Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life


Ultimate Guide to 2020

The ultimate guide to SEWE 2020. Browse this comprehensive book on the 2020 SEWE weekend, with extended information on all the new and favorite events . SEWE you soon!


Don’t Miss: Live Presentations at SEWE 2020

SEWE 2020 offers various live presentations to tickle everyone’s fancy. No matter your interest…all presentations are free with your SEWE general admission ticket. We suggest purchasing a 3-day ticket to take full advantage of the offerings. Buy your tickets HERE through February 1.

Need help navigating it all?  Map your weekend HERE.


Quick Draw / Speed Sculpt and Live Auction: A unique opportunity to watch the talented SEWE artists at work. Participating artists will have just one hour to create a piece from start to finish. The finished products will then be on display before the live auction following. Drawing/Sculpting, Friday, Feb. 14 at 3 pm | Live Auction to follow | Fine Art Gallery & Grand Hall at Charleston Place Hotel

Live Animal shows with Jack Hanna: Television personality, author, and conservationist, Jack Hanna joins us once again to entertain and delight SEWE attendees with live animals at the Gaillard Center. Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 pm | Saturday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 and 3:30 pm | Gaillard Center

Live Animal Shows with Busch Wildlife Sanctuary: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at alligators, bobcats, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and much more. Friday, Feb. 14 at 11 am | Sunday, Feb. 15 at 11 am | Gaillard Center

NEW Fly Fishing with Orvis: Orvis will be offering complimentary fly fishing casting lessons all weekend. 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. Friday, Feb. 14 at 12 pm and 3:30 pm | Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 am and 2 pm | Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 pm and 3:30 pm | Gaillard Center Lawn

NEW Dog Demos 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, leads retriever demonstrations. See schedule for times. Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 pm | Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1:30 pm | Brittlebank Park

Sheep and Duck Herding Demos: Watch collies artfully muster sheep and ducks through various obstacles with only a whistle and a few commands. Friday, Feb. 14 & Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm | Sunday, Feb. 16 12:30 pm | Brittlebank Park

Two Tank DockDogs® Competitions: Once again, SEWE will host the only two tank DockDogs® event east of the Mississippi. Dogs of all kinds and skill levels will compete in various water jumping competitions. “Waves” of competition will be held throughout the day all weekend with finals beginning at 3:30 pm on Sunday. Friday, Feb. 14 & Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 am – 5:30 pm | Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10 am – 4 pm | Brittlebank Park

Retriever Demonstrations: Pathway to a Finished Gun Dog. Dogs of various breeds and ages put on demonstrations of retrieving skills. Friday, Feb. 14 & Saturday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm | Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm | Brittlebank Park

Center for Birds of Prey Demonstrations: Presented by BP America, see incredible flight demos while learning about the important role raptors, such as falcons, eagles and hawks, play in our ecosystem. Friday, Feb. 15 at 11 am and 3 pm | Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm | Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 pm | Marion Square

Orianne Society Presentations: Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of reptiles, amphibians 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. Friday, Feb. 14 at 1 pm | Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 pm | Sunday Feb. 16 at 3 pm | Marion Square

Fresh on the Menu | Certified South Carolina: Hosted by the Lee Bros., watch more than a dozen of South Carolina’s greatest chefs, farmers, and home cooks demonstrate how to prepare some of their favorite recipes with locally grown and produced ingredients. Sample products from the producers, processors and vendors that make up the Certified SC program. Various times throughout the day on Friday, Feb. 14, Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16 | Marion Square



Where to Buy Tickets

February 1st is the last day to buy tickets online for the 2020 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

3-DAY General Admission Ticket – $50

FRIDAY General Admission Ticket – $25

SATURDAY General Admission Ticket – $25

SUNDAY General Admission Ticket – $20

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

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.)

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

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 2020, at the following locations:
– Brittlebank Park
– Charleston Place Hotel
– Gaillard Center
– Marion Square

For more information . . .



Plan your 2020 weekend

Get the full details on all things SEWE 2020 with the show brochure. We have 90+ listings on our schedule – from new events and special exhibits to live presentations and demonstrations. Make the most of your SEWE 2020 weekend…start planning your experience now!


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
  • Taxes, title and fees are the responsibility of the winner
  • Drawing on Sunday, Feb 16 during SEWE 2020
  • You do not need to be present to win
  • Ticket stubs will no longer be mailed, please stop by the QDMA booth at Brittlebank Park SEWE weekend should you wish to pick up your ticket. The stub with your information has automatically been entered into the drawing.

Purchase your raffle ticket(s) here.



A Big Night for Small Works

Our newest event that is sure to delight and surprise…A Big Night for Small Works.

Join us for an evening of art, entertainment and unexpected experiences at our newest event, A Big Night for Small Works. This exclusive celebration will exhibit the small details that make a big impact, from pocket-sized pieces of art and mini bites to grand displays and illusions. The night promises to surprise and delight guests with music, live performers, top-shelf libations, a menu that will inspire and more exciting twists and turns. A first for SEWE—this party will showcase a unique viewpoint for enjoying wildlife art and the finer things in life.

When: WEDNESDAY | 02/12/2020 | 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.


Tickets: $150 per ticket. Limited tickets available.

Dress: Cocktail




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.

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.

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.





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.


New artist spotlight: Carrie Penley


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.


Meet Jason Tako


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.”


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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