Friday, February 17, 2012

2012 SEWE Preview Gala and Sale / Hanna video

Faith Stowe, local artist Kevin LePrince and September Welborn at the SEWE gala
With the three-day SEWE festival set to begin on Friday morning, Thursday night is always reserved for the black tie Preview Gala and auction. Charleston Place is the setting for the event that welcomes world class wildlife artists to meet with the adoring crowd of SEWE patrons that appreciate them. Whether it be wood carvings, bronze statues, volcanic sandstones, oil paintings or truly unique mediums - SEWE kicks off during the Preview Gala. Always fabulous celebrity Jack Hanna was on hand to show off animals with him from the Columbus Zoo and to make photos and sign autographs with VIP's. Food offerings included baked brie, seafood and rice perlot, ham and beef steamships and a table full of confections. A silent and a live auction were conducted and TV weatherman Tom Crawford served as emcee for the occasion. Politicos, publishers, bankers and all types of movers and shakers are on hand to celebrate the sporting art of SEWE at the Preview Gala, and the artist's are glad to be approached for conversation whether about their art or their travels. Most out of town artists offer a confession that being in warm Charleston during February is one of the best fringe benefits of SEWE. Local artists usually confess that it takes this influx of visitors to raise the bar to the highest level of wildlife art appreciation.
To view past blog entries about 2012 SEWE click here.

Alligator tail was on display at the SEWE gala

Tom and Julie Hund enjoy the SEWE gala

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