Our 17th Year at SEWE!

Our 17th Southeastern Wildlife Exposition!

by Rachelle Siegrist

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With our miniature paintings during the opening gala

We drove through the Smoky Mountains last Friday, as we headed to Charleston, SC for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition held this past weekend, arriving at the Charleston Place Hotel in time to hang our miniature paintings that evening.  Thankfully mild weather graced our weekend, making our daily mile-long walks between the show and our hotel, pleasant ones!  Thursday the artists were treated to a delightful luncheon held at the beautiful Charleston Grill. Conversation and laughter filled the air, and the relaxing time culminated with a fun presentation.

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Our beautiful artist luncheon on Thursday

That evening, the ballroom was filled with a sea of black as the promenade of attendees dressed in tuxes and long, flowing ball gowns mixed and mingled, and our booth was filled with admirers “Ooooooing and Awwwwwing” as they viewed our paintings through the magnifying glasses. Of course we also enjoyed the scrumptious delicate desserts, offered during the evening, tempting the palate with wee chocolate truffles, key lime tarts and other tantalizing treats!

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Wes and I with dear artist friends John and Suzie Seerey-Lester 

Saturday afternoon attendees were treated to a celebration of the arts, combining the beautiful sounds of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Quartet with watching a few of our artist friends paint and sculpt live for the audience.  Standing a few feet away, while listening to the talented quartet slide their bows along the strings, was indeed a real treat for me!  The dreamy tunes lulled listeners into a state of relaxation, while enjoying this mesmerizing performance in ultimate surround sound!

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John Seerey-Lester and Grant Hacking painting on stage while the music plays on

Before we knew it, it was Sunday evening and the show had come to an end.  I must say we so enjoyed being next to long time friends John and Suzie Seerey-Lester, and David Lanier and his wife Cathy, and loved being entertained by John’s interesting stories throughout the weekend! It was also great getting to know our other neighbor, Jerry Raedeke, who has been doing SEWE from the very beginning, 35 years ago. After packing up our paintings, we walked over to Hyman’s where we enjoyed a delicious dinner, in a most relaxing atmosphere.  If you’re a lover of fresh seafood and are ever in Charleston, I highly recommend Hyman’s!

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A beautiful Palmetto rose handmade form a cabbage frond, a South Carolina tradition started during the Civil War

We so enjoyed talking with our existing and new collectors at the show, and seeing you excitedly taking our little gems home with you!  I’m also so excited about the numerous dog commissions I have been asked to do, and loved looking at the many delightful photos, featuring the stars of my future commissioned portrait paintings!  Thank you both to our collectors, existing and new, and to the SEWE staff for making this such a wonderful weekend!

Come see our miniature paintings in person at NatureWorks, this coming weekend February 25th – 26th, held at the Tulsa Renaissance in Tulsa, OK. For more information visit their website at NatureWorks.


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~ Rachelle

Getting Ready For The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition!

Heading soon to SEWE!

by Rachelle Siegrist

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Very early bloomers in our yard this year!

This past week has been kind of crazy weather wise!  On our daily walks, we’ve gone from wearing shorts to the heaviest coat I own, and back to shorts again throughout the week, with a few snow flurries even mixed in.  Birds are filling the air with their springtime songs and the plants are totally confused as to which month it is, therefore many are starting to bud out way early.  The bright cheery yellow Daffodils are already in full bloom, even preempting the small delicate flowers of the Crocus!  Needless to say, it’s certainly keeping things interesting around here, and I personally have sure enjoyed getting to eat breakfast on the back porch a couple of mornings, as well as wearing shorts and flip flops a couple of days this winter!

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Wes with all of our miniature paintings soon to be packed up for SEWE

 

Meanwhile in the studio, we have been painting like crazy while working on commissions and paintings for upcoming show deadlines.  Wes has also begun the tedious process of filling out paperwork, printing labels and all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into our shows like the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, SC this next week.  We’ve also managed to sneak in some fun time with friends a couple of evenings this past week, while watching a documentary on Holbein and another on the newly discovered reason the Titanic sank, both very interesting indeed!

Last evening we enjoyed a wonderful birthday party for our neighbor friend Ann, at their beautiful home. Delicious food, as well as much laughter and stories, especially tales about fishing filled the evening.  The funny thing is though, that it was her husband Jeff’s intention to throw her a surprise party.  However, just starting to learn how to use social media, he accidentally posted his “private” messages on friends’ FaceBook walls, instead of in a private message.  Of course Ann spotted it right away, announcing that it sounded good to her!  So even though it was no surprise, it was still a fun one!


~ Fresh off the Easels ~

I finished my dog commission this past week, of a beautiful and adorable Boykin Spaniel named Chili, or affectionately called Chili dog.  She was such a joy to paint, and brought a smile to my face the entire time I was painting her!  Wes and I also finished another commission, which is a surprise, so I’ll have to wait to share it with you. We have several more commissions lined up, so I’ll be sharing them with you as we finish them.

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Chili’s precious portrait with my hands for scale

We greatly look forward to spending time with many of you at SEWE in Charleston, SC this next week, while you delight in seeing our numerous miniature paintings brand new to the show this year!


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~ Rachelle