On Friday, join the artists at Cone 10 Studios for a simple meal of soup and bread, made by Celia Cerasoli of Celia's of Charleston and Fiorenzo Berardozzi, who has designed and made tableware for McCrady's and Husk Restaurants.

"Twenty-five potters from the Charleston community have donated handcrafted bowls that we will use for the meal. In exchange for a donation of $42 to Crisis Ministries, each guest will keep the bowl they have eaten from to remind them of all the empty bowls in the world," says Anne John, co-owner of Cone 10 Studios.

"This Empty Bowls event is a way for individual potters to join together to impact hunger and homelessness in our community," says John. "All of the proceeds from our event will help to complete the new Crisis Ministry facility, which will house and feed 110 men as well as provide supportive programming."

Empty Bowls is a grassroots event that takes place all over the world in order to fight hunger. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Cone 10, 180 Morrison Drive. Tickets are $42 and space is limited so guests are encouraged to purchase quickly. To reserve a spot or find out more, call 853-3345 or go to www.cone10studios.com.

Art auction, reception

The James Island's citizen's committee, called the James Island Pride, will have its inaugural Silent Art Auction and Artists' Reception to "celebrate the wealth of cultural achievement in the communities of James Island and Folly Beach," says publicist Katherine Williams.

The free event will take place 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the Town Hall, on the corner of Dills Bluff and Camp roads.

For the week leading up to the event, the entries have been on display at Jimmy's Island Treasures, near the Town Hall. Winners, judged by local artist Lese Corrigan, will be announced during Saturday's event and auction. The proceeds will go towards James Island art programs in the middle and high schools.

"James Island Pride, whose mission is to create a positive image for James Island through various beautification projects, is moving now to build cultural awareness in and of our community," says Williams.

"Not only is culture the backbone of Charleston's prestige, but innovation and design are crucial to American economic development. We literally can't afford to let young talent go undeveloped."

For more information, call 795-4141 or email JIPride@jamesIsland.us.

'Pieces' exhibit

Artist Maribel Acosta has traveled many places throughout her life, starting from her native land of Cuba and now landing in Charleston, a place she says reminds her of her beloved Havana.

Her solo show, called "Pieces," is a collection of works spanning many years and is inspired by many places and travels. Expect to see acrylics on canvas with additional elements of linocuts, xylography and textures in pastel chalk and oil pastels.

"Pieces" is on view at the Saul Alexander Gallery, located inside the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. The show will remain on display until Feb. 27. For more about Acosta, go to www.macosta247.plioart.com.


"On the surface, my art appears to be about death, but when you spend some time with it, it really has more to do with life," says photographer Tanya Boggs.

Her photos appear dark at first, but as she states, they are more of a statement about trying to preserve something, to keep it "alive," so to speak.

April Adams of Jericho Advisors explains that Boggs "salvages the remains of animals and other familiar objects, giving them new life throughout her exhibit. Her show is an intense compilation of photographs made from these still lives. She gives these objects elegance in death."

Boggs started this process after losing her brother in a car accident.

"She uses the modern technology of a flatbed scanner to 're-present' deceased animals such as birds and fish, as well as seeds, bones, nests and horns," Adams says of Boggs' process. "This body of work explores mortality, history and our relationship to memory. With new technology, Boggs is able to make the past present."

Join Boggs and the team at Jericho Advisors for an opening reception of this very show titled "Re:incarnation," which will take place from 6-9 Thursday.

The office, at 815 Savannah Highway in the Avondale area of West Ashley, also doubles as a modern art gallery. For more, call 212-8482 or go to www.jerichoadvisors.com.

Frogmore Stew Feast

Join the Footlight Players on Sunday for the fourth annual Frogmore Stew Feast. Host Ben Moise will entertain guests as the sun sets behind them at the Toler Cove's Marina clubhouse, 1610 Ben Sawyer Blvd., in Mount Pleasant.

For those unfamiliar with Frogmore stew, it is a one-pot, seasoned mixture of fresh shrimp, yellow corn, sausage and potatoes. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. The event will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday and the dress is casual.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call 722-4487 or go to www.footlightplayers.net.