Photo by Tom Mahew  Arrangement by Nancy Redington

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ARS 2015 –  ROSE ARRANGEMENT DIVISION SHOW RULES

(FINAL AS OF 6/8/15)

 

  1.  Rules and Regulations:  The Arrangement Division of the American Rose Society Fall Rose Show held in Syracuse, New York, will be governed by the guidelines of the ARS as set forth in the Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements and the rules of this Convention Show Schedule.
  2. Convention Registration:  All exhibitors must be registered for this convention.
  3. Pre-registration of Designs:  Exhibitors (including those wishing to enter the judges class), must pre-register all potential entries, other than in the National Challenge Classes.  One entry per exhibitor is allowed in each class.  Pre-registration for National Challenge Classes is not required, but would be helpful for staging purposes.  Questions regarding the arrangement schedule and to pre-register for classes are to be directed to:  Nancy Redington, 347 Leedy Way East, Chambersburg, PA  17202; telephone: (717) 264-6488; or e-mail: rosered1@comcast.net.  Only registered Convention attendees may request space for entries. Classes will be filled in the order in which the requests are made by Convention registrants.
  4. Arranger Grown Roses Designation and Sources of names:  All roses must be OUTDOOR, GARDEN GROWN.  A rose or roses must provide the dominant floral interest in all designs.  The names of the roses must be entered on the entry tag.  Names may be verified on the ARS website Modern Roses Database.  Other helpful recognized sources that could be used are:  (a) ARS Official List of Approved Exhibition Names for Exhibitors and Judges; (b) ARS Handbook for Selecting Roses; and (c) Combined Rose List (CRL).   In order to be eligible for an ARS Medal Certificate or any of the National Challenge Classes, all roses used in the design must be Arranger outdoor, garden grown and this is to be verified by placing “AG” in the upper right-hand corner of the entry tag or if present, checking the box on the entry tag (and checking the “AG box” on the Convention-provided supplemental arrangement card.)
  5. Standard Designs Size and Staging:  Standard designs may use roses of all ARS classifications and are to be placed on the designated maximum tabletop space of 30 inches high and 20 inches wide and 20 inches deep. Table allowances may vary slightly and exhibitors are to be flexible with these measurements.  Skirted tables will have a neutral covering and will be placed against neutral colored walls of the hotel exhibit area.    Exhibitors must provide their own free-standing backboards (NO wings) and underlayment as an integral component of the design (subject to maximum width and depth limitations).  Backboards may be rested against the wall for support.
  6. Miniature Designs Size and Staging:  Miniature designs must use roses classified by the ARS as Miniature and/or Miniflora roses.  Either or both may be used in all classes except where class requirements specify one or the other classifications to be used.   White niches, 12” high, 12”wide and 12” deep, will be placed on neutral colored tabletops.  Maximum size of Backboards and Underlays should be slightly smaller than the 12 inch niche size to allow for variances in measurements.  Miniature rose designs can be no bigger than 10” high, 10”wide, and 10”deep.   Tables will be elevated to approximately 48” off the floor.  Exhibitors must provide their own free-standing backboards (NO wings) and underlays as an integral component of the design.
  7. Other Design Components:  Fresh plant material dried and/or treated dried plant materials, bases, frames, free-standing backgrounds, accessories and other man-made materials may be used except where excluded by the class description.   If there is a question, one may contact the arrangement chair for clarification.
  8.  To Avoid Severe Penalties:  Do not use painted or dyed fresh plant materials, live creatures, plant materials on the state or local conservation list, the American flag or flag of any country.
  9. Disqualification: The two causes for disqualification of an arrangement are:  (1) Roses are not outdoor, garden grown; and (2) The use of artificial plant material. 
  10. Entry tags:  Both the ARS entry tag and the supplement card will be available for exhibitors on Friday evening and the morning of the show.  Completion of the top of the ARS entry tag and the supplemental card is the exhibitor’s responsibility.  All rose varieties used in the design must be listed on the ARS entry tag or the supplemental card.  The bold face red class title should be used as the title on the entry tag.  For ease in completing the entry tag, you may use just the first 3 words of the class title.   Interpretation of the design may be listed on the supplemental card in the space provided.  The supplemental card will provide space to place information regarding class, style, interpretation,  arranger grown status, and membership in ARS or District (if required.)   The ARS entry tag will be paper clipped to the supplemental card and placed to the right front of the arrangement.
  11. Placement:  Exhibitors must use the exhibit space assigned to them unless permission from the Arrangement Chair is given to move.  Exhibitors may place arrangements starting on Friday, September 11th after setup is complete; all arrangements are to be completed by 9:00am Saturday, September 12th.  If an exhibit must be moved and efforts to locate the exhibitor have failed, the Arrangement Chairperson will carefully move the exhibit.  An incorrectly placed design will be judged in the section and class in which it is placed.  Before leaving the show area, please check with an arrangement committee member to verify that all requirements have been completed.
  12. Removal of Designs and Awards:  Arrangements must remain in place until the close of the show on Saturday, September 12th.  The District and Section trophies will be awarded at 4:00pm on Saturday.  The ARS National Standard and Miniature Challenge Trophies will be awarded at the Saturday evening banquet.   The show committee will not be responsible for arrangement material left after tear down following the 4:00pm award presentations on Saturday.
  13. Liability and Safety:  The Show Committee, host societies or the Holiday Inn Hotel shall not be liable for loss or damage to entries, containers, property or for injury to persons attending the rose show.  By entering the 2015 Fall National Rose Convention arrangement divisions, exhibitors agree that they will hold the Show Committee, the host societies, (New York, Penn-Jersey, Yankee), and , the American Rose Society, and the Holiday Inn Hotel, harmless from any such loss or damage arising out of the exhibitor’s participation.
  14. Judging:  All decisions of the judges are final.  The following  arrangement scorecard will be used: 

