You have the opportunity to visit Artists in their studios and craftspeople in their workshops.
Inside the catalogue is the map. It covers the whole of Aberdeenshire, but this is our bit, the North. (I am not sure why one cluster is in the North Sea. Which we also are, but not as far out!)
Many artists join up with each other in a venue. But each artist has to pay the entry fee, £140. Fortunately we are recognised as a group of total amateurs so only had the one payment to make.
Our Wednesday Art Group decided to enter this year for the first time.
Not exactly an inspiring picture. But this is us top of the page.
We are told by the more experienced that NEOS venues are visited by people really interested in ART and who will BUY ART. No pressure there then.
Our entry and everything to do with had to be done months ago, and yes twas me who struggled with it all. But now its only four weeks away and we are in a state of panic. I cannot find the entry picture and the chap doing the publicity for our wee area wanted a bigger one. Huh? Anyroads we had a democratic meeting and they decided the following was to go in all the papers.
As a sample of what we do. Well, what I do. Badly.
This morning, following our democratic meeting, I hared off to Dougs the Picture Framer to get, "Here's Looking at You Babe" framed.
Also, "First, Peel The Otter" (Title of a book by John Henry Dixon, Grim and Ghastly Recipes for the Gruesome Gourmand.)
And along with the rest of the group we are all painting manically, searching for mounts, so as to put on a good show. Phew.
Now for a bit of calm.
One afternoon this week. At the rear of our house in the Barley field.
Never seen one so big, Roe Deer, ahhhhh, get the paint brushes out...........