The 2020 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

SEWE a big night for small works

WOW . . . What a busy week this past one has been, while we were in Charleston, South Carolina for 38th Annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition! It was our 20th year participating in this wonderful art show and what better way to celebrate that, than to be asked to demonstrate at SEWE’s newest exciting event, A Big Night For Small Works!

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Wes and I painted while talking with a very enthusiastic crowd at the sold-out event this past Wednesday evening which took place at the Halls Event Center in Charleston. It’s always wonderful to see the public excited about our miniature paintings and enjoy watching us paint so very much! At times people were on their knees to get a closer view while watching us make numerous tiny brushstrokes. Patrons were delighted to watch me paint on my adorable resident squirrel, named Bunny while listening to stories about my fun interactions with her.

rachelle siegrist painting miniatures at SEWE
Photo of me painting “Bunny Squirrel” courtesy of SEWE

I think a highlight of the demonstration was showing how we use an old toothbrush at times to make the first layers of highly textured areas, such as the duckweed in the Black-crowned Night Heron miniature I was painting on. Wes demonstrated how he decides what is to be the final touches on one of his paintings of a night heron, as well as painting the middle stages on a Southern Fox Squirrel painting. Needless to say, it was a great and exciting evening!

wes siegrist painting miniatures at SEWE
Photo of Wes painting courtesy of SEWE

The next day we hung and carefully arranged our miniature paintings in our booth located inside the ballroom at the Charleston Place Hotel.  That evening the gala opening took place and was a sold-out event as always, filling the ballroom with ball gowns and tuxes.

SEWE wes & Rachelle Siegrist miniature paintings

The next three days were filled with attendees, many of them never having seen true miniature paintings before, and obviously quite ecstatic about their new discovery of this tiny art form! Countless people shared with us throughout the weekend how excited they were about having seen our Exquisite Miniatures Exhibition currently at Brookgreen Gardens located in Murrells Inlet, SC. Even Sasquatch stopped by to see them and chose my “Southern Kaleidoscope” featuring a Painted Bunting, as one of his favorites!

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Saturday evening we had a lovely time and dinner with one of our dear collector friends at a local restaurant while enjoying wonderful conversation, yummy food and a bunch of great laughs!

rachelle and wes siegrist at SEWE
Mike, Wes and me taking a selfie in a mirror by our table

Before we knew it the show had ended and several of our miniature gems had found new homes! We would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to the SEWE staff for all their hard work in making it such an enjoyable week and successful show and to those of you who are now enjoying new miniature paintings from us in your homes!

~  See Our Miniatures In-Person This Week  ~

Exquisite Miniatures at Brookgreen Gardens                                                               January 25 – April 26, 2020:Murrells Inlet, SC

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~ Rachelle

 

2 thoughts on “The 2020 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

  1. Donald Weiser

    Hi W & R, Very very nice!! Welcome home, D

    ************************ “God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Neibuhr

    On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 9:16 AM Under the Magnifying Glass wrote:

    > Wes and Rachelle Siegrist posted: ” WOW . . . What a busy week this past > one has been, while we were in Charleston, South Carolina for 38th Annual > Southeastern Wildlife Exposition! It was our 20th year participating in > this wonderful art show and what better way to celebrate that, than to ” >

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