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12th Annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour Slated for April 13

Benefits the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina

(January 18, 2012- Charleston, South Carolina) – The 12th annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, sponsored by the member auxiliary group Gibbes, etc., will take place on Friday, April 13, 2012, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This year, five stunning Kiawah Island homes in the private gated community will be opened for public viewing. Proceeds from the event benefit education, exhibition, and outreach programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

“The women of Gibbes, etc. do so much for the museum and our community. Since 2001, the Kiawah Art and House Tour has raised over $1 million for the Gibbes. We are so grateful to the members of Gibbes, etc. as well as the sponsors and the families who open up their homes for this special event. I encourage everyone to attend the Tour and see first-hand the gorgeous houses and their unique art collections,” said Angela Mack, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Descriptions of the Five Kiawah Island Homes

House 1 - This contemporary home provides remarkable views of Kiawah’s Blue Heron Pond. The striking entrance is enhanced by the openness of the floor plan and the exposed steel beams that contrast with the rich woods of the crown molding and ceiling. The Great Room is warm and inviting with textured grass cloth walls, North Carolina blue stone fireplace, and automated shade system for the 30-foot high glass window. The owners’ art collection is as unique as the architecture of the home.

House 2 - This shingle style, three-story home has expansive views of Bass Creek, the marshes, and ocean. The house is full of light and color and boasts an impressive collection of Russian Art. Every room has a distinct personality and ties into the beautiful Russian art collection. A painting by Russian artist Popenko inspired the décor of the majestic master bedroom that overlooks the creek and marshes. The third floor Gathering Room showcases the impressive ocean views.

House 3 - Located in the Summer Islands enclave, a sweeping staircase welcomes guests into this classic shingle style house. Floor to ceiling windows in the Great Room offer visitors a stunning view of the creek, marsh, Bass River, and beyond. The artwork, featuring scenes of the Lowcountry, perfectly complements the interior. The home is designed for entertaining with a beautiful interior bar and wine cellar, as well as an outdoor kitchen area that flanks the pool and cascading falls.

House 4 - As you enter this light-filled home, there are floor to ceiling windows and French doors that open to a spectacular view of beach grasses and trails that lead to the ocean. The owners have selected a palette of blue and white throughout the house that gives a classic style to this coastal home. There are endless views of the ocean from almost every room and the impressive art collection graces the walls throughout the house.

House 5 – Guests first pass through an iron and concrete front gate to a modern falling water fountain and sculpture garden. As guests ascend the stairs toward the living area, they see a sculpture collection placed strategically inside and outside the home through spacious windows overlooking the marsh. The home was built skyward to embrace an exceptional contemporary and traditional art collection. The homeowners have beautifully incorporated family pieces dating back to the 17th century into this tastefully designed home.

Tickets, available beginning February 15, are $55 per person and include the five-house tour, light refreshments throughout the afternoon at one of the homes, and an admission pass to the Gibbes Museum of Art valid through December 30, 2012. Tickets may be purchased at the Gibbes Museum Store at 135 Meeting Street, online at, at Kiawah Island Real Estate locations at the Kiawah Main Gate, the Sanctuary or Freshfields Village, or by calling 843-722-2706 (x22). For more information about the house tour, visit

Gibbes, etc.
Gibbes, etc., an auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, is comprised of Kiawah Island women dedicated to the support of the museum. Since its inception in 2001, and through the Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, Gibbes, etc. has presented the Gibbes with more than $1,000,000 to date to fund traveling exhibitions and art education projects in the community. In 2011, Gibbes, etc. was honored with the James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401