Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life


2017 Kids for Conservation Poetry Competition Winners

We are excited to announce the 2017 Kids for Conservation (KFC) competition winners! Students from the Tri-County area in grades 1st-5th were invited to compete in the KFC Poster Competition, while students in grades 6th-8th competed in the KFC Photography and Poetry Competition. Yet again we received a wonderful selection of entries from our talented young artists, writers and photographers and would like to thank the participants, teachers and parents.


1st Place Poetry Winner:

Suzanna Feeney, Laing Middle School – 8th Grade

The Sparkling Field

A green field, sparkling, it’s grass a fine emerald.
The shimmering river rolled by its left field, crystal waters shining.
Had a human been there, which none were currently, they would have shouted,
“Stop, time! You are so beautiful!”
But time doesn’t stop, nature the same.
The river kept rolling,
They saw the blowing wind.
They shouted,
“Stop, time! You are so beautiful!”
But time doesn’t stop, nature the same.
The river kept rolling,
The wind kept blowing,
Nothing stopped.
So the humans captured its beauty instead.
The river stopped rolling.
The wind ceased to blow.
Everything stopped.
Pavement was rolled onto the sparkling green field.
Houses built up where the shimmering river once rolled.
The wind couldn’t find the will to blow.
Time had stopped, and lost its beauty.
Never again was the sparkling field green.



2nd Place Poetry Winner:

Allison Kammer, Laing Middle School – 6th Grade

Life as Living in Nature

Butterflies, dragonflies everywhere
All you see is rainbow colors in the atmosphere
Blue sky, birds that fly
Flying up in the trees to build a nest
And hide a treasure chest
Flowers blossoming in the air
Sharing nectar to the bees that have no nectar to share
Grass green, clouds white
The sky is black at night
Animals slow during the day
But fast at night so others will stay away
Light at day, dark at night
No matter what, nature is always in sight!



3rd Place Poetry Winner:

Zoe Duncan, Laing Middle School – 7th Grade

Grey Skies

Grey skies watch over empty plains of dirt,
While rocks roll down barren hills of concrete.
Tall brick buildings loom over the forest.
And candy wrappers stick in the sand.

Critters scatter as trees fall atop them
And debris carelessly thrown into the wilderness sicken them.
Grey skies observe the humans becoming monsters of time and wealth.
Grey skies hide birds flying away from pollution.
But grey skies fall apart. Torn to pieces by careless living and pollution.
Grey skies are gone.
Grey skies have died and have turned the world to dust,
No more life.
No more hope.
No more wildlife to be discovered and disregarded.
No more stories of untold lands.
No more love to be shared.

No more grey skies.
Grey skies, goodnight.




The Ultimate SEWE Sweepstakes

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is a three-day celebration of wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations, food, drink and the people who honor them all. The largest event of its kind in the US, SEWE makes its home in Charleston, South Carolina and plays host to hundreds of artists and exhibitors, plus experts in wildlife and nature art – all eager to share their art and insights with more than 40,000 attendees.

Now in its 35th year, SEWE wants to celebrate by gifting one lucky winner the Ultimate SEWE Sweepstakes. Have you been attending the event for years or are you a newcomer? The Ultimate SEWE Sweepstakes package includes items from some of SEWE’s most celebrated artists and exhibitors, plus a special VIP package to attend SEWE in its entirety.

The 2017 SEWE Sweepstakes package includes:

Brackish Bowties Original Bowtie & Roost Pin
Grady Ervin Men’s Beretta Jacket
Theodosia Jewelry Upside Down Horn Necklace
Mark Lexton SEWE Duck Cufflinks
Landrum Tables Antique Heart Pine Console Table
Soundview Millworks Large Steak Board
Turner Sculpture Great Blue Heron Bust II
Ryan Kirby Art ‘September Skies’ Painting
Williams Knife Co. Edisto Oyster Knives
SEWE VIP Benefactor Package 



The package is valued at $5,000+. Enter here!
Limit one entry per person and per email address.


