Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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Can’t Miss Events at SEWE 2018

While all of our SEWE events are truly spectacular, mapping out your weekend to experience everything that SEWE 2018 has to offer can be overwhelming. We’ve highlighted a few of our ‘can’t miss’ activities, events, demos and overall SEWE must-dos below to help you round out your list! We even tailor-made the schedule to your tastes.

 

Read below to check out our day-by-day top recommendations this weekend for the sportsman, art lover and family.

 

FOR THE SPORTSMAN…

If you’re a lover of the outdoors and the sporting lifestyle, you could hangout in Brittlebank Park all day long and never be bored. However, each SEWE venue has something that you’ll appreciate and enjoy!

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Retriever Demos: Dogs of all breeds and ages show off their retriever skills with some of the best handlers in the business.

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 1pm & 4pm.

 

Fly Fishing Demo: The experts from Charleston Angler will provide insider tips on building up your fishing skills!

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 2pm.

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Beretta Gallery and James Purdey & Sons: The Beretta Gallery and James Purdey & Sons are exhibiting at SEWE this year! Fine Sporting Arms will be on display and available for purchase by highly regarded manufacturers James Purdey & Sons and Beretta on the second floor of Charleston Place Hotel. Barrett and Westley Richards will both have displays at the SEWE Marketplace in the Gaillard Center and SEWE partner Palmetto State Armory will have fine sporting arms and other products available for purchase at the Charleston Marriott.Visit with the knowledgeable representatives who are available to answer questions about your needs in the field.

Where: Charleston Place, Marriott Hotel and Gaillard Center

When: 10am – 6pm

 

Decoy Auction by Guyette and Deeter:If you can pull yourself away from those beautiful firearms, you’ll also want to check out the Decoy Auction by Guyette and Deeter. An investment quality decoy and painting auction held by Guyette & Deeter, Inc., offering over 250 investment quality decoys and paintings without reserve ranging from $200 to over $25,000. The auction will consist of mostly Atlantic Coast decoys including examples by Elmer Crowell, the Ward Brothers, Ned Burgess, William Bowman, Ira Hudson, Lee Dudley, Mark McNair and many other carvers.

Where: Charleston Marriott

When: Noon – 5 pm

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Saltwater Inshore & Outshore Fishing Demos: This event put on by Charleston Anglers will showcase techniques and skills to be a pro on the water!

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 12pm & 2pm

 

National Wild Turkey Foundation: For those of you that hunt birds there will be some great exhibits like the National Wild Turkey Foundation (Swamp Fox Chapter), as well as a few of the best breeders around for hunting dogs like: Palmetto Gun Dogs and Webfoot Retrievers all in the same place.

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 10am – 5 pm

 

SEWE Marketplace: The SEWE Marketplace is a curated collection of outstanding local, regional and national artisans, craftsmen and Southern tastemakers and will include a varied mix of creations, including handcrafted furniture, woodworks, nature photography, knifemakers, jewelry and much more.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 10am – 5pm

 

FOR THE ART LOVER…

SEWE presents some amazing opportunities to admire the beautiful work of wildlife artists and craftsmen from around the world.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt and Auction: View the skill and technique it takes to create a masterpiece at this unique event. Watch as artists paint and sculpt in real-time, generating an original piece in just one hour. All art will be up for auction.

Where: Charleston Place

When: 3pm

 

Q&A with Jeff Foxworthy – The Artist: He might be known for comedy, but at SEWE 2018 Jeff Foxworthy is here to show off his artistic skills along with a dash of humor. Stop by his exhibition in the Gaillard Center before attending his Q&A where he will answer questions about his sketches, the inspiration behind them and how his ideas make their way to paper.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 4pm

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Duet & Quintet and Auction: Sculptures, oil paintings and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Quartet. Watch as past SEWE Featured Artists Chad Poppleton and D. Lee paint and sculpt in real time to the sound of symphonic music. After the show, all produced art will be up for auction.

Where: Charleston place

When: 2pm

 

Preview: Decoy Auction by Guyette & Deeter: Decoys are one of the oldest expressions of folk art. We’ll have unique and handcrafted decoys on display ranging from $200 to more than $10,000. Stop by for previews of all the decoys being sold at auction, as well a special display of decoys from a private collection.

Where: Charleston Marriott

When: 10am – 12pm

 

Fine Art Gallery: Our Fine Art Gallery will host more than 100 world-renowned artists and sculptors. View work in a variety of mediums including oils, graphite, bronze, wood and scratchboards.

Where: Charleston Place

When: 10am – 6pm
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18

SEWE Marketplace: The SEWE Marketplace is a curated collection of outstanding local, regional and national artisans, craftsmen and Southern tastemakers and will include a varied mix of creations, including handcrafted furniture, woodworks, nature photography, knifemakers, jewelry and much more.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 10am – 5pm

 

FOR THE KIDS…

SEWE is an event for the whole family. Kids 10 and under are free at all general admission venues and events.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Dockdogs: There’s nothing quite as enchanting as watching dogs soar through the air in our dockdogs competition. Your kids can get an up-close view on Friday, when the crowds at Brittlebank are lighter compared to the rest of the weekend.

