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Artful Learning at Numina Gal

Miriam Schaer’s art is well-served at Numina Gallery,

Princeton. Works by the Brooklyn-based artist are on view there

through

Friday, April 6, and for a wide range of reasons, it is worth the

trip.

Described as both a "book artist" and "sculptor,"

Schaer makes three-dimensional art works, each with a message. In

some pieces, this takes the form of a book, which is meant to be read.

In other works, such as the embellished hanging hostess aprons, the

message is hand-embroidered.

Schaer’s materials include bras, girdles, toddler dresses, and leather

gloves. To these, she collages printed matter, paint, ink, color Xerox

transfers, religious icons, found objects. She draws on poetry by

Emily Dickinson, Sarah Teasdale, William Carlos Williams. Since

exploring

one-of-a-kind artist books during her student days at Philadelphia

College of Art, Schaer has taught book structures and printmaking

widely, to all grade levels, both in this country and Spain. She is

an artist-member of the Lower East Side Print Shop, New York.

As preliminaries to this exhibition, Numina’s director and publicist

visited the artist’s home-studio. Soon afterwards, they reviewed

slides

to select the pieces they wanted to show. In turn, the artist came

to Princeton and first saw the gallery space, where her show,

"Sanctuary,"

would be the third exhibition in its history.

During the week of the snowstorm-that-wasn’t, gallery staff mounted

the show. Doing so involved all the usual steps, such as placing and

re-placing works on the floor while deciding where best to hang them;

considering the lighting that would be needed to illuminate most

effectively;

and moving the track lighting around in the process. Predictably,

workers were interrupted by phone calls and visitors and kibitzers.

But they finished the job well before the opening reception.

Drawing the usual friends of the gallery, fans of the artist, and

both art-establishment and press reps, as well as a few of the

glitterati,

the Friday evening opening reception was one that a few area galleries

could learn from. It had started, of course, with mailing of crisp

color postcards and press releases with repro-ready photos, and moved

on to posters displayed near the gallery along with effective signage

at entrances and stairs. In the best New York fashion, those walking

into the artsy area encountered a draped, large-screen monitor running

a performance-art production that showed another facet of Miriam

Schaer.

Well-dressed gallery reps greeted visitors, spoke with authority about

the work on view, and generally exhibited welcoming behavior. A lavish

spread of munchables ranging from attractive cheese and grapes, to

chocolatey cookies fueled guests for the ascent to the second-floor

gallery. A kind of mezzanine-aerie with one long, open wall, it

overlooks

the main-floor studio art room for a spacious effect that’s more

apparent

than real.

Schaer’s works mounted on three walls show up well in the bright

light,

and two chest-high shelves holding colorful and decidedly

three-dimensional

pieces — one, the blue title work — are suspended by clear

monofilament from the ceiling. This permits viewers’ easy circulation

and a chance to see the work from all sides. And to touch it, for

this is tactile and interactive exhibition, with both touching and

reading invited: "These books are one-of-a-kind works of art,

meant to be read. Please handle with appropriate respect."

Reception over, weekend beginning: the gallery team could start

thinking

about a little down time, fun, homework. Yes, homework. Numina is

run by Princeton High School students who pretty thoroughly counteract

prevailing notions about today’s teens.

Numina — a Latin word for sacred space or faceless gods —

is located at 151 Moore Street, in Princeton High School. Like a

doctor

who happens to be a woman, and not a "woman doctor," Numina

is not "a high school art gallery." Rather, it’s a gallery

that happens to be housed in a high school. Going further, it is

financially

independent of the school, with whatever is spent on its operation

coming from art sales, donations, grants.

The "in but not of" distinction isn’t easy: on one hand,

school

custodial staff built the shelves and other gallery furnishings,

charging

only for material costs; on the other hand, asked to connect a caller

to Numina Gallery, the operator at the school’s central number

responded,

"Do you know what department she’s in?" Telephone connection

to the gallery is still a work in progress.

Three PHS seniors, Sarah Affel, Julia Kantor, and Michael Golisano,

are Numina’s prime movers. All students of art history or studio art

with teacher John Kavalos, they head up gallery operations, a job

description that necessarily include doing yeoman’s work in the cause

of art, on top of leading teenage lives.

Now let’s go back to that show-hanging session. One afternoon between

3 and 5 p.m. — the gallery hours of operation, for reasons that

have now been made clear — maybe eight kids work at Numina. It’s

a diverse and congenial group, all engaged with readying the

exhibition:

a couple move a ladder around to adjust track lights in the ceiling;

another considers how to light the work on one suspended shelf; yet

another sweeps the floor. Sarah Affel, gallery director, moves from

one activity to another, keeping things happening.

What’s the best way to light pieces on a shelf?, Michael Golisano

calls out. Affel reminds him. She moves on to a couple more kids

skillfully

employing long straight pins to hang Schaer’s very atypical aprons,

reminding them to fasten the bottom to the wall — otherwise, there

will be too much shadow. On a fixed shelf near railing that separates

gallery space from air space, she adjusts another sculptural object,

one of a few displayed there. All this savvy and comfortable authority

from "a mere slip of a girl" in her gym clothes.

Enter publicist Julia Kantor, with tales of exhibition postcards gone

astray in the mail and a hang-up by a New York Times editor,

supposedly

put off by her saying the gallery is in PHS. At this, Kavalos comments

that such information might wait till later in such contacts, and

asks if the school’s name also appeared on the press release. Julia’s

point is that, as part of the gallery’s address, the structure housing

the gallery, the school must be mentioned. (Flash forward: The handout

available at the reception says only "151 Moore Street.")

A story in himself, artist-teacher Kavalos earned his

BFA at Syracuse University, where he studied with leading American

artists Helen Frankenthaler, Anthony Caro, and Larry Poons. He earned

his MFA at Tyler School of Art. As a painting fellow at Yale, he also

studied with Philip Guston, and ultimately abandoned his doctoral

studies at NYU at the dissertation level. Before starting at PHS five

years ago, he taught and was a visiting artist through New Jersey’s

State Council on the Arts and the NEA. He still teaches part-time

at Cooper Union in New York City.

Kavalos comes across as with-it and laid back, if those two conditions

can co-exist. Best of all to one who has watched some teachers and

coaches give all the credit to their students — until their own

egos get in the way — Kavalos is low-key and non-directive. He

refers questions to the gallery’s triumvirate who answer without

hesitation.

They talk the talk, too: Julia, on the artist: "She loves the

space" and "They work really well," said of the pieces

on view; Sarah, crisply, on the lighting requirements. Of writing

press releases and artist profiles, Julia mentions a journalism course

some time ago and credits the "really rigorous English education

all through high school." Interestingly, their description of

the gallery as an "alternative space" alludes to its having

been an abandoned space, one not originally intended to be used as

a gallery. More unused spaces should have such alternative functions.

Besides senior thesis and staff shows, one more professional-artist

exhibition is scheduled at Numina this year. Work by Tony Gonzales,

a photography professor at Cooper Union, opens Friday, April 20. And

somehow, with all of that going on, gallery staff-succession will

be worked out so the current student team can graduate. Not many high

school graduates emerge with diplomas and significant art gallery

work experience at the same time.

— Pat Summers

Miriam Schaer, Numina Gallery, Princeton High

School,

151 Moore Street, 609-806-4280, extension 3170. Open Monday to Friday,

3 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Show runs through April 6.

Website: www.NuminaGallery.com.

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Art in Town

Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street,

609-924-8777.

"Annual Small Works Show." The juried show is on view in the

WPA Gallery, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 30.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Old Traditions, New Beginnings,"

a major exhibition celebrating 250 years of Princeton Jewish history,

jointly presented and exhibited at the Jewish Center of Princeton.

This is the first-ever exhibit on the history of Princeton’s Jewish

community, scheduled to coincide with the Jewish Center’s 50th

anniversary.

On view through March.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192.

