Category Archives: Art

Another Great Block Party!

StClairFoodwm BlockParty4804wmOur final Block Party of 2014 was a great success. As usual, the gallery was too busy for me to walk the street to take pictures. This time, I had the energy to enjoy the event, especially the people. A large cheese platter was generously provided by The Cave, our neighbor at 44 Main Street ( Key Block Party folks visited me, including Susan Parent (L) of Toodeloos ( and Block Party organizer Valerie Marcley (R). That’s me in the middle!

Rocky Neck Art Colony Appoints Executive Director

Rocky Neck Art Colony Appoints Executive Director


Suzanne Gilbert Lee has been appointed by the board of trustees to the newly created position of executive director of the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC). Gilbert Lee, a native of Gloucester, comes to the art colony following a long history of arts administration, most recently as festivals coordinator for Historic New England headquartered in Boston. As former gallery director at North Shore Arts Association, Gilbert Lee is well suited to handle the growing management needs of the expanding RNAC, that until very recently operated solely as a volunteer-run organization. The acquisition of the Cultural Center building on Wonson Street has created the opportunity for a wide variety of events, programs and rentals in addition to exhibition space requiring hands-on management.

Gilbert Lee is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a BA in journalism and a graduate certificate in theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is home office of the RNAC, the official Welcome Center for Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District and hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Cultural Center is open on Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM from September to May or by appointment. Please phone 978 515-7004.

The Center accommodates 60 to 100 people and is fully handicapped accessible. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact

The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public.

Suzanne Gilbert Lee RNAC

Saturday on Rocky Neck – Party Lineup

moolongz book launchand spontaneous collaboration

The Moolongz love a good party and hope you do too. The I See Moolongz backer rewards and book launch party is happening this Saturday, September 27th from 4-6:00pm at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street. Everyone is welcome. The party will also include a unique exhibit of five works by five artists in five weeks, called Spontaneous Collaboration. The I See Moolongz party will immediately be followed by a Colors party at the Rocky Neck Gallery (come as a color), 53 Rocky Neck Ave. starting at 6:00 and a Madfish Wharf Galleries Season Wine Down party starting at 7:00 at 77 Rocky Neck Ave.

A bunch of good, fun reasons to get yourself to Rocky Neck this Saturday.

Kathleen Archer’s New Show: Geology!

Looks Beautiful Kathleen!


Kathleen Gerdon Archer’s show GEOLOGY opens with a reception at The Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, Ma. on Sunday, September 21 from 2-4pm.The show runs from September 20- November 2. 

Additional information at 781.631.2608
The artist will also participate in a panel discussion regarding photographic composition on October 2nd at 7:00.

I See Moolongz Book Launch Party and Spontaneous Collaboration Art Exhibit

I see moolongz book launch

Whether you see Moolongz or not, whether you believe in Moolongz or not, whether you wish Moolongz had never appeared or are happy they did, they are here and you are all invited to the I See Moolongz book launch party on Saturday, September 27th from 4-6:00pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street.

During the book launch party, there will be an exhibit of an amazing collaboration series of five paintings by five artists in five weeks. The artists involved in the collaboration are Sue Handman (fabric artist), Brenda Malloy (abstract painter), Diana Pasquariello (watercolor painter), Regina Piantedosi (non-representational art) and E.J. Lefavour (photographer, painter, digital artist). In the true spirit of creativity, sharing and inspiration that the Rocky Neck Art Colony embodies, these five distinctly unique and different artists have come together to collaborate and share in the process of jointly creating five pieces of art. The experience has been one of learning, teaching, sharing, trust and letting go of the ego’s involvement in the creative process, and has resulted in five completely unique, never in a lifetime to come anywhere near being recreated again, pieces of art. If you are an artist or understand the creative process, you will appreciate how rare and unique an undertaking like this is. Please come by and check out our “Spontaneous Collaboration”.

After this brief exhibit at the Cultural Center, one of the pieces will be on exhibit in each of the five artists’ galleries for the remainder of the season.

