Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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Onward

ANNOUNCING THE 2021 FEATURED ARTIST & PAINTING

SEWE is proud to name Charleston artist Mark Kelvin Horton as its 2021 Featured Artist. Horton is known for his unique paintings of Lowcountry landscapes, representing the heart and soul of southern life in each of his pieces. He paints beyond a literal interpretation of a scene to portray nature in a way that reflects his own ideas and sensibilities, while capturing the grandiose beauty of billowing clouds over marshes, the elegance of an egret in flight or the effect of late light on a working oysterman. His painting, Onward, was chosen as the 2021 Featured Painting for its captivating perspective of a cloudy sky hanging over Charleston’s iconic waterways.

“It is a great honor to be selected as the Featured Artist for SEWE 2021,” said Horton. “This has been an interesting and trying time for us all over the last several months, a period full of uncertainty, change and adjustments. But, one thing I feel certain of is that we have not and will never give up. We will keep pushing forward in our own way. This is the message and feeling that I seek to convey in the Featured Painting, Onward. I have spent the last 20 years capturing the drama of the ever-changing weather conditions of the Lowcountry, often focusing on the more stormy views. Even though this piece has an element of turbulent skies, there is a hopefulness and brightness that, along with the egret taking flight, portrays what I believe we all will have for the coming days. The design further expresses that sense of moving ahead with hope and grace.”

SEWE 2021 will be held February 11 through 14, marking 39 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting lifestyle.

“Mark will represent all of us as the 2021 Featured Artist, and his work entitled Onward, will serve as a reminder to persevere,” said John Powell, SEWE Executive Director. “Mark is respected and admired far beyond Charleston and he will be a great ambassador for SEWE and its esteemed collection of artists.”

Horton is the first Charleston-based artist to be named Featured Artist since John Carroll Doyle in 2005 .

ABOUT MARK KELVIN HORTON

Mark Kelvin Horton was born and raised in rural North Carolina. After graduating from East Carolina University School of Art in 1983, Horton moved to New York City to begin a career in advertising and design. He carried with him the dream of someday becoming a painter.

Eighteen years of living in New York were spent working as a creative director in various advertising agencies and Horton eventually founded his own design company. Those years provided an invaluable opportunity for him to view and study firsthand the seemingly endless number of masterworks of art in the city’s museums and galleries. Horton became particularly fascinated with the works of George Inness, Herman Herzog, Frederick Church and the tonalist photographer, Edward Steichen, as well as the romantic landscapes of the Hudson River School painters. The experience had a profound effect on his artistic development.

During his years working as an artistic director and designer, Horton continued to nurture his “fine art side” by drawing, sketching and painting whenever he had the opportunity. But in early 2001, he made the decision to devote himself full-time to painting. He left New York City and returned to his southern roots, moving to Charleston, South Carolina.

Horton often travels from his home in Charleston to paint and teach across the country and in Europe. He is a member of many national artists organizations, including Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. Horton has earned numerous awards and been featured in several notable art publications, including Plein Air Magazine and American Art Collector. He has also served as judge for multiple painting competitions. Horton’s work is featured in hundreds of private, public and corporate collections around the world, including the Art in the Embassies program in Ottawa, Canada and Dakar, Senegal. He is also the co-owner of Horton Hayes Fine Art, located in historic downtown Charleston.

 
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An Update on SEWE 2021

After careful thought and consideration, SEWE plans to host our 39th annual celebration of wildlife art and the great outdoors in February 2021. There is a spirit among SEWE that calls upon us to aim for an event, even among so much uncertainty. Our support will not waiver for wildlife artists, for Charleston or for our loyal attendees. We are all looking forward to what can be.

We can confirm there will be fewer event sites, a limited number of tickets available and new processes in place to ensure a positive experience for all involved. While our event may look and feel differently next year, our mission remains the same – to showcase the nation’s finest wildlife artists and support the conservation of our natural world. We hope that by hosting our event in 2021, we can continue to positively impact the local and statewide economies through increased tourism, an industry that has been significantly impacted for the better part of this year.

Our team is looking forward to putting on a safe and entertaining SEWE in 2021. We’ve been meeting regularly with local and state public agencies to make sure that when our attendees arrive onsite for SEWE, there is a comprehensive health and safety plan in place. Our plan will continue to evolve as we work with officials on implementing the best precautions to keep our attendees, partners and all exhibiting parties safe.

We will continue to share more event information, as well as updates on tickets, VIP packages and special events in the coming weeks. We appreciate the ongoing encouragement from our devoted attendees and partners, and look forward to reconnecting with many of you next year in Charleston, February 11 – 14.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Win a 2021 Scout Boat

. . . for only $100 per ticket

Win a 2021 19′ Scout 195 Sportfish boat during SEWE 2021. Presented by Ducks Unlimited and Scout Boats. Tickets are $100, only 650 tickets sold.

  • 2021 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 14 during SEWE 2021
  • You do not need to be present to win.

BUY NOW

 
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Farm Boys

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 FROM THE FOUNDRY WITH STEFAN SAVIDES

FARM BOYS
39″h x 35″w x 21″d, Bronze, $15,000

“I’m inspired by my lifelong fascination of birds. They have been my life’s passion from a very early age. My goal in my work is to depict a slice of a bird’s personal life that is generally missed by the casual viewer. A closeness can be created by this process and one may walk away with a greater understanding of these amazing creatures.”