Dining room exhibition of watercolors by Charles E. Person, and

paintings

and pastels by Patrice Sprovieri. Person, a retiree, paints a range

of subjects to reflect his diverse background: carpenter, teacher,

and police office. Sprovieri is the recipient of a Pastel Society

of American scholarship grant. Part of the proceeds benefit the

Medical

Center. On view daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To May 16.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Reflections," works by sculptor

Lynda Juel. A graduate of University of Minnesota, Juel’s playful

yet serious pieces include brooms and vacuums, empty dresses and

shoes,

that comment on the everyday life of women. Gallery hours are Monday

to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2

to 9:30 p.m. To March 30.

Stuart Country Day School, Norbert Considine Gallery,

1200 Stuart Road, 609-921-2330. "Within the Material World:

Contemporary

Artists From India," a group show featuring 14 contemporary

artists

from India. Curated by Steve Pacia of Bose Pacia Gallery in New York,

the show’s diversity of styles and languages belong to the spirit

of India that recently celebrated 50 years of political and cultural

independence. All profits from sale of the artwork will be donated

to the earthquake relief effort in India. Gallery hours are Monday

to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To March 30.

The Williams Gallery, 8 Chambers Street, 609-921-1142.

"Ancient Cultures Revisited: Etchings by Jorg Schmeisser, Painted

Panels and Sculpture by Sally Spofford," a presentation of works

reflecting civilizations in Cambodia, Central America, Greece, Japan,

Morocco, Russia, and Turkey. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To March 24.

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Art in the Workplace

Educational Testing Service, Carter and Rosedale roads,

609-921-9000. In the Brodsky Gallery of the Chauncey Conference

Center,

a collection of woodcarvings by New York artist Irene Gennaro. She

says her colorful carvings, ranging in size from 20 to 70-inches tall,

make reference to the human form and to organic forms in nature.

Exhibit

is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To March 30.

Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-252-6275. "Gold Medal Impressions," a photographic

retrospective

by photographer Richard A. Druckman. In the exhibit of 100

photographs,

Druckman explores athletes and the Olympic experience from the 1984

Los Angeles games to the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. Gallery

hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends and

holidays,

1 to 5 p.m. To April 8.

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Campus Arts

Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3788. "Le

Corbusier at Princeton: 14 to 16 November 1935," an exhibition

of sketches and works related to the French architect’s Princeton

residency; to June 17. Also, "A Tapestry by Karel van Mander,"

to June 10. "Seeing Double: Copies and Copying in the Arts of

China," an exhibition of Chinese art, to July 1. On extended view

in the Bowen Gallery, Richard Serra’s "Weight and Measure"

etchings. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to

5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours of the collection are every

Saturday at 2 p.m.

Princeton University, Firestone Library,

609-258-3184.

The Graduate School continues its centennial observance with the

exhibition

"A Community of Scholars: Graduate Education at Princeton,"

an exhibition of more than 100 photographs, documents, and artifacts

that chronicle the evolution of graduate studies at Princeton; to

April 8. Also, James Madison Exhibit commemorates the alumni’s role

in drafing the U.S. Constitution, to April 14. Monday through Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to

5 p.m.

Princeton University, Milberg Gallery, Firestone

Library, 609-258-5049. "Art Deco Paris: 1900-1925," a portrait

of the spirited, affluent Parisian society of the early 20th century

through "pochoir" (or stencil) prints. The show features 100

color prints, including a folio by Matisse, reflecting the era of

jazz, tango, high fashion, and modern art. Library is open Monday

through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday to 8 p.m.; Saturday and

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To April 8.

College of New Jersey, Art Gallery, Holman Hall,

609-771-2198.

ACM Siggraph’s Traveling Show, "TechnoOasis," an exhibit of

digital paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and Web-based

projects by artists throughout the world. Gallery hours are Monday

to Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to

3 p.m. To March 28.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Mercer County Artists 2001," the

annual juried show. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays

from 7 to 9 p.m; Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 11

a.m. to 1 p.m. To April 6.

Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison,

732-906-2566. "Trees," an exhibit by Sheila Eichenblatt,

featuring

paintings inspired by the Middlesex County area. Eichenblatt earned

her BS and MA degrees from New York University and studied at the

Pratt Institute and the Brooklyn Museum School. Gallery hours are

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 20.

