I added a painting to my collection of animal art last night. No, these aren't painting OF animals, rather these are paintings made BY animals. I went to the Seneca Park Zoo annual Art Expo and had a great time, as usual. I met up with my friend Kim and her husband this year. It was a great event. Not wanting to chance my luck at the raffle and silent auction, I bought a painting outright. It's a good thing I did too or I would have come out empty handed. I decided not to purchase any raffle tickets this year, but did bid on a few of the silent auction pieces. I had given up on all but two, but then was outbid on both. The prices were getting a bit steep-so I bowed out. The place was packed and I'm sure the event made a lot of money. They had appetizers: cheese, pepperoni, crackers, check mix, Swedish Meatballs (which were FANTASTIC!) and little hot dogs in sauce. This year you had to pay for all beverages, but still the evening was quite a bargain (as long as you didn't get too competitive and pay a fortune for the artwork...and believe me, that's easy to do!) My ticket as a member was still only $3. In addition to the food and drink and art, we also got to meet two of the artists-Louise, a possum, and Bernie, a rouen duck. Bernie was a hoot (or should I say a quack!) the place was mobbed, but he kept trying to walk out of the quiet room he was in to check out the party. Bernie wanted to mingle and play the room! Above is the beautiful painting I bought last night and below is the artist himself, Raca. Raca is an acouchi. Isn't he cute? So now I have paintings by an acouchi, cougar, North American river otter, wolves, and an elephant!