Enjoying A Wonderful Weekend At The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition!
By Rachelle Siegrist
We just returned from a great show at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC. While driving over last Wednesday, the check engine light came on in our van. “Nice timing” we thought, but we we’re very thankful to make it there okay. After hanging and arranging our miniatures, we joined our dear collector friend Bob, and artist friend Don, for a wonderful dinner at Husk in downtown Charleston. The food was absolutely delicious and the air filled with laughter as we swapped stories. At one point I was laughing so hard, that I was bent over with teary eyes, being sure my aching stomach couldn’t take anymore! The fun dinner concluded with a scrumptious dessert consisting of buttermilk chess pie, which Wes and I shared and thought totally amazing!
Thursday morning we made a few final adjustments to our paintings before attending the artists luncheon in the Charleston Place Grill. Guest speaker Robin Salmon, VP of Collections and Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens, gave a most interesting and insightful talk about the history of the stunning gardens and facilities and what all they do and offer. We were especially excited and interested, since our EXQUISITE MINIATURES exhibition is going to Brookgreen in January 2020 and we plan to attend the opening!
That evening we attended the SEWE VIP Gala and were delighted that a few of our paintings had found new homes by the conclusion. As always it was totally packed with excited attendees, and I really enjoyed getting to see several of the critters in attendance, including a snake, alligator, Crested Caracara and owls.
We were thankful to have nice weather throughout the weekend, making our walking commute back and forth between the hotel and the show most enjoyable. Saturday evening, Wes and I happened upon a small hole-in-the-wall pizza place serving up NY style pizzas. After looking into the tiny room and seeing no place to sit at the two tables, we walked away, but returned minutes later after deciding to try it anyway. One end of a table had opened up, so we sat down after ordering our pizza, and within minutes were joined by six visiting New Yorkers. At one point everyone packed into the wee room was from NY except us, which we learned upon all being asked if we too were from NY by a friendly New Yorker who was leaving. Of course when we told him “No, we’re from Tennessee” in our strong southern accent, everyone busted out in laughter! In no time we were all laughing and chatting about all sorts of things, with them even showing us pictures of their adorable grandkids. We all watched in amazement a man behind the counter that was continually tossing huge pizza crusts up into the air and catching them! It was a most enjoyable evening, and being surrounded with all of the strong NY accents made us feel like we were either in downtown NY or on a movie set!
Adorable Gala attendees . . . A Barn Owl ~ Crested Caracara ~ American Alligator
We were delighted to see and visit with numerous collector friends throughout the weekend, acquiring new ones as well! Before we knew it the show had ended with nearly a dozen paintings having found new homes. After packing up, we joined longtime friends Tom and Pat Brooks for a fun evening and delicious supper at T-Bonz, a short walk from the Charleston Place Hotel. Early yesterday morning we took the van to a garage and over an hour and a half later, were headed home thinking the issue had been fixed. But alas the check engine light came back on half way home, so guess what we get to do this week…take the van into the garage and hopefully get it fixed for good this time.
We’re delighted to have enjoyed a successful SEWE and would like to thank our collectors who took our little gems home with them and the wonderful staff at SEWE for such a great weekend!
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Until next time . . .