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 10:00am to 5:30pm

 

Birds of Prey Demo: If your kids loved seeing dogs fly, imagine them getting to see wild animals that can really soar! The Birds of Prey demonstrations from Center of Birds of Prey is a must see.

Where: Marion Square

When: 3pm

 

New to SEWE – Sheep and Duck Herding Demonstrations!

Come to SEWE every year? We’ve got a few new attractions in 2018, and one of the ones that the kids can’t miss is our Sheep and Duck Herding Demonstrations. It’s new and it’s awesome. The demos features dogs, sheep… and you guessed it, ducks. Master trainer, Bill Coburn, joins us at SEWE to show off his border collies as they herd sheep and ducks through all kinds of obstacles. Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 11am and 3pm

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Litter Trashes Everyone Puppet Show: This puppet show is geared towards children teaching them the importance of respecting the environment.

Where: Marion Square

When: 10:30am & 4pm

 

Orianne Society: Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species (like quail, turkey and deer) in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.

Where: Marion Square

When: 1pm

 

Jack Hanna Show: Television personality, author, and conservationist, Jack Hanna joins us once again to entertain and delight SEWE attendees. One of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors in the world, Jack’s enthusiasm and hands-on approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 12:30pm & 3:30pm

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show: Bring the kids along and watch as they, and you, are awed and fascinated by the amazing creatures that Busch Wildlife will bring to the stage… featuring a large variety from alligators to bobcats and foxes.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 11am

 

 

 

 

 
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SEWE Directory

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has been bringing together art collectors and wildlife enthusiasts for the past 36 years. Through history, SEWE has remained true to its roots. Its values of honoring wildlife and nature are ingrained in the framework of our event, much like paint on a canvas. We hope you can join us for SEWE 2018 where we will applaud the works of world-renowned artists, sculptors, exhibitors and entertainers. Together, let’s celebrate the art of tradition.

 
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Live Presentations

LIVE PRESENTATIONS AT SEWE 2018

SEWE is excited to offer the following live presentations throughout the weekend. All of these shows are included with your general admission ticket. And don’t forget – kids 10 and under are free!

 

 

JEFF FOXWORTHY

Friday, 2/16 at 4 PM  |  Gaillard Center

Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country, and he channels his artistic talents in various forms. Since Jeff was a child, he has been creating sketches for his own enjoyment. In a rare opportunity, attendees will have the opportunity to view Jeff’s work in the SEWE Marketplace as well as attend a Q&A where he will discuss where he draws his inspiration and how an idea makes its way to paper.

 

JACK HANNA

Friday, 2/16 at 2 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 12:30 & 3:30 PM  |  Gaillard Center

Presented by Boeing
Television personality, author, and conservationist, Jack Hanna joins us once again to entertain and delight SEWE attendees at the Gaillard Center. One of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors in the world, Jack’s enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim. In addition to frequent appearances on programs including Late Night with David Letterman, Jack hosts the three time Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

SHEEP & DUCK HERDING DEMONSTRATIONS

Friday, 2/16 at 11 AM & 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 11 AM & 3 PM  |  Sunday, 2/18 at 1 PM  |  Brittlebank Park

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.

New this year, join Windy Knolls Farm owner and master trainer, Bill Coburn, as he showcases the fascinating world of herding instinctive to the Border Collie breed. Watch his collies artfully muster sheep and ducks through various obstacles with only a whistle and a few commands.

 

BUSCH WILDLIFE

Friday, 2/16 at 11 AM   |  Sunday, 2/18 at 11 AM  |  Gaillard Center

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

THE CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY

Friday, 2/16 at 11 AM and 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM |  Sunday, 2/18 at 1 PM | Marion Square

Presented by BP America
One of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. See amazing flight demos up-close by a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks while learning about the important role they play in our ecosystem.

 

THE ORIANNE SOCIETY

Friday, 2/16 at 1 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 3 PM |  Sunday, 2/18 at 3 PM  |  Marion Square

Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species (such as quail, turkey and deer) in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.

 

 

 
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Plan Your Weekend

Learn the skinny on all things SEWE 2018 with the show brochure. Full schedule, lineup of events, new attractions, special events and more included. Map out your weekend with this handy, dandy guide.

 
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SEWE Fall Preview

Preview the highlights and new events and exhibits at SEWE 2018.

 
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A Man and his Dogs

Bill Coburn has been training and working with Border Collies since 1996 when he got his first dog, Joy. He was advised to get a trained dog, but as Bill put it, “I was too hard-headed to do that.” So, with the help of a neighbor he trained his first dog on his own. He categorizes herding-trained Border Collies as “farm dogs” or “competition (or trial) dogs.” And many of them don’t fall into both categories. In Bill’s case, all his dogs are capable, and spend their days working sheep on his land in Laurens, South Carolina named Windy Knolls Farm.

Bill raises a crossbreed sheep of Katahdin and Dorper for meat, training Collies, and breeding stock. So, his dogs, on a daily basis, do routine livestock work such as moving the sheep from one location to another, herding them into a corral, and shedding (isolating one sheep from the flock).