Scorecard for Judging Arrangements

CONFORMANCE - 15 points

(naming of roses; conformance to type of design; other schedule requirements)

 DESIGN - 30 points

 (type of design - - balance; dominance; contrast; rhythm; proportion and scale)

 PERFECTION OF THE ROSE(S) - 30 points

 (including condition of other plant material)

 CREATIVITY & EXPRESSIVENESS   - 15 points

 (personal artistic expression and communication)

 DISTINCTION - 10 points

 (uniqueness; sets the design apart; superiority in every respect; technical execution)

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS   -  100 points

15. Ribbons and Classes:  An arrangement must score at least 90 points to be eligible for a first place ribbon.  Only one first, one second, one third and multiple honorable mention ribbons may be awarded in each class.  A design must place first and score at least 92 points to be eligible for ARS high awards (Certificates and Rosettes).

16. ARS Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificates:  One set of ARS Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Arrangement Certificates for Standard Arrangements and one set of ARS Miniature Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Arranger Certificates for Miniature arrangements may be awarded for the highest scoring arrangement if it is:

(a} First place designs, scoring 92 points or higher and  

(b) documenting that the roses that were used in the design were fresh, arranger-grown and outdoor garden grown (indicated by “AG” on the entry tag) and 

(c) correctly identified and the name(s) written on the entry tag and supplemental card if needed

The winners of the National Challenge Classes, Dried Roses Arrangement Classes, Personal Adornment Classes, and Judges class are not eligible for     these certificates.

     17. All dried designs shall have been created for this Convention and not put in competition previously.  All fresh designs should be the work of one exhibitor      and not of a team.

    18. To be eligible for Penn-Jersey District Arrangement Trophies, the arranger must be a member of the Penn-Jersey District and fulfill the requirements               of the trophies.

 Mrs. John Signaigo Trophy

Best First Place Standard Arrangement in Competition, using Arranger Grown roses.                 

Must be a member of the Penn-Jersey District and ARS.

Florence McNeil

Best First Place Standard Arrangement in Competition, need not use Arranger Grown                

roses.   Must be a member of the Penn-Jersey District and ARS.

J. Benjamin Williams Artistic Trophy

Best First place Arrangement in Competition, with the best use of Miniflora Roses.

Must be a member of the Penn-Jersey District.