Win a 2017 Scout Boat

Online Ticket Sales have closed. Buy your raffle ticket during SEWE 2017 at Marion Square or Charleston Place (while supplies last).



. . . for only $100 per ticket

Win a 2017 19′ Scout 195 Sportfish boat during SEWE 2017. Presented by Ducks Unlimited and Scout Boats. Tickets are $100, only 500 tickets sold.

  • 2017 19’ Sportfish Scout Center Console
  • Yamaha F-115XB Engine
  • Brand New Shark Gray Hull Color
  • T-Top with Aft Spreader Lights & T-Bag
  • Magic Tilt Trailer
  • $100 per ticket
  • Only 550 tickets sold
  • Drawing will take place on Sunday, Feb 19 during SEWE 2017. You do not need to be present to win.

Purchase your ticket(s) here.


SEWE Tribute Dinner

The Tribute Dinner, held Wednesday evening prior to SEWE weekend, brings together devoted event supporters and leaders from throughout the community and region to honor recipients of the Lifetime Stewardship Award. Hosted at the Charleston Gaillard Center, attendees are introduced to an array of animals, meet wildlife artists, and dine with friends as they enjoy entertainment and an inspirational award presentation unique to SEWE. Previous Lifetime Stewardship Award winners include Len Hutchison and George Bullwinkel, pillars of the community and individuals who embody the spirit of Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Each has given countless time and support to SEWE, and to the community and region to which it has a direct economic, cultural, and educational impact.

The 2017 Tribute Dinner will celebrate The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr., who served as Mayor of Charleston for over forty years. Riley is one of the most influential figures in the history of Charleston. He led the city through a revitalization resulting in it becoming one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world and one of the most desirable places to live. Riley, a winner of the National Medal of Arts, has had a direct and lasting impact on the civic design and public spaces that form much of the backdrop of Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

For more information or to purchase a table, CLICK HERE or please call or email Maggie Howell at 843.723.1748 or mhowell@sewe.com.



Special Guest: Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin is an animal and nature conservationist and best known as host and executive producer of the award winning Ocean Mysteries television series on ABC. Recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation, Jeff first appeared at SEWE in 2005 and is returning to delight attendees with live presentations on Friday and Saturday.

Jeff has had a passion for wildlife since his early childhood. His current television series, Ocean Mysteries is in production for its 5th season and is the highest rated TV series in its time-block reaching millions of viewers each week. In March of 2015, Ocean Mysteries went viral when a scientific research team along with Jeff, discovered the world’s largest freshwater fish. The record-breaking giant freshwater stingray, caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River, was over 14 feet long and 8 feet wide. Ocean Mysteries has also been recognized with the top industry awards including three Emmy Awards (outstanding travel series, host, and director categories), numerous Telly Awards, the Cynopsis Social Good Award, the Cine Special Jury Award, and the Parents’ Choice Awards.

For nearly two decades, Jeff has hosted a variety of popular television series and specials, including Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin Experience, Giant Monsters, Realm of the Yeti, Corwin’s Quest, Spring Watch USA, Snake-Tacular, and King of the Jungle; Disney’s Going Wild with Jeff Corwin; Investigation Earth with the Discovery Networks; NBC’s Jeff Corwin Unleashed, which was nominated four times for an Emmy and for which Corwin won an Emmy for Outstanding Host; and the Travel Channel’s Into Alaska and Into the American West. For the Discovery Health Channel Jeff hosted Pets and People, the Power of the Health Connection. His popular television series have been broadcasted in over 130 countries worldwide.

