New Events

Fourth Annual : 7 Deadly Sins Exhibit
Oct
25
to Nov 22

Fourth Annual : 7 Deadly Sins Exhibit

Sinners and non-sinners alike will LUST over the objects of art that will be on display at AtomArt Gallery's 4th annual 7 Deadly Sins! This year’s exhibit encompasses various types of mediums ranging from stained glass to unique one of a kind mosaics, bi-metal cast sculptures to video projections, and more. Join us on Friday, October 25th from 6pm until 10pm.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Barbara Dorchen (Mixed Media)

Lisa Galperin (Collage)

Richard Skelton (Mixed Media Sculpture)

Martha Van Raaphorst (Acrylic)

John Kilpatrick (Stained Glass)

Jeff Cancelosi (Acrylic & Silk Screen)

Alex Ramsay (Mosaic Pointillism)

Robert Bielat (Bi-metal cast sculpture)

Jorge Galvez (Oil)

Tony Raguso (Color pencil & Acrylic)

Deborah Friedman (Acrylic)

Halena Fischer (Photography)

Jackie Nabat (Photography)

Atom Kaiser (Video)

Richard Halprin (Digital Acrylic)

Nancy Kozlowski (Pastel & Charcoal)

Amy Wipp (Mixed Media Sculpture)

It would be a SIN to miss this collection of unique pieces of art! On exhibit October 25th through November 22nd 2019.

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Eric Fogle: Prehistoric Postmodern
Aug
28
to Oct 11

Eric Fogle: Prehistoric Postmodern

Starting on August 28th 2019 artist ERIC FOGLE will be in residence at AtomArt Gallery in Ferndale creating one of kind paintings live for all to see and acquire for their own collection. Stop in for a viewing, and witness Eric’s creating new work live! Now is your chance to acquire an original artwork by Fogle before the exhibit is unveiled. Open during normal business hours.

Visit our YouTube channel for live videos of him in his element creating the artwork that will make up this never before seen fine art exhibit. (Link to YouTube Channel)

Eric Fogle a metro Detroit artist has exhibited at the legendary Willis Gallery in Cass Corridor, the gallery at Trappers Alley, Alley Culture Gallery, Cass Café gallery and most recently the Collected Detroit Gallery. You may have already seen his public installation at Cass Café! Eric enjoys spending his time playing video games, watching cartoons and painting works of art. He is largely inspired by ancient symbols and codes found in everyday life. @fogleizer

On September 6th from 6 to 9 we will unveiled the Eric Fogle: Prehistoric Post Modern fine art exhibit.

Closing Reception takes place on Thursday, October 10th from 7 to 10.

Free to public. Free convenient parking.

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A Couple: Two Visions
Jul
26
to Aug 23

A Couple: Two Visions

Prolific Detroit artists; Donald & Linda Mendelson celebrate over 50 years of love and dedication to the art world with a duo exhibition of rare and never seen before masterpieces at AtomArt Gallery. 

Native Detroiters; Donald and Linda Mendelson will have many of their finest watercolor, mixed media and acrylic masterpieces on display in this duo collaborative exhibit. “A Couple: Two Visions” fine art exhibit will be on display from July 26 to August 23 2019 with the opening reception taking place on July 26 from 4 to 10 PM.  Very special performance by legendary 3 time Hall of Famer Billy Davis and his The Billy Davis Rhythm Machine Band with Mighty Michael at 7:30pm!

Closing Reception takes place on Friday, August 23rd from 6 to 9. Join us on the final day of the A Couple: Two Visions exhibit for your last chance to see this phenomenal body of work together on gallery walls. A special conversation with the artists; Donald & Linda Mendelson will take place from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Free to public. Free convenient parking.

Header images are a portion showing detail of the full work of art. Top image: Watercolor by Linda Mendelson Forced Relations II 32.5 H x 45 W
Bottom image: Watermedia by Donald Mendelson Noah's Ark with Space Probe II 36 H x 47 W

ARTIST Bio and Mission Statements:

DONALD MENDELSON

Donald’s works contrast primitive world images with the computerized space technology of today. His paintings include expressionistic figures, animals, insects, and other life forms dealing with environmental landscape themes, anti war themes, and space exploration. The viewer can explore the relationships between the variety of organic living creatures and the familiar mechanical forms which coexist in an environment that the artist creates with a myriad of patterns suggesting computer mapping, lunar landings, sky, water, and other mysterious surfaces.

Donald’s approach to painting and drawing in these works is reflective of these concepts. This interweaving and juxtaposition of imagery expresses the thread of time that interconnects our past and present.

