2015 SEWE HIGHLIGHTS

Retriever demos will be put on at Brittlebank Park during SEWE weekend.

Celebrating 33 years of wildlife art and the sporting life, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has grown to be the largest event of its kind in the nation. With fine art, conservation exhibits, sporting demonstrations, educational programs and special events, SEWE offers a wide variety of displays and activities in venues throughout downtown Charleston.

Original Wildlife & Sporting Art

SEWE will showcase the work of approximately 100 painters, carvers and sculptors at Charleston Place Hotel. Grant Hacking has been selected as the 2015 featured artist. Charleston Place Ballroom

Mills House, Hibernian & Embassy Suites

Local and regional artists and artisans including painters, wood makers and sculptors will be exhibiting at the Mills House Hotel. This exhibit is an eclectic mix of creations, including paintings, handcrafted furniture and woodworks. Hibernian Hall will house knife makers and artists and craftsmen while the atrium of Embassy Suites will feature wildlife and nature photography and limited edition prints and giclees.

Sporting Village

Vendors and exhibitors include outdoor outfitters, boats and equipment, and fishing/hunting/safari guides along with skillful retriever demonstrations, fly fishing, fly tying and cast net tossing instruction by the experts at Charleston Angler. Enjoy food vendors and live bluegrass music. Brittlebank Park

Children’s activities

Find fun, educational activities and programs at Brittlebank Park for children of all ages including Eudora Farms pony and camel rides, an exotic petting zoo, a spider jump and a power rock climbing wall. Marion Square also plays host to many children’s activities, as well, including the popular Edisto Island Serpentarium tent, food vendors and live music. Brittlebank Park

Decoys

Decoy exhibitors will be housed at the Charleston Marriott, making the exhibit one the largest amounts of space dedicated to the art of decoys in nearly 20 years of SEWE. High-end sporting arms dealers will also be housed at the hotel. Charleston Marriott

Decoy auction

An auction held noon-4 p.m. Saturday by Guyette & Deeter will offer nearly 200 investment-quality decoys with values ranging from $200 to more than $10,000. A special lecture, “The History of Decoys and Decoy Collecting,” by Jon Deeter will be at 1 p.m. Friday. Charleston Marriott

Scout Boat Raffle

Win a 2015 195 SF Scout boat with Yamaha F115XA engine, T-top and Magic Tilt trailer during SEWE 2015. Tickets are $100 and available on sewe.com and at Marion Square. Only 750 tickets will be sold. The boat is on display at Marion Square. The drawing takes place Sunday. You do not need to be present to win. Marion Square

The Twelve Days of SEWE Christmas

A new exhibit features original art by Jason Tako, who is known for his appealing blend of impressionism and realism. Exhibit consists of 12 paintings, each illustrating one of the days from the classic Christmas carol. Charleston Place Hotel

‘Born to Explore’

Richard Wiese, host of “Born to Explore,” an Emmy Award-winning travel and adventure program on ABC, brings his stories to life in two shows. Wiese is a world-class explorer, respected field scientist, author and the youngest president of the 100-year-old Explorer’s Club. Seating is first-come at 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Charleston Music Hall

Live animal shows

The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary introduces the wonders of the natural ecosystems and gives up-close looks at alligators, bobcats, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and much more in four shows throughout SEWE weekend. Charleston Music Hall

Kids for Conservation

This program promotes wildlife and environmental conservation awareness in young people. Visit the KFC display at the Charleston County Public Library to see the artistic poster (grades 1-5), poetry and photo (grades 6-8) and birdhouse (grades 9-12) entries. Charleston County Public Library

Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

SEWE partnered with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the 2015 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Combining science and art, this program teaches K-12 students about waterfowl and wetlands conservation. View the winning artwork and the S.C. “Best of Show.” Charleston County Public Library

‘Living with Wolves’

Jim and Jaime Dutcher will return with their popular “Living with Wolves” presentation, the story of the six years they spent researching wolves in the wilderness of Idaho. A general admission ticket gets you in to see all live performances at the Charleston Music Hall. Seating is first-come. Charleston Music Hall

Chefs in action

Through the Certified South Carolina/Fresh on the Menu programs, a “baker’s dozen” of Charleston’s finest chefs will be conducting cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. A wide variety of fresh, local products also will be available. Marion Square

Flight demonstrations

One of the most educational and entertaining shows during SEWE, the Center for Birds of Prey will conduct free flight demonstrations using a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks. Marion Square

Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt

Watch artists create original pieces live. Working in their designated exhibit space, each participating artist will have just one hour to create a piece from start to finish. A live auction will take place after where attendees can bid on the works. Action starts at 3 p.m. Friday. Charleston Place

Duet & Quintet

Two painters will paint an original oil painting while two sculptors create a piece of sculpture out of plaster and clay, all set to the music of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet. An auction will follow. Starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. Charleston Place Ballroom

DockDogs

SEWE hosts one of the only two tank DockDog events east of the Mississippi. Crowds flock to watch dogs of all breeds and skill levels in high-flying, big-splashing water jumping competitions. Waves of competition will be held throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday with finals held Sunday afternoon. For more information or to pre-register your dog, go to dockdogs.com. Brittlebank Park

Visions of Nature

This special SEWE exhibit features new, original paintings by Charleston artists Rick Reinert and Kevin LePrince and guest artists Heiner Herting and Mark Kelso. Open daily during SEWE with reception 5-8 p.m. Friday. No ticket required. Reinert LePrince Fine Art