Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

 
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Meet Jason Tako

ABOUT THE FEATURED ARTIST

SEWE announces its Featured Artist and painting for the 2020 event, marking 38 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life. Jason Tako (pronounced TAKE-O) has been named the 2020 event’s Featured Artist. His painting, The Road Less Traveled, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2020 poster.

“At its core, SEWE desires to present the finest wildlife art available. With that in mind, Jason Tako was an obvious choice for the 2020 Featured Artist. Jason’s western paintings are unmatched, and it is a privilege to showcase his work” says SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson.

Jason Tako is in the unique category of being one of the few plein air artists who paints animals from life, and one of the few wildlife artists who paints en plein air. “I have only understood that drawing and painting from life was the best way to learn,” Jason says. The soul of Jason’s artwork has its origins in the wetlands and prairie areas of Minnesota. “Heading outdoors long before sunrise, I would spend hours in a duck blind just watching and listening. Those moments are with me to this day,” he adds.

“I was stunned for a while and couldn’t really do anything for several hours until it sunk in,” he replied when asked his feelings on what it was like to be selected as the 2020 Featured Artist. “Then there was the feeling of paranoia when I realized the quality of work I would need to create to live up to the honor.” Jason, who lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Rebecca and their five children, also added, “My wife and children were really excited for me and encouraged me to accept it.”

“With the artists present and engaging with collectors during SEWE week people often refer to the connections and relationships made here in Charleston,” Powell adds. “For those of us fortunate to view Jason Tako’s collection at SEWE 2020, I believe his work will connect all of us and tell a story about the love we share for the outdoors and our traditions.”

ABOUT THE FEATURED PAINTING

The Road Less Traveled depicts two big horned sheep in western North Dakota.

We asked Jason about the inspiration and process behind the concept and creation of the 2020 featured painting:

“Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is a beautiful place teaming with wildlife, but the fact that it’s been rarely painted makes it a hidden treasure that I wanted to show the world. Having been raised in rural Minnesota, I have always felt a connection with more isolated and unknown places. And for me, this area represents that. The Road Less Traveled was inspired by several trips my family and I made to this relatively unknown and restful place. The landscape depicts the north unit, which has some of the most dramatic landscape in all the park. Bighorn Sheep can also be spotted here if one is fortunate enough.”

“Since you cannot have wildlife without habitat, I wanted a piece that told as much about the landscape as the animals in the landscape. I also wanted this to be a scene that any person would enjoy viewing. From a compositional perspective, the darks of the buttes bring out the strong back lighting on the sheep, which are making their way down into the canyon. The diagonal shapes are meant to give a downward movement to emphasize the height of the sheep’s location. The upper left, which acts as a type of window, also shows the height of the sheep and the vastness of the western landscape. The foreground rocks and grass were painted with thick impasto paint to help give them a three-dimensional feel and push the rest of the scene into the distance.”

A vast amount of land is shown without any sign of human development. The sheep feel almost isolated and we are privileged to be able to witness their untouched refuge. These are the types of emotions I’m given in a place like this. My hope is that the viewer will be able to make a similar connection and perhaps be inspired by The Road Less Traveled.

Tako’s original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Signature Gala and Sale, February 13, 2020. Purchase the Official 2020 Poster is here.>>

More about Jason:

The soul of Jason Tako’s highly sought after artwork has its origins in the wetlands and prairie areas of Minnesota. He spent the summers of his youth fishing at the family cabin and winters wandering through the nearby wooded areas and playing on frozen lakes.  During his senior year in high school, Jason put aside his sketchbooks and delved into music. Attending what later became McNally Smith College of Music, he studied bass guitar and jazz music theory and graduated top of his class with honors. He spent the next ten years playing in numerous rock, jazz, and country bands and recorded several albums.

Realizing how much he missed the serenity of nature, Jason picked up his sketchbooks again and headed back out into the wetlands of southern Minnesota. After spending several years in solitude sketching from life, Jason plunged himself into studio oil painting all while keeping up his discipline of plein air painting. “I was plein air painting before I ever heard the term or knew of the movement. I only understood that drawing and painting from life was the best way to learn. Heading outdoors long before sunrise, I would spend hours in a duck blind just watching and listening. Those moments are with me to this day,” Jason says.

Jason is in the unique category of being one of the few plein air artists who paints animals from life, and one of the few wildlife artists who paints en plein air.  “I have always had an interest in history, and during my years of wandering through rural Minnesota I frequently thought about the American Indians; how close they were with nature and the unique privilege they had to live in an unspoiled land. And I’ve always enjoyed drawing the human figure. It finally dawned on me, almost by accident, that this would be a subject I would thoroughly enjoy painting as it combines so many aspects of my interest,” Jason says.

 
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Jack is Back!

PRESENTED BY BOEING

Animal expert, television personality, author and conservationist, Jack Hanna will return to Charleston this February to entertain and delight attendees at the  Gaillard Center with live animal presentations on Friday and Saturday of SEWE.

Jack Hanna, whose last appearance at SEWE was in 2018, Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most respected animal ambassadors. His enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, television personality, author and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo (Ohio) and the Wilds.

Recognized as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances since 1983 on shows such as Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The View, and Fox News and CNN news programs.

Jack took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating three nationally televised programs.  Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures ran for 10 years and is still currently in syndication. Most recently, the Columbus Zoo and Nationwide Insurance have partnered to sponsor the Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and a show on ABC, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown.

“It will be great to have Jack again in February. He is a big fan of SEWE and of Charleston, so we could not ask for a better ambassador for us as he travels the country,” said John Powell, SEWE Executive Director.

Jack and his wife, Suzi, live in central Ohio and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Jack’s official show times include Friday, February 14 at 2pm and Saturday, February 15 at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.  Learn more about Jack here.

Joining Jack on the SEWE schedule are longtime fan favorites, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. Amy Kight and her team from Jupiter Island, Florida will be helping Jack’s team and will be presenting all weekend long. Learn more about the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary here.

 

 

 
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Win a 2020 Scout Boat

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. . . for only $100 per ticket

Win a 2020 19′ Scout 195 Sportfish boat during SEWE 2020. Presented by Ducks Unlimited and Scout Boats. Tickets are $100, only 650 tickets sold.

  • 2020 19’ Sportfish Scout Center Console
  • Yamaha F-115XB Engine
  • Brand New Shark Gray Hull Color
  • T-Top with Aft Spreader Lights & T-Bag
  • Magic Tilt Trailer
  • $100 per ticket
  • Only 650 tickets sold
  • Drawing will take place on Sunday, February 16 during SEWE 2020
  • You do not need to be present to win.

Purchase your ticket(s) here.

 
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2020 VIP Program

VIP Packages will be for sale starting October 17. Members of SEWE’s VIP program enjoy perks and insider access throughout the weekend, including private art viewings, exclusive lounge areas, parties, transportation and priority entry to all venues during show hours. A limited number of VIP packages will be available to ensure the best experience possible for our most important guests. Flip through the brochure below and get ready!

 
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Carolina Billfish Classic

SEWE supports CBC

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is proud to support the Carolina Billfish Classic with SEWE partner Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. As the third leg of the SC Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, June 19-22, 2019, the CBC marks an exciting time for anglers in pursuit of one of saltwater’s most revered gamefish.

“The CBC is a highly regarded tournament on the East Coast and we are pleased to promote the event in any way we can,” says SEWE Executive Director John Powell.  “The Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is an important and proactive partner with SEWE so getting behind the CBC along with the resort is natural for our organization. We have a lot of friends on land and at sea that weekend so we will be doing our best to celebrate a busy weekend in Mount Pleasant and a safe time on the water.”

The Carolina Billfish Classic is pacing ahead of last year’s entries and the tournament will boast some of the finest captains and teams from South Carolina and other ports along the East Coast. With Blue Marlin being seen regularly the last few weeks the number of participants will grow steadily over the next month. Drama builds as the boat count and cash prizes rise and the atmosphere on the docks and at the resort is thrilling during the CBC. With nightly events including Party at the Point during tournament dates, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina will be bustling with anglers and their supporters.  Find out more and how to enter HERE>>.

Make it a weekend and book your stay at the Charleston Harbor Resort, the #1 resort in Charleston and the #2 resort in the South!  Make your reservations HERE>>.

And follow the build up to Carolina Billfish Classic>>.

 

 
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Artists & Exhibitors Apply

Attention all artists and exhibitors – applications are now live for SEWE 2020.

Artist applications are open June 1 – July 31. CLICK HERE FOR ARTIST APPLICATION 

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

 
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2019 Junior Duck Stamp

The 2019 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) art competition results are in. The talent and hard work produced by these K-12 students and their teachers is overwhelming. 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.

Congratulations to Kieran Ullrey from Michael’s Masterpieces in Sumter, SC, for being chosen as the 2019 SC Junior Duck Stamp “Best of Show”. Kieran’s winning entry will go on to compete in the Federal judging with all other state’s “best of shows” in hopes to become the 2019 National Junior Duck Stamp. Good luck Kieran!

“Drama King ” 2019 Best of Show by Kieran Ullrey
Age 17, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

 

BEST OF SHOW
Kieran Ullrey – age 17, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

 

BEST OF SHOW RUNNERS UP
2nd runner up:  Grace Moore – age 17, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
3rd runner up: Tabby Perry – age 14, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
4th runner up:  Adam Maierle – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, North Charleston, SC
5th runner up:  Fatima Maya Perez – age 18, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC

 

GROUP 1 (Grades K-3)

1st

Harper Burke – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Alexis McDowell – age 8, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC
Adrianna Sauter – age 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

 

2nd

Silas Brown – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Emma Fenderbosch – age 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Alyssa Morais – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

 

3rd

Dub Reynolds – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
River Richburg – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Brandon Welch – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

Honorable Mention

Bennett Baker – age 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Addy Bergeron – age 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Montashia Campbell – age 8, Oakland Elementary, Charleston, SC
Aleca Dimitriadis – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Jamir Dingle – age 8, St. James Santee Elementary School, McClellanville, SC
Sophia Fenderbosch – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Bella Florian – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Emma Freeman – age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Braiden Jenkins – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Caitlyn Jenkins – age 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Brooklyn Lomas – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Arianna Lynch – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Chloe Marquez – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Julia Moran – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Alaina Naus – age 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Daly Welch – age 6, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

 

 

GROUP 2 (Grades 4-6)

1st

Rachel Agudelo – age 12, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC
Sylvia Burrows – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Katelyn Mizelle – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

 

2nd

Addison Carpenter – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Emma McDonald – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Lauren Whitaker – age 11, Veritas Home Schoolers, Mt. Pleasant, SC

3rd

Dakota Cox – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Analee Hankinson – age 12, Veritas Home Schoolers, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Ava Reyes – age 10, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

 

Honorable Mention

Tyler Franklin – age 10, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Gavin Garboski – age 10, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Madeline Green – age 10, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Madalyn McCants – age 12, Veritas Home Schoolers, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Bailey McDowell – age 10, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC
Stella Meaney – Stono Park Elementary, Charleston, SC
Sara Meltzer – age 12, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC
Jordana Morais – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Noelle Morlan – age 12, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Maya Robinson – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
EllaJane Smith – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Tanner Synder – age 10, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Lisa Thomas – age 11, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Noah Walton – age 10, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Madisen Ward – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Dezy’re Weston – age 10, St. James Santee Elementary School, McClellanville, SC

 

 

GROUP 3 (Grades 7-9)

1st

Alma Lutas – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, North Charleston, SC
Adam Maiesle – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, North Charleston, SC
Tabby Perry – age 14, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

 

2nd

Emma Elliott – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Callie Reinecke – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, North Charleston, SC
Carly Sabados – age 14, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

 

3rd

Carter Collins – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Helen Nang – age 13, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC
Lauren Nederostek – age 14, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

 

Honorable Mention

Andrew Brown – age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Grace Burgess – age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Kate Cohee – age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Joy Cook – age 13, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC
Carolyn Dang – age 12, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC
Maggie Elliott – age 13, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC
Kelly Gonzales – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Cade Jarae – age 12, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Abigail Naranjo – age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Leaton Nuttall – age 13, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC
Cassandra Phillips – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, North Charleston, SC
Sarah Sharib – age 14, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC
Noah Shroff – age 14, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Noel Simmons – age 13, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Jonathan Weatherford – age 12, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC
Lanie Wright – age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

 

 

GROUP 4 (Grades 10-12)

1st

Fatima Maya Perez – age 18, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC
Grace Moore – age 17, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Kieran Ullrey – age 17, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

 

2nd

Karra Canady – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Carolina Hoppmann – age 16, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Elaina Treadway – age 16, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC

 

3rd

Chase Breeland – age 16, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC
Elizabeth Glendinning – age 15, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Angeles Sandoval – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC

 

Honorable Mention

Devaney Ullrey – age 15, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

 

2019 Conservation Message Winners

GROUP 1 (Grades K-3)

Our nature is a beautiful painting, we must protect and handle with care.
Adrianna Sauter, age, 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

