Doors set to open for 16th Kiawah Art and House Tour

The Historic District house is one of the homes on the 2016 tour.

Art work from local artisans and from around the world, design details such as kitchen counter surfaces made of fossil stone and walnut, and petrified wood from Brazil, in a setting that includes expansive ocean views, are all part of the upcoming 16th annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour.

The tour, from 1-5 p.m. Friday, will showcase five grand homes usually inaccessible in the gated beach and golf resort 25 miles southwest of downtown Charleston. Proceeds from the event support the nonprofit organization Arts, etc. whose purpose is to support arts programs in the greater Charleston area, such as the Engaging Creative Minds program on Johns Island.

Each home is designed with elegant detailing and its own unique style. They are:

The Historic District: A coastal home with views of the ocean from almost every room. A palette of blue and white creates a classic beachside home. The homeowners have traveled extensively, which is reflected by the home’s artwork and decorative objects.

Rhett’s Bluff: A classic brick and shingle home with expansive views of the Kiawah River. The owner’s collection of art is primarily from local artisans or purchased from the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, and includes a signed print by Sam Snead. Also displayed is a Bobby Jones putter in the second-floor game room.

The Preserve: This American shingle-style home reflects the owners wish to “bring the outdoors in,” in part by using soft neutral palettes that accent the artwork. The wife’s great-grandfather, George DeForest Brush, is well-known for his portraits as well as paintings of American Indians. Also, two very large 110-year-old wine jugs are found in niches at the staircase turn.

Vanderhorst Plantation: An elegant, large home for family gatherings that includes a unique guesthouse, terrace and pool. The main house boasts two-story screened porches, a huge game room, a large custom kitchen with fossil stone and walnut countertops, a richly paneled study and wormy mahogany floors.

Cassique: This English-inspired traditional home overlooks a beautiful lagoon and boasts a clean, sleek and contemporary interior. All of the light fixtures are custom and noteworthy. The kitchen island is made of sliced petrified wood from Brazil. The floors throughout are African Celtis.

Arts, etc., is an organization of Kiawah women committed to supporting the arts. The organization was founded in 2001 as Gibbes, etc. and in the summer of 2014 transitioned to Arts, etc.