For Immediate Release
10th Annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour Set for April 9
Benefits the Gibbes Museum of Art
(January 26, 2010 - Charleston, South Carolina) – The 10th annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, sponsored by the volunteer group, Gibbes, etc., will take place on Friday, April 9, 2010, from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. This year, six stunning Kiawah Island homes that showcase spectacular art collections and dramatic views of the salt marsh, creeks, ocean, and woodlands have been selected to allow touring guests a myriad of visual experiences.
Tickets are $55 per person and include the tour, light refreshments throughout the afternoon at the Cassique clubhouse, and an admission pass to the Gibbes Museum of Art valid through December 30, 2010. All ticket proceeds fund special exhibitions and art education programs at the museum. Tickets may be purchased at the Gibbes Museum Store, online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events, at Kiawah Island Real Estate located at the Kiawah Main Gate or Freshfields Village, or by calling 843-722-2706 (x21). For more information, visit www.gibbesetc.org.
House 1 - Deep within the gated community of Cassique, stands this unique hand-thrown stucco-with-tabby home. It was inspired by the architecture of the British Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Nestled within ancient live oaks, it affords a panoramic view of the tidal marsh, golf course, and the property’s own formal, terraced gardens. The home’s interior brims with specially crafted stonework, decorative ironwork, and the owners’ eclectic art and antique collection ranging from the 19th century to the present.
House 2 - Strategically positioned between five large live oak trees, and overlooking the dunes and grasses of the River Course, this shingle style home in the Settlement showcases the owners’ extensive collection of period Georgian and Swedish Gustavian antique furniture, as well as multiple displays of 18th century paintings and botanical prints, including the work of Mark Catesby. American folk art is represented in a fine collection of antique duck decoys. Also of note are handcrafted porcelain and tole flowers by Vladimir Kanevsky.
House 3 - The natural environment of Kiawah’s Preserve neighborhood is the ideal setting for a home designed and built to be energy efficient. Constructed of insulated concrete and oriented on the property to take full advantage of a southern exposure overlooking Blue Heron Pond, energy use is reduced by 50%. All of the building materials were acquired locally, and the interior walls, of natural earth plaster, dramatize the owners’ vivid art from the American Southwest, Haiti, and Asia, particularly Vietnam. The use of color creates coherence and serenity throughout the home.
House 4 - Commanding an important presence on the Atlantic Ocean, this European-inspired stucco home with inverted floor plan provides dramatic views of the ocean, as well as of Bass Creek. The owner’s French background and expertise in art and antiques are reflected in the home’s interior. Exquisitely painted and gilt furniture, bronzes, porcelains, sculpture, glassware, and paintings abound. A beautiful pool between the house and the ocean creates a subtle, double-water view.
House 5 - Located in the secluded Summer Islands enclave, this elegant yet casual shingled home takes advantage of the site’s spectacular views of Bass Creek. The interior and exterior spaces seamlessly flow together and are well adapted for entertaining large groups, yet maintain a cozy atmosphere for immediate family gatherings. The interior design provides a subtle backdrop for selected European antiques and the artwork of noted North Carolina artist Michael Barringer.
House 6 - With serene porches and a pool overlooking meandering Cinder Creek, this engaging home brings the outdoors inside with its plentiful windows and natural color scheme. Throughout the elegantly designed and crafted interior, the owners’ art collection from Connecticut and South Carolina adds depth and richness. Traditional, but with an edge, this home is landscaped appropriately for the lushness of its Preserve location.
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 $700,000 to fund traveling exhibitions and art education projects in the community.
GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART
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