Donald Mendelson is a native Detroiter and had served as a Professor of Painting, Drawing and Design at Oakland Community College in Michigan for forty eight years. He attended Wayne State University in Detroit where he received a BFA Degree in 1966 and an M.F.A. in Painting in 1968 while on a Graduate Professional Scholarship. His paintings have been included in more than two hundred shows in art centers and museums throughout Michigan. His works have also been represented in numerous national painting and drawing exhibitions, including shows in North Carolina, Utah, North Dakota, Indiana, Ohio, California, Washington, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ontario. Donald is a recipient of numerous awards and purchase prizes, including recognition in national exhibitions. Among his many honors, he received a Creative Artist Grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts for his innovative approach to mixed-media water media painting. He had served on the Board of the Michigan Water Color Society for twelve years. In addition, Donald has juried and curated numerous exhibitions. His oil paintings and water media work are in the collections of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan as well as in many private collections. Donald’s work has received many awards in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan and has been displayed in various venues including The Scarab Club, Detroit Artist Market, University of Michigan, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Wayne State University Art Gallery, N’Namdi Gallery, Lansing Art Gallery, Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Whitdel Gallery, Janice Charach Gallery, Oakland University, Ferris State University, Paint Creek Art Center, Tangent Gallery, Anton Art Center, Black Box Art Gallery, Art Center Traverse City, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Holland Area Arts Center, Saginaw Valley State University, Eastern Michigan University, Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Ella Sharp Museum, Midland Center for the Arts, Saginaw Art Museum, Ann Arbor Art Center, Great Flint Arts Council, Manistee Art Institute, Besser Museum of Art for Northeast Michigan. She has served on the Board of the Michigan Water Color Society for more than thirty years, was President for five years, and currently holds the position of Historian as well as liaison and advisor to the Board.

LINDA MENDELSON

All my work deals with microscopic and macro cosmic matter and the dynamics of life forces. My creation of 'spatial illusions' through manipulating color, light, form and marks (I am a 'mark maker') has always been a concern in my paintings. Much of the work reads as imaginary landscapes as I explore a tapestry of monumental structures and organic forms within a spatial ambiguity of color fields. A personal iconography has developed over the years in various art works.

I usually set up contradictions. Just when you think you're reading it right, I will throw something at you, a form or mark that doesn't belong, like life itself! Humor is another thread in my work, as one often deals with life’s absurdities. I explore a new vision while examining a process and continuity of the human condition. My paintings often express the alienation, a state of being, of being fragmented, separated from all that one has known in a rapidly changing world. Yet, there is a constant play of life forces and regeneration. The crisis within urban decay, the separation of peoples, the loss of cultural cohesiveness, pervades the soul of the individual. Spirituality is a major underlying theme which I am sure stems from my upbringing and my current introspection in my senior years. An inner light is revealed, a spirituality that offers a rebirth, a hope for the future.

Linda Mendelson

July 2019

Linda Mendelson has been a highly respected and influential college teacher of painting, design, color theory and drawing for more than thirty five years. Linda had taught Watercolor and Color Design at Wayne State University in Detroit for fifteen years. Afterwards, she was an Associate Professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit where she had taught Painting (oil, watercolor), Drawing, Design (color, mixed media, 2D, 3D) and Interdisciplinary English (Imaging: Visual Verbal Crossovers) for another fifteen years. Ms. Mendelson taught Drawing, Painting (acrylic, watercolor) and Design at the University of Michigan -Dearborn for six years where she had developed a Fine Arts Program and served as Chairperson. She has also served on the faculty of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, Michigan. Linda was raised and educated in Detroit. She attended Wayne State University where she received a BFA Degree in 1967 and a Masters in painting in 1969 while on a Graduate Professional Scholarship. Her paintings and drawings have been included in more than two hundred exhibitions in Michigan, including shows at the Detroit Institute of Arts and various major museums throughout the state. Her works have also been represented in numerous national painting and drawing exhibitions, including shows in Indiana, Utah, North Dakota, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona and Oklahoma, New York, and Ontario. Linda has received numerous awards including many in the Michigan Water Color Society exhibitions, other state shows, as well as in national exhibitions. She received an Award of Excellence in the Arizona Aqueous Exhibition in Tubac, Arizona. She has also received honors from the Michigan Council for the Arts and was a recipient of the National Tannahill Faculty Grant. In addition, Linda was the 2012 honoree for her influential career of college teaching and involvement in Detroit’s art community at the Scarab Annual “Crone Celebration”. Besides serving as a juror and curator of exhibitions, Linda is well known for her many school presentations, workshops for educators, watercolor workshops, slide presentations, lectures, and group critiques. She has served on the Board of the Michigan Water Color Society for more than thirty years, was President for five years, and currently holds the position of Historian as well as liaison and advisor to the Board. Linda’s work has received many awards in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan where her work has been displayed in various venues including the DIA, The Scarab club, Whitdel Arts Gallery, Gallery 555, Tangent Gallery, Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Woods Gallery, Janice Charach Gallery, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University Art Gallery, University of Michigan, Oakland University, Ferris State University, Saginaw Valley State University, Eastern Michigan University, Contemporary Institute of Detroit, Riverside Arts Center, Anton Art Center, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, The Carr Center, Detroit Artist Market, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Black Box Gallery, Studio 23 Art Center, Crooked Tree Art Center, The Art Center Traverse City, Holland Area Arts Center, Shiawassee Arts Council, Lansing Art Gallery, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Ella Sharp Museum, Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Midland Center for the Arts. Linda is a member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art and her paintings have been included in exhibitions at the New Century Gallery in New York, NY; Arc Gallery in Chicago,; Robert Morris State Street Gallery in Chicago; Martin–Mullen Art Gallery in New York; Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY.

