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Live art event set to take place in Inverness in aid of local charities

By Rachel Smart

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A charity event is being held at WASPS. Picture: James Mackenzie
A charity event is being held at WASPS. Picture: James Mackenzie

A local rotary club is set to host a live art event in aid of charity.

Rotary Club of Inverness Loch Ness will be raising funds for Alzheimer Scotland, Highland Support for Refugees and other local charities. Highland businessman, David Sutherland will be having his portrait painted live by local artist Ian Whyte at the WASPS Centre in the Midmills Building on March 21.

Mr Sutherland is principally known for his part in steering the growth of construction company the Tulloch Group.

The artist, Ian Whyte, has travelled a unique path to become a prolific and acclaimed producer of portraits, figurative art and landscapes. Ian spent his working life as a medical practitioner at Raigmore Hospital. Ian as an artist is constantly experimenting with new inspirations and artistic translations and has a preference for working with life models and David, although a significant supporter of artists and art projects has never had his portrait painted.

Rotary Club treasurer, Hector Douglas said: "When David was asked to subject himself to sitting for a live portrait a major family conversation ensued, however, with the knowledge that a deserving charity would benefit, he readily agreed.

"The challenge facing an artist when asked to undertake a live painting in front of a live audience is extremely daunting and is the reason why very few are prepared to take on the task. Loch Ness Rotary therefore were extremely grateful and are deeply indebted to Ian for accepting this challenge.

"As with David the prospect of raising funds for local and national charities is a significant motivator."

The event starts with a wine reception at 6.30pm followed by the live art.

For tickets contact Hector Douglas on 07919566203 or at hector.douglas@btinternet.com

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