Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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Meet Jason Tako

ABOUT THE FEATURED ARTIST

SEWE announces its Featured Artist and painting for the 2020 event, marking 38 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life. Jason Tako (pronounced TAKE-O) has been named the 2020 event’s Featured Artist. His painting, The Road Less Traveled, has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2020 poster.

“At its core, SEWE desires to present the finest wildlife art available. With that in mind, Jason Tako was an obvious choice for the 2020 Featured Artist. Jason’s western paintings are unmatched, and it is a privilege to showcase his work” says SEWE Art Curator, Natalie Henderson.

Jason Tako is in the unique category of being one of the few plein air artists who paints animals from life, and one of the few wildlife artists who paints en plein air. “I have only understood that drawing and painting from life was the best way to learn,” Jason says. The soul of Jason’s artwork has its origins in the wetlands and prairie areas of Minnesota. “Heading outdoors long before sunrise, I would spend hours in a duck blind just watching and listening. Those moments are with me to this day,” he adds.

“I was stunned for a while and couldn’t really do anything for several hours until it sunk in,” he replied when asked his feelings on what it was like to be selected as the 2020 Featured Artist. “Then there was the feeling of paranoia when I realized the quality of work I would need to create to live up to the honor.” Jason, who lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Rebecca and their five children, also added, “My wife and children were really excited for me and encouraged me to accept it.”

“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 Jason Tako’s collection at SEWE 2020, I believe his work will connect all of us and tell a story about the love we share for the outdoors and our traditions.”

ABOUT THE FEATURED PAINTING

The Road Less Traveled depicts two big horned sheep in western North Dakota.

We asked Jason about the inspiration and process behind the concept and creation of the 2020 featured painting:

“Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is a beautiful place teaming with wildlife, but the fact that it’s been rarely painted makes it a hidden treasure that I wanted to show the world. Having been raised in rural Minnesota, I have always felt a connection with more isolated and unknown places. And for me, this area represents that. The Road Less Traveled was inspired by several trips my family and I made to this relatively unknown and restful place. The landscape depicts the north unit, which has some of the most dramatic landscape in all the park. Bighorn Sheep can also be spotted here if one is fortunate enough.”

“Since you cannot have wildlife without habitat, I wanted a piece that told as much about the landscape as the animals in the landscape. I also wanted this to be a scene that any person would enjoy viewing. From a compositional perspective, the darks of the buttes bring out the strong back lighting on the sheep, which are making their way down into the canyon. The diagonal shapes are meant to give a downward movement to emphasize the height of the sheep’s location. The upper left, which acts as a type of window, also shows the height of the sheep and the vastness of the western landscape. The foreground rocks and grass were painted with thick impasto paint to help give them a three-dimensional feel and push the rest of the scene into the distance.”

A vast amount of land is shown without any sign of human development. The sheep feel almost isolated and we are privileged to be able to witness their untouched refuge. These are the types of emotions I’m given in a place like this. My hope is that the viewer will be able to make a similar connection and perhaps be inspired by The Road Less Traveled.

Tako’s original painting will be available at auction during the VIP Signature Gala and Sale, February 13, 2020. Purchase the Official 2020 Poster is here.>>

More about Jason:

The soul of Jason Tako’s highly sought after artwork has its origins in the wetlands and prairie areas of Minnesota. He spent the summers of his youth fishing at the family cabin and winters wandering through the nearby wooded areas and playing on frozen lakes.  During his senior year in high school, Jason put aside his sketchbooks and delved into music. Attending what later became McNally Smith College of Music, he studied bass guitar and jazz music theory and graduated top of his class with honors. He spent the next ten years playing in numerous rock, jazz, and country bands and recorded several albums.

Realizing how much he missed the serenity of nature, Jason picked up his sketchbooks again and headed back out into the wetlands of southern Minnesota. After spending several years in solitude sketching from life, Jason plunged himself into studio oil painting all while keeping up his discipline of plein air painting. “I was plein air painting before I ever heard the term or knew of the movement. I only understood that drawing and painting from life was the best way to learn. Heading outdoors long before sunrise, I would spend hours in a duck blind just watching and listening. Those moments are with me to this day,” Jason says.

