Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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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.

 

 
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Feathers and Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina

Feathers and Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina
February 15 – May 7, 2017

“They frequent the lower parts of Rivers in Carolina” was about all Mark Catesby could say about “the little brown duck” that got away from him whilst compiling notes for his eighteenth century masterwork detailing the region’s wildlife. Of course, the bird’s speed and elusiveness came as no surprise to the countless duck hunters and birdwatchers that followed.

Numerous species of ducks and other local waterfowl are central to the Lowcountry’s historical culture, their meat and feathers filling specific desires from dining tables to fashion statements, and even indigenous sacred ceremonies. These birds today still carry a certain mystique all their own, influencing artisans and artists alike with their serene demeanor and brilliant plumage. Even hunting them has become somewhat of an art form. Handcrafted decoys and calls have themselves become prized possessions, as have the elegant shotguns used in conjunction with them.

The Charleston Museum, in cooperation with the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, and with generous sponsorship from the Charleston Mercury, presents Feathers and Flocks: Waterfowling in South Carolina, a collective look at the historic art and artifacts associated with local waterfowling. This exhibit will draw from a number of different categories from the Museum’s vast collections as well as a few private ones, and offer an important glimpse into the South Carolina Lowcountry’s longstanding water bird traditions.

Learn more about the Charleston Museum, the nation’s oldest museum.

PLEASE NOTE: Free admission for all Charleston Museum members. Special $10 entry fee for all SEWE ticket and badge holders during SEWE weekend only. $5 for ages 3-12, and children 2 and under are free. Regular museum rate of $12 for adults resumes after SEWE weekend.

 
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2017 Live Auction Preview

From the 2017 Featured Painting to a private dinner with Jack Hanna to custom handcrafted knives, preview the line up of fabulous auction items available to bid on during the SEWE Preview Gala and Auction, being held Thursday, February 16, 2017 as part of the SEWE VIP program. Happy bidding!

 
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2017 Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

The 2017 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) art competition results are in! To say we are overwhelmed by the talent and hard work produced by these K-12 students and their respective teachers and parents is an understatement.  We are BLOWN away. 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 a standing ovation to Olivia Wingo from Thomas Cario  Middle School in Mount Pleasant, SC, for being chosen as the 2017 SC Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show. Good luck at the Federal Judging on April 21 (being hosted by SEWE in Charleston!).

2017 Best of Show, Group 3, Age 13_Oliva Wingo, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dawn” 2017 Best of Show by Olivia Wingo
Age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

Announcing the 2017 SC Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

BEST OF SHOW
Olivia Wingo – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP I (Grades K-3)

1st
Addison Carpenter – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Grey Newman – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Siri Surapaneni – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC

2nd
Emma Richards – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Colt Stanley – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Camryn Trent – age 8, Palmetto Bays Elementary, Myrtle Beach, SC

3rd
Abhi Balachandran – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Paisley Knox – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Blaise Shepherd – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Honorable Mention
Makayla Benjamin – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Will Cowell – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Carter Durham – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Carson Hicks – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Andie Johnson – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Brantley Jones – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Greg Lee – age 6, H.E. Bonner Elementary, Moncks Corner, SC
Weston Milz – age 6, Burgess Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Maximus Shepherd – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Chloe Shroff – age 8, Vine and Branches Home Educators, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kennedy Stutts – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Emerson Taylor – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Hailey Thurston – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Rowan Vaughn – age 6, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kirya Warner – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Abigail Wood – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC


GROUP II (Grades 4-6)

1st
Leaton Nuttall – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Tabby Perry – age 10, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Meredith Rogers – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

2nd
Kelsey Bennett – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Bella Immelman – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Aden Pugsley – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

3rd
Emma Causey – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Madison Ciccone – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Brenna Ullrey – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Honorable Mention
Amrithaa Balachandran – age 10, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Meenakshi Balachandran – age 11, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Amelia Godfrey – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Rowan Johnson – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Millie Morris – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Addison Junkins – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Tori Morris – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Ellison Newman – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Maria Remon – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant SC
Gracie Reynolds, 11 – age Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Parker Rupe, 12 – age Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Emma Sanders, 12 – age Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Emma Tiberian, 11 – age Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Alexandra Trapp – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Katharine Vanderbilt – age 10, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Julia Zimmerman – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP III (Grades 7-9)

1st
Olivia Wingo – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Grace Moore – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Abigail O’Donnell – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

2nd
Emma Heesen – age 14, James Island Charter High School, James Island, SC
Amelia Rankin – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Gavin Wheeler – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC

3rd
Will Chase – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Katelyn Howard – Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
Landry Wolverton – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

Honorable Mention
Mersina Argyropais – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Grace Collins – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Macy Crawford – age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Paige Emerson – age 14, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
Morgan Flanders – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC\
Caroline Floyd – age 13, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Sarah Frankel – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Elizabeth Glendinning – age 13, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Hannah Houston – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Matthew McFarland – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Ethan Roland – age 13, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Olivia Seitz – age 13, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
Devaney Ullrey – age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Daniel Wannamaker – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Sarah Ann Whalen – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Caroline Whitley – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)