Rose Schwartzkopf Miniature Arrangement Trophy

Best Miniature First Place Arrangement in Competition, using Arranger Grown fresh               

Miniature and/or Miniflora Roses.  Must be a member of the Penn-Jersey District.

  

 

“In A New York State of Mind”

 

SECTION A

 

ARS NATIONAL STANDARD CHALLENGE CLASSES

 

Dr. and Mrs. Harry Overesch Memorial Rose Arrangement Trophy

 

Class 1  –               America the Beautiful

                        “O Beautiful for Patriot Dream

     That Sees Beyond the Years.”

         A standard Modern Interpretive arrangement of arranger’s choice using Arranger Grown Roses. 

 

Betty Pavey  Memorial Rose Arrangement Trophy

 

Class 2  –             Say it With Roses

       A standard Modern Abstract Arrangement using Arranger Grown Roses.

 

 SECTION B

  

STANDARD TRADITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

 

Eligible for ARS Royalty Award

and

ARS Gold, Silver & Bronze Certificate

 

Class 3  –             Statue of Liberty  Liberty Island, New York City Harbor

The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty.

A standard Traditional Line or Line Mass arrangement.  Style of design (line or line mass) must be written on the supplemental card.

 

Class 4  –             Central Park  New York City

A romantic backdrop for saying “I Do.”  And where will they say their “I Do’s”?                                   

A standard Traditional Line Mass or Mass arrangement.  Style of design (line mass or mass) must be written on the supplemental card.

 

 

SECTION C

 

STANDARD MODERN ARRANGEMENTS

 

Eligible for ARS Artist Award

and

ARS Gold, Silver & Bronze Certificate

 

Class 5 –             Niagara Falls 

Over 1,500,000 gallons of water per second go over Niagara Falls

A standard Underwater Modern arrangement expressing the power of the Falls.

Note:  Per Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements.  Definition of an Underwater Design:  A modern design where 1/3 of the design which should include the focal area should be placed under water in a clear or transparent container.

 

Class 6 –            New York World’s Fair  1853, 1939, 1964

Man’s achievement on a shrinking globe in an expanding universe

A standard Free Form Modern arrangement with plant materials used in a naturalist way and showing a rhythmic movement in space.           

 

SECTION D

 

STANDARD ARRANGEMENTS IN THE ORIENTAL MANNER

 

Eligible for ARS Oriental Award

and

ARS Gold, Silver & Bronze Certificate

 

 

Class 7 –              Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

 First Japanese garden to be created in an American public garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens       (1914)

 A standard arrangement in the Oriental Manner in a low or medium container or compote, with water as an integral part of the design. 

 

Class 8 –               Chinese New Year Parade   Chinatown

Bold Colors abound in the Chinese New Year 2015, year of the sheep/goat/ram

 A standard arrangement in the Oriental Manner in a medium or tall container showing a vertical, slanting, cascading or horizontal movement.  

 

SECTION E

  

STANDARD SPECIAL CLASSES

  

Princess of Arrangements

 

Eligible for the ARS Princess of Arrangements Rosette

and

 ARS Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificate

 

Class 9 –            Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden   New York Botanical Gardens

Peggy Rockefeller, a horticulturalist and conservationist who loved roses

A standard arrangement using fresh roses and any other part of the rose bush such as hips, canes (with or without fresh foliage) and/or roots only.  No other plant materials or accessories are permitted.  Arranger’s choice of style of design (Traditional, Modern, Oriental)  must be written on the supplemental card. 

 

 Duchess of Arrangements

 

Eligible for the ARS Duchess of Arrangements Rosette

and

ARS Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificate

 

Class 10 –               Woodstock  Bethel, New York

Three days of Peace and Music . . . most people who were there don’t remember

 A standard arrangement using fresh roses and rose foliage ONLY with no other fresh plant material.  Other required materials used must be dried and/or treated dried plant material.  Arranger’s choice of style of design (Traditional, Modern, Oriental)  must be written on the supplemental card.  No accessories permitted.

