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Embracing Jamaica through art has never felt so enriching

This winter, artists will unleash their inner creativity with Paint Jamaica at Jake's, a watercolor workshop designed to enhance a unique vacation experience in Jamaica


Treasure Beach, JAMAICA (September 20, 2007) - This winter, Jake's, the Bohemian hideaway on Jamaica's South Coast, invites guests to discover the art of island expression with Paint Jamaica at Jake's. Offered January through March 2008, the program features workshops and private lessons as conducted by visiting artists-in-residence Ginny O'Neil and Tom Menihan.

"Jamaican art embodies the passion of island culture with a distinct point of view,бы said Jason Henzell, president of Island Outpost and owner of Jake's. "Spirituality, nature, perseverance and heritage have all served as influences to artists visiting our country. We invite our guests to learn the methods of capturing and expressing their own experiences through Jamaican techniques.бы

Paint Jamaica at Jake's weekly watercolor workshops will be held Wednesdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm, January 16 through March 26, 2008. Priced at $25 an hour per person, workshops are available to adults 18+. Basic materials supplied by instructors. Some additional art supplies can be purchased at Jake's Gift Shop.

Private lessons are available by appointment while artists are on-site, January 8 through April 8, 2008. Priced at $50 an hour for one person and $25 for each additional person, lessons welcome beginning artists to the advanced. Open to adults and children with a choice of locations.

Ginny O'Neil and Tom Menihan will donate 20% of proceeds of the workshops to BREDS, a non-profit organization formed in 1998 by Henzell and Peace Corps volunteer Aaron Laufer to promote sports, education, culture, emergency health care (Breds run community Ambulance service), and environmental awareness in Treasure Beach.

Guests and locals mingle cheerfully at Jake's, a 29-room resort, set on six acres of land. Dramatic cottages commune with the garden, sea and sky, near a secluded fishing village. The bohemian atmosphere comes as no surprise: Jake's is run by the Henzell family, also responsible for Jimmy Cliff's The Harder They Come, the hippest Caribbean film of all time.

Accommodations at Jake's start at $115 per room beginning on December 15, 2007 through April 19, 2008. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 1-800-OUTPOST or visit www.islandoutpost.com.

About Island Outpost:

Created by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and Palm Pictures, Island Outpost properties are known for their interesting character and stunning surroundings and strive to offer their clients a feeling reminiscent of staying at a friend's home. The group includes Goldeneye, Strawberry Hill, Jake's, and The Caves in Jamaica, Compass Point and Pink Sands in The Bahamas and an exclusive selection of villas.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 1-800-OUTPOST or visit www.islandoutpost.com, 44 (0) 1895 450 731 in the UK.


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