E.J. Lefavour


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See just a few of many artist’s ideas through temporary public art installations on utilitarian surfaces. Different purpose, message and style.

Os Gemeos, artists and brothers, monumental silos in Vancouver.

The Water Tank Project in New York City; overtime 100 will be wrapped.

Justin Desilva’s crosswalks and James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET in Gloucester.

UPDATE: James Owen Calderwood

James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET was recognized as an example of one of MA extraordinary public spaces. This summer Calderwood has re-painted and expanded the mural, completing his award. Professional photographer Linimberg Oliveira of Medford was in downtown Gloucester August for a photo shoot on Parsons Street. He described being inspired by Gloucester: the heady mix of historic buildings and architecture juxtaposed with modern art, specifically James Calderwood’s public street mural, FISH NET. You can see more of Calderwood’s work on view at the group show Sting! 18 Landscapes: Between Tradition & Imagination, at the Beehive in Boston. Calderwood works with lines in a variety of media. His welded aluminum sculpture Star was selected for the 2014 SculptureNow. The historic estate of Edith Wharton, the Mount, in Lenox, MA, is the current site for SculptureNow exhibition of large outdoor sculpture, which continues through October 31, 2014. REMINDER: The sculpture exhibit is a quick 5 minute drive to the Berkshire Museum’s Butterfly exhibit featuring work by Gloucester’s multi-talented artist, Kim Smith. 

UPDATE: Justin Desilva

Justin lives and works North of Boston. People have asked: Yes. Portuguese background. (Desilva’s grandfather emigrated from the Azores. He immigrated to the US, eventually working for a plastic injection mold company. An Uncle was a fisherman). His creative crosswalks make vivid connections based on Gloucester and stories from the HarborWalk. This installation is temporary and in progress. One of the next crosswalks will be on Harbor Loop and another on the east end of Main Street. He’ll reverse the crosswalks when the installation closes.  For a walking tour of the crosswalks Click for Google map for Justin Desilva crosswalk locations . Justin’s art is inspired by Jane Jacobs and her book the Death and Life of Great American Cities: “I was moved by her attention to detail of human interaction, and the idea that neighborhoods and cities are safest when they’re walkable.”

Justin Desilva’s art installation, With Every Street there’s a Story, is the second of three new works of art commissioned by the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City of Gloucester for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge, with funding from the Seaport Advisory Council. Calderwood’s was the first.

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Here in Gloucester, both installations are on view during the not-to-miss 2014 Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekends (Sept 19-21 and 26-28), which overlap with the September 20 Gloucester Block Party Saturday. MEET THE ARTISTS: they’ll be in town September 20th for these events.  Stop by the block party for special coloring page activity sheets!trails

VIDEO: Len Burgess Stunning Crystal Light Etched Images at Salt Lake City Train Station

See this short video of a train station in Utah incorporating Len Burgess gorgeous ice crystal images, illuminated by colored LED lights.

Crystal Light transforms the two level environment of the Transfer Station of the UTA linking the new line to the airport with the existing commuter line. The dramatic weather of Salt Lake City is suggested in images of water in its different states: ice crystals, clouds, a rushing stream, gentle waves of the lake. These are etched into the glass windscreens and elevator tower to catch the sunlight during the day and at night color flows through the station with programmed lighting.

Len writes, “Some of my ice crystal photos are etched in a Salt Lake City train station. This Salt Lake City train station has been designed using etched glass and changing colored lighting. Here’s a new video of the station. Well known architectural designer Catherine Widgery designed this structure using water in it’s many forms as the theme.”



For more than two years, Rockport-based artist Thi Linh Wernau has been photographing a series titled, YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. It is a project that celebrates the human spirit and beauty in our wounded veterans. It honors the sacrifice of our wounded veterans, empowers them with a platform to share their voices and inspires and helps other vets.

