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!

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

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Painting For Our 20th Southeastern Wildlife Expo

 

Rachelle Siegrist painting a river otter in miniature
“The Aquatic Ballerina”

Wes and I spent most of our time in the studio this past week painting and getting things ready for the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC this week. We will both be demonstrating at their new and exciting A Big Night For Small Works which will take place Wednesday, February 12th from 6 to 10PM. I just finished painting “The Aquatic Ballerina” yesterday, which will be among the forty-some miniature paintings shown there and available for adding to your collection. Wes will be finishing the painting below at the Wednesday night event.

wes siegrist painting a night heron at SEWE

Wes will also be demonstrating on a painting of a Southern Fox Squirrel which we enjoyed watching, and photographed at Brookgreen Gardens, as well as on a Great Blue Heron that we saw while visiting Florida in December.

wes siegrist demonstrating miniature painting at SEWE

I will be demonstrating on a painting featuring my precious Bunny squirrel, doing what she does best other than eating, and that’s looking totally adorable! I’ll also be painting on a Yellow-crowned Night Heron which we photographed during our recent visit to Brookgreen Gardens.

rachelle painting a squirrel at SEWE

This past week has brought just about every kind of weather imaginable, starting off with a day of ample sunshine, followed by an unseasonably warm day in the mid-70s, which we decided to take advantage of by kayaking. It was a great decision and we enjoyed a beautiful, relaxing day on the water!

wes siegrist kayaking

That night it started to rain, and it continued raining for the next 3 days, filling the Little River to capacity and beyond, bringing it above flood stage! So as you can imagine we spent most of our time in the studio this past week painting and getting things ready for SEWE. We managed to take a couple of short walks down to the river to see how bad it was flooding. During one outing, an unexpected windstorm accompanied a heavy downpour made it almost impossible to use our large umbrella, so I imagined being one of those adrenaline junky weather reporters holding on for dear life to palm trees blowing over in hurricanes, thus turning it into an adventure indeed! As you can see in the photo below, the river rose, surrounding many homes along its lower-lying banks.

flooding in townsend

Shown below is the Wye, which is where we go snorkeling and tubing at times during the summer when the water is at a normal level. You can see the raging river has swallowed a big part of the woods!

flooding in the smokies

flood in townsend

What a difference a day makes…Unbelievably the photo of the swinging bridge above was taken a day before the one below!

snow in the smokies

Some things such as my Camelia, are totally confused as to what time of the year it is!

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Today, the sun is actually out and accompanied by brilliant blue skies. It’s a welcome sight indeed since we haven’t seen it since last Sunday! The Little River is back to a normal height once again and the snow has melted away. So I guess we’ll see what tomorrow brings us weatherwise here in the Smokies, as we continue to get ready for our 20th time at SEWE!

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38th Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
February 12 – 16, 2020: Charleston, SC

SEWE big night for small works Rachelle siegrist dog painting
(Thanks to our friend Terry Miller for this lovely graphic image)

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

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45th Annual International Miniature Art Show
January 19 – February 9, 2020: Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

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A Big Night For Small Works

A big night for small works SEWE 2020

Wes and I are delighted to be part of the newest exciting event at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC this year! A Big Night For Small Works will take place Wednesday, February 12th from 6 to 10PM, where we will be demonstrating our miniature painting techniques on 4 different paintings. So if you’ve always wanted to see just how we “paint that small” and haven’t yet had the chance, this is a great opportunity to do so if you’re going to be in Charleston that day. The paintings we’ll be painting on will all be available for you to add to your collections, making it even more special since you’ll be able to watch us paint them! Tickets are limited and must be purchased ahead of time for this exciting special event.

Rachelle Siegrist working on a puppy painting commission
Rachelle paints on a dog commission

If you can’t make it, to watch us demonstrate Wednesday evening, then you can see over forty of our miniatures in person, during the SEWE festival Friday the 14th through Sunday 16th at the Charleston Place Hotel located in downtown Charleston.

And while you’re in the vicinity, take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to see fifty-nine more of our miniature paintings at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet.

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Exquisite Miniatures will be at Brookgreen Gardens through April 26th. I’ve created a short and exciting video of our touring exhibition of miniature paintings at Brookgreen and included numerous photos and videos of the stunning sculpture gardens there, as well as of several furry and feathered residents that call their wonderful Lowcountry Zoo home, so do enjoy watching the video below.

While in Murrells Inlet attending the opening of Exquisite Miniatures, we were able to spend a couple of hours walking along the beach.  Since it’s a favorite pastime of mine, I was in heaven to say the least, as we strolled along the sand, serenaded by the crashing surf and cries of seagulls, as we searched for the perfect seashells, of which we found several! We happened upon five different jellyfish that had washed up on the sand, and I have to admit they were absolutely beautiful and so amazingly interesting to see in an up-close and personal way!

rachelle siegrist jellyfish photo

I must say that this is a view I never tire of seeing and sounds I could listen to forever!

murrells inlet SC

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Exquisite Miniatures exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens7

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

45th Annual International Miniature Art Show
January 19 – February 9, 2020: Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

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Until Next Time . . . 

~ Rachelle