Today's the day. Over 50 artists participating in the May Bank Holiday fine art exhibition. And on Monday, you can bring along your own item of art to be valued by James Forster, the organiser and art valuer.
That's my oil painting "the Gathering" on the flyer too, which is a first for me.
If you are near Ross-on-Wye over the Bank Holiday weekend, why not take a detour to enjoy the exhibition.
Nearly a year has passed since James at Beckford Fine Art telephoned and invited me to participate in his group exhibition, some time way off into the following year, at Ross-on-Wye.
In the ensuing months, I've had a lot of time to get my body of work together: 3 paintings in oils, and 3 ordinary object pictures in gouache, although I was still finishing works early this week, rather typically of me.
Adding painterly flicks and daubs, and also signing that one piece I'd forgotten to put my mark to.
I'd been certain to make the month of April wide-open free too, for the time consuming making of the frames.
I'd chosen ash for its looks, but unknown to me, it's the hardest wood on the planet. So I've had to treat myself to a power tool, a rechargeable light drill, to get the fixings into the back.
There's no evidence of the hardship on the front though, but please remind me not to buy ash timber ever again.
I confess I was feeling particularly shaky about my pieces, thinking I'd got it all wrong, until Joanna at Zeb Bakes visited last week for the day and commented in admirable terms about them. I realised I had got it right, especially as she returned home to Bristol with an oil painting in her arms. Thanks Joanna!
All ready in their protective wraps to chauffeur to Wilton Castle yesterday afternoon.
I can now do no more now, save turn up and enjoy tonight.
You only get one window of opportunity at an art exhibition, even if it lasts for 3 weeks. And that chance is on the Opening Night. It's the most important moment for the artist at an event, where you will meet and talk unnaturally about yourself, your angst, your artistic meaning to complete strangers.
Future exhibitions are at Ludlow Castle in Oct 2012, and Blenheim Palace in 2013.