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While checking-out the different booths at Creole in the park – Wednesday, I came across this very talented artist. Virginia Peter who owns a small start-up art company called Art Natur-el, which specializes in unique botanical art – Inspired by nature, crafted with elegance. Get this…all the art are hand-made utilizing materials provided by Mother Nature. Virginia uses actual plant parts and other naturally occurring materials in their natural colors. Art Natur-El caters for a wide range of artistic tastes, from minimalist to very detailed.

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Art Natur-El: Framed Art

Art Natur-El elegant framed art is ideal for enhancing ambiance, and is great for any living or work space including homes, office, boardroom, and consultation room, among others. And it’s definitely a great gift idea for any occasion – for wedding anniversaries or moving to a new home. In keep with Art Natur-El look, each piece is finished with a wooden frame which complements the natural tones and materials used.

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Art Natur-El: Art-on-a-Bookmark

Virginia has also created Art-on-a-Bookmark, where she designed unique pieces of art that’s fully functional and durable as regular bookmark. A great gift suitable for any type relationship or occasion, and also a fantastic memento of time spent in Dominica. Sorry I don’t have photos to show.

You’re maybe asking – how can I get my hands on one these pieces, and what’s the cost? Well, presently the company website (www.artnatur-el.com) is under construction and will be launching the site live near the end of 2008. If you can’t wait till launch of the site and need to get more information about Art Natur-El, you can send your emails artnatur-el@hotmail.com attn: Virginia Peter or call 1(767) 615 7202. As for the cost, the framed Art you might set you back between EC$150.00 – 500.00 depending on the level of detail in the piece. The Art-in-a-Bookmark goes for EC$ 26.00 or US$10.00.

Art Natur-El pieces are truly refreshing, and create an exotic union of nature and elegance.

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2 Comments »

Comment by Dan
2007-10-25 15:03:22

Virginia’s work is beautiful and unique. That is very, very good, given the way the cruise ships indoctrinate their passengers these days. The ships, wanting to corral the souvenir profits themselves, tell the passengers not to purchase items ashore because (1) they’re often not truly locally made, (2) they may be shoddy, (3) they must be purchased with cash, not credit cards, and (4) with the ship departing, refunds are impossible. Sometimes, the add a fifth caveat: the items may contain harmful germs! They also tell the overfed but amazingly still hungry (usually overweight) tourists not to eat ashore, warning them about illness, with the irony that there have been multiple intestinal disease outbreaks traced to the ships’ kitchens themselves. And then the ships’ pursers work what is often the only diversion ashore available for Dominicans (or other destinations’ locals) to make a living on — tour rides — by using a payola reference system.

But this fine artist’s work is clearly locally hand-made, unique and beautiful, and well worth the money she’s asking for it. Heck, in America, a frame of the quality of hers alone would cost more! Let’s hope that Virginia Peters finds a prominent locale for her business into which many, many ship tourists will venture — and make purchases. 🙂

 
Comment by daryl Subscribed to comments via email
2007-11-11 15:01:41

Well I have come to view and examine Verginia’s work. It is a touch of class and the details are remarkable. The product is worth the buy and th price is a give-away for such an intricate piece of art.

I wish her the best in her endeavours.

 
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