Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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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

 

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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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Live Auction Preview

From original art to hunting excursions to handcrafted furniture, preview the line up of unique auction items available to bid on during the SEWE Signature Gala and Auction, being held Thursday, February 13 as part of the SEWE VIP program. Happy bidding!   See the full VIP schedule for SEWE 2020 here.>>

 
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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!

 
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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.

Where: HALLS SIGNATURE EVENTS AT 5 FABER

Tickets: $150 per ticket. Limited tickets available.

Dress: Cocktail

 

 

 
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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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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.>>