William B. Hoyt – Hawaiian Waves

08/25/2016 0 Comments

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Hawaiian Waves – Moluahah Bay, Kauai

“I’ll tell you something about these waves…

Hawaiian waves are much more powerful than waves on the East Coast. They are coming out of water that is 10,000 feet deep.  When they approach the land, the land isn’t shoaled. There are no shallows. The islands are basically mountains, and they are a 70 degree angle. They go to the bottom of the sea. When these things feel the bottom, they’re feeling the bottom just before they break. A six foot wave has power.”

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This is where he starts to chuckle, as does his wife, Kathy, whose desk is within earshot. “I have surfed on the East Coast, and I have bodysurfed in Hawaii with a boogie board. And that is a story.”

Each time a new story starts, Hoyt takes a second to reflect on the memory. In his mind the images come back coupled with the senses that complete the scene.

“We were at a beach on Kauai, and this wave picked me up and just drove me down into the sand. It basically crammed my head into my neck,” he begins to stammer in recollection.  “So, I was standing there with stars in my eyes, holding my head, when I hear these twelve-year-old boys next to me say, ‘Boy did you see that old guy just get barreled?’ “

“Oh, I got barreled—wicked.”

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To read more stories from Hoyt regarding his work at Maine Art, click here –  Artist Insights – William B. Hoyt.

Hoyt’s one-man show will be running through September 5 at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk. We are open from 11am – 5pm every day. Please come by and visit.

You can also view his entire show online at William Hoyt at Maine Art Shows.


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William Hoyt on Vermont and Margarite Williams

08/21/2016 0 Comments

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Margarite Williams

“I ended up in Bellows Falls, Vermont in 1971 while visiting friends. One of them had discovered photography, and he was spending a lot of time down at the railroad station. In the station was the Depot Lunch and News, and the sole proprietor, Margarite Williams. She had come down to work at the age of sixteen from St. Johnsbury. Years later, the place was threatened with closing due to railroad business being way down. A local businessman, who liked having breakfast there, bought the place and sold it to Margarite for one dollar under the condition she would stay. She was installed in the Bellows Falls Train Station with a little room in the back.  There was a paper company still working, and the railroad workers, and then hippies like us. ‘Young people’. There was a wave of young people who overwhelmed Vermont in the 70’s. I had just gotten out of the Navy.  I never went home, I’ve been here ever since.

Margarite Williams was a sweet wonderful woman, probably in her sixties. We would come in and sit on these old, art deco style stools that spun around and had red plastic seats. The Formica countertop was worn away from so many elbows. My friend, Gregory, was down there a lot and would come back and give slide shows at the house, which was slowly becoming a commune. It was the three of them when I moved in. At most, I think we got up to about thirteen people living in the old farm house.

Every May 11th, we celebrated her birthday, which we have continued to do even years after her death. We’ve gathered down at the station decades after she passed away. She had a very nurturing way, and she really listened. She just had a wonderful way of speaking. She had a cat whose name was Tig and geraniums in the windows. It was an endearing scene. We were sort of her ‘lost boys.’”


To read more stories from William B. Hoyt regarding his work at Maine Art, click here –  Artist Insights – William B. Hoyt.

Hoyt’s one-man show will be running through September 5 at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk. We are open from 11am – 5pm every day. Please come by and visit.

You can also view his entire show on-line at William Hoyt at Maine Art Shows.

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A Bit About Emma

08/19/2016 0 Comments

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Emma C. Berry is a beautiful little fishing sloop at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. She is one of the oldest surviving commercial vessels in America, and the last known surviving American well smack. Well smacks were designed to keep the catch alive through an internal water-filled compartment, known as a wet well. Seawater circulated through large holes in the bottom planking. She was built in 1866 at the Palmer Shipyards in Noank, Connecticut by James A. Latham.

She was named for Captain John Henry Berry’s daughter.  In 1886, she was rigged as a schooner,  and in 1916, a gasoline engine was added. She has undergone many restorations, and is presently restored to her original configuration and period. In 1992, for the first time in 106 years, the Emma C. Berry sailed from Mystic Seaport down to Fishers Island Sound under sloop rig.

She was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

*Hoyt captured Emma and her harbor mate, Annie, in a photograph back in September of 2015 before her latest restoration took place.


To read more stories from Hoyt regarding his work at Maine Art, click here –  Artist Insights – William B. Hoyt.

Hoyt’s one-man show will be running through September 5 at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk. We are open from 11am – 5pm every day. Please come by and visit.

You can also view his entire show online at William Hoyt at Maine Art Shows.

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Decisions, Decisions – The Process of William B. Hoyt

08/18/2016 0 Comments

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William B. Hoyt’s studio is contained in a cupola on the top of his beautiful home in Hartland, Vermont. With a view of New Hampshire, this artist’s oasis is where the magic has happened for over twenty-five years. He spends most winter days up in his sunlit room working on inspiration he found during his summertime wanderings.

Having a studio in your home allows for a bit of fluctuation in a schedule, but still Hoyt attempts an eight hour day when he is at home.  There are usually breaks for dog walking and lunch, but many hours are spent at the easel. On average, Hoyt takes two-and-a-half to three weeks to complete a painting. However, he recalls one that took him almost ten weeks from start to finish.

Hoyt says, “There is an old feller up in Barnard, Vermont, by the name of Bill Cobb. One day, someone asked him how many hours he worked a day.  He said he worked from ‘can ’til can’t.’ That’s me.”

The first step when beginning a painting is choosing a surface. Hoyt’s varies depending on what his subject is. From canvas to panel, the texture is a factor in the decision of which one to choose. The more detail, the smoother the surface.

“I change my work surface frequently and experiment with how paint mixtures interact with each. If I am working on something with a great deal of detail, I choose a panel for the smooth texture.  A rough canvas with lots of tooth with show all the gradations, but makes for beautiful sky.”

Hoyt is an artist who prefers to sketch out a subject before beginning to paint. For anyone familiar with his work, saying he is detailed is an understatement. Photographic is a term often used when describing a finished Hoyt piece.

“Normally, I sketch on the surface before I begin with any paint, so another variable for me is what I use to draw the image. I tend to use charcoal on a rougher canvas and a pencil on a smoother canvas. Then, on a really smooth canvas, I use a stick of silver. Sometimes, I will use all three depending on the level of detail I want to achieve before I start painting.”


Then comes the decision of medium. Oil paint is the choice, but never does he use it directly from the tube. With a texture of butter, it must be mixed, usually with linseed oil, but even that comes in different forms. Then there are resins that can be added, as well as ingredients to alter drying time. Finding the perfect concoction is an ongoing process that he is continually altering.

“I’m always looking for the ideal mixture,” says Hoyt, “but nothing is ideal. The surface I am painting on effects the behavior of the paint. When I begin a painting, the surface is kind of dry, very white and a little bit rough. As I continue to work and build up paint, it changes. It changes day to day.”

Hoyt can always imagine something better. Everyday he tries to reinvent the ideal medium. He makes extensive notes about what he adds, the reaction to the surface and how the paint finishes.“I’m like a cook. I keep track of my recipes,” he says, referring to just one of many dated entries in a book next to his easel.

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When experiencing a Hoyt painting, the details are incredible. It takes time to absorb all that has gone into the creation of these fantastic works of art. As much as we try to duplicate in digital, seeing them in person is best.  We hope you have the chance to visit Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and stop in at a Maine Art Shows. Hoyt’s one-man show will be running through September 5. We are open from 11am – 5pm every day.


To read more stories from Hoyt regarding his work at Maine Art, click here –  Artist Insights – William B. Hoyt.

You can also view his entire show online at William Hoyt at Maine Art Shows.

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William Hoyt on the Harbor Fish Market and the Seagull Explosion

08/14/2016 0 Comments

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“Kathy and I were in Portland down on Commercial Street. We had been revisiting old venues, and I was feeling a bit uninspired. Walking out on the pier, we looked at different angles. As we were coming back in, a lobsterman pulled up and was loading his traps. As we stood there, more and more seagulls appeared, as if they knew. Then the door to the fish market opened. The man came out with a tub of fish guts or something, and suddenly the air was filled with seagulls. The seagull explosion just caught my eye.

I needed to come back and let the pictures create themselves.

I completed the setting with a few birds, then I had to figure out which birds would make it to the big canvas. This is where the studies began. I had to have many practice panels before I was ready to put them into the large piece. Based on the studies, I started deciding where to place each seagull, or not to place it at all. I would spend a day painting various birds and working the sky and putting clouds in. Then, I’d call Kathy to come up and ask her what she thought. Her response was always the same. ‘Well, there were more birds.’



We have counted forty-five birds in all! The one over next to the traps was the last one I did. When I add an element to a painting, it changes the balance of where I am looking. It became an empty space. It needed a bird.

