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Valirie and Kip Hooker view art during the SEWE Preview Gala and Auction Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at Charleston Place. (Paul Zoeller/postandcourier.com) Buy this photo

Art and animals came together Thursday evening as the Southeastern Wildlife Expo took flight with the Preview Gala and Auction.

The expo, in its 31st year, is an eclectic celebration of art and wildlife.

Patrons can take in demonstrations, peruse sculptures and other artwork and visit a variety of vendors offering everything from jewelry to sporting goods.

For more information about the festival, check out our SEWE section.

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