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Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., though most venues are open earlier and several remain open later into the evening. The Marina Restaurant off Putney Road, is offering refreshments to Walk patrons from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Margo's Bits and Bobs at 1010 Western Ave., will be open until 8 p.m. (next door to the pizza shop), and C. X. Silver Gallery at 814 Western Ave., will open only from 3 to 5 p.m. this Friday.
The 24-page April edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's guide includes articles about Zachary Stephens' exhibit "Are We There Yet?" at the Dianich Gallery and the annual Month of the Young Child exhibit and celebration at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden. Or visit gallerywalk.org for current listings, full-color photos of work featured in most of this month's exhibits, and an archive of articles published since April 2003.
The guide will be available at each participating location, the I-91 Welcome Center, the Chamber of Commerce, and area lodging establishments, among other outlets convenient for visitors and residents alike.
Brief information on exhibits and special events follows, in official Gallery Walk order.
Exhibits and Events
1. The Marina Restaurant: 28 Spring Tree Road (down behind 464 Putney Road); 802-257-7563; vermontmarina.com. Paintings from Ray Fiske's "Canvas and Steel" series, as well as his 5-foot Tin Man, have been added to current exhibits, which include: watercolors by young Alex Hrabchak; flora, fauna, and landscapes by painter Kristina Wentzell; collages of vintage food imagery by Tiffany Heerema; large painted gourds by Terry Carter; fine art photography by Henry Ireland; botanical illustrations by Tina Olsen; landscapes and contemporary artwork by Martha Dolan; mystical landscapes, studies in nature, and unconventional still lifes by Janet Picard; and impressionist-realist paintings by Deborah Lazar. Walk "munchies" available 5 to 6:30 p.m. A casual waterfront eatery with sunset view, The Marina is open daily 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m, Sunday brunch served 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. Margo's Bits and Bobs — Gifts & Collectibles: 1010 Western Ave. (Next to W. Brattleboro Pizza and 7-Eleven); 802-579-1571; This 300-square-foot retail space is bursting with eclectic wares to please everyone's fancy — antique smalls, Depression glass, fine china, handcrafted jewelry and hair accessories (including trendy teen styles), handknits, ladies' accessories, vintage linens, and much more. Margo immigrated from England in 1963, founded her company in 1990, and was featured in Antiques & The Arts Weekly in 1992. She sold antiques and collectibles at prestigious shows and flea markets all over New York State for a decade before moving to Vermont in 2000. So many "bits and bobs," so little time! Open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
3. C.X. Silver Gallery: 814 Western Ave.; 802-257-7898; email@example.com. Gallery open 3 to 5 p.m. for April's Gallery Walk; open year-round by calling ahead to arrange for a visit. Cai Xi: Selected Works, 1979-1989, exhibition through April 27 — instagram.com/cxsilvergallery. Reception on April 8, 4 to 6 p.m.: Meet the artist for discussion about this exhibition. Publications: Linda Montano: 14 Years of Living Art — magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522— and Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside — magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374. Dim Sum catering by appointment; calling one to two days in advance recommended, 802-257-7898. Self-contained third floor airBnB apartment with art all around: airbnb.com/rooms/7173206.
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: 10 Vernon St.; 802-257-0124; brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk — memberships available at a 10 percent discount. Through Oct. 8: Best of "Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys": Steve Gerberich — Elaborate blinking, whirling, humming, buzzing sculptures. Through June 17: Alfred Leslie: Selections from "100 Views Along the Road — Elegant black-and-white watercolors of American scenes. 3D Color: Gloria Garfinkel— Experience changing perceptions of color. Hereandafter: Susan von Glahn Calabria — Gouache paintings on paper. Bottle in the River: Richard Klein — Sculpture made with found glass. We Walk in Their Shadows: Gowri Savoor — The physical and cultural processes of migration and belonging. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesday. Admission: $8-$6-$4, Free: members and under 18; Free on Thursday, 2 to 5 p.m.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery: 36 Bridge St.; 802-490-2354; whetstonestation.com. Maria Pugnetti, a multimedia artist with a degree in painting, has worked as a light and sound designer, as well as a graphic designer and illustrator producing cover art for musicians and authors in Europe and America. Inspired by ecology and mythology, her painting style is intuitive and animistic. She considers her work a visual poetry that can illuminate the archetypal forms uniting and guiding us toward self-reflection, healing, and evolution. This collection includes large panoramic allegorical paintings and small mixed-media works — visit woolymar.com and instagram.com/woolymar. The Whetstone offers inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront location; free parking. Lunch and dinner daily, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.
6. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34: 32-34-36 Main St.; 802-257-1577; rivergalleryschool.org. Upstairs gallery spaces feature a Printmaking and Encaustic Show by students in the Fall 2017 and Winter-Spring 2018 sessions. Classes taught by Helen Schmidt and Leigh Niland generated examples of Drypoint, Relief, Collagraph, and Block Printing. Students in classes taught by Julia Jensen and Jen Wiechers are exhibiting works made using Encaustic, or hot wax-based painting/collage. Opening reception on Friday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gallery 34, at sidewalk level, features paintings by Ricia Gordon during April.
7. Latchis Gallery & Theatre: 50 Main St.; 802-254-1109 x3 Jon; theater.latchis.com, latchisarts.org. In April, the Latchis Gallery features "Passions," a retrospective of Steven Leal's unique painting series of explosive-color, sharp-hued portraits and moody, deconstructed works — visit stevenleal.blogspot.com. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Gallery hours: 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and during regular theater hours. Movie world premiere at 6:45 p.m. during Gallery Walk: Stop in to see "Lil Balzac," a 30-minute absurdist comedy filmed by a local cast and crew in Brattleboro — visit LilBalzac.com.
8. In-Sight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1; 802-251-9960; insightphotography.org; exposuresprogram.org. "Lost and Found," a curated exhibition of images left behind at In-Sight, will be on view in the Tiny Gallery during April. In every educational setting, things left behind are collected in a "Lost and Found" box, bin, shelf, etc. In-Sight's collection has no single mittens, water bottles, or sweaters; rather it contains photographs, negatives, and contact sheets. A lost image of a cat, or a friend lounging in a hammock, or just an abandoned experiment. This exhibition is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opening reception during Gallery Walk.
9. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St.; 802-251-6051; Joshua Farr; vcphoto.org. "There It Is," an exhibition of images by Al Karevy, of Richmond, N.H., explores the relationship between objects, memory, and photography. Is every photo a memento? What is it we and others ascribe to photos when making and viewing them? What happens to the photo when the souvenir thought is no longer? Karevy's commercial work is digital capture, so much of his personal work is film-and-darkroom based, including camera-less photography. He works with pinhole, toy, and antique cameras and also makes handmade books and photo-polymer etchings. Opening reception on Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visit online for exhibit and membership information.
10. ArtRageUs1: 57 Elliot St.; 802-490-2277; ArtRageUs1.com; info@ArtRageUs1.com. This art collective offers the work of local artists, authors, and musicians. Currently featured are jewelry and dreamcatchers by Jen Smith and poetry by Elaine Rearden. Come meet them during Gallery Walk and check out the funky furniture, repurposed clothing, affordable prints, paintings, sculpture, interesting books and CDs, and much more. ArtRageUs1 is also home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz and to Write Action books. Applications for membership are available online and in the store. Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and online.
11. Sweet Miri's Cafe: 55 Elliot St.; 802-490-2319; sweetmiris.com, visit on Facebook. Grand opening 4 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk: Door prizes, free samples, goodie-basket raffles, and more. Featured floral art by Patty Harmsen and Eugene Bartlett. This gluten-free kitchen offers entrees, panini sandwiches, homemade soups, breads, rolls, pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, and muffins. Dine in or take out. Special orders and other allergies accommodated. Ask about event rentals and holiday parties. Owner-chef Dara Bartlett Levy, a registered dietitian, discovered her love of GF baking after her celiac disease diagnosis. Future offerings include cooking classes and allergy sensitivity training. Spring hours: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Wednesday and Thursday; Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Special Friday/Saturday night menus; social brunch menu early Saturday.