I also broke lines with a few seagulls. I’ve noticed over the years, artists tend to avoid placing objects over one another. In nature, that doesn’t happen. I’ve tried to make them cross over to make it seem more natural.”


To read more stories from William B. Hoyt regarding his work at Maine Art, click here –  Artist Insights – William B. Hoyt.

Hoyt’s one-man show will be running through September 5 at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk. We are open from 11am – 5pm every day. Please come by and visit.

You can also view his entire show online at William Hoyt at Maine Art Shows.

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The Painted Words of William B. Hoyt – A One-Man Show

08/10/2016 0 Comments

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Artists have been traveling to coastal Maine for decades, each trying to capture the beauty of the land and waters bordering it. William B. Hoyt is an artist who not only knows and loves this area, but works and plays here frequently.  Each of his canvases have an almost photographic quality. This attention to detail forces the viewer to lean in closer to experience every facet that forms the whole and becomes classic Maine.

Hoyt says, “There is a challenge and a joy in seeing something ineffably beautiful or moving and resolving to make a painting of it. The threads of the canvas, the sea, family, friends and Maine have woven themselves inextricably into my psyche and my work.”

Hoyt has always been an artist. He is one of few who haven’t ever been anything else. His medium may change from oils on canvas, to film or digital photography, or even to hammer and wood when he built his home and studio in Vermont. The need to create is always there, especially during the summer, and especially when he is in Maine.

“When summer is here, it means en plein air; being outside and finding the next fascination. I spend my winters with studio work. Summer is about inspiration and collection,” says Hoyt.  “Sometimes I go looking, often early in the morning before setting sail for the next harbor, or toward the end of the day after we anchor and the harsh light softens. Other times a subject recommends itself unsolicited with the realization that a painting is staring me in the face.”

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An artist sees the world through different eyes, and it is rare to find Hoyt without his camera close at hand. He is always collecting moments and has trouble not stopping to at each scene with the possibility it may someday be committed to paint. “Images are everywhere,” he says. “Some wonder if my need to stop and snap ever gets in the way. I can’t help but find that funny. It doesn’t get in the way; it is the way.”

Hoyt is a wanderer and an adventurer. He has been fortunate in his life to be able to find and create and reproduce the beauty around him. He has more stories to tell than most and remembers them in details as vibrant as his canvases.

John Spain, owner of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture and Maine Art Shows, explains the fusion of Hoyt’s story with his art, “I have been very fortunate to have had the unique experience of visiting Wimby’s home and studio. It is truly an insight. Where most have photographs of people and memories, he and his wife Kathy have paintings. On top of that, each and every one has a story that can only be told by the master storyteller himself.”


In an attempt to truly share the man behind the art, we have coupled each of Hoyt’s pieces with his memories, inspirations, and words of insight. These stories highlight his work and share his thoughts. In addition, Hoyt has added private studies and family sketches (not for sale) to this one-of-a-kind show.


William B. Hoyt’s show opens at Maine Art Shows on Saturday, August 13, running through Monday, September 5.  As always, we will have an Artist’s Reception from 5-7 PM on opening night. This will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with the artist himself. The show can be viewed on our website beginning Wednesday, August 10, at www.maine-art.com/shows.

There will also be No Sales Sneak Peek on Friday, August 12, during The Village Art Walk.  Please wander up and enjoy a glass of wine and a quieter time to talk with the artist.

Maine Art Shows, located at 10 Chase Hill Road,  is open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. FMI call 207-967-0049.

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Inspirations from Rebecca Kinkead

08/07/2016 0 Comments

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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When an artist loves and is inspired by her subjects, the joy and passion is evident in the work. It emanates from the canvas and the room is filled. When you walk into Maine Art Shows, it is immediately obvious that Rebecca Kinkead loves her subjects and her art.

“I’m happy, and I believe that shows in my work,” says Kinkead. “I am surrounded by so much life. My animal works embrace the intense connection I feel with them. I am inviting the viewer to feel the same interaction. It is a personal experience.”

Kinkead coexists happily with wildlife near and around her Vermont home and studio. She claims the ratio of animals to people surrounding her has a direct correlation to the amount of each found in her work. “When I was in Boston, people appeared in my work much more often than animals, now it seems to have flipped.” says Kinkead. “I love spending time with my animals, both domestic and wild. Just being out in the backyard and going on hikes – there is a bond with nature.”

