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The IMAGES Tour of Homes presents six unique and fascinating homes in New Smyrna Beach festively decorated for the holidays by local artists or the homeowners themselves.
A boutique also will open during the Tour of Homes, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
The tour is presented by Atlantic Center for the Arts and benefits the 37th Annual IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts, which will be on Jan. 25-27.
Featured homes are:
Home of Mike and Nancy Evolga -- This newly built beachside home is made for entertaining complete with a large chef's kitchen, including five ovens. The beautifully landscaped property has a sitting area with a gas fireplace and summer kitchen.
Home of Richard Brooks -- Feel the romanticism of the turn of the 20th century when life was simple like sitting on the front porch swing chatting with neighbors as they strolled by the picket fence.
Home of Brian and Cathy Hartman -- Hawaii serves as the inspiration for this open space home. The interior design features tropical colors in its artwork and a lovely view of the river. The tropical landscaping includes orchids hanging from trees.
Home of Brooks and Jenn Casey -- This new beachside home is designed for family comfort and features the owner's personal taste. The owner's father built the unique kitchen island with timber milled from family property. An upstairs front porch catches the ocean breeze.
Home of Mark and Laura Beckwith -- This 1930's era, riverfront home features a contemporary interior. The design complements the home's original heart pine floors, an eclectic art collection and several pieces of furniture handmade by the owner's grandfather. A covered front porch is a perfect spot for entertaining or watching the boats go by. (Laura will be the Chairperson for Images 2013.)
Home of Lori Retz-Edens and Wayne Edens -- This vintage Dutch Colonial combines original features with some contemporary additions that provide a warm and welcoming environment. Inside, an extensive art collection adds color and a bit of whimsy. Outside, the landscaping makes this a place of beauty.
Tickets for the IMAGES Tour of Homes and Boutique are $20 each. Tickets will be available at the Images office, 214 S. Riverside Drive (back door only), at Arts on Douglas at 123 Douglas Ave. and at Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Arts Center Ave., all in New Smyrna Beach. Tickets also will be available for purchase at local florists.
For more information, call (386) 423-4733, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit imagesartfestival.org.