[image-1]Last week the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition announced its 2018 featured festival artist, Kathryn Mapes Turner, whose painting, Unbridled, serves as the official SEWE 2018 poster. Born and raised on the Triangle X ranch in Grand Teton National Park, Turner is more than familiar with wild landscapes.

In a press release Turner says, “Having been passionate about painting animals since I was a young girl, this is an unprecedented opportunity for me as an artist. My goal is to create work for the show that expresses my profound respect for the natural world and inspire the viewer to understand the interconnectedness we share.”

And while Turner’s influences veer a little more wild west than Lowcountry, SEWE’s executive director John Powell says, “We believe the subject and style of Unbridled is going to resonate with an even broader audience.” With more than 40,000 attendees every year, we can only guess that most SEWE visitors are amenable to, err, horse stuff.

In addition to Turner, SEWE will feature a guest artist, Joseph Sulkowski, whose work is “reflective of the Old Masters.” Huntin’ dogs and Rembrandt go hand in hand, after all.

SEWE 2018 will be held in various venues in downtown Charleston, Feb. 16-18, 2018. Tickets go on sale Oct. 13.

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