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Kinkead is also inspired by the people in her world. Her studio has many shelves dedicated to her favorite artists. Their books line the walls, well read and well loved. “I have always loved the abstract expressionists: Pollock, Rothko, Rauschenberg, De Kooning, for the physicality of their scale & surfaces. I love Milton Avery for the beautiful simplicity of his forms. Guston, Alice Neel, David Hockney, Kiki Smith, Amy Sillman… honestly, there are hundreds, and they are constantly shifting in order of importance,” says Kinkead. “I go to New York and just stand there and take it in.”

Part of Rebecca’s inspiration for process and color theory come from Tad Spurgeon. His work and discussion with medium has moved her to push her own. “ He is a self-taught painter and one of the most generous people,” says Kinkead about his willingness to share what he has learned on his own journey.

Last but not least is Kinkead’s husband, Jamey. He has allowed her to become a full-time painter. He takes care of all the nitty gritty unglamorous details of life, so that Rebecca is free to paint. “He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Our partnership has been invaluable to me as an artist. Making art is an all-consuming practice,” says Kinkead. “Having a partner who understands that and who will give you uninterrupted hours by yourself day after day, AND take care of everything else for you is an incredible gift.”


The root of inspiration is often a blend of past and present. The people and things that move through an artist’s life leave impressions that last. Rebecca has been blessed with more than she ever imagined.

“My success has been a skyrocket, and no one is more surprised than I am.”

Rebecca Kinkead’s one-woman show runs at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk until August 11. The gallery is open from 11am -5pm daily. Please stop to visit and experience these artistic wonders in person.

If you cannot be in Kennebunk this summer, there are a variety of ways to stay in touch with Maine Art and Rebecca Kinkead. The show is available for viewing online at www.maine-art.com, as well as her Artist Page and our blog.

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Artist Insights – Rebecca Kinkead


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A Sculptor in a Painter’s Medium

08/04/2016 0 Comments


In 2009, Rebecca Kinkead moved from a little apartment in Boston to the wide open space of Vermont. Her now husband and partner, Jamey, convinced her to make the move and take six months to focus on painting. This is when her medium changed. This is when many things changed.

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“I was happy,” says Kinkead. “I had worked in acrylics for seven years. I didn’t have the open space or ventilation for oil. Once I moved to Vermont, this was no longer a problem.” It did take almost six years to get to know this new medium, but she will never go back. “Oil is just delicious to work with.”

Kinkead’s process is a bit different from classic oil painting. With the addition of chalk powder and linseed oil, she creates a concoction that she can seriously get her hands into.


“The old masters would put chalk in their paint. It stabilizes the paint and gives it more luster, more body. When you have it in your medium it tightens everything,” says Kinkead.  “I use a soft wax paste called Dorland’s Wax Medium. I mix it with linseed oil and chalk powder. Its consistency is like soft frosting and mayonnaise. Then I mix in the color.”

This medium is flexible when dry, and gives her work its texture. However, it has only an 18-24 hour window to continue to be contributed to and manipulated. This may seem like a long time, but the use of the word “only” tells us that Rebecca feels differently. The sculptor in Kinkead emerges during this window.

Donna Speirs, a sales consultant at Maine Art, says, “There is so much joy and movement and energy in Rebecca Kinkead’s work. I have the overwhelming need to touch it.” This feeling is the end result of the process that Kinkead is famous for.

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“When I begin a painting, I often start with my fingers in the wax/paint mixture,” says Kinkead. She feels the form with her fingers. “The more familiar the form, like my dogs, the easier it flows. Working with my fingers allows me to find the form faster, easier, and more naturally.”

“I like to paint by feel. I am better able to search for the form on a larger canvas. I can really move the paint around and figure things out in a way that is much more difficult for me on a smaller canvas,” she says. “I want my work to have a physicality to it. It just feels better to me on a scale that is closer to life-size.”

With her change in medium came changes in her tools as well. “I constantly shop for tools. The kitchen store, the hardware store, the art store,” says Kinkead. “Floor squeegees, putty knives for plastering, palette knives, rubber wedges and more big window squeegees – its all fair game.”

Rebecca Kinkead’s work deserves to be seen in person. The texture and scale is difficult to capture in digital form.

Rebecca Kinkead

We welcome you to come in and see for yourself. Her show runs through August 11 at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk. We are open from 11am to 5pm every day.