Jason is in the unique category of being one of the few plein air artists who paints animals from life, and one of the few wildlife artists who paints en plein air. “I have always had an interest in history, and during my years of wandering through rural Minnesota I frequently thought about the American Indians; how close they were with nature and the unique privilege they had to live in an unspoiled land. And I’ve always enjoyed drawing the human figure. It finally dawned on me, almost by accident, that this would be a subject I would thoroughly enjoy painting as it combines so many aspects of my interest,” Jason says.

 
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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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Live Auction Preview

From original art to international hunting trips to a private dinner with Jack Hanna, preview the line up of fantastic auction items available to bid on during the SEWE Signature Gala and Auction, being held Thursday, February 14, 2019 as part of the SEWE VIP program. Happy bidding!

 
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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.

 
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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

 

 

 
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Summer Art Preview

This year, for the first time ever, we have curated an exclusive summer catalog to share with a select group of collectors. In this portfolio, you will find a sneak preview of some of the talented artists headlining our upcoming 37th annual Exposition, to be held February 14-17, 2019, whose work is now available for early purchase. We are honored to welcome Lou Pasqua as our Featured Artist alongside Guest Sculptors Sandy Scott and Walter Matia, among many, many others. Your appreciation of wildlife art ensures we are able to continue to create exciting and exclusive opportunities for our valued patrons, and we thank you for your ongoing support.

I hope you enjoy this opportunity to be the first to experience this special collection of work. I am available by phone at (843) 723-1748 or email at [email protected].

Kindly,
Natalie Henderson
Art Curator

 
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2018 Kids for Conservation Birdhouse Competition Winners

We are excited to announce the 2018 Kids for Conservation poetry competition winners! Students from the Tri-County area in grades 1st-5th were invited to compete in the KFC Poster Competition, while students in grades 6th-8th competed in the KFC Photography and Poetry Competition and  9th-12th in the KFC Birdhouse competition. Yet again we received a wonderful selection of entries from our talented young artists, writers and photographers and would like to thank the participants, teachers and parents.

1st Place Birdhouse Winner:

Dragon by Benjamin Holmes

Grade 11, James Island Charter High

 

2nd Place Birdhouse Winner:

My Bird is Bad and Boujee by William Dalton-Penn

Grade 12, Cane Bay High

 

3rd Place Birdhouse Winner:

Reef by Maryna Dilligard

James Island Charter High

 

Honorable Mention:

Antler Abode by Caleb Krohn

Grade 11, Cane Bay High

 

Honorable Mention:

Grizzly Bear by Shalohm Manneraak

Grade 12, Summerville High School

 

Honorable Mention:

Tuki Tuki by Nicole Stolf

Grade 12, Summerville High School

 

 
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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!

 
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Live Presentations

LIVE PRESENTATIONS AT SEWE 2018

SEWE is excited to offer the following live presentations throughout the weekend. All of these shows are included with your general admission ticket. And don’t forget – kids 10 and under are free!

 

 

JEFF FOXWORTHY

Friday, 2/16 at 4 PM  |  Gaillard Center

Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country, and he channels his artistic talents in various forms. Since Jeff was a child, he has been creating sketches for his own enjoyment. In a rare opportunity, attendees will have the opportunity to view Jeff’s work in the SEWE Marketplace as well as attend a Q&A where he will discuss where he draws his inspiration and how an idea makes its way to paper.

 

JACK HANNA

Friday, 2/16 at 2 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 12:30 & 3:30 PM  |  Gaillard Center

Presented by Boeing
Television personality, author, and conservationist, Jack Hanna joins us once again to entertain and delight SEWE attendees at the Gaillard Center. 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. In addition to frequent appearances on programs including Late Night with David Letterman, Jack hosts the three time Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

SHEEP & DUCK HERDING DEMONSTRATIONS

Friday, 2/16 at 11 AM & 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 11 AM & 3 PM  |  Sunday, 2/18 at 1 PM  |  Brittlebank Park

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.