Among many other projects, Jeff is also the Executive Producer and host of the future IMAX-format film, Expedition Chesapeake, in partnership with Whittaker Center, presently in production. In 2010, Jeff served as Special Correspondent for Science and the Environment for MSNBC and NBC news, where he covered the impact and recovery efforts of the Gulf oil spill. In 2009, Jeff executive produced and presented 100 Heartbeats for MSNBC. This groundbreaking documentary investigated the plight of our planet’s most endangered wildlife species along with the conservation heroes trying to save them. Along with the documentary, Jeff authored the critically acclaimed book 100 Heartbeats, which connected readers to our planet’s most endangered species. 100 Heartbeats received great reviews from both critics and the conservation community and is now on it paperback.

Beyond wildlife and conservation, Jeff is a passionate explorer of human culture especially as it connects to regional cuisine that is produced in a sustainable manner. His interests in renewable and sustainable living were the genesis for Food Network series Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin. In 2008, Animal Planet premiered The Vanishing Frog. This powerful documentary highlights Jeff’s year long, global odyssey exploring the mass extinction of our planet’s important amphibian species. Jeff also created and co-presented CNN’s Planet in Peril with Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta in 2007.

Jeff’s wildlife expertise has been regularly featured on a variety of television series including CNN, FOX, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Ellen DeGeneres, Rachael Maddows, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, Regis and Kelly and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Jeff was cast as himself on CSI Miami, named one of People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” and Entertainment Weekly‘s “It List”. Men’s Journal recognized Jeff as the world’s greatest host of a natural history series.

When not in the field, Jeff and his wife Natasha, along with daughters Maya and Marina, inhabit a tiny farm upon a small island, where they cohabitate with bees and chickens, and grow potatoes, kale, rhubarb, and all the beets your heart’s desire!


Richard Loffler | Artist Spotlight

SEWE is thrilled to announce sculptor Richard Loffler as one of its Guest Artists for the 2017 event.  Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Loffler has been inspired by the splendor that the natural beauty of the prairies has to offer. Passionate about what lives beneath the big skies, nature and wildlife have been an integral part of his world since youth. Fortunate to have worked with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum from 1978 to 2000, it became the impetus to his artistic endeavors. Loffler’s sculptures are featured in art galleries, and numerous exhibitions and permanent collections all around North America. He has also been an instructor of sculpture for many years.

“I have always been fascinated by the creations of nature and the themes of life it generates. Conflict and adversity, the innocence of youth, the strength and character of the aged – all prevail in abundance. Nature is a tremendous foundation from which to acquire knowledge and understanding: the fundamentals are what every artist must seek to recreate truthfully and innovatively,” says Loffler.

“Working from life affords me controlled confidence. No questions go unanswered. My approach is traditional with impressionistic flavor. I try to capture the character of my subjects at moments of instinctive gesture, while controlling design and composition to present a grace to each piece. To study from life allows me simply the truth; it affords me the ability to pursue my passion as a life long venture.”

View the process of how a clay sculpture is transformed into a bronze piece of fine art here.



2017 Featured Artist and Painting Unveiled

SEWE is proud to announce its Featured Artist and Featured Painting for the 2017 event, marking 35 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life.

Ezra Tucker has been named Featured Artist. His painting, Maternal Manner, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2017 poster.

Ezra Tucker, a resident of Colorado, began his award-winning career more than four decades ago in the field of illustration producing many familiar advertisements and enduring images. Noted works include his paintings of ʻSmokey the Bearʼ for the National Park Service and the Budweiser Clydesdales among others. Tucker has spent many years pursuing his intense interest in nature, zoology and wildlife art. Ezra’s bold and distinctive style of painting reflects acute observation and knowledge of his subject and displays an intimate and emotional portrait quality and adept storytelling. Choosing to paint almost exclusively wildlife, he paints his animals as having apparent intelligence and individual distinctive personalities.

“To be chosen as the featured artist for the 35th annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is an unexpected honor,” remarks Tucker. “It means to me that I have achieved a quality to my art that is worthy of highlight and inclusion in the legacy of SEWE and the exceptional world of Wildlife Art.”

