Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life


SEWE 2017 Brochure

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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!


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.


SEWE Directory

Flip through the SEWE Directory to learn more about all things SEWE 2015. Hard copies will be available for sale during SEWE weekend.

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SEWE 2015 Featured Artist: Grant Hacking

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is proud to announce that Grant Hacking has been selected as Featured Artist for the 2015 event.

New England artist Grant Hacking was born and raised in South Africa. Spending the early years of his painting career in this exotic location provided him the opportunity to travel extensively, researching material for his innovative wildlife compositions. At age 25, Hacking moved to the US and began focusing on more localized subject matter. His collection now includes figurative work, architecture, coastal scenes, and landscapes, especially those close to his home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

“Strictly speaking, I do not want to be categorized as either a wildlife painter or a landscapist because what I really paint is nature,” he explains. “I try to give equal time to both genres. When the weather is good, I enjoy painting en plein air, and when the chill winds of winter arrive, I return to my studio where painting my memories of Africa instills a sense of warmth.” Although Hacking’s technique varies greatly between the two genres, his landscapes are very painterly and a bit abstract while his brushwork becomes tighter when portraying wildlife, the two subjects really complement one another.

Reflecting upon his career as a professional artist, Hacking notes, “When all is said and done, being a painter is really about making connections. Artists put so much of themselves into their paintings that buyers are often attracted as much by the personality of the artist as they are by a specific work. For this reason, the artist must strive to make certain each painting evokes a personal experience between the viewer and his art, one which allows the imagination to create what the brush leaves out.”

“Grant is incredibly talented and we are proud to name him Featured Artist for 2015,” says SEWE Executive Director, John Powell. “His years of experience on multiple continents give him a unique range of subject that is truly awe inspiring when shown within a full body of work as it will be presented at SEWE. We look forward to celebrating Grant’s talent which has long been confirmed by art collectors and SEWE benefactors. The Featured Artist’s exhibit at Charleston Place will be an exciting place to be in February.”

As Featured Artist, Hacking will create the image used for the official 2015 SEWE poster, to be unveiled this Fall.  Learn more about Grant HERE and stay tuned for the 2015 Featured Image Reveal.



Conservation and Donation:
– Balm Beach Zoo Donation and Auction
– Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover, Hampshire, England
– Waldorf Education

– ‘Peoples Choice Award’ First Place 2008, 9th Annual Wildlife and Western Visions
Art Show (‘Intent’ – Mt Lion)
– ‘American Artist Abroad’ 2006, Bennington Center for the Arts “First Place (‘African Sky’ ~ Landscape)
– Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 2004/2005; (“Wood Creek”) This image was included in an exhibition which toured multiple museum venues.
– Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 2003/2004; (“Moving South”) This image took First Place in The Artists’ Magazine 20th Annual Art Competition     (2003) and was also selected to tour  the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA
– Southeastern Wildlife Art Exposition 1996, Swept awards including “Best of Show”, “First Place”, “VIP Choice First Place”, “VIP Choice Second Place”
– Society of Animal Artists:  Painting “The Ancient One”, (a Baobab tree)  2001/2002; Selected as part of the “Art and Animal” traveling tour

– Visions in Granite (200 years of painting in New Hampshire’s White Mountains)
– US Art, Profiled as a “Rising Star” in 1995
– Wildlife Art News, December 1997
– Gray’s Sporting Journal, Cover Art, November/December 2002 issue
– Safari International Magazine   Cover   May/June  2004
– InformArt, Fall 2005 issue:  “Wildlife Artists Reach Beyond Art to Conservation Efforts”

– The Bennington Center for the Arts
– The Raymond James Financial Collection, St. Petersburg, Florida
– The Worrell Collection, ‘The World of Animals’  (Peter Jefferson Place)
– The James Deinlein Collection (Private)
– Nature In Art Museum, Gloucester, England
– Senator Judd and Kathy Gregg
– Senator John Astle
– Drew Barrymore
– Charles Johnson (Owner SF Giants and Co-founder Franklin Resources)


Boat Winner Announced

Congrats to the Scout Boat Winner, John Gabriel of Illinois! Jack Hanna chose the winning ticket stub during SEWE weekend.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle and thank you to Ducks Unlimited and Scout Boats!


SEWE Kicking Off

A great article in The Post and Courier

Wildlife Expo set to kick off 2014 Charleston tourism season
Abigail Darlington

A major draw at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is its display of exotic animals, many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated by conservationists. But few visitors at the event this weekend may realize that SEWE has a redemption story of its own.

When Jimmy Huggins took the event under his wing in 1987, the annual wildlife extravaganza was on the verge of bankruptcy.

SEWE was established in 1983 by a group of business owners in Columbia to showcase regional wildlife art and the Southeastern sporting life in Charleston. Although popular in its initial years, the February event had fallen victim to poor financial planning, Huggins said.



Sonoco Awards SEWE

SEWE achieves bronze-tier award status by implementing recycling program

Sonoco Recycling, LLC, one of the largest packaging recyclers in North America, announced Southeastern Wildlife Exposition a bronze-tier Sonoco Sustainability Star Award recipient for diverting over half of the three-day event’s waste from landfill.

A recycling leader with locations and expertise worldwide, Sonoco Recycling annually collects more than 3 million tons of old corrugated containers, various grades of paper, metals and plastics. In addition, the Company has experts who provide secure, reliable and innovative recycling solutions to residential and commercial customers.

“This is something we are very proud of,” said John Powell, executive director, SEWE. “Recycling at large events like these is notoriously challenging. Before we began the program in 2011, we were only diverting about 10 percent of event materials from landfill. To grow that to 65 percent of the waste generated over three days at the exposition in just three years is a huge accomplishment for our team.”

Ray Howard, Sonoco Recycling general manager said, “We are honored to work with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition on its recycling initiative. Part of their mission is working to make us aware of our natural treasures, and of the need to protect and preserve them for the future. By working to implement an event-wide recycling program, they demonstrate the importance of recycling not only in the Lowcountry, but across the country, to their over 40,000 attendees. We are pleased to present them with a much-deserved sustainability star award.”

To achieve 65 percent diversion, SEWE began working on an event recycling program in February 2011, which focuses on three key areas: recycling of paper, cans, bottles and other plastics; collection of old corrugated cardboard (OCC); and composting. Recycling and OCC collection comprises about 50 percent of diversion, with approximately 15 percent of materials being composted. Staff mans each collection point throughout the three-day event to ensure that there is no contamination of materials – one of the biggest challenges of event recycling.

Created to recognize customer and Sonoco facilities for achieving significant milestones in landfill diversion and waste stream reduction, the Sustainability Star Award program is composed of three tiers: Gold Star Awards, which recognize facilities that have achieved 99 percent landfill diversion; Silver Star Recognition, which is awarded to facilities achieving 95 percent landfill diversion; and Bronze Awards, which recognize facilities that have made significant waste reduction achievements.