Sozo Arts Base in Portugal
The Sozo Arts Retreat is a rural site consisting of a cottage and 45 m squared arts studio, at the edge of a village and a short distance to the town and beaches. The local village of Serra dos Mangues nestles in shelter of a small hill (the “serra”) beyond which lies the Atlantic Ocean, so plenty of beautiful coastal walks around.
The beautiful Art Studio comprises of a newly renovated building, with high wooden ceiling giving a spacious working environment. The studio has large windows and excellent north-facing light. As well as the controlled studio environment, much of the artwork takes places outdoors, in the large gardens that envelope the studio. The whole plot is set in a small valley, giving seclusion and a number of views: inland across the valley, up towards an old windmill, and across to a small hill, eucalyptus and pine trees.
On some occasions we also use the Casa Cultura venue in Sao Martinho do Porto. This spacious studio has 4 large windows with views over rooftops and the bay. Outside the building is a large shady cobbled square with sea views.