The acclaimed Kiawah Art & House Tour is Arts, etc.’s major fundraiser and will be held on April 6, 2018. Five fabulous Kiawah Island homes are graciously offered by their owners, and each home displays unique architecture, features, views and art collections. This is an event you won’t want to miss!
Travel through a custom-designed gate to a lush courtyard with three buildings connected by glass breezeways. Enjoy an eclectic collection of sculpture, photography, paintings, Biedermeier furniture and antique rugs and mirrors, as you admire the panoramic marsh views.
Photo by Patrick O’Brien
Enjoy custom furnishings by Kevin Johnson Ironworks of Knoxville and artwork by Kirk Butler and Phillip Julian, set in this spectacular home with views of the Kiawah River. Don’t miss the Harmon Paneled door at the entrance to the master bedroom and the leather hardware in the bar.
Photo by Judy Percival
This Louisiana-inspired home, with river views, has interiors with reclaimed limestone floors from France, bronze doors, plaster walls, and woodwork in recovered hemlock and pecky cypress. Surrounded by flagstone from a historic Pennsylvania town, the exterior features a gated fire pit graced with lemon trees.
Photo by Jim Somerset
Step inside this Italian manse with craftsmanship of the highest order, including Venetian plaster and Jerusalem limestone. Baroque furnishings, and a living room with a groin vault ceiling transport you to the 14th century.
Photo by Newport653 Architectural Photography
Take in the lagoon views as you admire oils by Mary Erickson and J. Rothwell, and French and English antiques. Margaret Perry watercolors are located throughout the home. Meander the stone walkways showcasing a sunken lawn, garden and infinity-edge pool.
Photo by Judy Percival
Tickets are $55.00 and may purchased by visiting this site: Click Here
or at Kiawah Island Real Estate Offices located at:
- The Main Gate
- The Sanctuary
- Freshfields Village
Tickets may also be purchased at the Freshfields Village kiosk the week of the Tour and the morning of the Tour.
Tickets can be exchanged for a wristband and Tour Book the day of the tour at Freshfields Village, 165 Village Green Lane, Kiawah Island.
Please note that homes are not handicap accessible.
No Children under 12 admitted.
Flat heeled shoes only.
Funds raised from the 2018 Art and House Tour will support the following organizations:
The Gibbes Museum of Art
The Gibbes will further develop their “It Starts With a Dot” program at St. John’s High School during the 2018 – 2019 school year. This program, begun in 2017 as a pilot project funded by Arts, etc., will bring trained Museum educators to work with students to enhance their understanding of art and art history, guide students in developing their writing skills, and will provide visits to the Museum. Students will produce a published booklet containing their creative writing based on artwork from the Gibbes Museum collections.
Engaging Creative Minds (ECM)
Engaging Creative Minds seeks to provide creative learning opportunities that encourage imagination and innovation to help students achieve academically, stay engaged in school and succeed in life. Arts, etc. will provide scholarships for Angel Oak Elementary School students to participate in the 6-week summer STEAM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The Summer STEAM Institute was created to address summer learning loss and provide opportunities for students to engage in meaningful experiences that keep them engaged and on track for the next school year.
Chamber Music Charleston’s Classical Kids Concerts
Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) is dedicated to developing the audience for classical music through chamber music concerts and educational performances of high artistic quality by musicians of the Lowcountry. CMC seeks to highlight the diversity, eclecticism and excitement possible in chamber music, and brings these qualities to concerts, presented during school hours, that introduce young audiences to live music. They have built excellent relationships with the schools on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands; through these concerts, they will continue to educate and delight students through the magic of music.
College of Charleston's Camp Inspire
The mission of Camp Inspire is to actively involve children in the learning process through artistic activities and lessons. With the arts as the basis, children become researchers in academic subjects such as social studies, science, and technology. Arts, etc. will provide scholarships for underserved elementary students from our community in grades 3 and 4 for this 2-week camp As they experience hands on learning through nature at the 864 acre Dixie Plantation, these students will increase their sense of wonderment and create art as they explore science and ecology.
Ballet Evolution’s mission is to promote the development of collaborative arts in the Charleston community through professional ballet performances integrating live music and arts education. The Artistic Director and Ballet Master will bring a small troupe of dancers to local elementary schools to perform selections from their current season. Following each performance, they will conduct a lecture/demonstration, introduce the students to the world of ballet, and encourage them to discover the joy of movement.
College of Charleston School of the Arts Children's Opera
Each spring, opera students at The College of Charleston Department of Music perform a children’s opera at schools throughout Charleston Country. Operas are created and set to existing classical scores, and familiar children’s stories are adapted to focus on matters that have educational value for elementary school students. Performances are planned at Johns and Wadmalaw elementary schools; following each performance, students have the opportunity to engage with the singers and learn more about the art and craft of producing an opera.
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
The Halsey is organizing a multimedia exhibition titled Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South; the exhibition presents 56 photographers’ visions of today’s new south, and will be on view from October 2018 – March 2019. In conjunction with this groundbreaking exhibit, Arts, etc. will support the Institute in providing a program to Haut Gap Middle School and St. John’s High School students on the art of story-telling through photography and video. The project fosters an appreciation for photography as a vehicle for self expression and an understanding of photography’s role in documenting history and culture.
This beautiful painting titled “Sunset over the Kiawah River” was painted and donated to Arts, etc. by artist, Billyo O’Donnell, an American painter from St. Louis, Missouri. Billyo is a collectible artist who displays his work at the Helena Fox Gallery in Charleston as well as other galleries throughout the United States.
He received the highest award an artist can be given in the state of Missouri, the “2012 Independent Arts Award’ from the Missouri Arts Council. Billyo takes great pride in having been honored at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City for an unveiling of a selection of his 115 paintings in the book, “Painting Missouri.”
In 2014, Billyo was voted into the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America by its members He has received numerous other awards throughout his lifetime, and is very happy to support the 2018 Art & House Tour.
Raffle tickets for this painting can be purchased at the Freshfields Village Kiosk the week of April 2-April 6, at member events, and the day of the Tour. The price of a raffle ticket is $20.00 or 6 for $100.00. The winning ticket will be drawn the evening of Friday, April 6, 2018.
The framed painting is valued at $7,200 and measures 45″ (H) x 38″ (W).
If you have questions or want more information on how to purchase raffle tickets, please contact [email protected].
Support Arts, etc.
Become a Member Sponsor
The success of the Kiawah Art & House Tour relies on the generosity and support of our Arts, etc. members. We encourage you to support the Tour through sponsorships and ticket purchases.
Click here to review the Member Sponsorship Levels. Please print the document and return it with your donation by March 20, 2018 to:
Maureen Dabruzzi, Membership Sponsorship Chair
149 Blue Heron Pond Road
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Become a Business Sponsor
Please support Arts, etc. by placing an ad in the Tour Book. Your sponsorship will demonstrate your investment in Kiawah Island, commitment to the arts and support for the students of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.
Click here, select a sponsorship level from the form, and complete the contract at the bottom of the page. An ad design form is also attached which needs to be completed and returned with the contract and payment by our printing deadline of March 20, 2018.
You may scan and email the forms to [email protected]
or mail them to:
508 Ruddy Turnstone
Kiawah Island, SC 29455.
You may mail a check or pay online with a credit card here.
Thank you for considering the purchase of an advertisement for your company to support the arts in our community.