Arts events take a break for the holidays, so here’s a sneak peek at next week’s offerings

By Olivia Pool  Special to The Post and Courier   – Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Cone 10 Studios will be showcasing its new collection of pieces from various artists called “Happy Happy Joy Joy.”
  • Ceramist Holly Benton’s sculptures of tiny houses will be included in Cone 10’s new collection of pieces from various artists called “Happy Happy Joy Joy.”
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    Ceramist Holly Benton’s sculptures of tiny houses will be included in Cone 10’s new collection of pieces from various artists called “Happy Happy Joy Joy.”

  • The Village Artists’ latest show, called “Inspired,” will be on display though December at the North Charleston City Gallery, inside the North Charleston Convention Center.
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    The Village Artists’ latest show, called “Inspired,” will be on display though December at the North Charleston City Gallery, inside the North Charleston Convention Center.

  • The Village Artists’ latest show, called “Inspired,” will be on display though December at the North Charleston City Gallery, inside the North Charleston Convention Center.
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    The Village Artists’ latest show, called “Inspired,” will be on display though December at the North Charleston City Gallery, inside the North Charleston Convention Center.

  • The Village Artists’ latest show, called “Inspired,” will be on display though December at the North Charleston City Gallery, inside the North Charleston Convention Center.
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    The Village Artists’ latest show, called “Inspired,” will be on display though December at the North Charleston City Gallery, inside the North Charleston Convention Center.

As everyone is consumed with massive Thanksgiving meals, family plans and shopping this weekend, most of the big arts events are taking a break.

As that’s the case, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek of what’s to come.

‘Happy Happy Joy Joy’

It’s time to start your holiday shopping, and what better gifts than those that are handmade, local and unique?

Through Jan. 6, Cone 10 Studios will be showcasing its new collection of pieces from various artists in a show called “Happy Happy Joy Joy.”

Expect to see works from Cone 10 artists Holly Benton, Chip Burr, Fiorenzo Berardozzi, Ann John and Susan Gregory.

Ceramist Benton’s sculptures of tiny houses are reminiscent of a Tim Burton creation.

“She explained that these dream houses — explorations when nature makes a claim — were influenced by the seemingly forgotten buildings dotting Charleston, especially around the upper peninsula,” says Gregory. “The pieces are of slab construction, with different angles — the interiors with as much attention as the outside. For example, some have internal staircases.”

John specializes in tea pots, bowl, cups and platters, all things perfect for holding your holiday goodies, while Burr and Berardozzi often design pieces for high-end restaurants such as Husk or McCrady’s, and some of their porcelain and stoneware serving platters and plates will be available for purchase, along with new pieces.

Gregory was channeling Superwoman with her encaustic series of functional porcelain bowls for the woman who does it all. For the environmentally minded on your list, there are counter compost jars and city cylinders, too.

“Cone 10 Studios is a working studio and gallery. We are a community of clay artists, promoting the ceramic arts and broadening the local creative culture by providing studios, exhibition space and educational opportunities. Sharing resources and maintenance of the common space, members produce individually created work, and at the same time, mutually support one another with information, ideas and critique. From community and cooperation, each member receives the benefits of the diversity possessed by the whole, thereby increasing the individual artist’s potential for success,” says Gregory.

This year, they’ve also invited some guest artists to join in, including paper artist Jocelyn Chateauvert, jeweler Lisa Burns, metal worker Beth Coiner, soap maker and potter Mary Ernst, mixed assemblage artist Tina Hirsig, painter Farrah Hoffmire and photographer Donna Hurt.

All of these works are currently available and there will be an artists’ reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Drive. For more information, go to www.cone10studios.com.

‘Inspired’

Get inspired by the Village Artists, a group of artists who paint together in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant.

The latest collection of works is called “Inspired” and will be part of a month-long exhibition at the North Charleston City Gallery inside the Charleston Area Convention Center.

Starting Tuesday and running through Dec. 30, expect to see diverse styles and media, from representational works, abstracts, still lifes, figurative studies and landscapes in watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics from Village Artists Margaret Connell-de Ruyter, Jane Hart, Ann Marie McKay, Lorie Merryman, Ryoko Miller, Faye Sullivan and Ginny Versteegen.

The exhibit will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

There will be a special reception at 5-7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the North Charleston City Gallery, inside the Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston.