Art Guest House Opens Doors Next Week

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By Rolf Hansen WINDHOEK Hidden in the heart of the fairytale land – that is East Germany – lies GÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¶rlitz, a quant little city that speaks of rich traditions, eras and emotions. But it is also this rich background from whence comes one of the artists to Guest House Terra Africa to open the first art gallery guest house in Namibia. New owners, Rolf Hansen, Hermann Locher and Ella Hansen, took over ownership of Terra Africa in November last year after deciding they wanted to try out the tourism sector in an entrepreneurial-attempt. So great has been the feedback and support for this endeavour, that the mother of the arts, the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival (BWAF) has also given their full support to this new family-owned business. Says Professor Aldo Behrens, main organizer of the festival: “We need more such projects that can serve as a home for the arts.” This links up to the decision by the new owners to make use of the guest house to host art exhibitions, light classical concerts, wine shows, as well as fashion shows. Art works by well-known Namibian artist, Helena Brandt, is continually viewable at Terra Africa, while masterpieces by Dr Kizito Maria Kasule from Uganda have made their way in the Terra Africa House, until an art fanatic also fell in love with them and gave them a new place to stay. Ramona Faltin of the Schleisisches Museum in GÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¶rlitz, who has specially come from Germany for the occasion, is spending the month of February to learn more about Namibian arts, culture and traditions. She has donated two of her favourite works, See mit gelben BlÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¤ttern and AbendÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¤mmerung, depicting nature scenes to the guest house, where they now form part of the permanent collection. Also, be on the lookout for pieces by top Namibian artist, Hercules Viljoen, and his students from Unam, Samuel Amunkete, Fillipus Sheehama, as well as an old scholar, Alex Zulu from Zambia. The gala opening of the exhibition “Terra Africa to the World” is Wednesday, February 21, whereafter the public is welcome to view the exposition until Friday, March 2, from 09h00 until 15h00.