Thi recently dove into the world of video and filmmaking with a passion and desire to share these veterans’ voices in new ways. Please view her documentary short film (13 minutes) featuring an interview with Marine and wounded combat vet, LCpl Nick Eufrazio, USMC (retired) of Plymouth, MA. You will learn more about Nick’s spirit and who he is as a person through the eyes of his family and caregivers, as well as through his own eyes.


The main mission of this project is to spread love and kindness, inspiring love of self and love of others. Thi also has the goal to pay it forward to charities that help empower wounded veterans. Please help her pay this message of kindness forward by donating on behalf of her project today. Every dollar helps, and you can donate as little as $10, 100% of which goes directly to the charity.


Stay tuned for a few more updates on this project, as Thi has an exciting solo exhibition of her photographs launching at McGladrey Art Gallery in Boston this October.

The You. Are. Beautiful. project is made possible through the generosity of Wernau Asset Management. Learn more about her work at:

Sept 26 27 28 Gloucester to Honor its Own Monuments Man: Sculptor Walker Hancock

Hi Joey,

During the weekend of September 26-28, the City of Gloucester will celebrate the life and work of Sculptor Walker Hancock. The celebration, sponsored by the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, will feature events in several venues, including The Cape Ann Museum, The Cape Ann Community Cinema, and Gloucester City Hall. Other partners include Essex National Heritage Area and Cape Ann TV.

“It’s a three part celebration,” said Judith Hoglander, Event Chair.  “We want to showcase not only Hancock’s great talent as sculptor and his contribution to great art as we know it today as a Monuments Man, but to show his private side as well.”

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Hancock5Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum showcases Hancock’s art with an exhibit titled A Chosen Place-Walker Hancock and His Friends.  This exhibit features works by Hancock and by other nationally known artists who lived and worked on Cape Ann during the period from the 1940s until the 1980s. One of the better-known artists in this group is Hancock’s friend, and colleague, sculptor Paul Manship. Manship is best known for his towering golden Prometheus in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.  Manship called Hancock, “The last American Master Craftsman in Sculpture.  [He is] equally at home in every branch of the art from medals to monuments.”

On Friday evening (9/26) the Cape Ann Museum will host a Conversation With Deanie Hancock French, Walker Hancock’s daughter, and Jonathan Fairbanks, Director of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. This event is free to Cape Ann Museum members with a $10 charge for non-members.


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On Saturday (9/27) from 10:30 AM until 2:30 PM, the Cape Ann Museum will conduct private tours of the Hancock exhibit.  Space on the tour is limited to 25 persons and is on a first-come first-served basis.

mon menimagesCape Ann Community Cinema

On Saturday afternoon (9/27) at 2:30 PM, the Cape Ann Community Cinema, in downtown Gloucester, will show the film Monuments Men with George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman. Hancock was one of the first to be called to join the now famous Monuments Men. As one of the Monuments Men, Hancock was a key player in the rescue of works of art and priceless relics (including the coffin of Frederick the Great), from the mines at Bernterode in Southern Germany. The mines were packed with an enormous cache of dynamite. The Monuments Men arrived just in time to stop their destruction by order of the Nazis. This event and others during the weekend are part of the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails weekend and are free to the public.

City Hall Matthew Green








On Saturday evening (9/27) at Gloucester City Hall at 7PM there will be a special event featuring –ROBERT EDSEL– the author of the book Monuments Men- on which the film was based – will talk about the book and the great importance of the work these men and women did to preserve many of the priceless art treasures we have today. Mr. Edsel is founder of the Monuments Men Foundation, created to “raise public awareness of the importance of protecting and safeguarding civilization’s most important artistic and cultural treasures from armed conflict.”  A “Meet and Greet” and book signing by Mr. Edsel will follow the talk.  This event is free to the public with donations accepted to defray costs.






