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Dale Emmart                                          Karen Bell                                     Maria and Luis Mota

Plein Air Portugal became a painting, drawing and photography workshop after a visit in 2010.  The chance to record an historic way of life steeped in tradition as it faces irrevocable change is an opportunity to document the pivotal transformation.

Dale Emmart


Residing in NYC and northern Pennsylvania, Dale earned her BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA/Painting from Rhode Island School of Design.  She has taught drawing and painting for over 30 years at Parsons, The New School, RISD, Brooklyn College Fordham University, and is the Department Head of Art at The Brearley School (retired). She has led landscape painting workshops in Scotland, Parsons School of Design in Paris, The Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany and for various schools and workshops in New England.


Dale has been exhibiting for many years. Her works are in numerous public and private collections in the US and abroad.  

Karen Bell

Karen, a New York native, received a BA from Ohio University and an MFA/Photography from RISD.  In addition to being a freelance photographer for over 30 years, Karen  taught all levels of photography at The New School from 1995 - 2016. Since 2005, she has been teaching digital photography workshops at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In 2014, Karen began her own private workshops - Exploring New York Through the Lens.

Karen's photographs and small hand made books have been exhibited widely and are included in numerous public and private collections. 

Maria and Luis Mota

Travanca do Monte

Casa da Levada has been in the Mota family for over 300 years.  Maria and Luis established their welcoming B&B in their country home  more than 25 years ago. Warm, generous, friendly and multi-lingual, Casa Da Levada is a natural extension of their genuine fondness for people.

2010 - present

2010 - present

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