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Still jonesing for more anything-goes handmade art since Artomatic closed? Well, you’re just in time for the “Christmas in Prison” Prison Arts and Crafts Show. Portrait artist Charles Gene Tatum Jr., currently serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minn., clearly has technique. The Prison Foundation’s Web site tells us that as a middle-schooler, Tatum won a drawing contest and a trip to Florida. What went wrong? Danbury, Conn., Federal Correctional Institution inmate Raquel Mentalvo’s heartbreakingly titled “Hope Angels” are top-notch for those in the tchotchke market. “I make these angels because I enjoy making beautiful things,” Mentalvo says. “They have no faces because they are to reflect the person they go to.” As the holidays approach, count your blessings and consider the words of Mr. John Prine: “It’s Christmas in prison/There’ll be music tonight/I’ll probably get homesick/I love you. Goodnight.” The event starts at 9 a.m. at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 E St. NW. Free. (202) 393-1511. (Dave Nuttycombe)