On Sunday (9/28) at 1PM, the Cape Ann Community Cinema will have another showing of Monuments Men

mon menimagesCape Ann Community Cinema

On Sunday (9/28) at 3PM in Gloucester City Hall there will be a panel discussion featuring friends and neighbors of Hancock’s in Lanesville, The panel will be moderated by local artist and former Cable TV host, Sinikka Nogelo.  Panelists will share memories of Hancock as friend and neighbor.  Among the panelists will be Hancock’s daughter, Deanie Hancock French and Gloria Parsons, Hancock’s long time cook.  The audience will also be invited to contribute their memories. © Matthew Green photo

City Hall Matthew Green








Segments of the weekend’s events will be filmed in order to preserve memories of Hancock’s life and work for the future.

Sponsored by:      the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, its Partners and Friends

Great Line Up Of Events on Rocky Neck

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Thurs Sept 4: Nights on the Neck!

Friday, Sept. 5: Gordon Goetemann: Extending Boundaries Opening Reception 4-6PM at the Cultural Center

Saturday, Sept 6: Tricia Nadeau Conant Opening Reception at Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Cooperative 6-8PM

Sunday, Sept 7: Richard Rosenfeld and Bob Crandall in the first Rocky Neck Conversations series talks on Air Wars, 7PM at the Cultural Center

Tuesday, Sept 9: African Drumming 6-7PM at the Cultural Center

Wednesday, Sept 10: third Goetemann Residency opening talk at the Cultural Center 7PM

beaux arts ball

Friday, Sept 12: ****ANNUAL BEAUX ARTS BALL**** at the Studio Restaurant, 7:30, costume parade from the Center at 6:30 (you do not have to wear a costume, but it is fun if you do). Ball Tickets $35 for RNAC members/$50 for non members/$100 gets you a RNAC membership and a free ticket, and Wicked Tuna Raffle tickets can be purchased online at

Trident Gallery Events

Trident Gallery Presents Susan Erony: Review

September 5- October 5

Powerful work in a wide variety of media by a deeply committed and thoughtful Gloucester artist.


Artist’s Reception at Trident Gallery for Susan Erony

September 13th from 5-7pm

Trident Gallery hosts an artist’s reception for Susan Erony on September 13th from 5pm-7pm


Discussion With the Artist at Trident Gallery

September 21st 5-6 pm

Susan Erony leads a discussion at Trident Gallery on September 21st from 5-6pm.


Trident Gallery

189 Main Street

Gloucester, MA  01930  978-491-7785

For more information please check out their website.








The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) is a 295-foot barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned steel hulled sailing vessel in American military service.


  1. Length295′ (90 m)
  2. Construction startedFebruary 15, 1936
  3. LaunchedJune 13, 1936
  4. Weight1,655 tons
  5. Beam39′ (12 m)
  6. Draught16′ 1″ (4.90 m)

Community Stuff 8/28/14

Joey, I was wondering if you could help us out? I am a daily reader of your blog and realize that you reach a lot of people. The East Gloucester Vikings Organization is looking for additional players. We are looking for 3rd and 4th grade kids. We can take kids from all over Gloucester and Rockport. We are taking sign ups at our practice field on Green St at our storage container from 5 to 7 on Thursday and Friday this week and all of next week except Monday. Do you think you could help us get the word out? They can also reach out to me direct via email or cell.

Thanks for the help.

