Courtesy SEWE

The 2023 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) offers dozens of events Feb. 16-19 in various downtown locations. Here’s a list of events new to SEWE this year: 

Forrest Galante: Live Storytelling 

American outdoorsman and wildlife biologist Forrest Galante shares stories of his adventures in the field at 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 17-19 at the Gaillard Center downtown.  

Wings Over Water 

Enjoy a screening of nature film Wings Over Water narrated by Michael Keaton, which tells the story of three unique bird families and details the importance of America’s Prairie Pothole Region as a bird breeding and nesting habitat. A Q&A session with the film producers follows the 2:30 p.m. screenings at Gaillard Center Feb. 17-19. 

Courtesy Wings Over Water

Purina Pro Plan Flying Disc Dog Demonstrations 

Professional dog shows featuring a high-flying disk routine take over Marion Square Feb. 17-19 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., exhibiting talented dogs and trainers from all over the world.

New live art series 

New live art events debut at the Charleston Place Hotel’s Fine Art Gallery this year. A VIP event at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 gives mother-daughter duos the chance to create an original art piece together. The “Opposites Attract” showcase features SEWE artists Lori Dunn and Jen Starwalt painting in two opposing mediums at 2 p.m. Feb 18. Art lovers will get a chance to see SEWE artists create graphite sketches at the “Pencil It In” event at 11 a.m. Feb. 19. The Quick Draw & Speed Sculpt demonstration also returns to the gallery. 

Live music with Steep Canyon Rangers 

To kick off SEWE weekend, Asheville-based bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Gaillard Center.

Photo by Sandlin Gaither

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