Linda’s work has received many awards in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan where her work has been displayed in various venues including the DIA. All my work deals with microscopic and macro cosmic matter and the dynamics of life forces. My paintings often express the alienation, a state of being, of being fragmented, separated from all that one has known in a rapidly changing world. Yet, there is a constant play of life forces and regeneration. The crisis within urban decay, the separation of peoples, the loss of cultural cohesiveness, pervades the soul of the individual. Spirituality is a major underlying theme which I am sure stems from my upbringing and my current introspection in my senior years. An inner light is revealed, a spirituality that offers a rebirth, a hope for the future.

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Alumni Show 2019
May
31
to Jul 19

Alumni Show 2019

You do not want to miss the biggest exhibit of the year: The AtomArt Alumni Show! We have had many incredible artists show their works since we opened. In that spirit, we are excited to bring many of them back to show off their latest works.

Please join us as we celebrate the of final night of the Alumni Show exhibit at AtomArt Gallery on July 19 from 5 PM to 10 PM. There will be Music, Food, Fun and of course art, for all. Click here for up to date event and exhibit information

We appreciate all that these creative souls have contributed to our ever changing artistic environment in the lovely city of Ferndale, Michigan! 

The following artist's creations will be on display: Atom Kaiser / Desiree Kelly / Lisa Goedert / Alana Carlson / Cyndy Week-Patterson / Dirk Hughes / Austen Brantley / Nancy Rodwan / Susan Bankston / Robert Bielat / Gregg Thacker / Louis Wildfong / Evan Derian / Nancy Kozlowski / Sarah Nesbitt/ Amy Wipp / Alex Ramsay / Richard Halprin / Owen Strzelewicz

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Bielat
Apr
5
to May 24

Bielat

Where does one begin when trying to put in words, another person’s life work? As an Artist, as well as a purveyor of fine art, I find this a nearly impossible task. My associates and I had the honor of meeting the incredibly talented Robert Bielat shortly before his untimely death. What a wonderful meeting that was! During the course of our lively discussion, my colleagues and I viewed a wide range sculptures produced over Bielat's 40 plus year career. The power that all these textural metal sculptures evoked was intoxicating!

With unbelievable generosity Robert’s wife, Veronica, has entrusted AtomArt to bring to the public, an exclusive showing of works by the late Robert Bielat, a well-recognized regional sculptor who had exhibited extensively in the region and is represented in many private collections.  This exhibit includes a recent body of work that has never been seen. Please join us to view this dynamic collection of sculptures.

Atom Kaiser 

Owner/Provocateur

Join us for the receptions celebrating this exclusive showing of sculptures by the profound sculptor Robert Bielat. Friday, April 5th 2019 from 6 PM to 10 PM / May 18th 2019 from 3 PM to 9 PM.

Bielat; is a well-recognized regional sculptor who had exhibited extensively in the region and is represented in many private collections.  Robert Bielat’s; wide range of bi-metal cast and constructivist sculptures will be on exhibit. Showcasing a recent body of work that has never been seen before and highlighting the refined technique and process he achieved, within his outstanding career.

Exhibit runs April 5 - May 24, 2019 at AtomArt Gallery. Private viewings available by appointment or during open gallery hours. Click here to view catalog.

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Brook Becoming
Feb
22
to Mar 30

Brook Becoming

Brook Becoming; a collection of evocative art work by five graduates from the world-renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art will be on exhibit from Friday, February 22 to March 30, 2019 at AtomArt Gallery.