 

Duke of Arrangements

 

Eligible for the ARS Duke of Arrangements Rosette

and

ARS Gold Silver and Bronze Certificate

 

Class 11 –               United Nations   New York City

                          . . . diversity

A standard arrangement using at least two (2) different classification type  of fresh roses, with or without other fresh plant material, to show diversity.  Design must be larger than 10” but no larger than 20” in height, width or depth. Arranger’s choice of style of design (Traditional, Modern, Oriental) must be written on the supplemental card.  No accessories permitted.
Note: Height of the Backboard may reflect the shorter height of the arrangement requirements. 

 

Novice Arrangement

 

Eligible for the ARS Novice Certificate

and

and Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificate

  

Class 12 –               National Baseball Hall of Fame

                         Cooperstown, New York

Open to exhibitors who have never won a blue ribbon arrangement award in an ARS Rose Show.  A standard arrangement using fresh roses, designer’s choice of style (Traditional, Modern, Oriental) must be written on the supplemental card.  Accessories are permitted, but must not dominate in the overall design.   

 

SECTION F

 

STANDARD DRIED CLASSES

 

Dried Arrangement

 

Eligible for ARS Keepsake Award

 

 

Class 13 –               Coney Island Beach

                        . . . sun-drenched sand

A standard arrangement of dried roses that may also include other dried flowers and plant materials.  Roses must be the predominate flower.  Dried branches or wood may be used in the design. All materials must be dried natural materials. Arranger’s choice of design (Traditional, Modern, Oriental) must be written on the supplemental card.  Accessories are not permitted.

 

 

Dried Rosecraft

 

Eligible for ARS Rosecraft Award

 

Class 14 –               The Garment District   New York City

                        Special packaging for your special  purchases

A standard craft of dried roses on top of a box.  Other dried flowers and plant materials may also be used, but roses must be the predominate flower.  Suitable bows or ribbons may be used.  No artificial plant material permitted.  Box can be no smaller than 4” x 4” x 4” or no larger than 16” x16”x 16”.  Box will be displayed on a neutral covered table. To be staged on a 16” x”16” underlay provided by the exhibitor.   Exhibitors must furnish tripods or other mechanics for display of exhibit if needed.  

 

SECTION G

 

STANDARD TABLE CLASS

 

Standard Table Setting

 

Eligible for ARS Court of Etiquette Award

and

ARS Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificate

 

 

Class 15 –               Wine Tasting in the Finger Lakes Region

                              New York is the third largest producer of wine in the US

 A standard, Informal Exhibition table for 1 to include an artistic display of elements suggestive of a wine tasting.  Include an arrangement using fresh roses; other fresh flowers and foliage may also be used in the arrangement, but roses must be the predominant flower.  Accessories are optional; flatware not permitted.  Display will be placed on a tabletop approximately 20” wide x 20” deep (some minor flexibility may occur in the allotted space).  Creative staging is important.

  

SECTION H

 

STANDARD PERSONAL ADORNMENT

 

Personal Adornment

 

Eligible for ARS Personal Adornment Award Certificate

 

 

Class 16 –               Tribute to New York

                        New York state flower is the Rose

A Corsage of fresh roses using any classification of fresh roses.   Other flowers and plant materials may also be used, but roses must be the predominate flower.  Suitable bows, lace or ribbons may be used.  No artificial plant material permitted.  Corsage to be pinned to a 10” x 8” black velvet oval provided by the committee.  Ovals will be placed vertically on a stand approximately 24 inches above the table.  All mechanics to attach corsage to oval shall be provided by the exhibitor (corsage pins etc.) 

 

 

SECTION I

 

ARS NATIONAL MINIATURE CHALLENGE CLASSES  

  

The Millie Walters Memorial

Rose Arrangement Trophy

 

Class 17 –            Lake Placid

                         Best known for its winter recreation and twice hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 &1980

 A miniature arrangement in the Oriental Manner using ONLY Arranger Grown Miniature roses and not to exceed 10” in height, width or depth.  Oriental style of arranger’s choice must be written on the supplemental card.

 

ARS National District Director

Miniflora Arrangement Trophy

 

Class 18 –               Buffalo

               Buffalo, famous for its long, cold winters, and home of the ever popular Buffalo wings

 A miniature arrangement using ONLY Arranger Grown Miniflora roses not to exceed 12” in height, width or depthArranger’s choice of style of design (Traditional, Modern, Oriental) must be written on supplemental card.  “AG” must be written on the entry tag and supplemental card.

 

SECTION J

 

MINIATURE/MINIFLORA TRADITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

 

Eligible for ARS Miniature Royalty Award

and

ARS Miniature Gold, Silver & Bronze Certificate

 

 

Class 19 –               Harriett Tubman House  Auburn, New York

                        Her innate abilities to lead slaves to freedom made her a leader in the Underground Railroad movement

 A miniature traditional line or line mass arrangement using ONLY Miniature roses.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 10” in height, width or depth.   Style of design must be designated on the supplemental card.

 

Class 20 –               Sustainable Garden  by Pat Shanley

                        . . . small but with great power

A miniature traditional line-mass  or mass arrangement using Miniature and/or Miniflora roses.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 10” in height, width or depth.   Style of design must be designated on the supplemental card.

 

SECTION K

 

 

MINIATURE/MINIFLORA MODERN ARRANGEMENTS

 

Eligible for ARS Miniature Artist Award

and

ARS Miniature Gold, Silver & Bronze Certificate

 

 

Class 21 –               New York Aquarium

Oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States.  Opened in 1896 in Manhattan and moved to Coney Island in 1957

 A miniature underwater modern design using Miniature and/or Miniflora roses.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 10” in height, width or depth.  

 Note:  Per Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements

Definition of an Underwater Design:  A modern design where 1/3 of the design which should include the focal area, should be placed under water in a clear or transparent container.

 

Class 22 –               Museum of Modern Art

                        . . . Picasso, Matisse, Pollack. . . .

 

A miniature free form modern arrangement using Miniature and/or Miniflora roses with plant materials used in a naturalist way and showing a rhythmic movement in space.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 8” in height, width, or depth.

 

SECTION L

 

MINIATURE/MINI-FLORA ARRANGEMENTS IN THE ORIENTAL MANNER

 

Eligible for ARS Miniature Oriental Award

and

ARS Miniature Gold, Silver & Bronze Certificate

 

 Chinatown

 

Class 23 –               Miso Soup

                              Looks like water but tastes yummy

A miniature arrangement in the Oriental Manner using ONLY Miniature roses in a low container and showing water as an integral part of the design.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 8” in height, width or depth.

   

Class 24 –               1 from column A and 1 from column B

                                So many items on Chinese menu, how do I order only 2?

A miniature arrangement in the Oriental Manner using Miniature and/or Miniflora roses in a medium or tall container showing a vertical, slanting, cascading or horizontal movement.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 10” in height, width or depth.  

 

Class 25 –               Fortune Cookie

                                    small but highly desirable

 A miniature Oriental free style arrangement using Miniature and/or Miniflora roses interpreting your fortune found in the cookie.  The use of additional plant material is optional; however the rose(s) must be the dominant flower.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 10” in height, width or depth.   No accessories.  

Fortune must be written on the supplemental card.

 

 

SECTION M

 

MINIATURE/MINIFLORA SPECIAL CLASSES

  

Miniature Princess of Arrangements

 

Eligible for the ARS Miniature Princess of Arrangements Rosette

and

ARS Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificate

 

 

Class 26 –               Long Island

                        most populous island in the US (2013)

 A miniature arrangement using ONLY fresh Miniature roses with any other part of the rose bush such as hips, canes (with or without fresh foliage) and/or roots may be used.  No other plant materials or accessories are permitted.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 8” in height, width or depth.  Arranger’s choice of style of design (Traditional,  Modern, Oriental) must be written on the supplemental card. 

 

 Miniature Duchess of Arrangements

 

Eligible for the ARS Miniature Duchess of Arrangements Rosette

and

ARS Miniature Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificate

 

 

Class 27 –               Catskills

                         Home of Rip Van Winkle who had a “good night’s sleep” – 100 years.

