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Dale Emmart                                          Karen Bell                                     Maria and Luis Mota

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 currently Department Head of Art at The Brearley School. 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:  DeCordova Museum, Olin Museum of Art, Harvard School of Public Health, General Electric Corporation, Spelman College,  Rektorat University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.


"Plein air in Portugal is a test of all that I know, love and argue about in painting."

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.  Recently she had solo shows in Hudson, New York,and the Nature Art Museum in Raleigh, NC. She exhibits regularly at the Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue, NY, and the Griffin Museum satellite gallery in Boston.  Her work is included in many collections including, Brooklyn Museum, NY Public Library, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, National Park Service, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Stonybrook Hospital.


"There are infinite ways to see and photograph the landscape."

Joao and Ana


Casa da Picva, an historic home, located just outside the wall of this medieval town, is filled with art and antiques.  A sumptuous breakfast, a beautiful garden planted with fruit trees, and comfortable rooms makes this a perfect location to start your Plein Air Portugal adventure.

Casa Picva

Maria and Luis

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 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

Photograph of tiles by Karen Bell, taken at the Tile Museum, Lisbon