This group of freshly minted Cranbrook Academy MFA graduates have come together from all over the world to present specially chosen works of art in 3D design, 2D design, ceramics, print making and fiber. Contributing artists from the class of 2018 include; ZhiweiYun, Matt Boyd, Ozzy Abaddon, Nicole Pyles and Jose Arenivar-Gomez.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 6 PM to 10 PM, music sponsored and brought by On the Town Riddles. Closing reception takes place on Friday, March 29 2019 from 6 PM to 10 PM.

Zhiwei Yun is a Shanghai-born designer. She studied at the Birmingham City University in England, where she received a BA in Product Design. Zhiwei has received her MFA in 3D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. When she is not studying, she enjoys exploring the world as a traveler as well as volunteering her time in various countries. She believes she can make the world a little better with her own little powers.

Matt Loy Boyd is transdisciplinary artist born and raised in Northwest Arkansas that combines elements of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and installation. With a BA in Studio Art from Lyon College, and having recently receiving a MFA in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art, his work focuses on the limitations of language and systems, especially those of a spiritual nature, as they complicate to the world around us. He recently moved to Lansing Michigan where he continues his artistic practice while also working at the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Ozzy Abaddon is a product designer, who currently works for Ben and Aja Blanc in Providence, RI. She is a recent graduate from the 3D design department from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has worked for the Michigan Thanksgiving parade company and display group in Detroit. Medium: Animals parts (cow, lamb) / Wood / Fabric

Nicole Pyles is a Fiber artist currently living and working in Detroit, Michigan. Pyles graduated with her MFA in Fiber Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2018, and received her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2014. She has exhibited her work across the United States, including Worth Ryder Gallery in Berkeley, California and The American Tapestry Alliance. Her studio practice focuses on the intimacy of handmade objects and visualizing the experience of living in chronic pain. Pyles uses handspun yarn and handwoven cloth to create figurative representations of the body.

Jose Arenivar-Gomez is a Mexican ceramics artist based in the Metro Detroit Area. He received his BFA in Drawing from New Mexico State University in 2015 and his MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2018. His work has been shown in venues like Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, David Salkin Creative and Cranbrook Art Museum.

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Celebrate your Love with Art
Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrate your Love with Art

Make this Valentine’s Day extra special and join us for the closing reception for artist Richard Halprin's exhibit The Faces That We Face.  Featuring outstanding works of art, sweet treats and a hosted open mic show where guests are welcome to croon a Valentines tune or read a poem to their beloved other.

Artist, Richard Halprin chose to pursue a career in law thirty years ago though the arts never stopped pursuing him. While spending most of his full time advocating on behalf of clients, he has rerouted his creative energy into side projects as a published film critic, song writer and editor, all the while filling up the margins of his legal pad with whatever drawings the spirits presented. He now has a rich catalog of curiosities, under the studio name The Inkling Fountain, many of which will be on display and for sale at AtomArt Gallery until February 15th.

In support of Richard Halprin's charity, the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, AtomArt will donate a portion of all sales for the duration of the exhibit.

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The Faces That We Face by artist Richard Halprin
Jan
12
1:00 PM13:00

The Faces That We Face by artist Richard Halprin

AtomArt Gallery is proud to open 2019 with emerging artist Richard Halprin of The Inkling Fountain. “The Faces That We Face” exhibit runs from January 12th, 2019 – February 15th, 2019

Join us for the opening reception on
Saturday, January 12th from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Meet the artist and enjoy live music, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. “My art is a crisis of crisscross addictions, to facets of faces, to fact into fiction. A steady slipstream of whimsical quips, of tightening focus to loosening grips, a subtle barrage of middle finger flips, a punch in the nose, a kiss on the lips. A chamber of torture with morphine drips, a passive aggressive acid trip through the minefields of passion, that digressions unzip. Peeping Tom confessions and manic solo missions performed without practice or permission slips” – Richard Halprin

In support of Richard Halprin's charity, the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic (https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/emi/fight-for-justice), AtomArt will donate a portion of all sales for the duration of the exhibit.

P.S. Save the Date & Plan for a perfect date night for Valentine’s Day! Closing Reception takes place on February 14th 2018 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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Seven Deadly Sins 2018
Oct
30
to Dec 8

Seven Deadly Sins 2018

We proudly present our third annual Seven Deadly Sins Show! It is with PRIDE that we present to you our event this Devil’s night. Each previous show has generated provocative works by local artists, using their selected mediums to channel one of the Seven Deadlies... This year’s show will proudly carry this tradition forward as we explore the relationship between Art and Man’s dark side! Join us in this exploration of the dark side of humanity’s psyche...