Adam Sherlock

Communications Coordinator

East Gloucester Vikings



Rocky Neck infrastructure work
Project follow-up

Dear residents of the Rocky Neck area,

First, of all, thanks to all of you who took the time to come out to our neighborhood meeting on Wednesday night, and to the Rocky Neck Cultural Center for hosting it.
As we saw on Wednesday, the project will be done in two phases, with the water work being the first part of the project and the sewer work following on. It is hoped that the water work will be finished by mid-November and the entire project by January.
There will be some street openings to allow access to the water pipes so they can be upgraded, but there will not be any lengthy trenches along the streets of the Neck. The new technology allows the rehabilitation of the pipes to be done from fixed points along the water lines, so the entire course doesn’t have to be dug up and replaced. The pits to access the water lines will be chiefly at intersections and should not occasion complete road closures. Traffic should be able to get by during the construction, though roads may be briefly closed as equipment is moved around. Police will be on site to manage traffic during the digging and work within the access pits. Overnight and on weekends, the pits will be covered with steel construction plates and the roads should be fully passable.
Temporary water service will need to be installed while the pipes in your area are being upgraded. Crews will need access to your water meter to hook up the connection. The connections are rubber hoses so the crews should not have to dig up your yard to make the connection.
There will be water service interruptions of up to four hours on the day the lines are cut to allow access, but beyond that no prolonged interruptions of service are expected. You will receive 48 hours advance notice of the time when service in your area will be interrupted.
In response to a question posed at the meeting, the main roads will be repaved, not just patched, when the project is completed, but since it will be winter time, the paving will wait until next spring.
If you have particular needs or anticipate a problem with connecting to your meter (some folks had meters in cellars that didn’t have windows, for example), you should fill out the form at the link below and return it to the address on the form. There will also be a construction manager on site at all times who will help with any unanticipated problems that arise.
You can also see the memo and map describing the project that was handed out at Wednesday’s meeting at this link:
Please contact me if you have any problems during the project.

Gloucester Artist, Anna Coniaris Comolli – Revisiting Monet’s Garden Exhibition, French Cultural Center Boston


Hi Joey…

Would love to share this press release from the French Cultural Center Boston with Good Morning Gloucester readership.

Of interest to the Greek, French or Cape Ann Arts communities, this is a celebration of Gloucester artist Anna Coniaris Comolli’s Monet’s Garden solo exhibition of paintings. Anna has also been an advocate of artists for decades organizing and curating many exhibitions.  Anna was actively involved  in the arts as a member and officer in the Boston Visual Artists Union, a trustee at the Institute of Contemporary Art, as art teacher, art consultant. and curator.  I’ve always appreciated her wisdom and support of the arts and artists so hope you may share her exhibition news.

Thanks for keeping the Glow of Gloucester shining in cyberland.

Jo-  Castano  

Anna Coniaris Comolli – Revisiting Monet’s Garden

Exhibition at the French Cultural Center, Alliance Française of Boston


Monet Admires the Gardens: the Sunflower. Oil on canvas, 18’’ x  26‘’. 1986


Anna Coniaris Comolli – Revisiting Monet’s Garden

Oil paintings of Monet’s Giverny gardens and portraits of his contemporaries.


French Cultural Center

53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 617.912.0400

September 3 – 29, 2014

Gallery Hours:

Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM;

Free Event

OPENING RECEPTION* Wednesday, September 10 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Boston, MA – The French Cultural Center is delighted to bring oil paintings of Monet’s Giverny gardens and portraits of his contemporaries by Gloucester, MA artist, Anna Coniaris Comolli in Revisiting Monet’s Garden to its gallery for the September exhibition.

Anna Coniaris Comolli visited the famed restored gardens created by Impressionist painter Claude Monet during his last forty years. Although the day was raining, her experience of these lavish restored gardens inspired a new focus in her art. She was overtaken by the beauty of Monet’s garden and took many photos. Working in a style that she calls “natural realism,” she has created a series of oil paintings, each of which has taken from four to six months to complete. Her paintings reflect Monet’s themes of water lilies, weeping willows, blossoming flowers, and vibrant color.

While Monet painted his gardens impressionistically, Anna has painted them as naturally as possible on canvas to reflect her admiration and respect for his labor and genius. She has conquered the challenges of painting in a dark room from slides that arrested a moment in time. Each of her many thousands of abstract shapes of color has produced its own absolute reality. She has painstakingly solved the problems and complexities of translating all of the magnified visual information onto canvas. This process has resulted in the vibrant paintings in this exhibit, which reflect beauty, harmony, perfection in nature, and reverence for life.

