A week ago today, I was, as they say, winging my way toward Denver and the opening weekend events of this year's Society of Animal Artists members' annual exhibition at the beautiful Wildlife Experience in Parker, just south of Denver. 68 of the over 120 exhibiting artists were in attendance for the two days of receptions, programs, presentations and camaraderie. Before it all began, last Thursday was a day for reference gathering as I spent a full day in Rocky Mountain National Park with several fellow SAA artist members as we headed up and over the Continental Divide from Estes Park to Grand Lake and back. Photos abounded as we were fortunate to see many of the park's resident wildlife, and especially the magpies (which to me were worth the trip alone). I have already foreseen many new drawings that will come from this material and can't wait to dig in. As I also sit on the board of directors of the SAA, we had our second of two yearly meetings this past Sunday and made many important decisions about the direction the SAA will move in over the next few years. I'm quite proud to be a part of that decision making on behalf of the entire membership as I know the Board is definitely moving the Society along exciting new paths. The next new members jury will take place next spring at our April meeting so if you are interested in possibly becoming a member, check out the Society's site for information . . . Society of Animal Artists.