Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life


5 Artists to Watch

SEWE has been bringing together art collectors and artists since 1983. For the past 36 years, SEWE has continued to showcase the finest in wildlife and sporting art and has become known as the premier wildlife art show in the East. Each February, we welcome well-respected veterans, mid-career artists and talented up-and-comers in the Fine Art Gallery at Charleston Place.

These five artists are new to SEWE 2018 and we could not be more excited to promote them.

  1. 1.  David Gallup (Santa Rosa, California)
  2. 2.  Sandy Graves (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
  3. 3.  Jane Ingols (Atlanta, Georgia)
  4. 4.  Anne London (Mandeville, Louisiana)
  5. 5.  Carrie Wild (Jackson, Wyoming)

SEWE hosts more than 100 artists from around the globe annually.  View all participating SEWE 2018 artists here >>.



SEWE Marketplace

Artisans, Craftsmen and Southern Tastemakers at the Gaillard Center

SEWE will once again utilize the Charleston Gaillard Center. This superior performance hall and event space will house SEWE’s live performances as well as the SEWE Marketplace, a curated collection of outstanding local, regional and national artisans and craftsmen. The Marketplace will include a varied mix of creations, including handcrafted furniture, woodworks, nature photography, knife makers, jewelry and more.

Take a piece of SEWE home with you – goods at the Marketplace range from ethically source African jewelry and bags from Norton + Hodges and handcrafted fly rods from Hollifield Bamboo Fly Rods, to custom hammered metalwork by Ben & Lael and exquisite woodworking by Landrum Tables.

A large number of highly sought after knifemakers will be on site, which typically sell out during SEWE weekend – we suggest to check these out early in the weekend.

See the full list of artisans and craftsmen at SEWE 2018 here >>.

Visit the SEWE Marketplace and take a piece of SEWE home with you this February. Get your tickets today.


Just a sampling of products at the SEWE 2018 Marketplace . . .



Materials Reimagined

New to SEWE and the SEWE Marketplace, Meadors, Inc., based in Charleston, South Carolina, has been working for over thirty years focusing on historic preservation, architecture, design and construction.

The company recently introduced a product line inspired by the materials they use every day in preservation and architectural design and transformed them into striking, yet versatile serving boards that embody the art of entertaining in the South. The collection exudes warmth and style using high-quality materials with soul that can be passed down from generation to generation. Copper and walnut are naturally beautiful, antimicrobial, and sustainable. Made locally in the Meadors, Inc. shop, each serving board comes with its own story, and is intended to be the centerpiece around which new stories are created.

Learn more about the company and its exquisite products here >>.

And don’t forget to check them out during SEWE 2018 at the SEWE Marketplace at the Gaillard Center.



2018 Painting Revealed

2018 Featured Artist and Painting Revealed

SEWE is excited to announce its Featured Artist and Featured Painting for the 2018 event, marking 36 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life.

Kathryn Mapes Turner has been named the 2018 event’s Featured Artist. Her painting, Unbridled, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2018 poster.

The artwork of Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As a daughter of the Northern Rockies, she was born and raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape. The happy synergy of a receptive spirit and a place of magnificent beauty set the course for her life.

“It is a deep honor to be selected to be the featured artist for this year’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition,” said Turner. “Having been passionate about painting animals since I was a young girl, this is an unprecedented opportunity for me as an artist. My goal is to create work for the show that expresses my profound respect for the natural world and inspire the viewer to understand the interconnectedness we share.”

Unbridled depicts the wild horses that live in the wide-open spaces of the West.

“In the high desert plains of my native Wyoming, they live as mustangs, without domestication or fences,” said Turner. “Their range is as vast as the distant horizon line. In this image, I wanted to capture this wild freedom that is such a romantic notion in my own heart and one that expresses the spirit of the American West.”

