Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life


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.


Join the Party!

Make your SEWE weekend exceptional with one (or all) of these separately ticketed events! We’ve got something for the art enthusiasts, the ladies and the outdoors lovers. Whatever your flavor, you are sure to have an extra special SEWE weekend with these added events. But hurry…admission is limited.

Wednesday, February 13, 7 pm – 10 pm, Gibbes Museum of Art Kick off SEWE 2019 with a celebration of art through the sporting and landscape paintings of one of the genre’s great masters, Ogden M. Pleissner. Join friends and collectors as we embrace the spirit of SEWE with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and enjoy this special exhibit, Lying in Wait: Sporting Art by Ogden M. Pleissner.
TICKETS: $100 per person | Included with the VIP Ambassador Package


Saturday, February 16, 10 am – 2 pm, Francis Marion Hotel Back by popular demand, raise your glass for the second annual Birds of a Feather Ladies Brunch Benefit – all for a great cause! Bites and bubbles abound at this premier event, complemented with a silent auction and one-of-a-kind raffle items. Presented by Norton + Hodges, a portion of the proceeds will directly support Tall Timbers.
TICKETS: $125 per person | $1,000 per 10-person table | $2,000 for the head 10-person table


Saturday, February 16, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Brittlebank Park Dust off your boots for the third annual Lowcountry Social! Enjoy BBQ from world-renowned pit masters, bluegrass music by the fire and an open bar under the stars at Brittlebank Park. Come together with friends to celebrate the best of the South.
TICKETS: $125 per person


Call the SEWE office with any questions at 843.723.1748.





Special Guest: Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin is an animal and nature conservationist and best known as host and executive producer of the award winning Ocean Mysteries television series on ABC. Recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation, Jeff first appeared at SEWE in 2005. He returned for SEWE 2017 and is back by popular demand to delight attendees with live presentations on Friday and Saturday.

Jeff has had a passion for wildlife since his early childhood. His current television series, Ocean Mysteries is in production for its 5th season and is the highest rated TV series in its time-block reaching millions of viewers each week. In March of 2015, Ocean Mysteries went viral when a scientific research team along with Jeff, discovered the world’s largest freshwater fish. The record-breaking giant freshwater stingray, caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River, was over 14 feet long and 8 feet wide. Ocean Mysteries has also been recognized with the top industry awards including three Emmy Awards (outstanding travel series, host, and director categories), numerous Telly Awards, the Cynopsis Social Good Award, the Cine Special Jury Award, and the Parents’ Choice Awards.

For nearly two decades, Jeff has hosted a variety of popular television series and specials, including Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin Experience, Giant Monsters, Realm of the Yeti, Corwin’s Quest, Spring Watch USA, Snake-Tacular, and King of the Jungle; Disney’s Going Wild with Jeff Corwin; Investigation Earth with the Discovery Networks; NBC’s Jeff Corwin Unleashed, which was nominated four times for an Emmy and for which Corwin won an Emmy for Outstanding Host; and the Travel Channel’s Into Alaska and Into the American West. For the Discovery Health Channel Jeff hosted Pets and People, the Power of the Health Connection. His popular television series have been broadcasted in over 130 countries worldwide.

Among many other projects, Jeff is also the Executive Producer and host of the future IMAX-format film, Expedition Chesapeake, in partnership with Whittaker Center, presently in production. In 2010, Jeff served as Special Correspondent for Science and the Environment for MSNBC and NBC news, where he covered the impact and recovery efforts of the Gulf oil spill. In 2009, Jeff executive produced and presented 100 Heartbeats for MSNBC. This groundbreaking documentary investigated the plight of our planet’s most endangered wildlife species along with the conservation heroes trying to save them. Along with the documentary, Jeff authored the critically acclaimed book 100 Heartbeats, which connected readers to our planet’s most endangered species. 100 Heartbeats received great reviews from both critics and the conservation community and is now on it paperback.

