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 p.m. – 6 p.m. 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.
For the first time, Gibbes, etc. will offer a silent art auction as part of the House Tour. The auction will feature the works of Charleston artists Jill Hooper and Mary Whyte, both of whom are represented in the Gibbes permanent collection. Still Life with Bread, an oil painting by Jill Hooper, has a retail value of $4000, and Lower Church Street, Morning Light, a watercolor painting by Mary Whyte, has a retail value of $4500. Both painting may be viewed at the Gibbes before the event, and bids may be placed on the Gibbes, etc. website (www.gibbesetc.org) or at the Gibbes Museum Store through April 8. The winning bidder for each painting will be recognized at the conclusion of the Art & House Tour on April 9.
Tickets to the House Tour 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.
(PLACE DESCRIPTIONS WITH PICTURES)
[House 1] This unique hand-thrown stucco-with-tabby home is located deep within the gated community of Cassique,. 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 is the ideal setting for a home designed and built to be energy efficient. Constructed of insulated concrete and oriented to take full advantage of a southern exposure overlooking Blue Heron Pond, energy use in this home is reduced by 50%. All of the building materials were acquired locally, and the interior walls, made 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 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.