With an ongoing focus to bring renowned wildlife and sporting art to Charleston, SEWE also welcomes Guest Artist Joseph Sulkowski. Sulkowski studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he learned to prepare his paints using recipes developed in the studios of Rembrant. With work reflective of the Old Masters, Sulkowski will bring the rich sporting art painted from memories of his trips from South Georgia to the Scottish Highlands.

“The Featured Painting is a powerful image and sets an exciting tone for the complete body of work yet to come,” adds SEWE Executive Director John Powell. “We believe the subject and style of Unbridled is going to resonate with an even broader audience. Collectors and wildlife art enthusiasts will be on-hand in February to celebrate Kathryn and another extraordinary group of artists.”

Turner’s original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Preview Gala and Sale, February 15, 2018. The Official 2018 Poster will be available for purchase starting October 15.



Joseph H. Sulkowski | Artist Spotlight

SEWE is excited to announce painter Joseph H. Sulkowski as its Guest Artist for the 2018 event. Sulkowski knew from the age of five that he would be an artist. His early skills in drawing and painting enabled him to begin a path toward fulfilling his passion.

Following graduation from Canon-McMillan High School, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, founded in 1809 and the oldest art school in the U.S. Later he met his greatest influence and mentor, Frank Mason, the foremost authority on the principles and techniques of the Old Masters at the Art Students League of New York. Mason was the last protege of Frank Vincent DuMond whom he succeeded as teacher in Studio 7 at the League. DuMond was a close friend and disciple of James Abbott McNeil Whistler.

Sulkowski became an apprentice to Mason from 1974-1979 learning the traditional principles of painting in the 17th century Flemish, Dutch and Italian techniques. He also learned how to prepare his paints, mediums and oils using recipes developed in the studios of Rubens and Rembrandt.

Joseph Sulkowski refers to his style of painting as “poetic realism”, an interpretive form inspired by the natural world. He values his freedom to view the world as a poetic vision and then to express that vision in rich impastos and luminous transparent shadows on canvas.

The animals, figures and landscape of the sporting life are the subjects that continually draw Sulkowski’s attention. His love for sporting dogs, terriers and foxhounds inform many of his most illustrious canvases. At the same time, he is inspired by the intimacy of companionship of “man’s best friend”, the feeling of which is expressed in his privately commissioned pet portraits.

Sulkowski’s trips to places afield from the quail hunting plantations of south Georgia to the grouse moors of the Scottish Highlands continue to be sources for inspiration. The artist has also often returned to one of his favorite subjects, the horse, to capture this animal’s grace and beauty.

Joseph Sulkowski’s work is represented in public and private collections worldwide. His two murals of Saudi Arabian history reside in the King Abdul Aziz Museum in Saudi Arabia. Other collectors include Rolex, the Duke of Bedford, Marshall Field IV, GeorgeMichael and the Tennessee State Museum to name a few. He is represented by Halcyon Gallery in London, Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY and Scottsdale,AZ and The Edgartown Art Gallery in Marthaʼs Vineyard.

He has received numerous awards including the AAPL Grand National Award, the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award and the Best in Show award at the Art in the Mountains exhibition sponsored by Southwest Art magazine. He is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, the National Society of Mural Painters, the National Arts Club, the American Artists Professional League and he is a Life Member of the ArtStudents League of New York.

Sulkowski resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his artist wife, Elizabeth Brandon.





Exhibitor Applications Open for SEWE 2018

Attention all exhibitors – applications are now live for SEWE 2018.

Exhibitor applications are open June 1 – October 1.  CLICK HERE FOR EXHIBITOR APPLICATION


2017 Art Book

It is with great pride that we introduce the 2017 Art Book. The works featured in the book are available for purchase (at the time of printing). SEWE is unique in its focus on the relationship between artists and collectors; if you have attended the Exposition and walked around the Fine Art Gallery you have no doubt felt the energy and excitement for the art that SEWE embodies.

Browse the SEWE 2017 Art Book for a sampling of what the 2017 Exposition will entail. Please contact SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson, with any inquiries.




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