1st
Jorge Feria de la Cruz – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Rose Holstein – age 17, Homeschool, Mt Pleasant, SC
JoAnn Lawhorn – age 15, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

2nd
Nikayra Emmons – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kathryn Felkel – age 17, Orangeburg Prep, Orangeburg, SC
David Flowers – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

3rd
Destiny Denue – age 16, James Island Charter High School, James Island, SC
Kylie Mason – age 16, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Nancy Sterrett – age 17, James Island Charter High School, James Island, SC

Honorable Mention
Ty Bell – age 18, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Khiley Blackmon – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Jason Carvalho – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Lania Collins – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Cindy Contreras – Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Ava Kronberg – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Leah Dillon – age 17, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Chase Jarvis – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Anna McGrath – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Juliann Moua – age 16, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Melanie Murray – age 15, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
William-Datton Penn – Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Katherine Phillips – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Findley Stillwell – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Olivia Sweatt – age 16, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Anna Walker – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC

 

2017 Conservation Message Winners

GROUP I (Grades K-3)

Spread your wings, lend a hand to work for conservation of everyone’s future.
Addison Carpenter – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Become a Jr. Ranger and help save the ducks from danger!
Grey Newman – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

When you conserve, you protect the wildlife.
Maximus Shepherd – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Cayce, SC

Don’t be whack, protect the quack!
Colt Stanley – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Save our wildlife! Don’t dirty our waters!
Hailey Thurston – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Manning, SC


GROUP II (Grades 4-6)

Nature created the inspiration, but we must conserve the art of the wetlands.
Madison Ciccone – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Taking care of our environment benefits all life! It’s our responsibility to make a difference!
Meredith Rogers – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Wildlife paints us a picture of our past and our present, but conservation determines our future.
Emma Tiberian – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Stewarding the gifts of nature while striving to conserve its treasure.
Alexandra Trapp – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

They say, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” Let’s not find out.
Audrey Wolverton – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC


GROUP III (Grades 7-9)

Conservation is important to me because I believe we need to protect wildlife for future generations
Libby Ashworth – age 14, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC

It is important to conserve the wet lands because wetlands prevent flooding and keep river levels normal. Also, because they are home to many amazing creatures.
Emma Heesen – age 14, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

Don’t be a schmuck; save a duck.
Grace Moore – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Lexington, SC

Wildlife is a beautiful gift to the world that should not be taken for granted.
Sarah Ann Whalen – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Join the flock to conservation by learning, helping, and restoring!
Caroline Whitley – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Awendaw, SC


GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)

The problem speaks for itself; be the translator.
Destiny Denue – age 16, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

All living creatures deserve the home the Earth provides for them.
Nikayra Emmons – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC

It is important to protect wildlife habitats so future generations can witness the same species we have the privelage to see now.
Allison Gonyer – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

The ability to conserve life is priceless, while the failure to do so is costly.
Sarah Imgrund – age 16, Homeschool, Summerville, SC

Conservation of wetlands is important to preserve the environment for future generations.
Anna Walker – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC

See all of the winning entries here . . .

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2017 Kids for Conservation Photography Competition Winners

We are excited to announce the 2017 Kids for Conservation (KFC) competition winners! Students from the Tri-County area in grades 1st-5th were invited to compete in the KFC Poster Competition, while students in grades 6th-8th competed in the KFC Photography and Poetry Competition. Yet again we received a wonderful selection of entries from our talented young artists, writers and photographers and would like to thank the participants, teachers and parents.

 

1st Place Photography Winner:
Nature Can Fly by Ruby Riddle
Grade 8, Sangaree Middle School

 

2nd Place Photography Winner:
A Sweet Treat by Izzy Truman
Grade 7, Laing Middle School

 

3rd Place Photography Winner:
Waving Hands by Louis Fisher
Grade 7, Laing Middle School

 
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The Ultimate SEWE Sweepstakes

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is a three-day celebration of wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations, food, drink and the people who honor them all. The largest event of its kind in the US, SEWE makes its home in Charleston, South Carolina and plays host to hundreds of artists and exhibitors, plus experts in wildlife and nature art – all eager to share their art and insights with more than 40,000 attendees.

Now in its 35th year, SEWE wants to celebrate by gifting one lucky winner the Ultimate SEWE Sweepstakes. Have you been attending the event for years or are you a newcomer? The Ultimate SEWE Sweepstakes package includes items from some of SEWE’s most celebrated artists and exhibitors, plus a special VIP package to attend SEWE in its entirety.

The 2017 SEWE Sweepstakes package includes:

Brackish Bowties Original Bowtie & Roost Pin
Grady Ervin Men’s Beretta Jacket
Theodosia Jewelry Upside Down Horn Necklace
Mark Lexton SEWE Duck Cufflinks
Landrum Tables Antique Heart Pine Console Table
Soundview Millworks Large Steak Board
Turner Sculpture Great Blue Heron Bust II
Ryan Kirby Art ‘September Skies’ Painting
Williams Knife Co. Edisto Oyster Knives
SEWE VIP Benefactor Package 

 

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The package is valued at $5,000+. Enter here!
Limit one entry per person and per email address.

 
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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.