'Piece on Earth'

Working with pieces of earth, the potters at Cone 10 Studios create functional fine craft and sculpture. For the holiday season, the December exhibition will feature work by owners and members, as well as guest artists.

Join them from 5:30-9 p.m. today for their kiln opening and exhibition. Things sometimes change in a kiln, so it's always exciting to open it and see what the final product is. The event is at 1080-B Morrison Drive. 853-3345 or www.cone10studios.com.

Holiday Art Walk

The December art walk is always a fun one, as many people are actively shopping for unusual holiday gifts. Make your way to the French Quarter Art Association's Art Walk and the First Friday's on Gallery Row Art Walk, happening concurrently. Unless otherwise noted, all opening receptions are free and open to the public and will take place from 5-8 p.m.

Participating merchants include Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Hamlet Fine Art, M Gallery of Fine Art, Martin Gallery, Edward Dare Gallery, COCO VIVO Fine Art & Interior Design, Utopia, Mary Martin Gallery, Bernie Horton Gallery, Spencer Galleries I & II, Lambert Gray Gallery & Studios, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art and SCOOP Studios. 722-1944 or www.charlestongalleryrow.com.

'Memory'

Kristi Ryba's show, "The Art and Science of Memory," on Friday at the Corrigan Gallery looks like it will be interesting. "The photographs used are those that document Ryba's childhood and family life. The artist questions, 'Are these real memories or only memories of being told about these events while looking at the photographs?' This process of repeated, deep study of the images brings a fresh perspective and a new vision of the family of the 1950s," said Lese Corrigan, gallery owner. 62 Queen St. 722-9868 or www.lesecorrigan.com.

'Realism on the Edge'

If you like world-famous artwork that stirs things up, check out the show at the M Gallery called "Realism on the Edge," featuring Oleg Radvan, Anthony Adcock and Natalie Holland. "All three artists' work displays some kind of 'edge,' whether stylistically and thematically," gallery director Carlen Quinn said.

The artwork will be featured Friday at 11 Broad St. 727-4500 or www.mgalleryoffineart.com.

Osborne & Soriano

"Renowned nationally and internationally for his wildlife sculpture, Leo E. Osborne is also widely recognized as a painter of strikingly unique acrylic works on gold leaf. Directly from the animals he has sculpted over the years, Leo has created a new collection of paintings depicting the familiar faces of these wild creatures," said Laurie Hull of the Martin Gallery. Each painting will be displayed next to the sculpture that inspired it.

Sidney Soriano also will show his new collection of jewelry made from freshwater pearls. "He remains at the forefront of changing trends from Japanese and Australian pearls to Tahitian and Indonesian pearls, and more recently Chinese freshwater pearls," Hull said. Both artists will be at the gallery Friday at 18 Broad St. 723-7378 or www.martingallerycharleston.com.

'Life on Six Acres'

Painter Larry Osso "loves the beginning of the day, when birds are walking and flying about; with patience and skill, he is able to capture these little creatures as they go about their day," explains gallery owner Mary Martin. "Owning a Larry Osso painting is like owning a piece of morning," she continues. Osso is famous for creating extremely detailed works with a dry brush watercolor technique. The reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the new Mary Martin Gallery of Fine Art location, 103 Broad St. 723-0303 or www.marymartinart.com.

'A Painting in a Tree'

"In the spirit of Christmas, gift giving and trimming the tree, Southern representational painter West Fraser has announced that he has placed his seventh painting in a tree," gallery owner Helena Fox said. This fun project began in 2009 when Fraser placed his first "painting in a tree" on Cumberland Island, Ga. "I hope that with my gift found, the discoverer will give, as well, and perhaps tell others of a random gift found that in turn will prompt more gift giving," Fraser said.

This is what it says on the back of the paintings: "I give this painting in a tree as a gift, to whomever may find it. However, the painting happens to have strings attached ... literally. I ask you, the recipient, to give to your favorite charity or to your local hospital, High school art program, artist organization, Museum in town or to a favorite artist or friend that is struggling or in need, etc."

The painting is somewhere South of Broad. Visit Helena Fox Fine Art at 106A Church St. 723-0073 or www.westfraserstudio.com.

$5-$50 Gift Market

If you're looking for affordable, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts, the North Charleston Artist Guild has come up with an event featuring exactly that. The $5 to $50 Market takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Park Circle.

Items will be $50 and below, and each day will feature different artists. Ad- mission, parking free. Call 813-1886 or www.northcharlestonartistguild.org.

'Princess & the Pea'

What is the true mark of royalty? This is the question that children's story "The Princess & the Pea" asks. Bring your kids, or pretend you're still one, and check out this production by Creative Spark's Sprouts Musical Theatre troupe. "The hourlong shows are recommended for ages 4 and up, but adults will find these plays as hilarious, enchanting and entertaining as the children do," said Christina Caputo of Creative Spark.

Shows are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, as well as Dec. 9-11. They will take place at Creative Spark, 757 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 881-3780 or www.creativespark.org.