The Owl House

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Cemetery, Nieu Bethesda: memorial stone of Helen Martins of the Owl House fame

Cemetery, Nieu Bethesda, South Africa: memorial stone for Helen Martins - outsider artist, creator of the Owl House

the Owl House - South Africa (I have never been here, but I hope to see it one day)    *Helen Martins' art was greeted with derision and suspicion from the village. 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…

Owl House

the Owl House - South Africa *Helen Martins' art was greeted with derision and suspicion from the village. Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen'

Helen Martin's sculpture garden at the 'Owl House', Nieu Bethesda, South Africa

Helen Martin's sculpture garden at the 'Owl House', Nieu Bethesda, South Africa

Beautiful Windows to be found in the Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda    In the back garden there are numerous cement statues that were made by Helen Martins & Koos Malgas.      The museum is open 7 days a week & a must visit for all.     For more information on Nieu-Bethesda - please visit http://www.camdeboocottages.co.za/index.php/nieu-bethesda

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

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.

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.

The owlhouse in Nieu Bethesda. Helen Martins is an extraordinary example of outsider art. Ostracised in her life time but now her legacy causes the entire village to prosper.

The owlhouse in Nieu Bethesda. Helen Martins is an extraordinary example of outsider art. Ostracised in her life time but now her legacy causes the entire village to prosper.

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'.

The Owl House of Helen Martins in South Africa.  Have a look at other pictures!

Exploring Helen Martin's Outside Art Mecca--The Owl House

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