 

Stefan Savides

 

Also available from Stefan Savides


African Extremes, 25″h x 12″w x 6″d, Edition 35, $2,200

 


Wrens Day, 11″h x 7″w x 5″d, Edition 35, $1,800

 


Globe Trotter, Bronze, 4″h x 14″w x 5″d, Edition 35, $1,800

 


Summer Breeze, 26″h x 7″w x 9″d, Edition 35, $2,900

 


Tres Pescadores, 6″h x 23″w x 8″d, Edition 35, $3,100

 

MORE ABOUT STEFAN

“I came into this world totally fascinated with birds,” says sculptor Stefan Savides. “My earliest childhood memories were all about birds. They have been a lifelong fascination that I’ve never strayed from.” Combine Stefan’s love of birds with an innate sense of design inspired by his mother’s ever-present floral designs. Add extensive experience in taxidermy and you have an artist whose cast bronze bird sculptures grace the collections of art connoisseurs and bird enthusiasts across the country and beyond. “I would have to give my dearest Mother 90 percent credit for my art training as she was an exceptional floral arranger,” he says. “I feel I got the essence of design through osmosis via living around her never-ending parade of floral designs.” However, it was the years of taxidermy that fine-tuned Stefan’s understanding of anatomy. ” I consider taxidermy a form of sculpture,” he says. “For me, it was not just about mounting a bird, but it was creating an entire composition, using all the elements of design and emotional connection. I have always considered myself to be an artist first, and a taxidermist second.”

Having spent 53 years as a taxidermist, Stefan currently considers himself a “recovering taxidermist.” He now devotes his attention full time to casting birds in bronze at his Klamath Falls, Oregon, studio. The work space features an entire glass wall that looks out onto a pond with both resident and visiting waterfowl – a constant source of inspiration. “I feel that my job is to give each person who views my work a personal insight into the private life of each specie that I sculpt,” says the artist whose entire life has focused on recreating birds in one form or another.


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

 
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Fresh off the Easel Gallery

AVAILABLE WORKS

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. All works below are available for sale. Please contact SEWE for more information.

 

 
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Hope

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 FROM THE FOUNDRY WITH WALTER MATIA

HOPE
English Setter, 24″l x 25″h x 7″d, Bronze, Edition 10, $7,500

“On a warm Fall day, a young Setter pup is let loose on her first morning in the bird fields. Gone in an instant. From the back of a horse, my hunting partner murmured almost to himself, “I sure hope the dog comes back.”  She did come back and on that day got both her name and began the first chapter of one of those dogs of a lifetime.”
– Walter Matia

Walter Matia possesses a vision of the world around him. His work is biographical; the subject matter is so much a part of his life that it is like a diary, personal art that comes straight from the heart. Walt was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Upon graduation he worked in the Exhibits Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and The Nature Conservancy.  He started his art studio, Curlew Castings in 1984. His works have been exhibited shows across the country. He is a Master Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and Master Wildlife Artist at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He resides in Dickerson, MD with his wife, daughter, son, Pip the Setter and Tink the Lab.

Here is one of our favorite videos about Walt produced by Orvis, a SEWE partner.

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

 
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On Fire

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 ELEANOR PARKER

ON FIRE
Oil on Linen, 22 x 28, $2,800

“I was raised in the Lowcountry, spending countless hours in the creeks and marshes. As a painter, I have learned to observe the ever changing landscape and strive to tell the story through my work.”
– Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Royall Parker lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina where she grew up on the waters of the Lowcountry. She and her husband Russ raised their family on Shem Creek. Eleanor has painted for many years, but in the last three years has taken a more serious interest in perfecting her craft. She is most interested in the sky and its varied light effects on the waters and marshlands that she is so familiar with. Eleanor has been lucky enough to study under many notable artists with amazing skills in the use of light, and this study has enhanced her ability to capture that light in her oil paintings.

 

Also available from Eleanor Parker


WATERWAY
48 x 60, $5,600

 


TURNING MARSH
11 x 14, $1,300

 


MISTY MORNING
18 x 24, $2,400

 


COLD WATER
12 x 12, $800

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

 

 
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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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The Stalker

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 DAVID KIEHM

THE STALKER
11 x 14, Oil on Panel, $2600

“Water, light and reflections have always drawn me to wetlands. Once there, the animals that call the place home become the focus. This green heron became the perfect subject to tie together all the elements that make wetlands magical.”

 

Also available from David Kiehm

WATCHING
8 x 10, Oil on Panel, $995

 

ABOUT DAVE

David “Dave” Kiehm’s realistic painting style comes from a lifetime of observing nature first hand. His love of all things wild translate into evocative images meticulously rendered to capture the intricacies of the animals and their world.

Dave was born in upstate New York and moved with his family to Pennsylvania where he graduated from North Penn High School in their Advanced Art Program. During these years, Dave became interested in wildlife and was rarely seen without his binoculars, sketchpad and pencils. After graduating with high honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York City he worked as an illustrator for wildlife magazines including Sports Afield, Field and Stream and Outdoor Life. He worked for ten years as an Art Director for Danbury Mint.

Dave has been honored with awards nationally and internationally including the prestigious award: “BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year.” The Judges said his painting, Foundation Wall, “…stood out in a competitive category because of its lovely composition, exquisite detail and excellent depiction of light.”

Dave has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe to observe wildlife and wild places for subjects for his paintings. These paintings have been shown at Marwell International Wildlife Society, UK, Roger Tory Peterson Institute Museum, The Houston Museum of Natural History, The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, and The Nature in Art Gallery and Museum, UK, to name a few.

Dave lives and works in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains of New York with his family, including his golden retriever, Maggie.

Learn more about David Kiehm.

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

 
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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.>>