A red alert has been issued for Blayney Shire residents to be on the look-out for copious amounts of hats dotting the landscape over the coming days.
The red hats will line the way to the Blayney Shire Community Centre where the Textures of One exhibition will be held this Saturday and Sunday.
Inspired by the exhibition's motif requiring artists to include a red hat in their artworks, organisers will strategically place the hats to draw attention to the event, now in its second year.
Some 40 artworks have already been submitted, with organisers anticipating that number could rise to 50 once all entries are received.
That would mean entries would have more than doubled compared to last year's inaugural event, with artworks coming in from Victoria, Queensland and throughout NSW.
Helping to drive the increase in artworks has been a strong central west contingent from Blayney to Newbridge and Bathurst to Mudgee.
"There are more local entries this year," Textures of One committee member Cecily Walters said.
"It's really exciting that locals are getting in there."
With planning for this year's exhibition almost wrapped up, Ms Walters is looking forward to this weekend's event.
"Hopefully we'll be able to pull it off better than last year," Ms Walters said.
"It's been a lot of work but geez it's been a lot of fun."
Brooke Lennon from Arts OutWest and Sue Edmonds from Winmalee, a textile teacher, will carry out category and exhibition champion judging around Friday lunchtime prior to the opening night, which takes place at 7pm.
Sponsor Dean Mobbs, who has a gallery in Bathurst of his namesake, and his wife will judge the $650 colourisation award and $100 encouragement award.
Proceeds from the $5 entry fee for the opening night will be donated to Can Assist.
Those attending the night are encouraged to dress-up, with prizes for the craziest and most stylish hat.
For those visiting the exhibition, there will also be how-to demonstrations over the weekend across felting, art, ceramics, jewellery and screen printing and a colouring-in competition for youngsters.