Helen Elizabeth Martins - Artist Extraordinaire
On a cold winters morning in 1976, a sadly misunderstood old lady surrendered to her pain and loneliness. She took her own life by swallowing caustic soda. Her death brought to a full circle the sad and lonely life of one of South Africa's truly remarkable women and artists. Her name was Helen Martins. She was 87 years old and lived as a near recluse for the bigger part of her life. Yet she will become known and recognised as a creative genius; her creation, The Owl House, becoming the…
Extraordinary Sculptures at Owl House, Nieu Bethesda, South Africa
En route to the Karoo interior, we visited one of the most extraordinary attractions in South Africa - the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda. The creative sculptures of the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda make it an unforgettable sight.
One of my favourite places to visit, the Owl House, home of Helen Martins....I will post my story here that was published a few years ago, I just need to find it...
The Owl House: Was she mad or quite sane?
The small hamlet of Nieu Bethesda is sometimes called "the village left behind in time." To some degree, that is the choice of its inhabitants. For example, the villagers chose to keep their dirt streets, even though the government was willing to pave them. So, you drive miles from Graaff-Reinet on pot-holed, rugged gravel roads to get to Nieu Bethesda. Why go there at all? Because it has also become known as a small artisan village - with an active women's art cooperative, several small…
Owl House - a Visionary Environment with Helen Martins' sculptures
According to the official website of the Owl House Museum the number of visitors to this fascinating place has reached more than 15 000 annually. This begs the question, Why? What is it that people look for there?
Established in 1786, Graaff-Reinet is the country’s fourth oldest magisterial district and has been named the “Gem of the Karoo”. The town is recognized as the home of magnificent examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian and Karoo architecture, and has over 220 heritage sites.
A Visit to South Africa’s Strange, Astonishing Owl House
Rosa Lyster visits the Owl House, in South Africa’s Karoo desert, a place built by the reclusive artist Helen Martins and converted into an unsettling museum after she died.