If you cant make it in, please peek at the complete show online at Rebecca Kinkead – Maine Art Shows.

Interested in more background on Rebecca and her work with Maine Art? Read Artist Insights – Rebecca Kinkead and Maine Art

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Rebecca Kinkead Honored with Baer Art Center Residency

07/28/2016 0 Comments

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Rebecca Kinkead has a very busy summer this year. Not only has she put together a fabulous show at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk, she has been awarded a Baer Art Center Residency. This means she will be spending four glorious, uninterrupted, weeks of her summer painting in the land of the midnight sun.

Baer Art Center is located on a beautiful seaside farm in Northwestern Iceland, approximately a four-hour drive from the capital, Reykjavik. It sits on the east coast of Skagafjördur, a large fjord facing the Arctic Circle. Kinkead will have access to the ocean, a freshwater lake, extensive birdlife, outdoor activities and Icelandic farm life. The summer months at Baer offer the midnight sun and sublime light conditions during the long hours of daylight.

“We provide visual artists and architects with the opportunity to deepen and develop their creative spirit in a selective group of internationally diverse and professionally established individuals.  It offers it’s residents the unique experience of remoteness, seclusion and sublime nature within a modern society,” says the Baer Art Center.

The Baer Art Center Residency is quite the honor among artists and the art community. With only ten artists being selected each year, this was an invitation Kinkead could not refuse. As much as we missed not having her at the opening of her show, she is in the company of five other fabulous female artists from around the world: a sculptor, two painters, a photographer and an urban planner.

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We can’t wait to see the new work Rebecca produces during her weeks tucked away in this artist’s paradise. This is something many artists only dream about.

“I have been given the gift of time and space,” says Kinkead. “The two traveler pieces in the show are definitely about going to Iceland. I haven’t  left the country in twelve years, so I’m excited and also anxious.”

Rebecca Kinkead

To learn more about The Baer Art Center check out their website. http://www.baer.is

Remember, Kinkead’s one-woman show is open now at Maine Art Shows on 10 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk. We are open from 11-5 everyday. To view the show on-line: Rebecca Kinkead at Maine Art Shows.

To read more about Rebecca Kinkead and her work with Maine Art, click here.

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Rebecca Kinkead Celebrates Youth – A Maine Art Show in Kennebunk

07/24/2016 0 Comments

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” — Rachel Carson

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Rebecca Kinkead is one of those adults. She has held onto the child inside her. In her work she captures the exuberance children have for life; especially the little things, like cannonball splashes and skipping stones. These are favorite moments for children of all ages. These are Kinkead’s children.

“A few years back I received a Christmas card from a friend. Her daughter was on top of a mountain leaning into the wind. I remember that feeling, that freedom. It reminded me of trust – trusting one’s self and trusting one’s environment,” says Kinkead. “I think some of my best paintings have come from trusting my gut, letting go, and not thinking too much.”

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And so, Kinkead’s Stella in the Wind series was created by trusting her gut. The piece Stella in the Wind is one of many of Kinkead’s children in her show at Maine Art. This same childhood trust and freedom is found in her Starry Night series. Pieces like Traveler (Starry Night) and Wish (Starry Night) bring back summer memories of staying up late and making wishes. Not only do we remember these moments, we want to relive them with our own children.

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“I leave the faces of my children open and ambiguous. It’s up to the viewer to fill in the blanks,” says Kinkead. “For me, if I add facial features, they become someone else’s child, strangers. The ambiguity allows them to become yours.”

John Spain, owner of Maine Art, says, “There is a strange feeling of gratitude in Rebecca’s voice when she speaks about her work.” She is quite quiet and still a bit overwhelmed with her success. Her eyes light up when she looks around at what she has created. Being able to make someone happy with the stroke of a brush is a true gift.

“When I was young, there was only one time I remember considering what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was about six. I decided I wanted to be a masseuse or a craft-person,  something with my hands,” says Kinkead. “Then I spent the next two and a half decades of my life having no idea what I wanted to do. I didn’t find art until I was thirty.”

But even at thirty, that child was there, and lucky for us, still is.

Rebecca Kinkead

For all of you who have children in your world or still embrace your inner-child, we welcome you to come in and see Kinkead’s work in person. This one-woman show will run until August 11.  Maine Art Shows is open daily from 11am until 5pm.

See the entire show online at Rebecca Kinkead at Maine Art Shows. Also, read more about her and her work at Rebecca Kinkead: Artist Insights.

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