Be careful where you throw your trash…a duck may be waiting to take a splash!
Silas Brown – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC,

Persevere to preserve.
Alaina Naus – age 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

Conservation: something to quack about.
Brynley, Breda – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

Protect their beaks, don’t throw trash in the creeks.
Samuel, Brown – age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

 

 

GROUP 2 (Grades 4-6)

Don’t foul up the water- protect the waterfowl.
Dakota Cox – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Conservation is the practice of caring for resources, so all living things benefit from them now and in the future.
Ava Reyes – age 10, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

Let’s work together to take care of our friends with feathers.
Maya Robinson – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Roses are red, violets are blue, humans are important, ducks are too. Conserve wild life and ducks.
Lillian Atkinson – age 10, Charleston County School of the Arts, North Charleston, SC,

Pick it up to protect the duck!
Luke Bruno – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC


GROUP 3 (Grades 7-9)

It’s our job to make the environment as peaceful as possible for our feathered friends.
Alma Lutas – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, North Charleston, SC

When we conserve our water, we conserve our Life! Let’s be mindful and make every drop count. It’s our future!
Carly Sabados – age 14, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Preserving the past and protecting the future both come from living in the present.
Sarah Sharib – age 14, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Nature painted the wildlife so we must conserve and appreciate the art it gives us.
Meredith Rogers – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Conservation provides a better environment, for not only people, but the wildlife around us.
Grace Zuo – age 13, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

 

 

GROUP 4 (Grades 10-12)

Keep the waters clear so critters don’t disappear.
Kieran Ullrey – age 17, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Conservation and education are key to protecting, preserving, and restoring our wetlands.
Chase Breeland – age 16, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC

Conservation is the pathway that leads to a better environment and future for all.
Elizabeth Glendinning – age 15, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

Protecting ducks and their environment will have a fantastic ripple effect.
Carolina Hoppmann – age 16, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Save the creek and the ducks will think you are “oh” so chic!
Devaney Ullrey – age 15, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC,

See all of the winning entries here . . .

2019 Jr. Duck Stamp

 
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Can’t Miss Events

DON’T MISS THESE EVENTS AT SEWE 2019

Talk a walk on the wild side…. SEWE has invaded downtown Charleston! Celebrate the best of wildlife and nature all weekend long by visiting our five official venues: Charleston Place Hotel, Brittlebank Park, Gaillard Center, Charleston Marriott and Marion Square.

Whether you’re looking for fine art galleries, sporting demos or hands-on fun for the kids, SEWE has a little something for everyone!

Below are a few of this weekend’s can’t-miss events. Still needing to purchase tickets? Click here for more information.

FOR THE FAMILY-FUN SEEKERS & WILDLIFE FANATICS
Some of SEWE’s most spectacular guests are the ones that crawl, climb, slither and flap their wings. From alligators and king snakes to massive eagles and owls, there are tons of opportunities to get up close and personal with animals from around the world. Kids will love the front-row view into the lives of these fascinating creatures.

Jeff Corwin Live Animal Shows – Friday & Saturday
Best known as host and executive producer of Ocean Mysteries on ABC, Jeff Corwin is recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation. He will delight and entertain SEWE audiences with his crew of wildlife friends. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Where: Gaillard Center
When: Friday, 2/15 at 3pm. Saturday. 2/16 at 1pm.

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Shows – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at pythons, turkeys, foxes, skunks, pelicans and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Where: Gaillard Center
When: Friday, 2/15 at 11am. Saturday, 2/16 at 3pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 11am.

Birds of Prey Flight Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
See amazing flight demos up-close by a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks and learn about the important role they play in our ecosystem.
Where: Marion Square
When: Friday, 2/15 at 11am and 3pm. Saturday, 2/16 at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 1pm.
The Orianne Society: Reptile Ecology and Conservation Shows – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our natural world. 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: Friday, 2/15 at 1pm. Saturday, 2/16 at 3pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 3pm.

FOR THE SPORTING ENTHUSIASTS & DOG LOVERS
SEWE’s family-friendly environment has fun activities for every member of your pack, including your favorite four-legged pals. Catch talented K9s in action during SEWE weekend!

Dock Dogs – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Show off your pooch’s skills during the 20th anniversary of the worldwide phenomenon, dockdogs! Beginner and advanced jumpers are all welcome.
Where: Brittlebank Park
When: Registration opens at 9am on Friday, 2/15, Saturday, 2/16 and Sunday, 2/17. Waves of competition happening throughout the weekend.

Sheep and Duck Herding Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
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 a variety of obstacles with only a whistle and a few verbal commands.
Where: Brittlebank Park
When: Friday, 2/15 & Saturday, 2/16 at 10:30am & 2:30pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 12:30pm.

NEW Search and Rescue Dog Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Witness the real-life heroes of the canine world! Catch the Search Tactics and Rescue Recovery (S.T.A.R.R.) Team in action as they demonstrate their efficient and organized search and rescue skills. These specially trained K-9’s will display training and small-scale demonstrations similar to their urban and rural search and recovery missions in the Carolinas and surrounding states.
Where: Brittlebank Park
When: Friday, 2/15 & Saturday, 2/16 at 3:30pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 1:30pm.

Retriever Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
We’ve all played fetch with our dogs before, but not quite like this. Watch from the sidelines as canine showcase their ability and retriever skills. These go-getting pups are sure to put a smile on your face!
Where: Brittlebank Park
When: Friday, 2/15 & Saturday, 2/16 at 12:30pm & 4:30pm. Sunday, 2/17 at 10:30am & 2:30pm.

FOR THE FINE ART & CULINARY CONNOISSEURS
If you’ve developed a taste for the finer things in life, SEWE’s wildlife art in Charleston Place and chef demos in Marion Square are just your thing! Peruse our curated Fine Art Gallery and catch the talent in action at one of our live art demos. And, taste food from the South’s best chefs during our cooking demonstrations, hosted by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt & Auction – Friday
Witness first-hand the imagination, talent and process behind SEWE artists. Watch participating artists paint or sculpt an original piece from start to finish in just one hour. A live auction will be held after at 5 p.m. sharp for attendees to bid on the one-of-a-kind paintings and sculpture.
Where: Charleston Place Hotel
When: Friday, 2/15 at 3pm

NEW Live Auction With Yeti – Saturday
Join wildlife artists Ryan Kirby and Chad Poppleton as they each paint outdoor scenery on YETI® Tundra coolers. Upon completion, the coolers will be auctioned off where a portion of the proceeds will benefit SEWE and the conservation group of the artists choice.
Where: Charleston Place Hotel
When: Saturday, 2/16 at 2pm

Copley Fine Art Auction – Saturday
Copley Fine Art Auctions is the world’s leading American sporting art auction company, located in Boston. Copley specializes in antique decoys and 19th- and 20th-century American, sporting, and wildlife paintings. Copley’s bi-annual sales are the premier events for collectors of sporting art, decoys, fishing collectibles, and other related folk art. Quality objects start at $100 and range to more than a million dollars.
Where: Charleston Marriott Hotel
When: Saturday, 2/16 at 10am. Auction previews on Friday, 2/15 (3 – 5pm) & Saturday, 2/16 (8:30am – 10am)

Chef Demos – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Experience South Carolina’s farm-to-food culture in Marion Square! This year’s featured culinary pros will be paired up with some of their favorite producers to create fresh and delicious dishes. There is no additional fee to attend the South Carolina Department of Agruculture’s chef demos and delicious samples will be available.
Where: Marion Square
When: Friday, 2/15 & Saturday, 2/16 from 11am to 4:45pm. Sunday, 2/17 from 11am to 2:45pm.

 

 
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The New S.T.A.R.R.’s of SEWE

New this year, watch the team from Search Tactics and Rescue Recovery (S.T.A.R.R.) demonstrate efficient and organized search and rescue skills. These specially trained K-9’s will display training and small-scale demonstrations similar to their urban and rural search and recovery missions in the Carolinas and surrounding states. S.T.A.R.R. will showcase their skills on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The S.T.A.R.R. team is headquartered in Swansea, South Carolina, made up of an all volunteer, highly trained group of professionals who give unselfishly of their time and resources to help bring home missing persons. They respond to requests by official agencies to provide ground teams, specially trained K-9s, and ATVs for search/recovery requests. Additionally, they can offer resources and equipment and in the event of a natural disaster. S.T.A.R.R. offers their services at no charge.

S.T.A.R.R. will showcase their skills Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Learn more about the S.T.A.R.R. team here.>>

 
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Live Auction Preview

From original art to international hunting trips to a private dinner with Jack Hanna, preview the line up of fantastic auction items available to bid on during the SEWE Signature Gala and Auction, being held Thursday, February 14, 2019 as part of the SEWE VIP program. Happy bidding!

 
 
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