|Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 7:20 PM|
Councillor Sue Sampson was among the models for the calendar, being sold in aid of domestic violence charities
The great and good of Isleworth have bared their flesh for a 'nude' calendar in aid of charity.
Isleworth councillor Sue Sampson has joined residents and business people from the area in posing for the Calendar Girls-style year planner.
Local artist Lesley Miller, who runs the South Street on the Square Gallery and Gift Shop, painted them all with carefully placed props to preserve their modesty.
The calendars are now on sale for £10 each (plus postage and packing), with the proceeds to be split between the charities Women's Aid and Mankind Initiative, both of which aim to tackle domestic violence.
Ms Miller, who hopes to sell 400 copies, said: "The calendar started off as a joke. After my debut exhibition in February people asked what I was going to do next so I joked it would be a project entitled 'Nudes'.
"Rowan and Janine from the coffee shop said they would do it and began asking around. Quite strangely, it was easy finding volunteers. Isleworth is obviously more liberal minded than I had previously thought."
The project has special significance for Ms Sampson, who appears in the month of May, as her sister was murdered by her estranged husband.
As cabinet member for communities, her portfolio includes responsibility for tackling domestic violence, and she has campaigned tirelessly on the issue.
Among those joining her on the calendar's pages are Chris Wright, managing director of Sunvil Travel, and South Street Coffee Shop owners Rowan and Tom Joyce.
The calendar was officially launched by Brentford & Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury on Friday September 25 at the gallery, where it will be on sale alongside the usual range of arts and crafts by local makers. The paintings themselves will also be on display in the gallery until November 1.
For more information about the calendar and Ms Miller's other artwork, visit https://millerlesley77.wix.com/ljmillerart.
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