2018 Talented Artists:
Nancy J. Rodwan- Mixed Media
Megan Aldorfer - Painting
Duane Miller – Photography/Digital Art
Rebecca Phoenix – Mixed Media
Sue Schneider - Mixed Media
Ozzy Abaddon (Azalea Saba) – Sculpture
Gregg Thacker- Print
Amy Kelly - Sculpture/Photography
Eric Zurawski - Painting
Evan Derian – Digital Art
Cyndy Weeks-Patterson - Mixed Media
Amy Wipp - Costume Design
Sommer Lynn - Interactive Installation

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Cyndy Weeks-Pattersons: Canticles of Lost, Rusted and Useless Items
Sep
14
to Oct 25

Cyndy Weeks-Pattersons: Canticles of Lost, Rusted and Useless Items

A little bit about Cyndy Weeks-Patterson ........
BFA- Center for Creative Studies- Detroit, Michigan 1988
MEd-Art Therapy- Wayne State University- Detroit, Michigan 1999
I am a Native Detroiter. I am also often considered a traitor to my roots. In 2001, I relocated with my family to western Massachusetts to open a Bed & Breakfast. Wanderlust had been pulling at me for many years, and I felt it was time to experience life in an entirely different way. Over 30 years a native inner-city Detroiter, and as most fellow Detroiters, my relationship to the city was...complicated.

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Lisa Goedert
Aug
10
to Sep 10

Lisa Goedert

Lisa Goedert, local Ferndale artist is blessed with multiple talents. She is a professional photographer and lead singer for the popular Detroit based band, the Luddites, who, we are proud to announce will be playing at this event! Not only will Lisa be performing, she will also be exhibiting her visual artwork. Her work focuses on capturing the rhythms of nature through minimalism and use of organic line work. We are very honored to welcome Lisa to our gallery. She has been an amazing supporter of AtomArt, and we consider her part of our creative family.

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Mark Sarmel - Mythography
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Mark Sarmel - Mythography

AtomArt gallery is excited to present Mythography, a new body of work by mark Sarmel.  In this new series, Mark Sarmel uses bright colors and fluid line work to illustrate a cast of multi-ccultural characters from a mythology of his own creation.  Inspired by comic books, anime, and renaissance art, these new works are the continuation of a long form idea of a world filled with magic, science-fiction, and symbolism.

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Apr
16
to Apr 17

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening/B.I.A.M.I. Benefit

This is our Grand Opening Event! This Article Appeared about a week before!

  • Local Artist's New Art Gallery in Ferndale Benefits Nonprofit

Local Artist's New Art Gallery in Ferndale Benefits Nonprofit

BY KRIS BAKER

 

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Published: Friday, April 8, 2016

 

A painting by Atom Kaiser

Atom Kaiser, a Detroit-based artist, has opened a public art gallery in Ferndale, called Atom Art, featuring a collection of his abstract paintings, and eventually work from other artists.

“The gallery is something I’ve always wanted to do … the idea is to sort of reach out and let other aspiring artists have a place to show, too,” Kaiser says.

Kaiser is opening the gallery in partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, a non-profit organization based in Brighton that provides resources, treatment, and support for those affected by brain injuries. He says 20 percent of all proceeds from Atom Art’s ribbon-cutting event on April 16 will be donated to the association.

Kaiser suffered brain damage from an automobile accident in 1995,  struggling with memory issues and concentration problems. He says he felt inspired to paint, which became a catalyst to his healing. Kaiser heard about the Brain Injury Association of Michigan several months ago and felt the organization presented a great opportunity for a partnership.

“I felt ‘Wow, what a great charity for me to support,’ especially because its near and dear to me (because) I’m a survivor,” he says.

The 3,000-square feet gallery, located at 522 E. Nine Mile Rd. at the corner of Paxton Street, currently features 15 works of Kaiser’s art.

“I left the space sparse because I want people to be able to use it for different things … I don’t want (the artists) to be limited by the fact that there is a wall in the middle of the gallery,” Kaiser says. “I think we are planning early June (to begin displaying other artists’ work) and then it will be quarterly shows.”

Kaiser says the Brain Injury Association and the gallery are also in future discussions regarding art workshops and classes.

“There’s a project that they are doing with masks … the thing with traumatic head injuries is that you look the same, but you’re completely different inside, so the idea was to let people make masks to show how the feel inside and it got a terrific response … so I’ve offered up the space for them to work on that.”

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