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Owl House Foundation AGM and some history

Are you interested in the preservation of the Owl House? Make sure to attend the Owl House Foundation’s annual general meeting (AGM) taking place on Saturday, 10 November 2018. The meeting will be held in the OHF Boardroom in Martins Street, Nieu Bethesda, at 10:00. In the years following Helen Martins’ death, visitors would still… Continue reading Owl House Foundation AGM and some history

Guest post: A Camel Yard

A Camel Yard is a poem written years ago after the author visited the Owl House. A Camel Yard Nieu-Bethesda The dancing on the breath of a Karoo breeze words say elsewhere elsewhere. Shimmering wishes fishnetted between a Karoo sun cooling and the rising blue hieroglyphic moon, tinkling, sing for northbound caravans, for unheard music.… Continue reading Guest post: A Camel Yard

Concrete Evidence: a short story about the Owl House

The short story Concrete Evidence by Rudolph Mulder was published to Kindle posthumously by his son Ron Mulder. This weird and wonderful tale takes you on a ride to a time somewhere in the past. Two vagrants are mesmerised by the work of the old woman that gives the two a bed for the night:… Continue reading Concrete Evidence: a short story about the Owl House

In Memoriam: Dene Coetzee, OHF chairman

The small village of Nieu Bethesda has a particularly small population, and over the last few months we have suffered an immense amount of loss. Some of the greatest trees in our community was felled… suddenly and without warning. One of the esteemed members of our society who had passed away recently was Dene Coetzee,… Continue reading In Memoriam: Dene Coetzee, OHF chairman

Exciting PPC Cement sculpting workshop hosted in Nieu Bethesda

Through PPC Cement's long-stranding relationship with the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda, the company is excited to announce another free cement workshop, open to any and all interested parties, which will be held from 16 to 18 August 2018 in the Nieu Bethesda Community Hall. This offers a unique opportunity to either improve your existing… Continue reading Exciting PPC Cement sculpting workshop hosted in Nieu Bethesda

A visitor’s perspective: The Owls are watching by Sean Achilleos

The Owls Are Watching (In memory of Helen Martins - ‘The Owl House’ Nieu Bethesda) In sculpture and rock rested your art Cement faces that speak volumes Of emotions and tales untold As mysterious as your life itself Glittering walls of crushed glass that shone by candlelight Outside of art you were branded Though remembered… Continue reading A visitor’s perspective: The Owls are watching by Sean Achilleos

Owl House Studios: An animation studio inspired by Helen Martins

This video was created by Jessica Cope, an animator and animation director. She created a short animated film titled The Owl House as part of her degree. The story is based on her visit to Helen Martins' Owl House, inspired by the feeling her visit left her. She also started an animation studio named Owl… Continue reading Owl House Studios: An animation studio inspired by Helen Martins

Guest post: A poem from the Poetry Salzburg Review

This poem by Judith Wilkinson about her visit to the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda was published in the Poetry Salzburg Review. (Autumn 2017, No. 31) The poem is reprinted as a guest post with her permission below: Visiting the Owl House, Karoo Desert 1 Approach Descending the mountain road after a long day’s drive… Continue reading Guest post: A poem from the Poetry Salzburg Review

Helen Martins and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Everyone who visits the Owl House and Camel Yard will always experience something completely different. Some feel an eerie presence, as if Helen is still tending to her birds and flowers, touching up statues and drinking tea in the kitchen, while others will see the hard work that has gone into creating the marvel that… Continue reading Helen Martins and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Die Uilhuis in die nuus: Buitestanderkuns

Buitestanderkuns: Die Wonderwêrelde van Miss Helen en Outa Lappies deur Melvyn Minnaar (gepubliseer in Die Burger, Julie 2017) Afrikaans het die mooi, bedeesde woord vir “Outsider”. Waar die Engels die gevoel van afsluiting, afstand suggereer, lyk “buitestander” meer na ’n filosofiese beskrywing van iemand wat sku-sku nie presies by almal en die gemeenskap inpas nie.… Continue reading Die Uilhuis in die nuus: Buitestanderkuns