Every once in a while, a person will encounter an opportunity, and not realize the full extent of it. Spring of 2011, I joined the Visual Arts Alliance with totally no idea of what, if any benefits that I would derive from. At every meeting that I have attended, I have left with an idea that I have incorporated in my work. The members that I have met have not only been serious about their work, but more importantly sharing and supportive at all levels. I would sincerely and strongly recommend that membership in the Visual Arts Alliance will return four times what ever effort that is invested. This is one of those rare encounters where “you get a lot more than you paid for”.