Published: 15/04/2017 06:00 - Updated: 12/04/2017 05:49

Black Isle attraction opens for season with spectacular exhibition

An image from Light and Shade in the South Sutor
An image from Light and Shade in the South Sutor

A POPULAR Black Isle attraction will open next weekend with a special exhibition by an artist who was nudged to start drawing again by his daughter.

Cromarty Courthouse Museum, opening for the season on Sunday, April 16 will host the exhibition, Light and Shade in the South Sutor Forest, by Iain Robertson.

The pictures were created from sketches made by Iain over the course of two years, as he walked the Hundred Steps path close to Cromarty to capture movement of light that shimmered amongst the historic birch and beech trees.

Iain said: "Four years ago my daughter, Vaila, presented me with a lovely little 6" x 4" leather-bound sketch book as a hint to start drawing again. So I had to do it.

"It is especially pleasing to be able to show my work in Cromarty, so close to my home and the trees that inspired them."

Iain’s small sketches were transformed into images nearly a metre tall in his studio on Church Street, Cromarty, using chalk, charcoal, oil pastels, watercolour and acrylic paint, barbecue charcoal and even Tippex to convey the combination of strength and delicacy that create the forest atmosphere.

Displayed in the intimate space of the museum’s Back Room the scale of the pictures gives an intensity to Iain’s work, creating the sense of being deep in the forest of these mighty trees.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, visitors will be able to see more of his work during Cromarty Open Studios weekend when he and other local artists and creators will be welcoming visitors to their workspaces.

Cromarty Courthouse Museum will be open until mid-October and is hosting a programme of exhibitions in the Back Room. Following on from Iain’s work there will be a revisit to the 2010 exhibition that celebrated the centenary of the birth of Black Isle author Jane Duncan.

This will open on June 3, partly as a tribute to all the work that has been undertaken at Kirkmichael, close to her former home in Jemimaville. The former church opens this spring, after extensive restoration work, as a heritage centre for the display of medieval graveslabs and the memorials to local families.

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