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

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

The near demise of the Owl House

Did you know that the Owl House was almost destroyed and refurbished as municipal offices some years ago? The story goes that Helen Martins’ precious Owl House nearly met its early end when the local municipality, who owns the property, was looking for a new office building and management considered flattening the Camel Yard and using… Continue reading The near demise of the Owl House

A true friend of the Owl House: Huldah van Wyk

It was with great sadness that the village of Nieu Bethesda said goodbye to one of their long-time residents recently. Huldah van Wyk has been a part of the Owl House and the Owl House Foundation for more than a decade and has made it her life's work to keep the house and garden in… Continue reading A true friend of the Owl House: Huldah van Wyk

It takes a village

It has been 41 years since Helen Martins, the renowned outsider artist and creator of the Owl House took her own life. Throughout these years it took a lot of hard work and selfless volunteers giving their time and effort to keep the Owl House, as it stands today, intact and running. Over the years,… Continue reading It takes a village