A miniature arrangement using fresh Miniature and/or Miniflora roses and rose foliage ONLY with no other fresh plant material.  Other required materials used must be dried and/or treated dried plant material.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 10” in height, width or depth.  Arranger’s choice of style of design (Traditional, Modern, Oriental) must be written on the supplemental card.  No accessories are permitted.

 

Miniature Novice Arrangement

 

Eligible for the ARS Miniature Novice Certificate

and

ARS Miniature Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificate

  

Class 28 –               CheckMate

                        1st American chess tournament held in New York City in 1843

Open to exhibitors who have never won a blue ribbon arrangement award in an ARS Rose Show.  A design using fresh Miniature and/or Miniflora roses.  Designer’s choice of style (Traditional, Modern, Oriental) must be written on the supplemental card.  Accessories permitted, but must not dominate in the overall design.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 10” in height, width or depth.  

 

Miniature Judges’ Class

 

Eligible for the ARS Judge’s Certificate

 

 Class 29 –                In A New York State of Mind

                        . . . classy but sassy

Class limited to judges who are judging this show and registered for the convention.  A miniature arrangement using Miniature and/or Miniflora roses.  Judge’s choice of style of design (Traditional, Modern, Oriental) must be written on the supplemental card.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 8” in height, width or depth.

 

SECTION N

 

MINIATURE/MINIFLORA DRIED CLASSES

 

Miniature Dried Arrangement

 Eligible for ARS Miniature Keepsake Award

  

Class 30 –               Munchkin Parade

                        Chittenago, New York, home to “Wizard of Oz” writer L. Frank Baum,

                                     hosts an annual Munchkin Parade.  

A miniature arrangement of dried Miniature and/or Miniflora roses with other dried flowers and plant materials.  Roses must be the predominate flower.  Dried branches and/or wood may be used in the design.  Arranger’s choice of design (Traditional, Modern, Oriental) must be written on the supplemental card.  Accessories are not permitted.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 6” in height, width or depth.

 

 

Miniature Dried Rosecraft

Eligible for ARS Miniature Rosecraft Award

 

Class 31 –               Bedford Falls

 “It’s a Wonderful Life” town was modeled after the New York town of Seneca Falls.

Remember Mary Hatch’s dance corsage?

 A Corsage using dried Miniature and/or Miniflora roses.  Other dried flowers and plant materials may also be used, but roses must be the dominate flower.  Suitable bows or ribbons may be used.  No artificial plant material permitted.  Corsage will be displayed on a neutral covered table in a 12” x 12” x 12” space. Corsage must be no bigger than 10” in height, width or depth.   Exhibitors must furnish tripods or other mechanics for display of exhibit if needed.  

 

SECTION O

 

MINIATURE/MINIFLORA TABLE SETTING

 

Miniature Table Setting

 

Eligible for ARS Miniature Court of Etiquette Award

and

ARS Miniature Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificate

 

Class 32 –                Italian Pizzeria

                        Gennaro Lombardi opened the first US pizzeria in 1895 in New York City.

An Informal, Exhibition table setting for one to include an arrangement using fresh Miniature and/or Miniflora roses.  Other fresh flowers and foliage may also be used, but roses must be the dominant flower.  Accessories are optional; flatware not permitted.  To be staged in an area no larger than 12” in height, width and depth.  Arrangement NOT to exceed 10” in height, width or depth.    Arranger’s choice of style of design (Traditional, Modern, Oriental) must be written on the supplemental card. 

Creative staging is important.

 

SECTION P

  

Miniature PERSONAL ADORNMENT

 

Personal Adornment

Eligible for ARS Personal Adornment Award Certificate

  

Class 33 –               Rose Window, St. Patrick Cathedral

                        A beautiful stained glass window that bears similarity to a multi-petalled rose.

An arrangement of Miniature and/or Miniflora roses in a fresh nosegay not to exceed 6” in diameter.   Other flowers and plant materials may also be used, but roses must be the predominate flower.  Suitable lace, bows or ribbons may be used.  No artificial plant material permitted.  Staged in a vase or other device supplied by the arranger and placed in a 12” x 12” x 12” space with arranger supplied underlay.