Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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Underneath and Above

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>


FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH CHRIS MAYNARD

UNDERNEATH AND ABOVE
Naturally Shed Rattlesnake Skin, 12×18, $4,600

Chris Maynard, artist and avid bird conservationist, shares his unique art form of intricately carved feathers. To Chris, each feather is a small bit of perfection. to create his shadowboxed feathers, Maynard tediously works with three necessities – eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses. The feathers used are collected from aviaries after natural molting, with no harm to the bird. In fact, many of the owners of the feathers in the art are still alive and well.

“I work with feathers and the process is about flight and transformation. I was looking for balance and found that through the snakeskin. Life is a balance between getting to where we want to be and being where we are.”
– Chris Maynard

Watch Chris’s fascinating  process below carving a turkey feather with a scalpel:

 

 

Also available from Chris Maynard

WAIT WHAT
15×12, $2,400

 

GROUND AND SKY STUDY
5×7, $970

 

Chris Maynard has worked with feathers since he was twelve. His unique feather shadowboxes are recognized by art collectors, bird lovers, and a wide and interesting variety of people from around the world. He only has time to turn a small portion of his ideas, which fill many notebooks, into his shadow box feather designs. His favorite tools are the tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses passed down through his family. Chris combines his strong backgrounds in biology and ecology into not only his art, but also a tabletop book and engaging and informative talks on the beauty, function, and meaning of feathers.

Learn more about Chris.

See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 
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Cardinal I & II

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 

FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH EZRA TUCKER

CARDINAL I
11 x 14, Acrylic on Board, $2900

CARDINAL II
11 x 14, Acrylic on Board, $2900

“Cardinals evoke childhood memories of bird watching and my late mother’s support of my art. During the winter months, my mother would put out birdseed and bread in our backyard so cardinals would return and I would have models to base my drawings upon.”

       

 

Also available from Ezra Tucker

FRESH CATCH
40 x 30, Acrylic on Board, $19,800

“The unusual looking pelican is a fascinating and interesting bird to observe. When they are competing for food it is a chaotic event. I wanted to capture a relaxed pair seeming to get along and share a captured fish without combat. The Brown Pelican and the White pelican are beautiful in flight. When I observed my first pelican in flight, my imagination took me to Greek mythology imagery of a flying Pegasus.”

 

ABOUT EZRA

Ezra Tucker’s wildlife art is reminiscent of the descriptive art produced by naturalist like Audubon and Gould. The art of Classical Wildlife artist like Bob Khun, Carl Rungius, Edwin Landseer, Arthur Wardle and Barye has also influenced his style. His depictions like theirs, pulls the viewer into the artwork from curiosity and their desire to be informed. He achieves this with dynamic compositions, unexpected color, lighting, and scale. Ezra’s large scale paintings of birds and mammals give dignity and presence to each creature he depicts. His compositions reflect the classical style of presenting wildlife in a natural state to reveal their natural behaviors and postures. His depictions are alive, animated and appear ready to step out of two dimensions into a three dimensional world. It is obvious from his exceptional drawing skills that his art derives from his acute knowledge from study of each creature and not from a photographers point of view. His challenge and focus is always to define the beauty of each animal. There is a romantic appeal that he achieves with his color palette and lighting of his subjects that is familiar but new to contemporary wildlife art. Ezra’s background as a commercial illustrator and designer gives him the experience and almost scientific knowledge of how to present animals in an iconic or bold manner. His use of earth tones and warm light gives his subjects an old masters appeal that brings warmth to any traditional or contemporary setting when his art is displayed. His art is distinctive and reflective of natural history museum collections. Ezra states, “The challenge I have for myself is to present the beauty and majesty of the animal world in dynamic form to help influence the preservation of our planet varied species through my representation of their nature through my art.

 
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Bottomland Bachelors

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>


FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH RYAN KIRBY

BOTTOMLAND BACHELORS
30 x 20, Oil on Board, $4,800

The inspiration for this painting came from Ryan’s own experiences of hunting turkeys throughout the Lowcountry. Moving into spring, with his mind drifting more and more towards turkeys, Ryan painted Bottomland Bachelors, trio of southern longbeards stepping out from beneath the shadows of a massive oak tree overtaken by Spanish moss on a springtime evening.

Watch Ryan’s behind the scenes footage and inspiration behind the painting:

Bottomland Bachelors by Ryan Kirby, 30 x 20, Oil on Board, $4,800

 

Ryan is a wildlife artist who seeks to brilliantly recreate iconic moments from the great outdoors. Working with oil paint, his loose brushstrokes and strong compositions capture those extraordinary close encounters with wildlife. Ryan grew up in Illinois farm country, surrounded by row crops and plenty of wildlife. He now resides in Boone, North Carolina with his wife, Kim, and their two children, Rhett and Brooklyn. When he’s not outdoors you can find him in his studio pushing paint and listening to country music. Ryan’s artwork has raised tens of thousands of dollars for conservation groups, whose missions are close to his own heart.

Learn more about Ryan.

See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 
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Season of Plenty

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 

FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH JIM BORTZ

SEASON OF PLENTY
12 x 12, Oil on Gessobord, $2200

“Spring in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley is something one has to experience to truly appreciate. The vibrant abundance of life is nothing less than astonishing. Herds of grazing bison dominate the lush landscape as their newborn calves romp and frolic nearby. Small groups of young bulls occasionally knock heads, but for the most part peacefully tolerate each other. The older bulls seem to prefer a little space, lazily filling their bellies with tender new grass and enjoying the relative ‘easy life’ for however long it may last.”

 

Season of Plenty by Jim Bortz, 12×12, Oil on Gessobord, $2200

 

A lifelong outdoorsman, painter Jim Bortz relates his unique experiences in the field through brush and oil paint. Adventures in fly fishing, elk hunting, and backcountry camping all lend an unmistakable authenticity to his work. With a bold impressionistic style built on a foundation of solid drawing skills, Jim’s work strikes a balance of honest believability and a fearless contemporary palette. Making his home in Cody, Wyoming near the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park, he has access to all the subjects he loves to observe and paint. Traversing the wild places of the Rocky Mountain West provides endless opportunities for exploration and inspiration.

To inquire about purchasing, please email Natalie Henderson, SEWE Art Curator.

Learn more about Jim.

See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 
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2020 Junior Duck Stamp

The 2020-2021 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 Angel Magana Alfaro, age 15, from the Charleston County School of the Arts in North Charleston, SC for being chosen as the 2020-21 SC Junior Duck Stamp “Best of Show”. Angel’s winning entry competed in the Federal judging with all other state’s “best of shows” where the 2020 National Junior Duck Stamp was selected.

“A Serene Swim” 2020-2021 Best of Show by Angel Magana Alfaro
Age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Teacher, Barbara Richardson

 

 

BEST OF SHOW
Angel Magana Alfaro – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC

 

BEST OF SHOW RUNNERS UP
2nd runner up: Sophia  Jones – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
3rd runner up: Tabby Perry – age 15, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
4th runner up: Neo James – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston, SC
5th runner up: Margaret Truluck – age 12, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC


GROUP I (Grades K-3)
1st
Madalyn A lot – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Samuel Brown – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Emma Fenderbosch – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

2nd
Carson Burnette – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Gibson Priest – age 5, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Jack Robbins – age 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

3rd
Sterling Doering – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Alaina Naus – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Khalan Ruschak – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

Honorable Mention
Alexa Bean – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Addyson Bergeron – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Eoghan Canales, 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Kody Chewning, 8 – age St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Jaxon Deafenbaugh – age 6, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Caitlyn Jenkins – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Joseph Lockney – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Weston McGaha – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Abel Najarian – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Lyla Pusser – age 8, Cynthia Huston Fine Art Home School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
David Rapp – age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Adrianna Sauter – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Benedict Thomas – age 6, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Auston Walton – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Daly Welch – age 8, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Nora Williams – age 9, Carolina Forest Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC

GROUP II (Grades 4-6)
1st
Rebecca (Addison) Carpenter – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Margaret Truluck – age 12, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Alyssa Whitaker – age 11, Cynthia Huston Fine Art Home School, Mt. Pleasant, SC

2nd
Mary Ella Grier – age 12, Cario Middle School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Paisley Knox – age 11, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Eleanor Patrick – age 12, Cario Middle School, Mt. Pleasant, SC

3rd
Peyton Mudgett – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Olivia Newman – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Monica Thomas – age 11, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

Honorable Mention
Silas Brown – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Carter Brundage – age 10, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Harper Burke – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Sophia Fenderbosch – age 10, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Caroline Folz – age 11, Cario Middle School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Tyler Franklin – age 11, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Brian Inabinet – age 11, Sandy Run K-8 School, Swansea, SC
Braelen Lewis – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Arianna Lynch – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Alyssa Morais – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Kristina Mosneaguta – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Cameron Nederostek – age 12, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Cayden Pusser – age 12, Cynthia Huston Fine Art Home School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Ava Reyes – age 11, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC
Ellen Kate Schwerd – age 11, Carolina Forest Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Noah Walton – age 11, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

GROUP III (Grades 7-9)
1st
Sophia Jones – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Angel Magana Alfaro – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Tabby Perry – age 15, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

2nd
Margaret Brown – age 13, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Neo James – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Loralei Legette – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC

3rd
Abigail Short – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Kayla Herrman – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Grace Zuo – age 14, Cario Middle School, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Honorable Mention
Margeaux Burkhardt – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Evelyn Buschgen – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Megan Champion – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Graceyn Corley – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Tulah Cramer – age 13, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
James Herring – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Grace Kristowski – age 13, Cynthia Huston Fine Art Home School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Arianna Mann – age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Katelyn Marshall  – age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Addyson McClure – age 13, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Suttoni Meyer – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Kate Nutting – age 13, Cynthia Huston Fine Art Home School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Abigail Poole – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Teaghan Rhodes-Enzor – age 15, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC
Reyna Roblero – age 13, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Noel Simmons – age 14, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)
1st
Karra Canady – age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Emma Elliot – age 15, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Alma Lutas – age 16, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC

2nd
Patrick Brophy – age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Michelle “Jude” Mejia-Vasquez – age 16, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Menatalla Shalaby – age 17, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

3rd
Eloise Lyons – age 16, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Connor Smith – age 16, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Dorothea Valero – age 16, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC

Honorable Mention
Carolyn Baker – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Noah Bell – age 17, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Luke Bleyer – age 15, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC
Chase Breeland – age 17, Pathways for Scholars, Conway, SC
Madison Crouch – age 17, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Maya Drake – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Kristen Gouedy – age 17, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC
Hannah Harris – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Carolina Hoppmann – age 17, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Jeni Kim – age 18, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Grace Moore – age 18, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Ruhi Patel – age 17, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Cassandra Phillips – age 16, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC
Isabelle Rigsbee – age 18, Cynthia Huston Fine Art Home School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Basmala Shalaby – age 16, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC
Philia Walker – age 15, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC


2020 Conservation Message Winners


GROUP I (Grades K-3)

Conserve to preserve!
Madalyn Alot – age 9, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

Preserve nature for a better future.
Jack Robbins – age 7, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet,          SC

Don’t DUCK out on me. Keep my home clean.
Carson Burnette – age 6 , Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC


GROUP II (Grades 4-6)

Conservation is important so we can preserve wildlife and the land which it lives.
Ellen Kate Schwerd – age 11, Carolina Forest Elementary School, Myrtle beach, SC

Conservation is the key to a better environment for all.
Emma  Bergeron – age 12, St. Michael Catholic School, Murrells Inlet, SC

Take steps today to protect our future tomorrow
Kristina Mosneaguta – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

GROUP II (Grades 7-9)
Conservation is important, because if one species of something goes extinct, then it could affect the whole ecosystem.
Brooke Kohn – age 12, Sandy Run K-8 School, Swansea, SC

With the glorious oddness of the Earth, humanity should use its full strength to thwart the potential of extinction lest everything becomes empty and bleak.
Abigail Short – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC

Our roots are with nature, let’s keep it that way.
Lauren Holladay – age 14, Charleston County School of the Arts, N. Charleston, SC

GROUP II (Grades 10-12)
Conserve “Teal” you can’t no more.
Noah Bell – age 17, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC

We need to maintain our local ecosystem if we want to keep the future of our wildlife crystal clear.
Alma Lutas – age 16, Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston SC

Wetland conservation is essential for the preservation of the many diverse ecosystems on our planet.
Catherine Weatherford – age 17, Vine & Branches Home Educators, Conway, SC

See all the winning entries here…

 
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Reflecting

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>


FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH DANIEL PORTER

REFLECTING
10 x 12, Oil on Panel, $3500

“Not long ago, after returning from a visit to the river I entered my studio contemplating the quiet beauty and regeneration that comes with spring. I contemplated this alongside our current moment in history. As I settled in and began to mix paint, a peaceful inner resolve began to wash over me bringing me to a place of renewed vision where I would come to accept this time we are living in as a gift. I would take this time to reflect. Reflect on priorities, reflect on my days, reflect on all the great blessings of my life. Reflecting is symbolic of traveling the swift river of life, and realizing the importance of moving into quieter waters for a moment if only to consider the blessings, beauty and peace that is all around us regardless of what is taking place in life’s circumstances.”

 

Daniel, a resident of New Brunswick, Canada, is a student of nature, conservationist and outdoorsman. His work is noted for its attention to unique detail which is tempered and evident by his firsthand knowledge and close experience with the subjects dealt with throughout his work. He is constantly immersed in study gaining ever more insight into his practice in art.

“My influences have changed over the years. I’ve had a wonderful journey learning to define what a truly fine work of art is comprised of. My goal is to be clean and simple in my approach, providing the right amount of information in a piece and leaving room for the minds eye to fill in certain aspects with its own interpretations. This inherently leads people to a much greater connection with the work. Being effective this way means giving my subject a solid sense of place in its environment without overwhelming detail. I consider these key elements in the design, execution and hopefully the ultimate success of my paintings.”

