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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2018 Live Auction Preview

From art to a handcrafted furniture to pursuits across the globe, preview the line up of fabulous auction items available to bid on during the SEWE Preview Gala and Auction, being held Thursday, February 15, 2018 as part of the SEWE VIP program. Happy bidding!

 
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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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Where to Buy Tickets

February 1st is the last day to buy tickets online for the 2018 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

Tickets are available at the following locations now through the event:

DOWNTOWN
The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street (Monday-Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Charleston Visitors Center, 375 Meeting Street (Daily, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)

MT. PLEASANT
Town of Mount Pleasant Visitors Center, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd in the New Mt Pleasant Waterfront Park (Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)

KIAWAH ISLAND
Kiawah Visitors Center, Town Hall, 200 Beachwalker Drive (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

NORTH CHARLESTON
North Charleston Visitors Center/American LaFrance Fire Museum, 4975-B Centre Point Drive (Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

You may also purchase tickets on-site, during SEWE 2018, at the following locations:
– Brittlebank Park
– Charleston Place Hotel
– Gaillard Center
– Marion Square

For more information . . .

 

 
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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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Meet Clint McNeal

We’re pleased to announce our 2018 SEWE Ambassador, Clint McNeal. Clint will join us in the field for the entire SEWE weekend to show fans a behind-the-scenes look at the exposition, including invite-only events, performances and venue grounds.

A Georgia native turned Charleston local, Clint is a private lands conservationist, sportsman, and freelance writer. A former wildlife biologist and land conservation specialist with the Georgia Conservancy, Clint now owns his own land conservation consulting firm, through which he assists landowners through the conservation easement process.

When not working to protect land, Clint can be found exploring The South from the mountains to the coast – usually with a fly rod, bow-and-arrow, or gun in his hand. You can follow along on his outdoor adventures throughout the South and abroad on Instagram: @clint_mcneal.

Join us in welcoming Clint to the SEWE team. If you see him around town, say hi!

 
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2018 Art Book

It is with great pride that we bring you the second annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition 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 2018 Art Book for a sampling of what the 2018 Exposition will entail. Please contact SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson, with any inquiries.

 

 

 
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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 >>.

 

 
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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 . . .

 

 
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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.