I've been thinking more about the Ontario Craft Council.
I'd say that the most important thing I got from being a member in those early years was the magazine, Ontario Craft, filled with stimulating images and text.
Looking at other people's artwork challenged me to work harder and get better.
Today, the internet connects artists to information, opportunities and images of beautiful and thought provoking art. I can't quite name what it is I'm feeling. Not isolation. Something else.