Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

 
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Win a Camper

Win a 2020 19’BH Starcraft camper during the 2020 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition presented by Quality Deer Management Association. Tickets are $100, only 400 tickets sold.

2020 Starcraft 19BH Mossy Oak Camper

  • 2020 19BH Mossy Oak TT
  • Standard interior and exterior construction equipment and features (see full list here)
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 4,450 lbs. / Unloaded Vehicle Weight: 3,515 lbs.
  • Exterior Length: 22′ 2″ / Exterior Width: 8′ 0″
  • Only 400 tickets sold
  • Winner is responsible for tax, title and fees
  • Drawing on Sunday, Feb 16 during SEWE 2020. You do not need to be present to win.

Purchase your raffle ticket(s) here.

 

 
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Orvis at SEWE

SEWE is partnering with Orvis this year to bring a variety of exciting demonstrations and exhibits to both Brittlebank Park and The Gaillard Center. From fly fishing experts to leaders in the dog training industry, we are confident the below will be at the top of your SEWE 2020 bucket list.

DOG DEMONSTRATIONS WITH ORVIS AND MOSSY POND RETRIEVERS
Witness gundogs work their magic as Brad Arington, an Orvis-endorsed Hunting dog trainer from Mossy Pond Retrievers in South Georgia, presents retriever demonstrations on Friday at 3:30 pm, Saturday at 3:30 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm at Brittlebank Park. Swing by the Orvis booth and sign up for the free Orvis dog club and take home complimentary swag for your pup or try your hand at corn hole to win fabulous prizes. Even more, enter to win a restored Toyota Land Cruiser as it makes its stop at Brittlebank Park.

FLY FISHING ON THE ORVIS LAWN
Orvis will be offering complimentary fly fishing casting lessons all weekend on the front lawn at the Gaillard Center. Try your hand at angling or improve upon your skills with the fly fishing professionals on-site. On Sunday, legendary angler Tom Rosenbauer will be demonstrating fly casting all day.

In addition, famed fishing artist Tim Johnson, who works with Orvis, will be hand burning images into the cork grip of limited edition fly rods. Visit Tim inside the Gaillard at the SEWE Marketplace to choose from either a brown trout rising to a mayfly or a bonefish pursing a crab – subtle changes make each rod unique in this series.

 

 

 

 
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2020 Art Book

It is a great honor to release the fourth edition of the SEWE Art Book. This publication has gained momentum since first released in 2017 and each edition is a beautiful collaboration between the artist and what has become the premier wildlife art show in the Southeast. Browse the pages for a glimpse of what SEWE 2020 will offer.

All artwork included in this catalog is available for purchase through the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. All information is accurate at the time of printing. An additional body of original art from these artists will be available during the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, February 13-16, 2020. Please contact SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson, with any inquiries.

 
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New artist spotlight: Carrie Penley

WELCOME PAINTER CARRIE PENLEY TO SEWE 2020.

Born in a small town in Georgia, contemporary artist Carrie Penley is an American artist utilizing different forms of media to create unique works of art through neutral color, expressive brush stroke, contrast and often collage material most often of wildlife. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1995. Following university, she lived in Atlanta as an interior designer working on local and national design projects under the tutelage of Dan Carithers and Dotty Travis. This experience proved instrumental in her creative and design aesthetic development and she continues to draw on her experiences from those important formulative years.

A self taught artist, Carrie painted privately for 13 years while working in the design field and raising three children. In 2012, she established a full time studio and began showing her work publicly. Since, her work has been acquired for private and commercial collections in cities such as Atlanta, New York, Austin, Dallas, Telluride and Park City.

See a full collection of Carrie’s work along with nearly 100 other artists during SEWE weekend in the Fine Art Gallery in Charleston Place Hotel.

 
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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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