Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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Ultimate SEWE Guide

The ultimate guide to SEWE 2019. Browse this comprehensive book on the 2019 SEWE weekend, with extended information on all the new and favorites . SEWE you soon!

 
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2019 Art Book

It is a great honor to release the third 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. The works featured in the book are available for purchase (at the time of printing). SEWE is unique in its focus on the relationship between artists and collectors; if you have attended the Exposition and walked around the Fine Art Gallery you have no doubt felt the energy and excitement for the art that SEWE embodies. Browse the SEWE 2019 Art Book for a sampling of what the 2019 Exposition will entail. Please contact SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson, with any inquiries.

 
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The Bucket List

Here’s what needs to be on your bucket list for SEWE 2019.

We challenge you to make the most of your weekend and check every box!

□  Admire the 2019 Featured Painting, Little Havoc by Lou Pasqua’s in the Fine Art Gallery at Charleston Place

□  Bid on Featured Artist Lou Pasqua’s Little Havoc at SEWE’s signature gala and live auction

□  Preview, peruse and purchase at exclusive preview hours

□  Kick-off SEWE in style at the Gibbes Museum of Art celebrating the work of legendary artist Ogden Pleissner

□  View original works from more than 100 painters and sculptors over cocktails in the Fine Art Gallery

□  Get competitive at DockDogs®

□  Witness master trainer Bill Coburn command his fascinating Border Collies as they herd sheep and ducks

□  Watch the live artist demonstration at the “Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt”

□  Explore the newly expanded footprint at Brittlebank Park

□  Be awe-inspired at our legendary Birds of Prey flight demonstrations

□  Introduce yourself to artisans, craftsmen and Southern tastemakers at the Marketplace at the Gaillard Center

□  Flock to the second annual Birds of a Feather Ladies Brunch Benefit

□  Win big at the Copley Fine Art auction at the Marriott Hotel

□  Shop outdoor outfitters, meet celebrated guides and stock up on the finest in sporting gear

 

 

 
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Meet Lou Pasqua

SEWE 2019 Featured Artist and Painting Announced

SEWE announces its Featured Artist and Featured Painting for the 2019 event, marking 37 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life. Lou Pasqua has been named the 2019 event’s Featured Artist. His painting, Little Havoc, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2019 poster (available to ship October 25).

An avid sportsman, Lou Pasqua’s lifelong passion of the outdoors and wildlife translates to his artwork. Coupled with his twenty plus years in the graphic design industry, his ability to capture emotion and movement has made him one of the most sought after sporting and wildlife artists in the country. Residing in Etna, Pennsylvania, Pasqua’s work can be found in collections and galleries across the nation as well as the covers of numerous publications.

 “I feel privileged to be selected Featured Artist for the 2019 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition,” says Pasqua. “To be chosen as the Featured Artist from so many talented individuals confirms to me that people appreciate my efforts and the body of work I have created. This recognition is encouragement to keep painting and improving.”

 

Little Havoc depicts a Boykin Spaniel and gives the viewer a front row seat to the thrill of rushing into a covey of quail. “At its core, SEWE desires to present the finest wildlife art available. With that in mind, Lou Pasqua was an obvious choice for the 2019 Featured Artist. Lou’s sporting paintings are unmatched, and it is a privilege to showcase his work” says SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson.

Pasqua’s original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Preview Gala and Sale, February 14, 2019. Purchase the Official 2019 Poster is here.>>

“On the heels of Ezra Tucker (2017) and Kathryn Mapes Turner (2018) SEWE could not be more excited to announce Lou as 2019 Featured Artist,” says John Powell, SEWE Executive Director. “Lou’s work taps into the sporting art roots of SEWE now going 37 years strong. I believe Lou’s body of work will resonate with men and women who have spent time in the field walking behind a good dog or in a quiet patch of woods where they connect to the outdoors. Lou understands these traditions and how to translate them to the canvas.”

“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 Lou Pasqua’s collection at SEWE 2019, I believe his work will connect all of us and tell a story about the love we share for the outdoors and our traditions.”

With an ongoing focus to bring renowned wildlife and sporting art to Charleston, SEWE also welcomes Guest Artists Walter Matia and Sandy Scott.

Walter Matia began casting bronze sculptures in 1980. He is as accomplished as he is talented. Initially concentrating on bird life, over the years he has worked on sporting dogs, other mammals and large fountain and garden pieces, which includes a fountain and bronze wall frieze for the United States President’s guest house. Matia resides in Dickerson, Maryland.

Sandy Scott believes wildlife artists should be in the field to accurately present their subject to the viewer. A lifelong interest in aviation has been invaluable to her work. “I believe my knowledge of aerodynamics has been helpful in achieving the illusion of movement in my bird sculptures,” says Scott. Headquartered in Lander, Wyoming, Scott has experienced and lived what she depicts in her sculpture, which has won her many accolades throughout the years.

More about Lou:

Lou Pasqua aspired to be a wildlife artist from the age of six.  At the age of forty, after an education in graphic design and twenty years working in graphic arts, he returned to his original goal. Lou was inspired by and followed the work of Carl Runguis, Bob Kuhn, and Ken Carlson.  He also discovered Richard Schmid and David Leffel.  He researched, studied and practiced various painting techniques on his own and then applied his natural talent to his favorite pastime; the outdoors.  A lifelong sportsman and subscriber to multiple outdoor magazines, he was always drawn to images of dogs in the field.  He focused initially on sporting dogs because the reference was readily available.  His dog paintings were quickly accepted by major galleries and well respected art critics.  He then expanded to wildlife and, most recently, big game animals.

