An afternoon spent touring some of Kiawah Island’s beautiful homes will benefit arts programs for children.
The 15th annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour offers a rare look at homes and art collections of five stately properties in the gated island community.
Organized by Arts, etc., proceeds will go toward providing students with art education and creative opportunities through the Art to Go program from the Gibbes Museum of Art and the nonprofit Engaging Creative Minds, both of which take arts programs into the schools.
Art, etc. was formerly Gibbes, etc., an auxiliary organization of the Gibbes Museum of Art. At the end of 2014, the organization formed its own nonprofit so it could support additional community arts programs. The organization is still a strong supporter of the Gibbes, explained Susan Stallings, publicity chairwoman for this year’s tour.
“We, as an organization, really wanted to direct (funds) more to the community where we saw the need,” she said.
By supporting arts education programming, Arts, etc. is helping “identify those talents early on and give (students) an opportunity to experience the arts at a younger age. And therefore create those who, in later years, would join The Gibbes,” Stallings said.
The Kiawah Island Art and House Tour is 1-5 p.m. Friday with visitors taking a self-guided tour of these private homes, each of which has a unique style and art collection.
“This is a really successful event because these are not houses that are for sale. These are private residences people have opened up,” Stallings said. “We try to focus on people with interesting art collections.”
The tours are self-guided so attendees can visit the homes in any order and at their own pace. Visitors can tour the entire home from the dining room to the bedrooms. Three of the homes have incredible ocean views, Stallings said.
Featured on this year’s home tour are:
Vanderhorst Plantation Ocean Front, a modern Tuscan-inspired, five-bedroom villa and guest house situated on the dunes with expansive ocean views. The vistas of sea, sand and grass coupled with the Tuscan theme, create a beach-inspired palette. Visit the guest house, a small-scale evocation of the main house.
Vanderhorst Plantation Surfsong, an American shingle-style house reflecting the owner’s love of 19th-century aesthetic and Eastlake design and architectural movements. The foyer has beamed ceilings and paneling while twin fireplaces anchor the living and dining rooms. The fourth-floor master suite and porch face stunning vistas. Anchoring the house below is a loggia adjacent to the pool area.
Rhetts Bluff, a Charleston-style home with a honey-color limestone kitchen and spacious master suite. The owner’s refined collection of primarily local artists’ works accent each room. The third floor has guest rooms, spectacular river views and Leroy Neiman sporting art works.
Ocean Course boosts panoramic views across Ibis Pond, the Ocean Course and the Atlantic Ocean. The house reflects the family’s love of art, the Adirondacks, the American West and the Far East. One such example is drawn up the two-story stair tower: two life-size terracotta warriors from Xian China and the bronze Buddhist Prayer Flag mobile cascading down the stairwell. The third floor has a master suite, sitting room and mahogany-paneled library.
The Preserve is discreetly tucked away at the edge of the marsh where it shows off sweeping river views as far as the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. A copper-roofed porch shades and extends the living space out to a tiled reflective pool and the Kiawah River beyond. The double exposure master suite has a screened porch, and the third floor houses three bedroom suites with marsh outlooks.