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meinkeThe ‘Secrets of Summer’ exhibition of works by Meinke Flesseman opens at the Museum of Portimão on September 8th at 6.00pm.

One of the Algarve's top tier artists, with a host of international clients and commissions, Meinke Flesseman’s impressive artistic career saw her first studying Fine Arts at the Lorenzo di Medici Academy in Florence, Italy, and then at the Volkov-Moscow Academy of Fine Arts, and finally, at the Ruud Wachers Academie in Amsterdam.

The knowledge and skill of the cork harvestingIt is from May to the end of August, a more active time for the cork growth, that the cork harvesting is done. Cork is a raw material with unique characteristics that, to be extracted, needs great expertise of the cork harvester.

Being an old art and very present in the interior of the Algarve, Mar d'Estórias went to understand the knowledge and the ability needed to harvest the cork from the tree. We went to Reguengo, near Rogil, where we spoke with the specialist António Campos, known as António da Espantadiça, who welcomed us with the calm and sympathy that characterises him.

Arte Xávega – Trawl Fishing at Meia PraiaOne of the oldest types of fishing in the Algarve continues to persist on the beach of Meia Praia by the only master of the Xávega art (traditional trawl fishing) who is still licensed in Lagos - José Glória, known as Mestre Zé Bala – the skipper.
The xávega is an artisanal fishery made by trawling from the beach, carried out by human force, with the use of a yoke, or, more recently, by tractors. Around here, the art continues almost the same as it was performed more than 100 years ago, with the human strength of a minimum of 16 people to pull the "calas" (cables used to draw out the nets).

Art of making cattle bells - the symbol of AlentejoIn the plains of the Alentejo, more precisely in the village of Alcáçovas, in Viana do Alentejo, one can still hear the distinct sound of the cattle bells that wander the pastures. The melodious music that is rooted in the identity culture of Alentejo since the 18th century, when the masters of making cattle bells began to emerge, in the region.