Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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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!

 

 

 

 
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Meet Lou Pasqua

SEWE 2019 Featured Artist and Painting Announced

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

“With the artists present and engaging with collectors during SEWE week people often refer to the connections and relationships made here in Charleston,” Powell adds. “For those of us fortunate to view Lou Pasqua’s collection at SEWE 2019, I believe his work will connect all of us and tell a story about the love we share for the outdoors and our traditions.”

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

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

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

More about Lou:

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

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

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

 
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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!

 
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Plan Your Weekend

Learn the skinny on all things SEWE 2018 with the show brochure. Full schedule, lineup of events, new attractions, special events and more included. Map out your weekend with this handy, dandy guide.

 
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Joseph H. Sulkowski | Artist Spotlight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2018 VIP Program

VIP Packages will be for sale starting October 13. 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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SEWE 2017 Brochure

Flip through the SEWE Show Brochure to view the full lineup for SEWE 2017. Contact us if you would like one mailed to you.

Designed by Andrew Barton

 
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2017 Art Book

It is with great pride that we introduce the 2017 Art Book. The works featured in the book are available for purchase (at the time of printing). SEWE is unique in its focus on the relationship between artists and collectors; if you have attended the Exposition and walked around the Fine Art Gallery you have no doubt felt the energy and excitement for the art that SEWE embodies.

Browse the SEWE 2017 Art Book for a sampling of what the 2017 Exposition will entail. Please contact SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson, with any inquiries.

 

 

 
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SEWE 2016 Raffle Winners Announced

Congrats to the Scout Boat winner and winners of the Caesar Guerini and Bernelli guns. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the raffles. And thank you to Ducks Unlimited, Scout Boats and Palmetto State Armory.

 
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SEWE Sunday: The Unofficial “Local’s Day”

SEWE Sunday is unofficially known as Local’s Day. For $15, SEWE-goers can experience five venue locations, multiple live performances, award-winning art and sculptures and a number of interactive demonstrations.

Start your day in the Gaillard Center. Visit with more than 80 exhibitors, all showcasing their various handcrafted products and art. From taxidermy to bow ties, knives and apparel, explore the booths in the exhibit hall, and be amazed by the detailed work created specifically for SEWE.

At 11am, head upstairs and into the performance hall for the last Busch Wildlife Sanctuary show of the weekend. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary’s presentation will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystem and give attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and many more. Seating is first-come, first-served so make sure to arrive early!

Next, head on foot to Marion Square, and make it in time to be a spectator for the amazing and riveting Center for Birds of Prey flight demonstrations happening at 1pm. Their presentation is one of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. Watch birds up-close, including raptors, falcons, eagles, owls and hawks.

While in Marion Square, grab lunch from one of the many vendors on-site. Options include Southern comfort food favorites, like barbecue from Food for the Southern Soul, chicken bog from Hamby Catering and hamburgers from Rolling South Kitchen. Step into the conservation village to learn about reptiles and amphibians, from The Orianne Society and Edisto Island Serpentarium. And, before you go, pay a visit to the tents of SEWE’s biggest supporters and non-profits.

From Marion Square, hop on the shuttle and head to Charleston Place Hotel to peruse the paintings and sculptures of more than 100 artists showcasing their work in the second floor ballroom. Make sure to take a look at the pieces from Featured Artist, Kyle Sims, and Featured Sculptor, Stefan Savides. Other notable artists in town include, John Banovich, Greg Beechman and Brett Smith.

End your SEWE experience in Brittlebank Park, viewing the exhilarating finals of the DockDogs competition at 4 p.m. A fan favorite event, dogs compete in various jumping waves in side-by-side tanks. Don’t leave the park without walking through the sporting village. You’ll find hunting, fishing and safari guides, outdoor outfitters and land professionals. Check out the boats, ATVs and a host of tractors, too. Lastly, listen to the band, pet the puppies up for adoption and grab your SEWE souvenirs before calling it a day!

Make sure to share your SEWE happenings with us on social media! Tag your pictures with #SEWE2016. And, save the dates for next year! SEWE 35 takes place February 17 – 19, 2017.