HELEN MARTINS - OWL HOUSE

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Cemetery, Nieu Bethesda, South Africa: memorial stone for Helen Martins - outsider artist, creator of the Owl House Memorial Stones, South African Artists, Cemetery Art, Owl House, Outsider Art, Memento Mori, French Artists, The Outsiders, Sculptures

Cemetery, Nieu Bethesda: grave of Helen Martins of Owl House fame

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Sculptor from Nieuw Bethesda - Helen Martins. See her sculptures at the Owl House

Helen Elizabeth Martins | South African History Online

Helen Elizabeth Martins was born on 23 December 1897 in the Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda in the Eastern Cape. She was the youngest of six children and spent her childhood growing up in Nieu Bethesda. She went on to obtain a teacher's diploma in nearby Graaff-Reinet and, around that time, married Johannes Pienaar - a teacher, dramatist and, in later years, a politician.

Beautiful Windows to be found in the Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda In the back…

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The Owl House is a museum in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa.  The Owl House and surrounding Camel Yard contain over 300 concrete and glass sculptures created by Helen Elizabeth Martins and her assistants. Almost all of the sculptures face towards the east, many depicting a pilgrimage to a suitably positioned nativity scene. Helen Martins was almost 50 before she started decorating the Owl House and creating her marvelous sculptures. Art Corner, Owl House, Outsider Art, Pilgrimage, Interesting Facts, Cape Town, Homeland, South Africa, Landscape Photography
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The Owl House is a museum in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Owl House and surrounding Camel Yard contain over 300 concrete and glass sculptures created by Helen Elizabeth Martins and her assistants. Almost all of the sculptures face towards the east, many depicting a pilgrimage to a suitably positioned nativity scene. Helen Martins was almost 50 before she started decorating the Owl House and creating her marvelous sculptures.

At the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda there’s at least fourteen cement statues of mermaids.

The Camalyard behind the Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda These cement statues were…

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The Owl House, Neue Bethesda, SA

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden. Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'.

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden. Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'.

Photos and pictures of: Kitchen, The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa - The Africa Image Library

Photos and pictures of: Kitchen, The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa | The Africa Image Library

Kitchen, The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Helen in Camel Yard, courtesy of the Owl House Foundation

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Helen Martins’s mesmerising artistic legacy is an economic lifeline for an isolated Karoo dorpie, writes Nerine Dorman.

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Helen Martins, the owl house

‘The Owl House’ in the remote Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda.

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