Lou’s work has appeared on the covers of Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Upland Almanac, The Pointing Dog Journal, Texas Outdoors Journal, Retriever Journal, Field Trial Magazine, Canine Images, The Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine and Quail Unlimited.  Images of his work have also appeared in Wildlife Art, Sporting Classics, and The Washingtonian.  Lou’s story was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Gray’s Sporting Journal.

Lou has exhibited and sold his work at Collectors Covey in Dallas, Texas;  The Sportsman’s Gallery and Paderewski Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina and Beaver Creek, Colorado; Russell Fink Gallery in Lorton, Virginia; The Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland; Settlers West in Tucson, Arizona; Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina.  He was the 2012 Featured Artist at The Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in Thomasville, Georgia.

 
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2018 Art Book

It is with great pride that we bring you the second annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Art Book. The works featured in the book are available for purchase (at the time of printing). SEWE is unique in its focus on the relationship between artists and collectors; if you have attended the Exposition and walked around the Fine Art Gallery you have no doubt felt the energy and excitement for the art that SEWE embodies. Browse the SEWE 2018 Art Book for a sampling of what the 2018 Exposition will entail. Please contact SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson, with any inquiries.

 

 

 
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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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2018 Painting Revealed

2018 Featured Artist and Painting Revealed

SEWE is excited to announce its Featured Artist and Featured Painting for the 2018 event, marking 36 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life.

Kathryn Mapes Turner has been named the 2018 event’s Featured Artist. Her painting, Unbridled, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2018 poster.

The artwork of Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As a daughter of the Northern Rockies, she was born and raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She grew up riding the trails of the valley, learning wilderness lore and gaining an eye for landscape. The happy synergy of a receptive spirit and a place of magnificent beauty set the course for her life.

“It is a deep honor to be selected to be the featured artist for this year’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition,” said Turner. “Having been passionate about painting animals since I was a young girl, this is an unprecedented opportunity for me as an artist. My goal is to create work for the show that expresses my profound respect for the natural world and inspire the viewer to understand the interconnectedness we share.”

Unbridled depicts the wild horses that live in the wide-open spaces of the West.

“In the high desert plains of my native Wyoming, they live as mustangs, without domestication or fences,” said Turner. “Their range is as vast as the distant horizon line. In this image, I wanted to capture this wild freedom that is such a romantic notion in my own heart and one that expresses the spirit of the American West.”

With an ongoing focus to bring renowned wildlife and sporting art to Charleston, SEWE also welcomes Guest Artist Joseph Sulkowski. Sulkowski studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he learned to prepare his paints using recipes developed in the studios of Rembrant. With work reflective of the Old Masters, Sulkowski will bring the rich sporting art painted from memories of his trips from South Georgia to the Scottish Highlands.

“The Featured Painting is a powerful image and sets an exciting tone for the complete body of work yet to come,” adds SEWE Executive Director John Powell. “We believe the subject and style of Unbridled is going to resonate with an even broader audience. Collectors and wildlife art enthusiasts will be on-hand in February to celebrate Kathryn and another extraordinary group of artists.”

Turner’s original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Preview Gala and Sale, February 15, 2018. The Official 2018 Poster will be available for purchase starting October 15.

 

 
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Joseph H. Sulkowski | Artist Spotlight

SEWE is excited to announce painter Joseph H. Sulkowski as its Guest Artist for the 2018 event. Sulkowski knew from the age of five that he would be an artist. His early skills in drawing and painting enabled him to begin a path toward fulfilling his passion.

Following graduation from Canon-McMillan High School, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, founded in 1809 and the oldest art school in the U.S. Later he met his greatest influence and mentor, Frank Mason, the foremost authority on the principles and techniques of the Old Masters at the Art Students League of New York. Mason was the last protege of Frank Vincent DuMond whom he succeeded as teacher in Studio 7 at the League. DuMond was a close friend and disciple of James Abbott McNeil Whistler.

Sulkowski became an apprentice to Mason from 1974-1979 learning the traditional principles of painting in the 17th century Flemish, Dutch and Italian techniques. He also learned how to prepare his paints, mediums and oils using recipes developed in the studios of Rubens and Rembrandt.

Joseph Sulkowski refers to his style of painting as “poetic realism”, an interpretive form inspired by the natural world. He values his freedom to view the world as a poetic vision and then to express that vision in rich impastos and luminous transparent shadows on canvas.

The animals, figures and landscape of the sporting life are the subjects that continually draw Sulkowski’s attention. His love for sporting dogs, terriers and foxhounds inform many of his most illustrious canvases. At the same time, he is inspired by the intimacy of companionship of “man’s best friend”, the feeling of which is expressed in his privately commissioned pet portraits.

Sulkowski’s trips to places afield from the quail hunting plantations of south Georgia to the grouse moors of the Scottish Highlands continue to be sources for inspiration. The artist has also often returned to one of his favorite subjects, the horse, to capture this animal’s grace and beauty.

Joseph Sulkowski’s work is represented in public and private collections worldwide. His two murals of Saudi Arabian history reside in the King Abdul Aziz Museum in Saudi Arabia. Other collectors include Rolex, the Duke of Bedford, Marshall Field IV, GeorgeMichael and the Tennessee State Museum to name a few. He is represented by Halcyon Gallery in London, Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY and Scottsdale,AZ and The Edgartown Art Gallery in Marthaʼs Vineyard.

He has received numerous awards including the AAPL Grand National Award, the Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award and the Best in Show award at the Art in the Mountains exhibition sponsored by Southwest Art magazine. He is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, the National Society of Mural Painters, the National Arts Club, the American Artists Professional League and he is a Life Member of the ArtStudents League of New York.

Sulkowski resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his artist wife, Elizabeth Brandon.

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