Some of the First Coast’s most distinctive homes were on display this past weekend, when an estimated 850 visitors toured five estate homes as part of the 6th Annual Legacy Trust Ponte Vedra Beach Home & Art Tour.
Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9 to benefit the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, this year’s tour included homes situated on Ponte Vedra Boulevard as well as in The Plantation and in South Jacksonville Beach. At each stop along the self-guided driving tour, visitors had an opportunity to view the homes’ architectural features and interior design. And in keeping with the cultural center’s artistic theme, guests had a chance to see how artworks were incorporated into each home’s overall design and presentation.
“The Home & Art Tour is a great opportunity for people to gain inspiration, both for their homes and their art,” said Toni Boudreaux, director of development for the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. “You really get a chance to see how people draw on artistic components within their homes.”
Tickets to the Home & Art Tour were $35, with proceeds benefiting the cultural center’s education programs. Among the initiatives supported by the home tour, cultural center board President Kip Zebroski said, is a program that brings music therapy to children with special needs at local elementary schools.
“The home tour has grown significantly over the years,” Zebroski said. “It’s a big event that supports these types of programs.”
Sunset & Tapas
For the second year, the annual Legacy Trust Ponte Vedra Beach Home & Art Tour was preceded by Sunset & Tapas – an evening reception tour whereby guests were shuttled to two additional homes not on the regular Home & Art Tour. In addition to viewing the homes and their artwork, guests enjoyed tapas-style refreshments and wine as well as the chance to meet local artists.
Local artist Susan Woodburn opened her Sawgrass Island home to visitors for the event.
“I love the cultural center,” Woodburn said. “I’ve taken classes there, shown my art there. I just wanted to help support all that they do.”
Photos by Jennifer Logue