Beyond wildlife and conservation, Jeff is a passionate explorer of human culture especially as it connects to regional cuisine that is produced in a sustainable manner. His interests in renewable and sustainable living were the genesis for Food Network series Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin. In 2008, Animal Planet premiered The Vanishing Frog. This powerful documentary highlights Jeff’s year long, global odyssey exploring the mass extinction of our planet’s important amphibian species. Jeff also created and co-presented CNN’s Planet in Peril with Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta in 2007.

Jeff’s wildlife expertise has been regularly featured on a variety of television series including CNN, FOX, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Ellen DeGeneres, Rachael Maddows, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, Regis and Kelly and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Jeff was cast as himself on CSI Miami, named one of People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” and Entertainment Weekly‘s “It List”. Men’s Journal recognized Jeff as the world’s greatest host of a natural history series.

When not in the field, Jeff and his wife Natasha, along with daughters Maya and Marina, inhabit a tiny farm upon a small island, where they cohabitate with bees and chickens, and grow potatoes, kale, rhubarb, and all the beets your heart’s desire!





Win a 2019 Scout Boat


. . . for only $100 per ticket

Win a 2019 19′ Scout 195 Sportfish boat during SEWE 2019. Presented by Ducks Unlimited and Scout Boats. Tickets are $100, only 600 tickets sold.

  • 2019 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 600 tickets sold
  • Drawing will take place on Sunday, February 17 during SEWE 2019
  • You do not need to be present to win.

Purchase your ticket(s) here.


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




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.


2019 VIP Program

VIP Packages will be for sale starting October 12. 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!


SEWE 2018 Recap

Oh what a year . . . we broke records this year and it’s all because of our loyal attendees. We couldn’t do it without you. In case you didn’t make it to SEWE 2018, here’s what you missed…



Can’t Miss Events at SEWE 2018

While all of our SEWE events are truly spectacular, mapping out your weekend to experience everything that SEWE 2018 has to offer can be overwhelming. We’ve highlighted a few of our ‘can’t miss’ activities, events, demos and overall SEWE must-dos below to help you round out your list! We even tailor-made the schedule to your tastes.


Read below to check out our day-by-day top recommendations this weekend for the sportsman, art lover and family.



If you’re a lover of the outdoors and the sporting lifestyle, you could hangout in Brittlebank Park all day long and never be bored. However, each SEWE venue has something that you’ll appreciate and enjoy!



Retriever Demos: Dogs of all breeds and ages show off their retriever skills with some of the best handlers in the business.

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 1pm & 4pm.


Fly Fishing Demo: The experts from Charleston Angler will provide insider tips on building up your fishing skills!

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 2pm.



Beretta Gallery and James Purdey & Sons: The Beretta Gallery and James Purdey & Sons are exhibiting at SEWE this year! Fine Sporting Arms will be on display and available for purchase by highly regarded manufacturers James Purdey & Sons and Beretta on the second floor of Charleston Place Hotel. Barrett and Westley Richards will both have displays at the SEWE Marketplace in the Gaillard Center and SEWE partner Palmetto State Armory will have fine sporting arms and other products available for purchase at the Charleston Marriott.Visit with the knowledgeable representatives who are available to answer questions about your needs in the field.

Where: Charleston Place, Marriott Hotel and Gaillard Center

When: 10am – 6pm


Decoy Auction by Guyette and Deeter:If you can pull yourself away from those beautiful firearms, you’ll also want to check out the Decoy Auction by Guyette and Deeter. An investment quality decoy and painting auction held by Guyette & Deeter, Inc., offering over 250 investment quality decoys and paintings without reserve ranging from $200 to over $25,000. The auction will consist of mostly Atlantic Coast decoys including examples by Elmer Crowell, the Ward Brothers, Ned Burgess, William Bowman, Ira Hudson, Lee Dudley, Mark McNair and many other carvers.

Where: Charleston Marriott

When: Noon – 5 pm



Saltwater Inshore & Outshore Fishing Demos: This event put on by Charleston Anglers will showcase techniques and skills to be a pro on the water!

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 12pm & 2pm


National Wild Turkey Foundation: For those of you that hunt birds there will be some great exhibits like the National Wild Turkey Foundation (Swamp Fox Chapter), as well as a few of the best breeders around for hunting dogs like: Palmetto Gun Dogs and Webfoot Retrievers all in the same place.