New this year, 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 various obstacles with only a whistle and a few commands.

 

BUSCH WILDLIFE

Friday, 2/16 at 11 AM   |  Sunday, 2/18 at 11 AM  |  Gaillard Center

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

THE CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY

Friday, 2/16 at 11 AM and 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM |  Sunday, 2/18 at 1 PM | Marion Square

Presented by BP America
One of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. See amazing flight demos up-close by a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks while learning about the important role they play in our ecosystem.

 

THE ORIANNE SOCIETY

Friday, 2/16 at 1 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 3 PM |  Sunday, 2/18 at 3 PM  |  Marion Square

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 (such as quail, turkey and deer) in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.

 

 

 
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2018 Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

The 2018 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) art competition results are in! To say we are overwhelmed by the talent and hard work produced by these K-12 students and their respective teachers and parents is an understatement.  We are BLOWN away. 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.

And a standing ovation to Abi O’Donnell from Thomas Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant, SC, for being chosen as the 2018 SC Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show. Good luck at the Federal Judging on April 20.

 

“Smug Mug ” 2018 Best of Show by Abi O’ Donnell
Age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

 

Announcing the 2018 SC Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

BEST OF SHOW

Abi O’Donnell – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP I (Grades K-3)

1st

Abhi Balachandran – Age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Addison Carpenter – Age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Stella Jones – Age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

2nd

Will Cowell – Age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Noah Deemer – Age 9, Carolina Forest Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Olivia Newman – Age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

3rd

Georgia Bauer – Age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Emma Freeman – Age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Kameya Jackson – Age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Honorable Mention

Lola Barwick – Age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Lorelai Branch – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner
Mady Casselman – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner
William Craine – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner
Kaylee Farnham – Age 9, Carolina Forest Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Parker Kinard – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner
Bella LaSalle – Age 9, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner
Augusta Mason – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner
Lucas Powers – Age 9, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner
Hunter Smith – Age 8, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Moncks Corner


GROUP II (Grades 4-6)

1st

Tabby Perry – Age 12, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Adam Sproles – Age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Grace Zuo – Age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

2nd

Lauren Newman – Age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Ellison Newman – Age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Camryn Trent – Age 9, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

3rd

Sophia Jones – Age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Marley Luke – Age 11, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Isabella Stier, Age 12, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC

Honorable Mention

Alanah Alston – Age 9, St James Santee Elementary School, McClellanville, SC
Kairi Barwick – Age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Dakota Cox – Age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Aleksandria Dunkin – Age 12, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Sam Evans – Age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Ellie Hudson – Age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Michael Jones – Age 9, St James Santee Elementary School, McClellanville, SC
Dezmond Mitchell – Age 9, St James Santee Elementary School, McClellanville, SC
Emily Pinkham – Age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Brianna Richardson – Age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Connor Scalzitti – Age 10, Vine and Branches Home Educators, Conway, SC
Colt Stanley – Age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Siri Surapaneni – Age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Brenna Ullrey – Age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Dezyre Weston – Age 9, St. James Santee Elementary School, McClellanville
Carmen Zarcone – Age 11, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC

GROUP III (Grades 7-9)

1st

Caycee Coleman – Age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Abi O’Donnell – Age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC
Alina Sluzhyvenkova – Age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC

2nd

Chase Breeland – Age 15, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Karra Canady – Age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Meredith Rogers – Age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

3rd

Emma Elliott – Age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Millie Anne Morris – Age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Caroline Sharp – Age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Honorable Mention

Katie Alford – Age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Meenakshi Balachandran – Age 12, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Dakota Bradham – Age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Lily Cleveland – Age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Madison Crouch – Age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Matthew Curl – Age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
LeeAnna Fingerlin – Age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Elizabeth Glendinning – Age 14, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Alex Gomez – Age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Kalisha Hill – Age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Thomas Kang – Age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Gabriel Miller – Age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Catherine Murphy – Age 14, Academy of Arts, Science & Technology, Conway, SC
Ethan Proctor – Age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Carly Sabados – Age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC
Amelia Sorcia – Age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC

GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)

1st

Destiny Denue – Age 17, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC
Lillan Rush – Age 16, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC
Olivia Sweatt – Age 17, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

2nd

Jorge Feria de la Cruz – Age 18, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC
JoAnn Lawhorn – Age 16, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC
Kieran Ullrey – Age 16, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

3rd

Shay Gammon – Age 16, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Rose Holstein – Age 18, Homeschool, Mt Pleasant, SC
Ava Kronberg – Age 17, Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach, SC

Honorable Mention

Elizabeth Dickenson – Age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Carmen Doubravo – Age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Madison Evans – Age 16 Michael’s Masterpieces Sumter SC
Kayce Hall – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek, SC
Caitlin Harrison – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek, SC
Aiden Hathaway – Age 15, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek, SC
Angelina Henry – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek, SC
Chase Jarvis – Age 17, Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Grace Moore – Age 15, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Juliann Moua – Age 17, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC
Jadzia Priest – Age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Jazus Shepherd – Age 16, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Chazz Swiech – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School Goose Creek, SC
Cinthya Villasenor – Age 15, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek, SC
Iris Vlahogiannis – Age 16, Berekely Center for the Arts and Goose Creek High School, Goose Creek, SC
Amanda Wierschem – Age 16, Homeschool, Sumter, SC

 

2018 Conservation Message Winners

 

GROUP I (Grades K-3)

Put the trash where it belongs so ducks can live long!
Georgia Bauer – Age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Conservation is important to me because God created our wildlife & wetlands. It is our job to take care of what he has given us!
Kameya Jackson – Age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Don’t be nerdy save a birdie!
Olivia Newman – Age 7, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Save a duck before they’re out of luck!
Lola Barwick – Age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Don’t litter so the earth will glitter!
Addison Carpenter – Age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

 

GROUP II (Grades 4-6)

What flies tomorrow was saved today.
Tabby Perry – Age 12, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

Say it loud! Say it clear! There is no room for trash here!
Ellie Hudson – Age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

The ducks are few if the waters aren’t blue.
Brenna Ullrey – Age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Conservation is important to me because it means saving lives. We are conserving habitats for these birds so that they stay alive. That is important.
Madison Beckles – Age 10, Carolina Forest Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC

Conservation is a gift we give to the world. Nature’s beauty is a gift we receive in return.
Lexi Greve – Age 9, Carolina Forest Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC

 

GROUP III (Grades 7-9)

All Creatures have their own specific and critical roles in nature.
Abi O’Donnell – Age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Stewardship of God’s creation is the foundation of conservation.
Chase Breeland – Age 15, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

Spread your wings, cause a splash, make a difference because wildlife is our future!
Meredith Rogers – Age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Conservation is the key that opens the door to a better future for our environment.
Elizabeth Glendinning – Age 14, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC

Wildlife paints us the background of our past, but conservation paints us the picture of our future.
Emma Tiberian – Age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

 

GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)

Nature is the basis of art, beauty in its truest form. It is our job as artists to preserve its authenticity.
Destiny Denue – Age 17, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

Conservation is not only for wildlife, but also for those who look to nature for life. People.
Juliann Moua – Age 17, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC

Conserving a habitat saves more than a species, it preserves their beauty and grace for everyone to enjoy.
Chase Jarvis – Age 17, Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach, SC

Pigeon, Pigeon, Goose… Doesn’t sound right without the duck, right? Conserve the wildlife.
Austin Cumbee – Age 17, Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC

Just as a lake ripples when a fowl’s feathers touch the water, the actions that we execute spread beyond us, affecting our environment.
Mary Kathryn Davidson – Age 17, SCAIHS, Elgin, SC

 

See all of the winning entries here . . .

Best of Show! Group III_1st_O'Donnell, Abi_Age 14_Thomas Cairo Middle School, Mt Pleasant