Area Galleries

The Artful Deposit, 201 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown,

609-298-6970. A group theme show, "Bedtime Stories," featuring

works by Antonelle, Lombardi, Levine, Kelly, and others. Thursday

through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. To March 31.

Gas House Gallery, 40 Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-4672.

A new gallery in the tradition of "Art’s Garage," featuring

the paintings of Hopewell artist Alan Taback. Taback began his career

as a plein-air painter, moved to portraiture, and has recently turned

to abstract figurative work. Open weekends, and by appointment.

Hopewell Frame Shop, 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-0817.

An exhibit by wildlife artist Beatrice Bork. Working primarily with

watercolor and gouache, her art focuses on capturing an expressive

moment in nature by observing the daily struggles that are full of

action, drama, or humor. Shop hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To March 30.

Montgomery Cultural Center, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. Recent oil paintings by Don Jordan whose work

has been shown in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Jordan is

a member of TAWA and Artsbridge. To March 23. In the Upstairs Gallery,

"Explorations," a shared show of drawings, paintings, and

wall pieces by Mary Kramarenko and Stefanie Mandelbaum, to March 29.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-333-9393.

"Aisling Gheal" by Micheal Madigan. The title is Irish for

"Bright Vision." He earned his MFA at Indiana University of

Pennsylvania. Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. To April 1.

Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road,

609-275-2897.

"Terza Rima" by mixed-media artists Liz Adams and Stefanie

Mandelbaum, who also work collaboratively under the name, Unified

Field. Adams uses paper molded and treated to resemble beaten metal

in a series reflecting on technology. Mandelbaum creates abstract

canvases. "Terza Rima’s" key work is a large, mixed-media

watercolor constructed in three related parts.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road, North

Branch, 908-725-2110. "Mixed Moxie: Creative Highlights from

College

Artists." Jurors Idaherma Williams, Cori Haveson, and Jim Jeffers

selected 55 pieces of varied media from students across the country.

Best of show awards presented in categories of mixed media,

printmaking,

and photography. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.

to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To April 7.

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Art In Trenton

Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue Avenue,

Trenton, 609-394-4023. "Through the Years in the Trenton

Community,"

an exhibition of works by Tom Malloy, artist and Trenton resident

since 1923. In the main lobby gallery that is always open. To March

23.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632.

"Ellarslie Open XIX," the annual juried showcase of work by

regional, state, and nationally-known artists. Tuesday through

Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. To April 15.

Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,

609-890-7777.

Recent sculpture by Gary Wertheim. Gallery hours are Monday to

Thursday,

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To March 29.

Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Fall-Winter Exhibition. In the Domestic Arts Building:

"James Dinerstein: New Sculpture," recent works in cast

bronze;

"Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture."

Show continues to April 8. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to

9 p.m., year round; Sunday is Members Day.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,

609-292-6464. "TAWA: Eyes on Trenton," a juried exhibition

of works in all media that focus on the city of Trenton. Juried by

longtime TAWA and New Jersey State Museum member Molly Merlino,

curator

Margaret O’Reilly, and registrar Jana Balsamo, the show features 65

works by 53 artists; to May 10. Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to

4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free.

Also on view, "Americans on the Silver Screen," an exhibit

of movie posters, press books, and lobby cards dating from 1934 to

1970 that explores the role of movies in creating and perpetuating

stereotypes of ethnic Americans. "Reflections of Cultures: African

Art and Craftwork from the Collections," wooden carvings,

basketry,

textiles, metal work, and a recreation of a Nigerian village in

Thornwood

carvings. On extended view: "The Modernists;" "Fine and

Decorative Arts Collections;" "New Jersey Ceramics, Silver,

Glass and Iron;" "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The

Archaeological

Record;" "Delaware Indians of New Jersey;" "The Sisler

Collection of North American Mammals;" "Of Rock and Fire;

New Jersey and the Great Ice Age;" "Dinosaur Turnpike: Treks

through New Jersey’s Piedmont;" "Amber: the Legendary

Resin;"

and "Washington Crossing the Delaware."

