If you are visiting Charleston this coming weekend, then you will definitely want to check out the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE). This year will be the 30th year that this exposition has taken place. Over these past 30 years, the exposition has grown to the largest event of its kind in the entire United States, and it continues to attract artists and exhibitors from all over the world. Here is a little about the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition if you are unfamiliar or want to know more:
Now in its 30th year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has grown to be the largest event of its kind in the nation, attracting over 500 artists and exhibitors from around the globe who present their offerings to over 40,000 attendees. A 3-day celebration of nature that has earned a reputation for excellence, SEWE now hosts the world’s foremost experts in wildlife and nature art, as well as conservation research and environmental education.
Established in 1982, the first Southeastern Wildlife Exposition took place in February of 1983, with approximately 100 exhibitors and 5,000 people in attendance. Its goal was, and is, to produce an event which contributes significantly to the economy while promoting the conservation and preservation of nature and wildlife through its educational outreach programs and its focus on the visual arts.
The mission of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is to continue to positively impact the local and statewide economies through increased tourism; to showcase the finest wildlife art available in the world; to invest in and positively influence wildlife and nature education through specialized programming; and to assist in the conservation of wildlife and the environment by creating awareness and contributing financially to designated programs.
The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is a critical part of the South Carolina and Charleston calendar. Run with the utmost professionalism and pride, an effort that began, as a small winter diversion has now become the largest annual event to take place in South Carolina and one of the most popular and successful events in the country.
Make sure you check out some of the events this weekend and take part in this is great Charleston tradition.