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Santa comes to Hamilton early at Santa’s Workshop

Santa arrived early at Greendoor Studios on Saturday (Nov. 24.) The studio hosted a holiday market named Santa’s Workshop. 

The market had over 30 vendors selling various homemade items, such as crocheted dolls, sweaters, candles, art prints and homemade baked goods.

“I do digital art that I hand draw on a tablet,” artist Danella Armstrong said. “ As well as traditional art that I paint with acrylic and gouache, also linocut prints, so I hand-carve the design for those, then it’s rolled out with ink and hand-printed individually.”

The market had a variety of local artists.

“I do different animal art with sublimation print on different stuff so that it’s all washable,” David Mallette said. 

“I like the variety, instead of just doing the art prints on card stock. And that you can drink from a mug or bottle,” Mallette added.

Santa’s workshop took over two of Greendoor Studio’s stages and decorated the space to fit the festive holiday theme of the market. 

The market was bustling with holiday spirit as vendors and attendees geared up for the holidays. 

“I just love talking to people,” Armstrong said. “I was in retail for about 12 years and I recently left my job to become a full-time artist. I really miss being able to talk to people every day, so I’m just really looking forward to talking to people and being able to connect with people.”

Santa’s Workshop had a hot chocolate and mocktail bar for visitors to check out. And no visit to the workshop would be complete without photo ops with Santa.

The market was also collecting brand-new pairs of socks for Socks For Hope, a non-profit that collects socks to give to individuals in need. 

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