Until recent years Bill also entered his Border Collies in sheepherding trials, a type of competition for herding dog owners that was established in Wales in 1873. His dogs have competed well. So well that he and his dog took overall winner in a competition in Georgia where he could not communicate by voice commands. Bill chuckles and admits that, in most cases, when mistakes were made in trials, it was his mistake, not the dog’s!

Training methods, although fairly universal, vary some with individuals. Bill’s technique includes a great deal of patience and gentle, consistent commands. Border Collies live to please and are quick to learn. He compares them to young children in their ability to learn as well as their propensity for trying to get away with something they shouldn’t be doing. Depending upon the individual animal, it might take 5-6 months to train a working farm dog, while trial dogs are in constant training to improve. Both categories need ongoing challenges by being presented with new things to stimulate them mentally. According to Bill, a trained Collie can fetch a tidy sum. For a champion competition dog, the figure can jump considerably.

One of the most challenging moves to train into a Border Collie is called a “shed.” This is when the dog is required to isolate one sheep from the flock. It has practical applications on a working farm, but simply goes against the natural instinct of the Collie to keep the flock together. Bill says, “It’s like asking a right-handed person to write with their left hand.” In Bill’s estimation 70% of a Border Collie’s ability is instinct, with the balance in training.

Pups as young as 8 weeks are ready for some basic training in Bill’s world. They learn not to leave their enclosure until given a command, and discipline around the food bowl can come in handy. Exposure to livestock begins early, but he will not “put a dog onto livestock” for hard training before 8-12 months or even more. Bill’s satisfaction comes in watching the dogs progress in their learning and the application of their training in real situations. With trial dogs, it’s seeing them compete at high levels.

The Border Collie’s intelligence is well known. They are quick to pick up new challenges and to respond to their masters. Bill tells the story of one of his trial dogs who learned to read his body language and responded accordingly. In a trial situation, when the course was complete and he would call the dog in, Bill would unconsciously lower his head. The problem came when Bill lowered his head before the course was finished . . . and the dog came in prematurely! (Bill’s mistake, remember?)

Fun Facts:

  • Bordie Collies control stock with stalking movement and an intense gaze known as “eye.”
  • The breed as we know it today has been around for more than 100 years.
  • Their intelligence has been observed as having an intuitive quality that goes well beyond basic instinct.
  • Chase, a specially trained Border Collie, in 2011 demonstrated that he could recognize over 1000 words!

 

Learn more about Bill and his pack here.

 
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Conservation Ambassadors

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a longtime SEWE favorite, is returning to fascinate crowds with its always entertaining and educational live animal shows. The Busch Wildlife staff will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at alligators, bobcats, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and more. The presentations at Gaillard Center will focus on the natural history of the animals while discussing ecology, conservation, endangered species and urban wildlife.

The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, of Jupiter Island, Florida, rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wild animals, and educates the public about nature, wildlife and environmental issues while promoting wildlife and habitat conservation. As one of the country’s leading environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation facilities, Busch provides care to over 5,000 wild animal patients, returning the recovered animals to their natural habitats annually. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

 
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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.

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Live Presentations at SEWE 2017

SEWE is excited to offer the following live presentations throughout the weekend. All of these shows are included with your general admission ticket. And don’t forget – kids 10 and under are free!

JEFF CORWIN

Friday, 2/17 at 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 1 PM  |  Gaillard Center

As a television personality, nature conservationist and author, Jeff Corwin will entertain and delight SEWE attendees at the Gaillard Center with live presentations on Friday and Saturday. Best known as host and executive producer of Ocean Mysterieson ABC, Jeff is recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation. Seating is first-come,first-served.

BUSCH WILDLIFE

Friday, 2/17 at 11 AM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 3:30 PM  |  Sunday, 2/19 at 11 AM  |  Gaillard Center

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

THE CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY

Friday, 2/17 at 11 AM and 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM |  Sunday, 2/19 at 1 PM | Marion Square

Presented by BP America
One of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. See amazing flight demos up-close by a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks while learning about the important role they play in our ecosystem.

 

THE ORIANNE SOCIETY

Friday, 2/17 at 1 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 3 PM |  Sunday, 2/19 at 3 PM  |  Marion Square

Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species (such as quail, turkey and deer) in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.

 

 
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SCWA Events

Check out these South Carolina Waterfowl Association events during SEWE weekend!

South Carolina Waterfowl Association Sportsman’s Ball    
6 pm, Friday, February 17
This SCWA wild game feast features dinner, cocktails, raffles and offers a silent and live auction. A 30th anniversary celebration with cocktail attire at the Omar Shrine Center in Mt. Pleasant.
TICKETS: $60 per person | $90 per couple. Reserve a table for your group: $360 for 8-person table | $450 for 10-person table. Available HERE or call 803.452.6001.
Omar Shrine Center, Mt. Pleasant

Annual Duck Shuck Oyster Roast
6 pm, Saturday, February 18
With live music, raffles, live and silent auctions and hot oysters, this casual party is a fun evening at the Omar Shrine Center in Mt. Pleasant.
TICKETS: $50 per person | $400 to reserve a table. Available HERE or call 803.452.6001.