Our 17th Southeastern Wildlife Exposition!
by Rachelle Siegrist
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Until next time . . .