Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

 

 
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2016 Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

The 2016 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) art competition results are in. The talent and hard work produced by these K-12 students and their teachers is overwhelming. A big thank you to everyone across the state who participated in this year’s contest. And thank you to SC Ducks Unlimited, the SC JDS sponsor – we could not continue this successful and important program without your support.

And congratulations to Stephanie Branton from Oak Street Academy in Conway, SC, for being chosen as the 2016 SC Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show.

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2016 Best of Show by Stephanie Branton
Age 17, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

Announcing the 2016 SC Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

BEST OF SHOW
Stephanie Branton – age 17, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

GROUP I (Grades K-3)     
1st     
Taylor Mae Brown – age 6, Brown Home Education Conway, SC
Ellison Newman – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Grey  Newman – age – age 7,, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

2nd     
Angela Arias – age 9, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Quinn Enloe – age 8, Vine & Branches Home Educators Little River , SC
Addison Carpenter – age – age 7,, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

3rd     
Abhirami Balachandran 6 Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Samuel Bowman – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Colt Stanley – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Honorable Mention     
Cesar Aguilar – age 9, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Amara Barber – age 7, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Aimee Coffey – age 8, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Valeria Espino-Gutierrez – age 8, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Wyatt Johnson – age 7, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Carson Jordan – age 8, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Jayden Lora – age 8, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Isaiah Metz – age 7, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
William Pirozzi – age 8, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Jasmine Rodriguez-Morales – age 7, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Shelby Romero – age 8, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Brooklyn Shadoan – age 9, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Robert Solomon – age 9, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Hunter Thornal – age 8, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Areli Valederas – age 8, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Terrance Wideman – age 8, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC

GROUP II (Grades 4-6)
1st     
Kate Bartlett – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Sailor Rearden – age 10, St. Michael Catholic School Murrell’s Inlet , SC
Meredith Rogers – age – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

2nd
Abby Brock – age 11, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Christian Jung – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Caleb Miller – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

3rd
Ella Kannon – age 15, Spartanburg High School Spartanburg , SC
Vanessa Palisin – age 11, Palmetto Academy of Learning & Success, Myrtle Beach, SC
Tabby Perry – age 10, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

Honorable Mention
Amrithaa Balachandran – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Meena Balachandran – age 10, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Davey Brown – age 11, Vine & Branches Home Educators Longs , SC
Charlie Caughman – age 11, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Ella Enloe – age 11, Vine & Branches Home Educators Little River , SC
Caroline Floyd – age 12, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Chase Hoffman – age 10, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Beau McDowell – age 11, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Millie Morris – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Autumn  Osteen – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Garrison Powell – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Hailee Robinson – age 11, Waccamaw Elementary, Conway, SC
Caroline Roland – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Gracie Roland – age 11, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Harley Sandifer – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Brenna Ullrey – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC


GROUP III (Grades 7-9)     

1st     
Reagan Brown – age 13, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Grace Moore – age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Kieran Ullrey – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

2nd
Star Ergle – age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Chloe Smith – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Moises Sorcia – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC

3rd
Cage Mitchell – age 14, Atheneum North, Myrtle Beach, SC
Natalie Sawyer – age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Justin Williams – age 14, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

Honorable Mention
Wyatt Dolittle – age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Ellen Emge – age 14, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Elizabeth Glendinning – age 12, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Morgan Goldman – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Anne Gregory Horton – age 13, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Rachel Jackson – age 13, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Wilman Monzon – age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Catherine Murphy – age 12, St. Michael Catholic School, Garden City, SC
Ashley Priole – age 14, James Island Charter High, James Island, SC
James Sandifer – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Madeleine Steinhauer – age 13, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Devaney Ullrey – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Emily Walters – age 13, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Abby Warburton – age 14, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Kenley Watts – age 13, Vine & Branches Home Educators, Longs, SC
Sylvia Zaragoza – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC


GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)     

1st     
Carleton Boyd – age 15, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, SC
Stephanie Branton – age 17, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Walker Todd – age 16, Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach, SC

2nd     
Jorge Feria de Lacruz – age 16, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Kaitlyn Frost – age 17, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, SC
Caroline Rogers – age 18, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

3rd
Dorothy Hite – age 17, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Andrew Manasas – age 17, Spartanburg High School Spartanburg, SC
Jacob  Smith – age 17, Spartanburg High School Spartanburg, SC

Honorable Mention
Abby Altman – age 15, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Hannah Booze – age 15, James Island Charter High, James Island, SC
Destinnee Chatman – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Destiny Denue – age 15, James Island Charter High James Island  , SC
Savanna Fiegl – age 16, Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Jonathan Fowlkes – age 15, Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Jalen Jennings – age 15, James Island Charter High James Island, SC
Ava Kronberg – age 15, Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach, SC
My’Asia McCollum – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Jamal Monroe – age 15, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Ashlynn Moseley – age 15, James Island Charter High, James Island, SC
Austin North – age 17, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Levya Rafael – age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Cade Rodger – age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Marc Smits – age 18, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Slayter Waters – age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC

2016 CONSERVATION MESSAGE WINNERS

GROUP I (Grades K-3)
We need to keep this duck’s environment safe so we can always enjoy him.
Colt Stanley – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Clean up your muck! Protect the duck!
Grey Newman – age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Don’t let the duck swim in the muck. Clean up the yuck.
Taylor Mae Brown – age 6, Brown Home Education, Conway, SC

Save the habitat of our ducks. They’re not protected just by luck.
Quinn Enloe – age 8, Vine & Branches Home Educators, Little River, SC

GROUP II (Grades 4-6)     

If we save the wildlife we would be saving many animals from extinction.
Caroline Floyd – age 12, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC

I love the outdoors and watching ducks, fish, and crabs, and others so it needs to be protected.
Kelly Hatch – age 10, The Hatch School, York, SC

Conservation is important to me because I like to see the colorful creatures.
Christian Jung – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Let’s work together so the ducks have a great home.
Chase Hoffman – age 10, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC

GROUP III (Grades 7-9)     

Take time out to learn what conservation is all about!
Meredith Rogers – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Everything in life has a choice, but not everything has a voice.
Kenley Watts – age 13, Vine & Branches Home Educators, Longs, SC

It is import to keep wetlands clean because if we don’t we won’t be able to do the things we do now like art, write and even just look at wildlife.
Abby Warburton – age 14, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Saving our environment is winning the lottery- its valuable, rich and amazing.
Chloe Smith – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt. Pleasant, SC

GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)     

Conservation of North American duck species is essential to maintain of our wetland ecosystems.
Cassidy Mulligan – age 17, Aiken High School, Aiken, SC

I love the wetlands, and all animals. I am determined to conserve them.
Madison Eldredge – age 18, James Island Charter High, James Island, SC

It’s important to conserve wildlife to save it for young generations.
Destinnee Chatman – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

You can’t predict the paths of wildlife without conservation.
Keunica Byrd – age 16, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, SC

 

See all the entries here . . .

 
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Taylor Glenn – Special Photography Exhibit in Charleston Place

OwlAbout the Exhibit
Located in the Grand Hallway of the Charleston Place Hotel, Taylor Glenn will exhibit portraits of Yellowstone National Park native animals and species native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This unique collection of photographs displays Glenn’s ability to perfectly capture each subject’s strength, beauty and character.

About the Artist
Taylor Glenn grew up in Eastern North Carolina before the allure of the mountains brought me west to Jackson Hole in 2003. When he’s not on the job, you can find him catering to the whims of his Aussie Shephard, Gracie, or out adventuring in the Tetons. Taylor’s curiosity for the world, passion for discovering new places, and desire to connect with new people drives his photography. The opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of talented individuals to create something completely new and interesting is his favorite part of being a photographer. A few recent collaborations of Taylor’s include: Nikon, Outside, Sunset, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Vice.

 
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2016 Featured Painting Unveiled

The official 2016 Featured Painting was unveiled for the 34th SEWE. The painting, titled Power and Grace, by Featured Artist Kyle Sims, is showcased on the official 2016 SEWE poster and the original will be available for auction during the VIP Preview Gala on Thursday, February 11. The painting depicts a grizzly bear, stemming from a combination of Sims’ imagination and hikes in his Montana backyard.

The juxtaposition of the bears commanding position and supple movements became his focus for this incredible painting When asked about his inspiration for the piece, Sims said his “mind has made a connection with bears and mountain streams. There is a character association with bears and the power of rushing water. Bears and a large body of moving water can be very powerful and easily overtake a human. However, when they move, they can be also be very graceful.”

“Kyle and Featured Sculptor Stefan Savides in Charleston along with over 100 others from around the country creates such a powerful exhibit of wildlife art,” said SEWE Executive Director John Powell. “I believe preview packages and ticket sales will be brisk. It will be an exciting time to be a fan of wildlife art and a great time to be in Charleston.”

An American realist, Kyle Sims’ natural talent and continuous research has helped him grow into one of the most sought after wildlife artists in the country. Every year, Sims’ paintings continue to evolve through practice and study. This isn’t something forced, but rather a product of time and passion. A native of the West, Sims was born and raised in Wyoming, and currently resides in Montana with his wife.

“We are excited about Kyle being in Charleston over the next few days and giving folks a sneak peek at the featured painting,” said Powell. “With VIP ticket sales on pace to sell out again, general admission tickets on sale this week, and artists like Kyle working hard for February, SEWE is poised for another spectacular year.”

