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The nation’s largest wildlife art and nature event, the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), will be held in Charleston this year February 14–16.

Officials tell us “Jack is back!” Television personality, author and conservationist Jack Hanna will once again entertain SEWE attendees at the Charleston Music Hall. One of the most respected animal ambassadors in the world, Hanna’s enthusiasm and hands-on approach to conserving wildlife will undoubtedly entertain all who attend his local performances.

SEWE will be showcasing the work of 120 wildlife painters, carvers and sculptors in Charleston Place Hotel’s grand ballroom. This year, the featured artist will be oil painter Chad Poppleton, a Cache Valley, Utah, resident who’s known for his skillful portrayals of animals in natural settings.

Also celebrated during the exposition will be the “art of the decoy.” Decoy exhibitors will be displaying their artistry at the Charleston Marriot. There’ll also be a decoy auction, offering nearly 200 investment-quality decoys ranging in price from $200 to over $10,000.

The list of additional events and activities during the exposition is impressive: an exotic animal petting zoo, birds of prey flight demonstrations, rock climbing, pony and camel rides for kids, fly fishing demonstrations, jewelry exhibits and much more. There’ll also be food from area eateries and live music.

SEWE’s impact on Charleston, and its popularity, has continued to grow. In addition to generating millions in income, it provides the public with easy, affordable and enjoyable access to wildlife and nature conservation programs.

CurentsEditorsVer2 Image 5Photographs courtesy of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition