Nature has now changed into a golden prairie and the fruit harvest shifted from prune to grape.
August started with a heatwave with temperatures well over 40o C (104 F), days for the early birds as well as the night birds to experience the cool hours. The heatwave ended on 6 August.
The residents for August are: Greg Hrbek (writer; USA), Nico Huijbregts (musician; Holland), Yvonne Halfens (ceramist; Holland), Victoria Cattoni (painter; Australia), Maureen Drennan (photographer; USA), Paul Gagner (visual artist; USA), Theresa Wilshusen (mixed media; Spain), Sabine Harrer (scientist; Germany), Ida Toft (new media; Canada), Gerry van der Linde (poet; Holland) and Helen Butler (painter; UK).
White Works is the title for an exhibition with Phil Moody (USA), running from 29 June until 15 September, in the Palácio dos Marqueses da Praia e Montforte, in Estremoz. On the opening was a speech by Ruben Martins (prof Geoscience on Evora University) and a musical contribution by Daniel Catarino (guitar).
Phil Moody came in 2014 and 2015 for making photo portraits of workers in the marble quarries. Very exceptional was that Phil got permission to make a photos of workers deep in a marble quarry of Estremoz. He printed eight 2x2m photos. To make them more than documentaries he fragmented each photo into 250 "tiles" printed them on pages of old geology journals (dating from 1830 until 1950). This written information shines through the image. In addition he made a brochure where these images are combined with information on marble: the history, geology, economy and especially the life of the workers. He is especially interested in the stories of retired employees: they started when it was common to bring water to the workers with a donkey, they experienced the booming of the marble sector, but also the decline and the structural crisis of this sector. A beautiful co-incidence was that photos of the quarry in 1901 are in the archive of the municipal library. These are also included in the exhibition.
The slideshow on this pages gives an impression of the works and the exhibition.
Becki Buchanan (UK) used acrylic paint on plastic PVC canvas to make an impressive series of ten 1.30x1.30m works and some smaller ones. Starting with no plan and working largely intuitively she made abstract, colourful paintings that seem to express energy and optimism. Although the viewer thinks to recognize suggestions for a concrete object or a meaning, for Becky the major goal is to find a proper balance in composition and colour. A selection will be exhibited on 23-30 August in Centrespace art gallery in Bristol under title: Abstract Artfulness - Perceptions of Portugal. Becky made a beautiful video clip that shows some of the works and her sources of inspiration.
Becky started every day around 7am and seemed to have infinitive sources of energy. Apart from many hours of painting, she had time and energy for nature walks, jogging, swimming, Ping-Pong and piano playing.