Concieving, Believing and Achieving in Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden

by Tamika Williams
(Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden, Camrose, Montego Bay, St James)

The Ahhh...Ras Toyota Noah Shuttle

The Ahhh...Ras Toyota Noah Shuttle

The Ahhh...Ras Toyota Noah Shuttle
The Ahhh...Ras Shuttle Front View
The Ahhh...Ras Shuttle Rear View

Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden's vision for ourselves and our community has materialized.

We, (Ian, Tamika and Ayale) dreamed of providing gainful employment for ourselves and our community.

There were so many obstacles, including the road becoming virtually undrivable, but at each step of the way we were provided with lifelines and so we plodded on.

Jamaica-No-Problem provided a voice when none was availabe and we are forever grateful.

Janet Silvera, senior Journalist from the Gleaner in April 2012 did the first feature in Hospitality Jamaica and this came at a time when hope seemed lost.

Another lifeline was in October when Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden was awarded the Sam Sharpe Award for Tourism Developement within the community.

When emotional lifelines were needed Kathi Cooke and Chris (Jamaica-No-Problem) were there.

Ras Natango (Ian), a steady tower of strength, never wavered and now it has all paid off.

In November 2012 Mark and Frances Tussi, family friends for decades, took up the mantle and invested in Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden.

The Williams' and Tuccis' were already business partners in Custom Blends Jamaica Limited.
Custom blends Jamaica Ltd is a roll your own tobacco company with it's parent company, Planet RYO, in the USA.
With a change of business name joining both businesses, Custon Blends Jamaica Ltd trading as Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden was born.

With needed investment being provided, the attraction now owns a new asset, a Toyota Noah 8 seater, which will help the attraction to forge ahead smoothly.

Paying guests to Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden can now call Tamika at + 1 876 578 2582 to schedule a pick-up from the airport, a hotel or a villa in and around Montego Bay AT NO ADDITIONAL COST, and be transported to the attraction in comfort and style.

The entrance fee to visit the Gallery and Garden is US$30 per person including a complimentary first drink of choice at the Juicebar, and a Jamaican meal can be ordered for an additional US$12.

A camera is an essential to capture the magnificent view, and our flora and fauna will take your breath away.

The Gallery houses the art of world famous Jamaican artist Ras Natango, his son Ayale and protege CNey.

All paintings in the gallery are for sale, and the Gift Shop boasts true Jamaican crafts made locally in the community.

We concieved, we believed, and now while working ceasesly we have achieved.

As David Miller of TPDSO (a new addtion to the Ahhh...Ras family) stated, "The strong help the weak and the weak teach the strong".

Happy holidays and all the best for 2013.

Thanks to all who are, and those who have become a part of the Ahhh...Ras family ... Ras Natango, Ayale, Mark and Frances, Kathi Cooke (priceless), Janet Silvera (the Gleaner), Aceion Cunninghan and Suzette Brown (Jamaica Observer), our local community and all our well wishers ... together we have achieved.

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Jan 14, 2013
Ahhh...heartfelt thanks
by: Tamika Williams

John ... Thanks for the kind words.

We are encouraged by the positive energies in our business and community.

We are thankful to Mark and Frances Tucci.

Credit to my husband Ian who never faltered, even when I had doubts and the road seemed too difficult.

It is my belief that, if we all play our part in our own little corner, we will better the world.

The art work was a combination of all five partners using actual images of paintings and plants from the gallery and garden.

Wrap City in Montego Bay did the fantastic job of wrapping the shuttle.

Ahhh... We look forward to seeing you visit us and experience Ahhh...Ras.

Again our thanks.

Jan 09, 2013
Congratulations!!
by: John Wyatt

Congratulations on persisting over what has obviously been a long and disheartening struggle, but lets hope the new Tucci partnership gives Ahhh ... the boost it deserves.

You have an excellent "product" and a wonderful community approach and clearly 'think local' (community, Jamaica, Caribbean USA and wider) of which I totally approve.

And, as for the new minibus, WOW! WOW! WOW! that is a work of art in itself, to your own design? Well done to whoever carried out the painting-lackering.

I wish you all the very best for 2013.

Dec 29, 2012
Thanks you
by: Tamika Williams

Sweet Kathi and Myrtle,
Thanks for taking time to read and comment.
The past weeks seem to have gone by so quickly yet so much has happened it seems like years.
Oh Camrose has blossomed and I am delighted.
Much gratitude,

Dec 28, 2012
Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden
by: Myrtle Dwyer

This is an attraction that must be visited and experienced.

Here one can get a glimpse into the true way of life in Jamaica.

Fully endorsed by Glamour DMC - www.glamourdmc.com

Dec 28, 2012
Ahhh...Ras! Wow!
by: Kathi Sweetcooke

Congratulations to the Ahhh Ras Natango family!
2013 will be your year to flourish!

Dec 27, 2012
Awwww Chris
by: Tamika Williams

Now you have gone and told everyone I dabble.

My work is just for fun dear Chris ... I do not compete with Ian and Ayale ... I am way out of their class.
But I am happy you like my work and promise to show at least one piece of art if anyone asks.

As you know my egg shell craft, Tka's Moz-Eggs, is displayed on a wall in the Gallery.

You are too sweet. Love you. Tams

Dec 27, 2012
Congratulations to all at Ahhh...Ras on Your Achievement
by: Chris Aguilar

Congratulations to all at Ahhh...Ras G&G on your perseverance and success.

All who visit should ask Tamika to show them her art as well, which is also of an exceptional standard ... she is too bashfull to exhibit her's alongside her super talented husband and son.

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