs are created in HER RELAXED TIMES. She considers them to be her most Dramatic Pieces. She also believes "If You Can't See Your Jewelry from Across The Room, Why Bother...

ARIANA. Means Peace in Africa. Pendant is Handmade again using the Lost Wax Method. This along with all the other Brass Beads come from Ghana Africa. Beautiful African Turquoise, Ethiopian Bicones, and Cryophrase. The second strand compliments the first with the smaller components. Coins hanging from the Pendant are African Trade Coins.

EIRENNE. Goddess of Peace. Purple thru the Ages has always been known as a color of Peace and Spirituality. This Necklace signifies both of those. Pendant is a RARE piece of Chariot from Russia set in an extraordinary piece of Silver. The first strand features equally beautiful Chariot and Sterling Silver Gemstones. The second strand is of unusual African Sugilite and Sterling Silver as well. Two kinds of Gemstones from 2 different Continents Suround the Pendant in perfect Harmony.

TREE OF LIFE. Oil on canvas. 20” x 16”

mila ryk is a 3rd generation artist born in the Ukraine, she immigrated to United States in 1991. Inspired by Art Nouveau and amazed by the endless beauty of Orchids, she developed her unique style and technique, which gave her the ability to share her vision and feelings with a viewers. Mila Ryk unites line work of figures, brushstrokes, colors and nature in one single form of harmony and beauty. In 2009 Mila’s artwork has been published in the Best of America Oil Artists, Volume II book. Her art was listed in the International Dictionary of Artists 2011.

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STRIVING FOR LIGHT. Acrylic on canvas. 24" x 18"

Natalya B. Parris has advanced degrees in construction engineering from the Moscow State Construction University (Russia). She is a curator, an art instructor and an artist. Her “Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots Artworks”are reflection of her “life achievements” as an experienced construction engineer. Her floral compositions are expressions of her connection with Nature; its beauty and its nurturing and healing effect on the soul.

CHILDREN OF LIGHT. Acrylic on panel. 36” x 36”

GK Brock My art is a spiritual experience, the creation of scriptural based pieces by leveraging the power of visual color, space and form while correlating biblical scripture that inspire internal/external/self. My work has evolved from a true divine revelation: a gift from God following head trauma which is the central attribute of my work or resume.

HOUSEHOLD GODS. Pastel on paper. 25cm x 25cm

Kevin McCabe A self-taught artist, I has been practising art in various mediums for more than 20 years, developing my own style and process. I now concentrate on two media: digital art and pastels. I have had numerous solo and group shows in Western Australia. With my pastels I build a background until it starts to evoke an image, which I then ‘coax out’ from the background. The images usually contain an expressionist/surreal representation of a human form or face.

Jeff Levine

MELISSA PIPES DOUBLE. Digital photograph. 7” x 5.1”

is a registered architect and certified planner, who has also worked as a set designer. He applies his sense of space to the composition and form of his photographs. Rather than capturing depth though perspective, the images are often seen through “frames” or layers, similar to Japanese landscape painting, or flats on a stage set. Thus the model is often glimpsed through layers of fabric, or using projected images and colors on the body to create abstraction and sensuality.

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Raquel Rub

EMOTION. Alabaster. 16” x 8”

Anna Ivleva

BIRD OF PARADISE. Oil on canvas. 24” x 30”

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