I am so grateful to have been able to spend the past week in Asheville, NC with so many passionate, inspiring, and humble illustrators. I stayed for a week at the Warren Wilson College Campus and enjoyed the cool weather, scenery, and plant life of the Smokey Mountains. Lectures ranged from taxa biodiversity inventory, to promoting accurate animal diversity in school grade education, to creative techniques when depicting space art. From sharing art techniques and portfolios to creating a mural donated to the Asheville Museum of Science, this is truly a warmhearted and collaborative group of artists that are passionate about the natural sciences. Looking forward to the 2018 50th anniversary conference in DC, where the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators was founded at the Smithsonian museums!