Home and garden tours mix with art this weekend

The Kiawah Island Art and House Tour will be held Friday.

Every year, the annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour gives guests access into some of the most impressive homes on the island.

Sponsored by the member auxiliary group, Gibbes, etc., this fundraiser assists in raising money for the education, exhibition and outreach programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

"We are so thankful to the women of Gibbes, etc., who have supported the museum for over a decade," says Executive Director Angela Mack. Gibbes, etc. has presented the museum with more than $1.25 million in support of its scheduled exhibitions and outreach.

This year's event, the 14th annual, will take place from 1-5 p.m. Friday and will showcase five homes that are part of the private, gated community of Kiawah Island.

Tickets are $55 and include the tour of the houses, refreshments and admission to the museum to be used anytime between now and June 29. Purchase tickets through the museum store inside the museum at 135 Meeting St.; online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events; at Kiawah Island Real Estate locations at the Kiawah Main Gate, the Sanctuary or Freshfields Village; or by calling 722-2706, ext. 21.

For more information about the house tour, go to www.gibbesetc.org.

Yet another tour happening this weekend is the Old Village Home, Garden and Art Tour.

This tour, held 1-5 p.m. Sunday, will feature Mount Pleasant's oldest home, the Hibben House, and a rarely seen garden on Haddrell's Point.

Serving as a benefit for the American Red Cross, local plein air artists will be stationed among the gardens as well as samplings of food by local chefs.

Tickets for the tour are $45 per person or $35 each for groups of 10 or more.

For more information, go to RedCross.org/CarolinaLowcountry or call 764-2323, ext. 379.

While it doesn't fall under the art category, it could be argued that architecture and gardening are art forms of their own.

The Garden Club of Charleston is also hosting its annual House & Garden Tour this weekend.

To be held 1-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the 79th annual walking tour will feature some of Charleston's finest houses and gardens in the Historic District, and will feature flowers arranged by members of The Garden Club of Charleston.

The tour will include refreshments served in one of the gardens on the tour from 2-5 p.m.

Tickets are $45. For information and advanced tickets, call 406-7626 or go to www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org. Tickets also will be available at the Visitor Center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and on the day of the tours.

All proceeds benefit The Garden Club of Charleston's continuing projects, which include maintaining the gardens at the Manigault House, the Heyward-Washington House, the Gateway Walk, the Healing Garden at MUSC, the Museum Courtyard Garden and the garden at the Historic Confederate Home.

Join local artist Teil Duncan at Stems Floral Boutique for a one-night only show tonight.

The collection, called "Bask," consists of more than 30 of her newest works, and it's clear to see that the artist is branching out and exploring more dimensions and blocks of color.

These acrylic and/or gouache paintings are almost all of sunny beach scenes, flooded with all kinds of patterns, colors and figures. The artist says she wants the viewers to feel they are transported to a sunny, seaside setting.

"The overall background color palette is noticeably more muted to offset the bright colors and patterns of bathing suits, beach umbrellas, blankets and more," says Duncan.

For the show at Stems, guests will enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, beer and a beach-y cocktail. There also will be tunes from DJ Fullhaus. Stems is at 208 Coming St. The reception will be 5-9 p.m.

Even though this is a one-night only show, you can still catch Duncan (by appointment) at her studio at Redux, where she spends the majority of her time.

For more about Duncan, go to www.teilduncan.com.