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In this week's newsletter, a holiday feast of tasty links

Tidings of comfort food and joy! This batch of eye candy was inspired by home-baked treats.

Tidings of comfort food and joy! This batch of eye candy was inspired by home-baked treats.

Scary Christmas! Detail of "Humid Affections" by Scott Hove. (Facebook/The Art of Scott Hove)

Hello! You're reading the CBC Arts newsletter, and if you like what you see, stick around! Sign up here, and every Sunday we'll send you a fresh email packed with art, culture and a metric truckload of eye candy, hand-picked by our small and mighty team. Here's what we've been talking about this week.

Hi, art lovers!

'Tis the season for many things, but if you cut away all the important details of what you celebrate around this time of year, and who you celebrate it with, the holidays are all about the food. Heaps and heaps of food. Food you make, give, and binge, all in the name of comfort and joy.

The team pumped out a few stories about artists who play with their food (and drink) this week, and we can only imagine that's why. Maybe a few people skipped lunch before the last pitch meeting, too. Who's to say? But head to the section marked "You've Got to See This" and indulge in the results. The tasty links below can be your appetizer course — and because we're carb-loading through January 1, this week's batch of eye candy was inspired by home-baked treats. Feast your eyes. It's tradition!


For those who think there's no such thing as too much frosting, dive face first into the work of Scott Hove, an artist who could probably turn anything into a palace of (fake) buttercream. Cakeland is the name of his ongoing series of installations and sculptures, and like finding a razor blade baked into your banana bread, there's usually something scary about his creations.


Nothing lasts forever — not beauty, and definitely not cake. If you're feeling that existential sugar crash, check out German artist Anke Eilergerhard. Also a wizard with a piping bag, her provocative sculptures are piled with swirls of silicon frosting.


As for cakes you can actually eat...Architect turned pastry chef Dinara Kasko gets plenty of attention online already, so you may have drooled all over pictures like this one before. (Her Instagram has 609k followers and counting.) But did you know she also sells her custom cake molds online? (If someone from Netflix is reading this, please use them on the next season of Nailed It.)


And because there's no expiration date on awesome, revisit this competition for "Edible Masterpieces," a bake-off thrown by the U.K.'s Art Fund back in 2015. If you're still on a Christmas baking kick, you can even try their recipes — starting with a sandwich party platter inspired by Van Gogh.

You've got to see this

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Bake like a fox - We don't know what's sweeter, all that buttercream or this little dude's adorable face! Hang out with Vancouver's Lyndsey Sung, who'll show you how to make this super cute arctic fox cake.

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I mean, wine not? - So, you've thrown a holiday party. Let's pretend there's actually wine left over. In that bizarre alternate universe, what could you possibly do with the dregs? One option: paint something! Melissa Proudlock is a pro at painting with Merlots and Pinots and just about any wine you can name. Like some sort of Bob Ross sommelier, she'll teach you her ways in this video.

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Walking in a Winter Light Exhibition wonderland - Any Toronto readers out there? If you can roll yourself out of the kitchen, Ontario Place is hosting the Winter Light Exhibition right now. We took a video tour of this year's program of dazzling illuminated installations.

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Chhaya Naran (@butterlvr69) - Never mind the holidays, this Vancouver artist has food on the brain all day, every day. Get to know Chhaya Naran, one of our latest Exhibitionists in Residence, and check out more of their tasty GIFs.

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Leah Collins is the Senior Writer at CBC Arts.