Besides acting as a showcase for promotion and exhibition of several brands of Alvarinho wine, typical of the zone, in this plot we can try and buy fantastic wine, crafts and other products like honey that have been made in a traditional way. The 2-story structure opened in the year 1997 and is inside the old town, where the original stone façade stands with 3 arches, and there are organized visits of "Alvariños of honor" for groups with guides to the historic city center. In the picture there are some vineyards and local strains that lie very close to the border with Galicia (Arbo) and also a few miles from the birthplace of Alvariño Monçao, the "Rias Baixas Portuguese" in terms of production Albariño wine is concerned.
The Sao Mamede Gallery of Art is the oldest in Lisbon. Located in the house that occupied the famous Marques de Pombal in Rua do Sao Mamede. It's in the Alto neighborhood and the owner let us admire it, he was very friendly indeed and very polite. The place is admirable for its paintings and sculptures and to discover just traipse the streets of Lisbon, entering shops, galleries and everything is open.
This fascinating exhibition is in the historical center, in the old city of Viana (paços do concello) on the ground floor. At the back on the 1st floor there's a painting exhibition. During my trip to Viana do Castelo I saw a great exhibition of some original iron sculptures by Placido Souto, born in Vilar de Mouros (Camiña) and of Galician descent. Souto Placido started in the craft of forging, the metal domain and fire at only 12 years old and today he is considered the "Picasso of sculpture", because apart from his admiration for this great painter, his sculpture figures remind us of the colors and images of the great artist from Malaga.
The cultural office of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana IPVC has a permanent exhibition of public works by the artist José de Guimarães, pseudonym José Maria Fernandes Marques, one of the most important visual artists. This iconic building houses the finest works under the title "José de Guimaraes eo Mundo" and is very close to the historic and commercial center of the Portuguese city, Estaçao Viana Shopping. Highlights are a number of photographs, in full color, taken in the most important capitals, such as Lisbon, Germany, Japan and New York.
"A Procissão" is the title of the painting exhibition that was on at the Contemporary Art Center when I visited. The author of the works is Graça Morales, painter, designer and photographer, who permanently has 7 rooms in this museum, but every 6 months are varying paintings are exposed out of it. Actually, I don't like this surreal type art, but it's assumed that the paintings were of religious subjects and painted 1999-2000. I have some photos, so judge for yourselves. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10-12.30 and 14-18.30. General admission: € 2 but Sunday mornings are free.
João Louro is the author of the exhibition entitled "The Great Houdini" on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Graca Morais. Contemporary art is not my cup of tea as I don't understand the messages the author wants to convey. The author uses in his works everyday items such as neon lights, posters, pictures and signs, and combines them in an unusual way to convey something "different" than they should. Museum Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10-12.30 and 14-18.30. General admission: € 2 but Sunday mornings are free.
Expolima was an initiative of the Center for Agricultural and Industrial Trade of Lima in order to attract tourists to Ponte de Lima on par with domestic and foreign investment. For 7 years, Expolima has been held every year and attracts many visitors. It's a trade, craft, agricultural and industrial area that serves to show the world their potential. In addition to exhibits, Expolima attracts not only investors but also tourists because of the amount of outdoor entertainment/art shows. I saw an outdoor concert of the great Dulce Pontes, I leave a picture.