July, 2007 (St. John, U.S.V.I.) "“ There's nothing like checking out sun worshipers in the Caribbean, except maybe capturing them on canvas. Travelers with an artistic bent can put their brush strokes through the paces during special workshop getaways featuring renowned artist Michelle Torrez at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort on St. John, U.S.V.I. A talented painter whose highly collectable works have been featured in numerous publications, Torrez will work closely, personally and rigorously with serious artists and earnest aspirants in the intimate setting of the Turtle Bay Estate House. The four-night/three-day getaways are available at Caneel Bay October 15-19 or 20-24, 2007.

Admired for her powerful and elegant use of color and ability to communicate the beauty of unlikely emotion, movement and life, Torrez has gained a wide following both in the U.S. and internationally. In 2003, she was selected by the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria to participate in the "Art in Embassies Program" "“ with her works featured alongside such legendary American artists as John Singer Sargent, Wolf Kahn and N.C. Wyeth. Based in Denver, Torrez was also selected to participate in the Colorado Governors Invitational Art Show and Sale last May, and her expressionistic oil paintings are featured a galleries throughout the state as well as in Florida.

"My life has influenced me to look deeper to find the beauty and humanity in people places "“ even at an early age, I knew I was an artist," says Torrez, whose work can be viewed online at www.michelletorrez.com.

At Caneel Bay, Torrez will focus on the human form, making extensive use of a female model over three days of instruction while inspiring students to take a fresh approach to expressing themselves. Caneel Bay is a superb destination for Torrez's workshops, as the beauty of St. John has been drawing artists for decades. Students can look forward to interpreting that beauty on their own time during breaks from the workshops.

The art workshop getaways are the latest of several recent travel packages that have featured notable personalities at Caneel Bay. Last January, for instance, the resort hosted New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik for a "Hot Type Visiting Author Series" event. And in May, Margaret Duckhorn, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Duckhorn Wine Company of Napa Valley, hosted a four-course, wine-fueled dinner at Turtle Bay Estate House. Perched high on a panoramic cliff, the Turtle Bay Estate House is an 18th-century plantation house offering inspiring sea views as well as an inspired menu of contemporary American cuisine.

Participants in Art Workshops with Michelle Torrez at Caneel Bay can look forward to:

–Four nights accommodation in an Ocean View Room at Caneel Bay
–A welcome reception
–Working breakfast, lunch and breaks daily
–All the art materials sufficient for the workshop, as well as three full days of personal instruction from Michelle Torrez in the intimate setting of the Turtle Bay Estate House.
–Available October 15-19 or 20-24, 2007. Price: $2,800 per person including all taxes and service, subject to availability.

For reservations or more information on the Art Workshop with Renowned Artist Michelle Torrez at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, please contact Joe Mazzarese at 212-758-1735 or by email at jmazzarese@rosewoodhotels.com.

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort has been an alluring escape for loyal guests since its founding 50 years ago by Laurance Rockefeller. Set on 170 acres in Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John, the resort's pristine natural surroundings and low-key luxury are its coveted signatures. One hundred and sixty-six charming guest rooms blend seamlessly into the landscape in close proximity to any of seven white-sand beaches that frame the resort. Four distinct restaurants and a private Wine Room offer an array of dining experiences and cuisine that honors the destination. Other amenities include The Self Centre, which is dedicated to nurturing the mind, body and spirit in addition to a fitness center, 11 tennis courts and Turtle Town, a dedicated facility just for kids. For additional information, please visit www.caneelbay.com.

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