For Immediate Release
11th Annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour Slated for April 8
Online Art Auction Added This Year
(January 19, 2011- Charleston, SC) - The 11th annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, sponsored by the member auxiliary group, Gibbes, etc.., will take place on Friday, April 8, 2011, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. This year, five stunning Kiawah Island homes will be opened for public viewing. Proceeds from the 2011 tour, along with dollars raised from the past 10 tours, are expected to reach the $1 million mark this year. An extensive online art auction has been created to help the volunteer group meet the cumulative $1 million goal.
“Every year, the women of Gibbes, etc. strive to do more for the museum, and this year is no exception. The homes on tour, coupled with an impressive art auction, will likely bring the volunteer group’s total donation to $1 million since it began raising funds in 2001. The contributions of Gibbes, etc. are key to the success of our exhibition and educational programming each year,” explained Angela Mack, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Online Art Auction
This year, Gibbes, etc. is offering an online art auction featuring the works of both locally and nationally recognized artists. The works—from more than twenty artists—include paintings, blown glass, woodcuts on handmade paper, and photographs. Some of the auctioned objects will be on view at the Gibbes and all of the objects can be viewed online beginning February 1. The bidding will take place from March 18 through April 8 on the website BiddingforGood. A link to the online auction can be accessed at gibbesmuseum.org/events. Artists contributing their works to the auction include Daniela Astone, Sheldon Cotler, Arie DeZanger, John Carroll Doyle, Melissa Franklin, West Fraser, Gloria Garfinkel, Johnson Hagood, Mark Horton, Janet Howard-Fatta, Anders Knutsson, Heidi Lanino, Jeanne Moutassamy-Ashe, Rick Reinert, Betty Anglin Smith, Stacy Lynn Waddell, David Walters, David Wheatley, Mary Whyte, and Mickey Williams. In addition to the art being offered in the online auction, two vacation packages will be featured: a two-night stay and golf package at the Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island and a four-night stay at Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts that includes a dinner and daily breakfast.
Descriptions of the Five Kiawah Island Homes
House 1 - This contemporary house merges so beautifully with its surrounding environment, there seems to be a symbiotic relationship between the home and the majestic live oak standing sentry-like in the front yard. Seamless windows—with views extending over Ibis Pond to the ocean—bring the outside in. An infinity pool overlooking the pond reflects the peacefulness and quiet beauty of this stunning home. The interior color palette and materials including concrete walls faux finished to look like the outside, leather wall tiles, a mirror with falling water, and contemporary artwork further reinforce the connection with nature.
House 2 - Strategically situated in the Preserve, this shingle style home has an expansive marsh view. Because of its exquisite interior design, the rooms—although large in scale—convey a feeling of intimacy. The artwork principally reflects daily scenes of Lowcountry life. Interior details, including brickwork in the walls and ceilings, antique French oak floors, and beadboard walls, exude a feeling of warmth and comfort. A beautifully designed wood and iron circular staircase leads to a crow’s nest that has astounding views across the marsh to Folly Beach, the Stono River, and the distant Ravenel Bridge.
House 3 - Situated within the gated community of Cassique, this lovely stucco home was inspired by the architecture of the British Arts and Crafts movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Exceptional antiques—predominantly French but also some lovely English and American pieces—are displayed throughout the house. The oval hallway area—with its stunning Czech chandelier, small oil paintings, strategically-placed antique book collection, and French architectural pieces—is emblematic of the charm this home exudes. Each room contains antique treasures that create a soothing, timeless feel.
House 4 - Located in the secluded Summer Islands enclave, this shingle style house creatively conforms to its unique position on Bass Creek. The location affords stunning views of the creek and surrounding marsh, along with routine dolphin sightings. Beautiful materials—travertine in the hallways and stairs, tongue-in-groove wainscoting, walnut floors and trim, unique ceiling treatments—create a flowing harmony throughout the home. An infinity pool on the travertine deck melts into the marsh view and is balanced on the other side of the house with a cozy screened porch and fireplace. The artwork, featuring scenes of the Lowcountry, perfectly complements this engaging home.
House 5 - Nestled in the midst of old live oaks, this home in Kiawah’s Settlement community also flanks the Kiawah River. The house, filled with 18th-century English and French antiques, uniquely blends its elegant feel with its casual, open design. Because of its location, the home receives an incredible amount of light. The delicate color scheme—predominantly soft greens and blues—plays off the sunlight, softly radiating it throughout the home. The screened porch has a 360 degree view of the Kiawah River and Lowcountry forest. The beautiful views—framed by the windows—look as if mother nature has installed works of art. The cozy guest house, virtually a small apartment, is so welcoming that it’s difficult to leave.
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, 2011. All ticket proceeds fund special exhibitions and art education programs at the museum. Tickets may be purchased downtown at the Gibbes Museum Store at 135 Meeting Street, online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events, at Kiawah Island Real Estate located at the Kiawah Main Gate, the Sanctuary or Freshfields Village, or by calling 843-722-2706 (x22). For more information about the house tour and art auction, visit gibbesetc.org
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 $850,000 to date 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