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9th Annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour Set for April 17

Benefits the Gibbes Museum of Art

(March 16, 2009 - Charleston, South Carolina) – The 9th annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, sponsored by the volunteer group Gibbes, etc., will take place on Friday, April 17, 2009, from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm. Each year, exceptional homes that showcase spectacular art collections are selected for the fundraiser on beautiful Kiawah Island. This year, six stunning homes with dramatic views of the salt marsh, ocean, woodlands, or river have been selected to provide tour participants with a variety of experiences (homes are numbered below with corresponding photos attached):

HOUSE # 1 - This attractive shingle-style home, designed by Shope, Reno and Wharton, is situated in the dunes with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Beautifully decorated, the home is comfortable for entertaining family and friends of all ages. The spacious and gracious rooms are highlighted by the use of wonderful colors in natural fabrics. The result is beach house perfection.

HOUSE #2 - Located in the secluded Terrapin Island neighborhood, this home offers amazing views of the Kiawah River. The open floor plan creates a very livable space for a young family and is perfect for entertaining. The bluestone terrace with pool and outdoor fireplace makes the house as comfortable outside as in. A whimsical summer house with cupola is reminiscent of a lighthouse with a winding staircase up to a lovely guest room.

HOUSE # 3 - This large shingled home occupies a narrow split of land projecting into the marsh with views of Terrapin Island and the Kiawah River. The inverted design of the house with living areas on the second floor and guest rooms on the first takes advantage of wonderful views from every room. A billiard room ,with a custom designed pool table, leads into a media room with state of the art media equipment and ample, comfortable seating. A collection of glass highlights the interiors.

HOUSE # 4 - Situated and designed to take advantage of beautiful, long golf course views, this traditional shingle style home is located in the woods among the pines in "The Settlement,” Kiawah Island Club's private River Course Community. A homebuilders' award finalist, this lovely home is built with great attention to detail and provides an inviting environment for comfortable island living.

HOUSE # 5 - A departure from the normal Kiawah architectural designs, this magnificent contemporary home features large expanses of glass set in tall, textured stucco walls with massive chimneys for balance. The windows frame a vista of the ocean beyond the famous Ocean Course golf course and marshlands. The interiors, beautifully designed by the owner, create living spaces that—while clean and crisp—are also warm and inviting. Sweetgrass baskets by renowned artist Mary Jackson, bring a sense of the Lowcountry to the decor.

HOUSE # 6 - Wrap-around porches highlight the panoramic views of this impressive home on the peninsula end of beautiful Rhett's Bluff. The open floor plan on the first floor makes use of the incredible vistas of the Kiawah River, the marsh and Bass Pond Creek. A lovely in-deck pool and outdoor fireplace provide inviting gathering places for family and friends. The home contains an eclectic art collection with many works by Canadian artists.

Tickets for the Kiawah Island Art and House Tour are $55 and include an admission to the Gibbes Museum of Art. For more information, visit Tickets can be purchased at the Gibbes Museum Store, online at or by calling 843-722-2706 (x18).

Gibbes, etc.
Gibbes, etc., a group of Kiawah Island women dedicated to the support of the Gibbes Museum of Art, has produced this event since the group was founded in 2001. Since its inception and through the Art and House Tour, Gibbes, etc. has presented the museum with more than $600,000 to help fund traveling exhibitions and art education projects in the community.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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