South­east­ern Wildlife Ex­po­si­tion

Charleston, SC

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El­e­ments of sport­ing life and some of the best in wildlife art come to­gether for the an­nual South­east­ern Wildlife Ex­po­si­tion in Charleston, South Carolina. Through­out the three-day event vis­i­tors can par­take in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties both sport­ing and art-re­lated, like the Dock­dogs Com­pe­ti­tion where dogs of all kinds and skill lev­els com­pete in var­i­ous wa­ter jump­ing com­pe­ti­tions, and the sheep and duck herd­ing demo, as well as art pre­views, quick draws, speed sculpts and more.

An ex­cit­ing new el­e­ment to the event this year is A Big Night for Small Works hap­pen­ing on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 12. The tick­eted event is a ju­ried show fea­tur­ing 50 small works from SEWE artists. The fea­tured artists for the minia­tures show, Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, will do live demon­stra­tions and paint­ings, and guests will be able to en­joy live music and drinks.

“That’s go­ing to be a re­ally in­cred­i­ble event in and of it­self. We’re go­ing to have an

il­lu­sion­ist and a lot of other fun el­e­ments as well,” says SEWE cu­ra­tor Natalie Hen­der­son.

In ad­di­tion to the small works show, artre­lated hap­pen­ings through­out the week­end in­clude the Quick Draw/speed Sculpt on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 14, in the Fine Art Gallery at Charleston Place, and Co­p­ley Fine Art’s Win­ter Sale on Fe­bru­ary 15 run­ning from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charleston Mar­riott Ho­tel.

“What has be­come kind of a crowd fa­vorite for col­lec­tors is our pre­view af­ter­noon on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 13, from 1 to 5 p.m., and that’s the first ac­cess to all the art,” says Hen­der­son. The pre­view shows off 2,500 to 3,000 orig­i­nal works of art, en­com­pass­ing paint­ings, sculp­tures, carv­ings and more. “Hav­ing first ac­cess to that is al­ways a cov­eted af­ter­noon,” she says.

Hen­der­son names just a few of the many artists in at­ten­dance at the 2020 show. “We’re al­ways very thrilled to have Wal­ter Ma­tia, Sandy Scott and Ste­fan Sa­vides,” she says, adding that there will be around 15 new artists in at­ten­dance this year in­clud­ing Mitch Baird, Mark Mckenna, Ann Goble, Daniel Porter and Eleanor Parker.

Among the to­tal 100 wildlife artists ex­hibit­ing their work this Fe­bru­ary are John Banovich, Vi­vian Boswell, Stephen Town­ley Bas­sett, Jen­nifer Black, Grant Hack­ing, Pa­tri­cia

A. Grif­fin, Joseph Sulkowski and last year’s fea­tured artist Lou Pasqua.

The fea­tured artist for 2020 is plein air painter Ja­son Tako, who takes a unique ap­proach to his art­work, paint­ing an­i­mals from life. “I was stunned for a while and couldn’t re­ally do any­thing for sev­eral hours un­til it sunk in,” says Tako on be­ing se­lected as this year’s fea­tured artist. The of­fi­cial 2020 SEWE poster is his oil, The Road Less Trav­eled, de­pict­ing two horned rams on a moun­tain top.

“Ja­son is from Penn­syl­va­nia, and he’s very well known for his West­ern land­scapes as well as his Na­tive Amer­i­can art. So he just has a fresh per­spec­tive on his sub­ject mat­ter,” says Hen­der­son. She ex­plains that Tako has been with SEWE for sev­eral years now, steadily build­ing up a sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tor base. “He’s re­ally es­tab­lished him­self at our show, so we’re de­lighted to make him the fea­tured artist for our show. He re­ally in­ti­mately stud­ies his sub­ject mat­ter.”

SEWE ex­hibits through­out Charleston close on Sun­day at 5 in the evening.

Ja­son Tako, The Road Less Trav­eled, oil on linen, 36 x 50”

The SEWE Fine Art Gallery at Charleston Place. Artist Grant Hack­ing, who was the SEWE fea­tured artist in 2015, hangs up one of his paint­ings at a past event. Col­lec­tors browse art­work dur­ing pri­vate pre­view hours in the Fine Art Gallery at Charleston Place.

Artist Anne Lon­don dur­ing the Quick Draw/ Speed Sculpt event at a past South­east­ern Wildlife Ex­po­si­tion.

Kathryn Mapes Turner, Indigo Blues, oil on linen, oil on rag paper, 24 x 20”

Joseph Sulkowski, Earth Draw­ing, mixed me­dia, 40 x 50”

Ju­lia Rogers, High Sea­son, oil on linen, oil, 20 x 30”

Vi­vian Boswell, Rocky Top, oil, 20 x 20”

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