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 10am – 5 pm


SEWE Marketplace: The SEWE Marketplace is a curated collection of outstanding local, regional and national artisans, craftsmen and Southern tastemakers and will include a varied mix of creations, including handcrafted furniture, woodworks, nature photography, knifemakers, jewelry and much more.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 10am – 5pm



SEWE presents some amazing opportunities to admire the beautiful work of wildlife artists and craftsmen from around the world.

Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt and Auction: View the skill and technique it takes to create a masterpiece at this unique event. Watch as artists paint and sculpt in real-time, generating an original piece in just one hour. All art will be up for auction.

Where: Charleston Place

When: 3pm


Q&A with Jeff Foxworthy – The Artist: He might be known for comedy, but at SEWE 2018 Jeff Foxworthy is here to show off his artistic skills along with a dash of humor. Stop by his exhibition in the Gaillard Center before attending his Q&A where he will answer questions about his sketches, the inspiration behind them and how his ideas make their way to paper.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 4pm



Duet & Quintet and Auction: Sculptures, oil paintings and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Quartet. Watch as past SEWE Featured Artists Chad Poppleton and D. Lee paint and sculpt in real time to the sound of symphonic music. After the show, all produced art will be up for auction.

Where: Charleston place

When: 2pm


Preview: Decoy Auction by Guyette & Deeter: Decoys are one of the oldest expressions of folk art. We’ll have unique and handcrafted decoys on display ranging from $200 to more than $10,000. Stop by for previews of all the decoys being sold at auction, as well a special display of decoys from a private collection.

Where: Charleston Marriott

When: 10am – 12pm


Fine Art Gallery: Our Fine Art Gallery will host more than 100 world-renowned artists and sculptors. View work in a variety of mediums including oils, graphite, bronze, wood and scratchboards.

Where: Charleston Place

When: 10am – 6pm

SEWE Marketplace: The SEWE Marketplace is a curated collection of outstanding local, regional and national artisans, craftsmen and Southern tastemakers and will include a varied mix of creations, including handcrafted furniture, woodworks, nature photography, knifemakers, jewelry and much more.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 10am – 5pm



SEWE is an event for the whole family. Kids 10 and under are free at all general admission venues and events.



Dockdogs: There’s nothing quite as enchanting as watching dogs soar through the air in our dockdogs competition. Your kids can get an up-close view on Friday, when the crowds at Brittlebank are lighter compared to the rest of the weekend.

Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 10:00am to 5:30pm


Birds of Prey Demo: If your kids loved seeing dogs fly, imagine them getting to see wild animals that can really soar! The Birds of Prey demonstrations from Center of Birds of Prey is a must see.

Where: Marion Square

When: 3pm


New to SEWE – Sheep and Duck Herding Demonstrations!

Come to SEWE every year? We’ve got a few new attractions in 2018, and one of the ones that the kids can’t miss is our Sheep and Duck Herding Demonstrations. It’s new and it’s awesome. The demos features dogs, sheep… and you guessed it, ducks. Master trainer, Bill Coburn, joins us at SEWE to show off his border collies as they herd sheep and ducks through all kinds of obstacles. Where: Brittlebank Park

When: 11am and 3pm



Litter Trashes Everyone Puppet Show: This puppet show is geared towards children teaching them the importance of respecting the environment.

Where: Marion Square

When: 10:30am & 4pm


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) in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.

Where: Marion Square

When: 1pm


Jack Hanna Show: Television personality, author, and conservationist, Jack Hanna joins us once again to entertain and delight SEWE attendees. One of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors in the world, Jack’s enthusiasm and hands-on approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 12:30pm & 3:30pm



Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show: Bring the kids along and watch as they, and you, are awed and fascinated by the amazing creatures that Busch Wildlife will bring to the stage… featuring a large variety from alligators to bobcats and foxes.

Where: Gaillard Center

When: 11am






2018 Live Auction Preview

From art to a handcrafted furniture to pursuits across the globe, preview the line up of fabulous auction items available to bid on during the SEWE Preview Gala and Auction, being held Thursday, February 15, 2018 as part of the SEWE VIP program. Happy bidding!