The original painting, Power and Grace,  will be available for auction during the Preview Gala VIP event on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The Official 2016 Poster is available for purchase now for $30.

 
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Tables with Heart and Soul

A true custom table with a heart, a soul, and a memory, Landrum Tables, are a unique way to bring a piece of history into your home and make it your own. Owner, artist, carpenter, and Charlestonian Capers Cauthen spent a lifetime watching the destruction of old buildings and the memories within. As the son of a leading preservationist and curator, watching people throw out all that wood – and the history it contains – inspired Capers to start Landrum Tables.

From the unique pieces, which can be found everywhere from the Charleston Farmer’s Market to local restaurants, to his pieces on permanent display at Charleston City Gallery, each design is original and carefully crafted to integrate the qualities and histories of the individual pieces of wood.

“This year we are attempting to go even further for SEWE to reflect two core elements of the low country, her raw natural beauty and tradition. Perhaps my favorite piece has a top we made out of a grand old pecan tree, it’s twisted, glorious in color yet the surface is flat and smooth to the touch,” says Capers. “In addition we have a number of truly unique tables designed with utility and our hunting tradition in mind.”

Check out Capers’ handmade, unique designs at the newly renovated Gaillard Center at SEWE 2016. Learn more about Landrum Tables.

 
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Kyle Sims // 2016 Featured Artist

SEWE is excited to announce Kyle Sims as the 2016 Featured Artist.

Kyle Sims, an American realist, was born and raised near Cheyenne, Wyoming. Kyle’s training with the arts began as an adolescent, but with no formal regimen. His talent and interest was recognized early by his parents and they nurtured and encouraged this passion. In his early twenties, Kyle received honors including Distinguished Young Artist by the Society of Animal Artists, Best in Show by the Buffalo Bill Art Show, and the Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award from the Prix De West Art Show and Sale. A few years later, he received the Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award from the Masters of the American West. At the young age of 35, Kyle’s art career has flourished.

Paco Young, SEWE Featured Artist in 1994, was an influential teacher and it was Young that really ingrained the importance of going outside and painting from life. Painting in the field altered the way Kyle sees, not only his subjects, but how it shapes the outcome of a painting. For Kyle, being in the outdoors is paramount and is half (or more) of the enjoyment of being a wildlife artist. “My process begins with going outside and having experiences in nature . . . it keeps my mind fresh and reminds me how lucky we are to simply be alive.”

Every year, Kyle’s tastes with painting and art continue to evolve through practice and study. This isn’t something forced, but rather a product of time and passion, bordering on obsession. Kyle resides in Belgrade, Montana with his wife.

See more of Kyle’s work here.

 

 

 
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Stefan Savides // 2016 Featured Sculptor

Stefan Savides will join SEWE 2016 as Featured Sculptor.

Stefan’s life is simply about birds and art. He is one of the blessed few who have never worked a day that he was not recreating birds in one form or another. This multi-talented artist, from a young age, has completely supported himself throughout his life with taxidermy, painting, carving, and sculpting of birds.

During his 50+ year career in avian art, Stefan’s work has been a part of the distinguished Birds in Art show and has been a SEWE crowd-favorite since his first Exposition in 2009. This year, Stefan can add yet another honor to his long list of accomplishments as he has been named the 2016 SEWE Featured Sculptor. “While it was my fifty plus years of avian taxidermy that fine-tuned my eye for bird anatomy, it was my art sense that compelled me to gravitate towards sculpture and sculpt in a style that omitted the realistic detail, a factor which is paramount in a mounted bird.”

Stefan’s passion for birds has been with him from day one. This early fascination with the avian world led him to learn taxidermy at the young age of twelve. He was a natural. By age sixteen he was instructing adults in a night school setting and went on to establish a thriving career in taxidermy by age eighteen. His passion and dedication gained him a respected international reputation in avian taxidermy.

Sculpting in bronze is a natural progression for Stefan, as it is an avenue, which provides him an opportunity to express his art and knowledge of avian anatomy in a lasting medium. Fifty years studying birds, coupled with a flair for simplistic, elegant design equates to renderings that capture the essence of his subjects in tasteful clean works of art. His work is to the point, without the distraction of overbearing detail. He has made birds his life and his work simply speaks of it.

Stefan lives in Klamath Fall, Oregon with his bride, Irena.

View more of his work here.

 
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Featherfolio

Avid bird conservationist, Chris Maynard, will be showcasing his unique art form of intricately carved feathers during the 34th annual SEWE. To create his shadowboxed feathers, Maynard tediously works with three necessities – eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses. The feathers used are collected from aviaries after natural molting, with no harm to the bird. In fact, many of the owners of the feathers in the art are still alive and well.

Learn more about Chris Maynard and see his artwork here.  And if you want to see his work in action, check out his display in the Grand Hall of the Charleston Place Ballroom, February 12 – 14.

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