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

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

Miss Helen’s last wish: keeping the Owl House alive

If you had ever visited the Helen Martins Museum, which was Huldah van Wyk’s brain child, you would have seen a number of copied documents against the walls. These include letters to Miss Helen’s friends during her last months. This is also where one of my favourite quotes come from, and it gives us some insight… Continue reading Miss Helen’s last wish: keeping the Owl House alive

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