12. Cantina Vidorra. 49 Elliot St.; 802-490-2532; Visit on Facebook. Cosima Hewes is showing her acrylic, pastel, and scratchboard artwork. She brings to life, in surreal and whimsical portraits, the menagerie of goats and other animals that inhabit her small western Massachusetts homestead and neighborhood. Cantina Vidorra offers starters, build-your-own or traditional tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, other specialties, and a kids' menu. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
13. Harmony Arts Cafe: 22 Harmony Place; 802-490-2077; facebook.com/HarmonyArtsCafe. "Serving Art Projects to Nourish the Spirit" is the mission of this art-making space in a corner of the Harmony Lot. Proprietor Paula Lavender has filled this space with supplies and tools for use by folks of all ages — individuals, groups, and families — and will demonstrate techniques (tie-dyeing, marbling, quilting, etc.) as needed. The "menu" of creative options, offered for modest suggested donations or set prices, includes quick make-and-take projects with changing weekly themes, a range of paper arts, creative celebrations ("art parties"), Sunday family projects, and no-cost larger cooperative projects to be donated to the community. See Facebook for more information. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (late for Walk), and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
14. Cara Wolff Jewelry: 4 Elliot St.; 208-869-2948; carawolffjewelry.com. This studio and store features work by metalsmith and jewelry designer Cara Wolff Meinke, who has been making jewelry for over 20 years and studied metalsmithing at art schools across the country. Handcrafted earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets are displayed on tables Cara crafted from local, live-edge slabs of spalted maple and pine. Also featured are the works of guest jewelry, ceramic, and fiber artists, as well as locally harvested reishi, chaga, and turkey tail mushroom tinctures by Dark Matter. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk; otherwise open by appointment.
15. Windham Movement Apparel: 2 Elliot St.; 802-246-1223; Visit on Facebook; windhammovementapparel.com. Free belly dance class 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Cyndal Ellis — Friday community movement classes offered weekly. New this month is "The Motion of Emotion," an exhibit of large early-period paintings by Siiri Lane, showing a different aspect of her as an artist and a person moving through life. These works are inviting in their femininity. Lane has been painting, gardening, and momming ever since graduating from Bennington College with a degree in Fine Arts. This exhibit has been curated by the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, which takes place this year on July 19 to 22; tickets are available at southernvermontdancefestival.com. Open Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m., Friday/Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
16. Mocha Joe's Cafe: 82 Main St.; 802-257-7794; mochajoes.com. April features a continuing exhibit of photos documenting construction of the Sabawoon Education Academy (SEA) in Nowshera, Pakistan in 2014 by Brattleboro resident Justin Bibee and SIT Graduate Institute alumni colleagues Dr. Regina Edmonds and Aamir Gamaryani. SEA's curriculum focuses on peace and religious tolerance with an emphasis on girls' education. Starting with 14 students in April 2014, SEA is thriving today with 152 students. Expansion plans include an eighth grade, and construction is underway for a library, as well as both science and English labs. Gamaryani is SEA's founding director, and Edmonds and Bibee have served on the school's board since it opened. The cafe is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
17. Turn It Up!: 85 Main St.; 802-251-6015; turnitup.com. The record shop features a collection of vintage music and movie posters, several rare and collectible. Artists include the Beatles and solo projects, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Clash, Prince, Gene Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood. Turn It Up! sells both new and classic music on vinyl and CD at bargain prices. Open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Cafe: 113 Main St.; 802-251-1071; Thanks to the whims of Mother Nature, the artist planning to exhibit work in April suffered a flood that has forced a postponement. A replacement show for April and May will be up sometime soon, but not likely in time for Gallery Walk evening. Stop in now and then to find out what's being featured in gallery spaces while having a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate with a sweet or savory snack or light meal. The cafe offers European-style breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, until 8 p.m. for the Walk, and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
19. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St.; 802-257-7044; vtart.com. Featured in April are oil painters William E. Roberts Jr., Deborah Lazar and E. Joseph McCarthy. Roberts paints landscapes on canvas. Lazar paints florals and landscapes on linen or canvas. McCarthy paints abstract landscapes on paper. Opening reception for the artists from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk on Friday. The work will remain on display for the rest of the month. A portion of sales of featured art for April will go to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Visit online or stop by seven days to see work by over 300 artists.
20. Works Bakery Cafe: 118 Main St.; 802-579-1851; worksbakerycafe.com. River Gallery School is exhibiting works from the Subscription Art program that supports the Scholarship Fund. Framed original artwork created by children attending River Gallery School is loaned to businesses and members of the community for a year to hang in offices and homes. RGS is a 41-year-old nonprofit located at 32 Main St., Brattleboro. Call 802-257-1577 for information, or visit the web site for class offerings — rivergalleryschool.org. (See Walk listing #6 for current exhibits.) The cafe serves Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6 to 8 p.m.
21. WOW Frozen Yogurt: 122 Main St.; 802-579-1255; Front gallery spaces are showing the Southern Vermont Dance Festival's Movement 2017 exhibit "Images of SVDF's Inaugural Year," a collection of photographs by Kiqe Bosch highlighting the festival's opening year. A completely black-and-white exhibit, Bosch's thirteen images from 2013 celebrate the variety of movement presented in SVDF's first season. Bosch captured the joy of movement and the intimacy of the mover — southernvermontdancefestival.com. The continuing exhibit in the back door gallery area features bold and whimsical paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass., depicting crowded evening streets in front of famous establishments around the world. Store hours: Sunday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.
22. Sidney Gallery of Unconventional Art Jewelry: Brooks House Atrium: 132 Main St.; SidneyDesigner3@comcast.net. Recently back in Brattleboro, Sidney continues to design his De Beers Award-winning jewelry and is showing his newest work at the Brooks House Atrium each Gallery Walk weekend. Described as "unconventional, surprising, bold, and playful," his designs happily marry several colors of 14k gold to the new, non-tarnishing, platinum-infused Sterling silver, presenting a collection of "architectural pieces with soft Art Deco touches." In addition to his truly unusual finished pieces, he displays dozens of pieces-in-progress you are invited to help complete to your particular, personal taste. His designs are fun, and so is he, so come and experience. Hours: Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
23. Gallery in the Woods: 145 Main St.; 802-257-4777; galleryinthewoods.com. Spring Preview: The Parallel Universe of Nancy Hayes. For this show, Hayes brings her "Edge" series of small, affordable paintings that can be randomly arranged in a series, previewing a larger presentation in June. Explosive and playful color and design, derived from organic cellular forms and interwoven patterns in a strong color palette.gs. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
24. Catherine Dianich Gallery: 139 Main St., Rm. 501 (Down the alley, through the glass doors; 802-380-1607catherinedianichgallery.com. Photographer Zachary Stephens is showing "Are We There Yet?" through the end of April. This recent work resulted from his two-year MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. "I have been looking at my own masculinity in the home and in the community Am I fulfilling the stereotypes? Going against them?" The tableaux in the show "are all constructed realities. I'm pushing at the tensions of life, the expectations of fatherhood, and trying to live up to them." Reception with the artist during Gallery Walk , 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open by appointment during the month.
25. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery: 139 Main St., #407; 802-254-9276Down the alley and down one flight; hookerdunham.org; thegrammarschool.org. The Grammar School (TGS), an independent K-8 school in Putney, presents work created by twenty-two seventh and eighth grade students during their recent six-week art intensive. Included in the show are B&W print photography produced at In-Sight, painting and mixed-media created at River Gallery School, and sculpture created in the TGS art studio. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk. The exhibit will be on display throughout April and will be open during regular events at the theater or by appointment — contact Scott Moore at 802-387-5364 x209.
26. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden; 157 Main St.; 802-246-0982; strollingoftheheifers.com. Stop by the Summer Camp Fair during Gallery Walk, sponsored by Youth Services and featuring camp sign-ups and activities for kids for this event and an upcoming Gala Dinner and Dance fundraiser. . . Featured in the Gallery during April is the work of our community's youngest artists. Early childhood educators are exhibiting their students' artistic creations. (See article on p. 9, ad on p. 4.) Join families from across the country during the Month of the Young Child in recognizing the people, programs, and policies that build better futures for all children. Kickoff celebration: Sunday, April 8, 10 am to 12 pm for the 14th Annual Young Children's Art Exhibit. The River Garden is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during special events.
26. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St.; 802-246-3015; penelopewurr.com. A Celestial Gallery upstairs: Prints by Cavallini complement Ceramic Work by an artisan from Thailand, in moody colors. Still on view in the retail store are unique, whimsical Ceramics by Wiltshire, UK maker and illustrator Hannah Turner — egg cups, mugs, salt & pepper pots, and other tableware. Hannah's work draws on her love of nature with a humorous bent. Also on display is New Jewelry from talented jeweler and costume designer Philippa Kunisch. Gifts and cards for Mother's Day, new spring arrivals, and classic British fare. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, later for Gallery Walk.
28. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St.; 802-251-8290; mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. Matt Brown: Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints is featured through May 6. Brown's printing approach follows the hanga method developed in Japan during the 18th century — the same technique used by Hokusai and Hiroshige. His imagery is mostly of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the coast of Maine. Artist talk and demonstration on Saturday, April 21, at 5 p.m. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Be sure to visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St., for a rotating display of gallery artists.
29. Take a Moment for Peace: Centre Congregational Church Parlor; 193 Main St.; 802-254-4730; 5:30 to 6 p.m. This month's Moment for Peace with Manny Mansbach is "The Community of All Beings." Participants will come together in silence, in words, and in song to honor and express solidarity and loving connection with all beings. Manny is a longtime practitioner of Buddhist meditation, a social activist, and a teacher with Vermont Insight Meditation Center in Brattleboro.
30. Two Vocal Quartets Sing to Benefit the Women's Chorus Centre Congregational Church Parlor; 193 Main St.; 802-254-5546; Carrie. 7:30 p.m.: Live music by The Seymour Sisters and Singcrony. The Seymour Sisters — Betsy Williams, Laura Williams, Beth Spicer, and Kate Wolff — sing old-time, gospel, country, and swing as well as play a variety of stringed instruments. Singcrony — Ruth Allard, Beth Kiendl, Andrea Matthews and Carrie Walker — is an a cappella group with a love for close harmonies and particularly swing jazz. An hour or so of music will be followed by a dessert reception. Suggested donations of $10 to $20; all proceeds benefit the Brattleboro Women's Chorus, led by Becky Graber.
31. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St.; 802-254-5290; brookslibraryvt.org. Second floor entryway case features the upcoming Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes workshop on Wednesday, April 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.; resulting structures will be displayed thereafter. Main Reading Room: Bill Fleming's "Greetings from Brattleboro, VT" needlework hangs from the mezzanine. Main floor ceiling: Cloud-and-raindrops mobile by second grade class, Academy School. Mezzanine display cases: Objects from the library's Henrietta Loud Collection. Children's book illustrators cases: Vermont Children's author/illustrator Eileen Christelow's new book "Robins! How They Grow Up." Items from the Fine Arts Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building; take a self-guided walking tour during library hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
32. Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St.; 802-257-BEER (2337); hermitthrushbrewery.com and Facebook. Erin Stewart and Will Finkel present Red Sage, a line of collaborative pottery created for the lover of fine fermented drinks. Blending Finkel's simple ceramic forms with Stewart's lively hand-painted vignettes, form and design are united in functional ware with representational and abstract value. Erin fell in love with ceramics in college and has pursued pottery as Red Maple Designs for nine years. Will began his career in pottery at age 5, and it has been his primary passion ever since. Founder of Sage Hill Artisans, he began retailing his work at 15 and is a full-time potter. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night available from 5 p.m. during Gallery Walk . Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m., Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Special Regional Venues
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
1-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1: The Silo Gallery and display panels feature paintings and prints by Tim Wood, who captures the calm and beauty of our New England landscape. "I have always been fascinated by the variety of light and contrast present in a landscape set at night. Artificial light adds an exciting element of color and contrast not often present in a daytime scene." Brochures, magazines, maps, and showcase exhibits of area products, artwork, and fine crafts are resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily.
For information on joining the Walk as an art or special event venue, advertise in the guide and magazine, or make a donation in support of this community program, contact promotional coordinator Joy Wallens-PenfoRoad at 802-257-2616 or e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.
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