The 2017 Featured Painting, Maternal Manner, portrays an elk cow and calf. “It was inspired by my observation of the beauty and warmth of the nurturing and protective relationship of mother to offspring,” says Tucker. “I wanted to capture the subtle interaction and physical contact of the mother elk with its offspring teaching the calf survival skills. My objective was to depict up-close, their reaction to the moment they become aware of a non-threatening admiring audience.”

“The featured painting for 2017 is a beautiful piece which sets an exciting tone for the complete body of work yet to come,” adds SEWE Executive Director John Powell. “The generational aspect of the painting is especially fitting in this 35th year of SEWE. Several generations of collectors and wildlife art enthusiasts will be on hand in February to celebrate Ezra and another extraordinary group of artists.”

With an ongoing focus to bring renowned wildlife and sporting art to Charleston, SEWE welcomes Guest Artists Richard Loffler and Van Marshall. Loffler is a sculptor from Saskatchewan and Van Marshall a carver from Summerville, SC.

The original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Preview Gala and Sale, February 16, 2017. The Official 2017 Poster is available for purchase here. See more of Ezra’s work here.



SEWE 2017 Exhibitor Apps Open June 1 – Aug 31

Attention all artists and exhibitors – applications are now live for SEWE 2017.

More information below:

Exhibitor applications open June 1 – August 31.  CLICK HERE FOR EXHIBITOR APPLICATION





SEWE 2016 Raffle Winners Announced

Congrats to the Scout Boat winner and winners of the Caesar Guerini and Bernelli guns. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the raffles. And thank you to Ducks Unlimited, Scout Boats and Palmetto State Armory.


SEWE Sunday: The Unofficial “Local’s Day”

SEWE Sunday is unofficially known as Local’s Day. For $15, SEWE-goers can experience five venue locations, multiple live performances, award-winning art and sculptures and a number of interactive demonstrations.

Start your day in the Gaillard Center. Visit with more than 80 exhibitors, all showcasing their various handcrafted products and art. From taxidermy to bow ties, knives and apparel, explore the booths in the exhibit hall, and be amazed by the detailed work created specifically for SEWE.

At 11am, head upstairs and into the performance hall for the last Busch Wildlife Sanctuary show of the weekend. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary’s presentation will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystem and give attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and many more. Seating is first-come, first-served so make sure to arrive early!

Next, head on foot to Marion Square, and make it in time to be a spectator for the amazing and riveting Center for Birds of Prey flight demonstrations happening at 1pm. Their presentation is one of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. Watch birds up-close, including raptors, falcons, eagles, owls and hawks.

While in Marion Square, grab lunch from one of the many vendors on-site. Options include Southern comfort food favorites, like barbecue from Food for the Southern Soul, chicken bog from Hamby Catering and hamburgers from Rolling South Kitchen. Step into the conservation village to learn about reptiles and amphibians, from The Orianne Society and Edisto Island Serpentarium. And, before you go, pay a visit to the tents of SEWE’s biggest supporters and non-profits.

From Marion Square, hop on the shuttle and head to Charleston Place Hotel to peruse the paintings and sculptures of more than 100 artists showcasing their work in the second floor ballroom. Make sure to take a look at the pieces from Featured Artist, Kyle Sims, and Featured Sculptor, Stefan Savides. Other notable artists in town include, John Banovich, Greg Beechman and Brett Smith.

End your SEWE experience in Brittlebank Park, viewing the exhilarating finals of the DockDogs competition at 4 p.m. A fan favorite event, dogs compete in various jumping waves in side-by-side tanks. Don’t leave the park without walking through the sporting village. You’ll find hunting, fishing and safari guides, outdoor outfitters and land professionals. Check out the boats, ATVs and a host of tractors, too. Lastly, listen to the band, pet the puppies up for adoption and grab your SEWE souvenirs before calling it a day!

Make sure to share your SEWE happenings with us on social media! Tag your pictures with #SEWE2016. And, save the dates for next year! SEWE 35 takes place February 17 – 19, 2017.

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