Friends of the New Jersey State Museum, Friends Cafe

Gallery,

205 West State Street, Trenton, 609-394-9535. Watercolors by Gail

Bracegirdle. Portion of sales benefit museum programs. Gallery hours

are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

To April 14.

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Other Museums

American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "The Art of Baron Laszlo Mednyansky in

Context: Works from the Salgo Trust for Education." An exhibition

of works by the turn-of-the-century aristocratic artist who disguised

himself as a pauper to paint grim images of the underbelly of society.

Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday,

1 to 4 p.m. Show runs to September 16. Donation $5.

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street,

Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "The Photography of Alfred Stieglitz" Georgia

O’Keeffe’s Enduring Gift," a major retrospective of the influential

modernist’s owm works drawn from a major collection given by O’Keeffe

to the George Eastman House in Rochester. To May 20.

Stieglitz was an eloquent proponent of art photography, as artist,

writer, publisher, gallery director, and entrepreneur. The show spans

a multitude of genres, from cloud studies and landscapes, to gritty

and poetric depictions of New York City, to the famed extended

portrait

series of his wife, Georgia O’Keeffe.

Also, "Carved, Incised, Burnished and Gilded: The Bucks County

Framemaking Tradition," featuring 50 objects that tell the story

of the region’s well-regarded group of frame artists led by Frederick

Harer and Ben Badura, to March 18. Museum admission $5 adults; $1.50

students. Museum hours Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Saturday

& Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m.

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street,

New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. The newly expanded and renovated museum

features: "American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian

American Art Museum," to May 20. "The Exotic Flower:

Constructions

of Femininity in Late 19th-Century French Art," to May 20.

"The

Sum is Greater than the Parts: Collage and Assemblage from the Dodge

Collection," to May 6. "Confrontations: Selections from the

Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, to June 17. "Switch

on the Night: The Amazing Art of Leo and Diane Dillon," to April 1

"Traffic Patterns: Images of Transportation in American Prints

between the Wars," to June 3 "Opening Up: A Half-Century of

Artistic Dialogue between Japan and the West," to April 15.

"A World Of Stage: Designs for Theater, Opera, and Dance from

the Riabov Collection," to March 31.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Saturday

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. $3 adults; under 18 free; museum is open

free to the public on the first Sunday of every month. Spotlight Tours

every Sunday at 2 and 2:45 p.m.

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Art by the River

ABC Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street,

609-397-0275. "Marks of Industry" by Ryan Brown. Using a

technique

with powdered charcoal, Brown focuses on objects of transportation

common to people living in a city or industrial area to show the

process

of aging. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday

1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 20.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

"Regrouped," a shared show featuring works by Stacie Speer

Scott and Annelies van Dommelen. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday,

and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To April 1.

Artsbridge Gallery, Prallsville Mills, Route 28, Stockton,

609-773-0881. March group show includes sculpture by Beverly Ardos

Fredericks, oil painting by Ty Hodanish, and watercolors by Monica

Sebald-Kennedy. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

To April 1.

Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope,

215-862-4300.

"Crilley 2001," an exhibition of new oils by Joseph Crilley

with paintings of Italy, England, and Nova Scotia, as well as Bucks

and Hunterdon County. Many works depict familiar country scenes,

bustling

local street scenes, and architectural landmarks such as the New

Hope-Ivyland

Train Station. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to

6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To April 1.

In Rare Form Gallery, 14 Church Street, Lambertville,

609-397-1006. "The Logik of Josh Owen," an exhibition of

interactive

furniture and lighting designs. Owen is a 1994 graduate of Cornell

who earned his MFA in furniture design in 1997 at the Rhode Island

School of Design. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to

5 p.m. and by appointment. To April 30.

Tin Man Alley, 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope,

215-862-1110.

"Kings and Queens," the new gallery’s debut exhibit features

works by Van Arno, Rich Borge, Ron English, Ward Sutton, Eric White,

and Ulana Zahajkewycz. Gallery proprietor Jonathan LeVine says he

strives to link nostalgia with modern taste including toys to harness

your imagination. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m.

to 7 p.m. To March 25.


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