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Art, Christmas and candy at Mad Cafe

Story and photos by Hillary Di Menna

Shop owner Madeleine Kassinger stands by the candy table

Keyboard keys sent sounds to fill the air of the artistic atmosphere at Mad Café in the heart of downtown Oshawa on Dec. 15.

Shop owner Madeleine Kassinger held a Christmas open house, “as a way to say ‘thanks’ to customers,” and to showcase art with an emphasis on local work.

Booths were set up selling various products such as jewelry, body lotions, zines and pieces of art.

Broken Arts had a table manned by Harley Pageot and Erin Pazaratz selling art pieces by Pazaratz and zines made both locally and internationally.

Dani Crosby holds her Christmas cards with a friend

Dani Crosby was selling Christmas cards at her table. Business was, “pretty quiet, but lots of compliments,” said Crosby. The artist has work sold at different locations like The Robert McLaughlin Gallery gift shop and Stuttering John’s Bistro. Crosby is a part-time Durham College teacher in the Fine Arts program.

Jenine Daubney is an artist who is back home in Bowmanville after living in London, England for a year. Her two young children stayed at home that night but her boyfriend Thiago Deabreu was more than happy to help show off Daubney’s photography prints.

Ryan Howe's work on display

Local illustrator and Lost Anchor Tattoo Parlour artist, Ryan Howe, had two pieces of work on display from his new coffee shop themed collection, one with two cupcake styled girls and another with a man and a teacup dress toting lady.

After meeting Kassinger at an Arbonne International home party, Siobhan Koch came to the event selling vegan health care products from the online company such as shampoo, body lotions and scrubs.

A free sweets table was set up to fill little red complimentary gift boxes as new and old faces from the Oshawa arts scene shared a fun night.

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