Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is proud to announce its featured artist and featured painting for the 2014 event, marking 32 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life. Chad Poppleton has been named featured painter. His painting “High Ground” has been selected as the featured painting and subject of the official SEWE 2014 poster.
Poppleton, a resident of Cache Valley, Utah, has been interested in art since he can remember. An avid sportsman and conservationist, he spends as much time in the field as he does in front of the easel. Observing wildlife in their environment captivates him and his paintings are a reflection of this and his love for the outdoors. “Interpreting the behavior and character of each animal in its natural environment is the motivation for my work. Studying, sketching, life painting and observing the animal’s behavior helps me to find their characteristics and relay that into the canvas.” A graduate of Utah State University, Poppleton was featured in the “21 under 31 Artists to Watch” in Southwest Art and was an inaugural artist in the C.M. Russell Museum’s Skull Society of Artists. He participates in the prestigious Collector’s Covey miniature show and has exhibited in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Scottsdale Art Auction and the Center for the Arts benefit in Jackson Hole, WY.
“I am truly honored to be this year’s Featured Artist. The featured piece, “High Ground,” was truly a joy to create from its inception through the last stroke,” said Poppleton. “The painting and its subject has a special place in my heart. Rocky Mountain elk represent nobility and are considered the king of all deer species. It’s only natural for me to share my love of this ‘King of Deer’ cradled in the most spectacular settings,” he added.
“High Ground” will be available to view and bid on during the Preview Gala and Auction VIP event on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The official 2014 poster is available for purchase on www.sewe.com for $30.
“SEWE and the City of Charleston are fortunate to have such a distinguished artist here in February. Chad along with guest artist, Terry Isaac, will headline a group of more than 100 artists presenting one of the finest displays of wildlife art in the country,” adds John Powell, SEWE executive director. General admission tickets are currently on sale with an additional 15 percent discount for a limited time. Ticket prices range from $10 to $40 and are available at www.sewe.com.
VIP Packages are available for purchase now. Members of SEWE’s VIP program enjoy perks and insider access throughout the weekend including private art viewings, exclusive lounge areas, parties, shuttle service and priority entry to all venues during show hours. For more information, visit www.sewe.com, email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-723-1748.