Anna has studied the life and times of Claude Monet. Portraits of himself at different times in his life and of his contemporaries are also part of this exhibition.

About Anna Coniaris Comolli

Anna Coniaris Comolli lives and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She has studied art at Vesper George School of Art and costuming and costume design at Boston University. She has worked in theater and opera for a number of years before receiving a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Ms. Comolli’s paintings have been exhibited at the Baker Library, Harvard University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the Brockton Art Museum and several Boston area art galleries. Her paintings were exhibited at The French Library in 1987, and the French Cultural Center is thrilled to see their return to its gallery. Artist’s web site:

About The French Cultural Center

The French Cultural Center of Boston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the vibrant growth of French Language and Francophone Cultures in New England.

Library houses the second largest private collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and CDs available in the United States, in addition to offering online accessible resources through Culturethèque. Our school, a member of the Alliance Française network offers language classes and programs for adults and children. Our cultural programming showcases the many aspects of the francophone culture through numerous lectures, concerts, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, art exhibitions, holiday celebrations and more. Political and artistic personalities often hold talks at the French Cultural Center, making it the center of French culture in Boston. Web site:

*Complimentary French wine will be served at the opening reception

Images and artist information available at web site:


Dear Joey C

As I was researching places to send publicity for my upcoming exhibit at the Cox Reservation Barn in Essex, I came across Good Morning Gloucester. What an amazing resource for the city. I’m from Newburyport which likes to think it has culture covered, but we have nothing that compares. I’ve attached a press release and some images as well as a link to an online media kit. Thanks in advance for your time.

in god spirit


Newburyport Artist Launches New Book of Art and Nature at Essex County Greenbelt Association

Newburyport, MA artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord finds the beauty and meaning of nature in the small things she gathers rather than in landscapes and vistas. Embracing the idea that there is an invisible world supporting the one that we see, she finds branches, sticks, and vines to be messengers from that other world. She combines them to create contemplative art objects—part book and part sculpture—that she calls Spirit Books. 

After 22 years of making these wordless volumes, Gaylord is publishing The Spirit Books, a paperback book with evocative images of 34 of the books and explanations of the inspiration behind each one. To celebrate the publication, an exhibition at Essex County Greenbelt Association Headquarters in Essex, MA on September 27 and 28 will feature 20 Spirit Books and include a talk by the artist on September 27 at 11 AM and a book sale and signing. Gaylord is donating 30% of all sales to Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust. Susan chose to partner with ECGA because she believes in their mission of land conservation and is impressed by their success in accomplishing it. It has conserved more than 15,000 acres in Essex County since its founding in 1961. She finds it fitting that income from the sale of work created from the land will go back to supporting it.

Gaylord describes her inspiration and process:

“I feel a deep connection to older powers as I gather twigs, branches, vines, and roots. Using them to cradle books, I link them to the longstanding tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. Each page is a meditation that echoes nature with both repetition and variety. “Reading” the book is meant to be a contemplative experience that takes the reader out of the everyday world and into a state of gratitude and reverence.”

Since she created her first Spirit Book in 1992 and coined the name, they have been exhibited throughout the US and Canada and in Korea. They have gained fans worldwide through articles and features in books such as 1,000 Artist’ Books, 500 Handmade Books, and 500 More Handmade Books and magazines including Fiberarts, Somerset Studio, and Bound & Lettered as well as online through her website and blog, facebook, Pinterest, and tumblr. 

Gaylord grew up in New Jersey where she spent many hours walking along and wading in the Rahway River. She came to Massachusetts to study English Literature at Boston University. Her love of words led her to calligraphy which in turn led her to the world of handmade books and book art. She has been working as an artist for 35 years. 

See the online media kit for a book preview, gallery of images, bio, resume, and author photo.

Could you please post the following for the chargers youth program.

West Gloucester Chargers
Sat August 30 9-1230
Sears Eastern Ave Gloucester

Thanks CYP

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