Learn more about Daniel.

See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 
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Can’t Miss!

DON’T MISS THESE EVENTS AT SEWE 2020

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.

 

NEW & FAVORITES

 

NEW

 

New: Jack Hanna Returns to the Gaillard, presented by Boeing 

Stop by the Fine Art Gallery at SEWE to meet Jason Tako, our 2020 Featured Artist and see this year’s featured painting, The Road Less Traveled. Jason is joined by nearly 100 others painters and sculptures. It’s rare to see this many wildlife artists of such a high caliber in one setting. Read more about Jason. 

New: Jack Hanna Returns to the Gaillard, presented by Boeing 

Television personality, author and conservationist, Jack Hanna, returns for the first time since 2018 to entertain and delight SEWE attendees at the Gaillard Center. Seating is first-come, first-served. See schedule for times. Show Times: Friday, February 14 at 2pm and Saturday, February 15 at 12:30 and 2:30pm.


New: Fly Fishing with Orvis

Orvis will be offering complimentary fly fishing casting lessons all weekend on the Gaillard Center Orvis Lawn. 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.

New: Jumbotron Viewing at DockDogs®
For the first time, SEWE will showcase its popular DockDogs® competition on the big screen. Now, attendees in Brittlebank Park can watch the action from the new jumbotron, which will show live jumps and instant replays. An emcee will also voice over the competition and explain scoring, canine abilities and discuss the rules and disciplines of speed retrieve, big air and extreme vertical.

New: Land Rover Off-Road Driving Experience
In partnership with Baker Motor Company, SEWE will create a Land Rover Off-Road Driving Experience at Brittlebank Park. SEWE attendees can demo the latest Land Rover models and test the vehicle’s off-road skills around a track made for the event. Learn from instructors on how to navigate various terrain and obstacles.

New: Expanded Retriever Demos
The retriever demos in Brittlebank Park have always been a popular event at SEWE. Able handlers and dogs of various breeds and ages put on demonstrations of retrieving skills for large crowds. In 2020, SEWE will expand upon these demos. The Boykin Spaniel Society will showcase the agility of a retriever and the pathway to a fully-trained gundog. Mossy Pond Retrievers with Orvis will feature how to train your retriever.

New: Sporting and Marine Village
The Sporting Village has expanded to become a Sporting and Marine Village to include exhibitors that focus on fishing, water sports and marine-based activities. Meet hunting, fishing and safari guides, outdoor outfitters and land professionals. Check out boats, ATVs and a host of John Deere tractors.

New: Expanded Footprint at Brittlebank Park + Kid Zone
Bring the kids! Children’s activities and games are now located in the Kid Zone at Brittlebank Park. Here you will find pony and camel rides, an exotic petting zoo, inflatables, fun games, educational programs and more.This year’s programming will also include a kid zone stage that will put a spotlight on various local authors and librarians. They will share stories inspired by nature and wildlife. Educational puppet shows will be hosted here, too.

 

FAVORITES

 

SEWE Favorite: Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt & Auction

Witness the imagination, talent and process behind SEWE artwork. Watch participating artists paint or sculpt an original piece from start to finish in just one hour. A live auction will be held immediately after where attendees can bid on the one-of-a-kind pieces. Details: 13 artists participating, Charleston Place Ballroom, Friday, February 14, 3 pm – Auction to follow

SEWE Favorite: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will explore the wonders of natural ecosystems. From bobcats, foxes and birds of prey to alligators and snakes, SEWE attendees will get an up-close look at the animals that call these places home. Seating is first-come, first-served. See schedule for times.

Fresh on the Menu with South Carolina Department of Agriculture, 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 South Carolina program. See schedule for times.

SEWE Favorite: Center for Birds of Prey Flight Demonstrations
One of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. Witness incredible flight demos from a range of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks and learn about the important role they play in our ecosystem. Presented by BP America at Marion Square. See schedule for times.

SEWE Favorite: The Orianne Society
Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species like quail, turkey and deer. This informative presentation features the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more. See schedule for times.

SEWE Favorite: DockDogs® Competition
Story: Watch dogs of all breeds and skill levels compete in various water jumping competitions in side-by-side tanks. “Waves” of competition held throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with finals Sunday afternoon. For more information or to pre-register your dog, visit dockdogs.com.  Details: “Waves” of competition held throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with finals Sunday afternoon. See schedule for times.

Sheep and Duck Herding Demonstrations
Join Windy Knolls Farm owner and master trainer, Bill Coburn, as he showcases the fascinating world of the Border Collie breed’s herding instinct. Watch his collies artfully muster sheep and ducks through various obstacles with only a whistle and a few commands. See schedule for times located at Brittlebank Park.

 
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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

 

 
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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!