By Carroll Dunn for The Island Connection
The 19th Annual Kiawah Island Art and House tour sponsored by Arts, etc. offers visitors a rare glimpse into the art and architecture of 5 spectacular homes in the gated community of Kiawah Island. The tour takes place on Friday, April 5 from 1-5 p.m.
The homes feature unique architectural designs, superb artwork and spectacular views. Proceeds from the tour benefit the youth of Johns and Wadamalaw Islands through visual and performing arts. Arts, etc. also supports the Gibbes museum and other local arts-oriented organizations.
Advance tickets are $55 each and can be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.com (use the keyword “Kiawah”) and at the Kiawah Island Real Estate office in Freshfields Village. In addition, tickets will be available at Freshfields Village the day of the tour.
Tickets purchased in advance must be exchanged for a tour brochure at the Square in Freshfields Village on the day of the tour. Freshfields Village is located at the corner of Betsy Kerrison Parkway and Kiawah Island Parkway. Homes are not disability accessible and children under 12 are not permitted.
Two of the featured tour homes:
This beautiful home overlooks marsh grasses and the 17th hole on the Cassique golf course. As you enter the home into the living room your eye is immediately drawn to the many large paintings flanking the walls. which were designed to accommodate the size of the artwork. Visitors will admire a wonderful collection of art from renowned artists; Wolf Kahn, Chagall, Charles Dwyer and Mickey Williams. Beyond the living room, there is a solarium with a baby grand piano and a large window that overlooks a beautifully manicured yard. Don’t miss the yard art!
The spacious kitchen is a gourmet cooks’ dream. It features a large island and on the back walls there are two wine coolers with televisions above to create a sense of symmetry and balance. Beyond the kitchen is a gallery solarium that serves as a study and sitting room with a fabulous art deco bar.
The master bedroom suite located on the first floor also features a unique contemporary design in the bath area. Throughout the home you will admire many whimsical furnishings that reflect the homeowners’ sense of humor.
Nestled in a quiet cul de sac near the Ocean Course, this light filled home takes full advantage of its proximity to Ocean Park. As you enter the two-story foyer with its open stairwell and iron balusters, your eye is immediately drawn to the spacious and comfortable great room and its adjacent outdoor spaces. The screened porch is unframed to allow unobstructed views, while the deck features a semi-circular pool that beckons you to sit down and dangle your toes.
The cook’s kitchen (the homeowner is a culinary school graduate) features two La Cornue ranges, one gas and one electric, as well as hidden refrigerator and freezer, pot filler and both quartzite and granite countertops. A caterer’s kitchen leads you to the dining room with its tall wainscoting and welcoming aura.
The main-floor master suite features an airy and elegant master bath that includes a freestanding tub, heated floors and a steam shower. As you enjoy the view of the park from the master, be sure to notice the unique rain chain. Upstairs there are two guest bedrooms flanking a gathering room that invites you to sit and relax, as well as a wine cellar.
Arts, etc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization of Kiawah and Cassique women. Its purpose is to raise funds, through donations and events, to support the arts in the greater community and to provide educational and social opportunities for its membership. Distribution of funds will be at the discretion of the organization. For more information visit KiawahArtsEtc.org