Tennis artists on stage at HelenaHuis


AALTEN – HelenaHuis in the former building of the blacksmith Van Lochem is now ready after a long period of renovation and furnishing. The museum, on three floors, is easily accessible for young and old, entrance fees are low, and a special part of Aalten’s history is told. A theater is presented by artists from Aalten, and every three months a temporary exhibition is arranged with objects by local talent.

Written by Karen Strunks

It currently exhibits three artists from Aalten on the second floor of HelenaHuis. Works on display until the end of July. Wim ter Horst does spatial work, mainly from half-decomposed roots of sawn oak. “I hardly know in advance what form it will take. The material determines what an object will look like.” The carvings were finished with beeswax or linseed oil. “What you see is pure nature, handmade.”

Bettina Ninehaus Artist, paints contemporary oil paintings. In addition to drawings of animals and wildlife, she also loves to draw portraits, still photos and landscapes where light plays a major role. The third artist to exhibit at HelenaHuis is Herman Kuenen, he has been painting since 2009 and is a student at Bettina Nienhaus.

A room has been created on the second floor where visitors can watch a movie about the creation of a replica of the burial vault discovered by Henk Heijnen in 1973 in Oude Helenakerk.

At the top of the Helena House is a permanent exhibition of the T Lintum House. This relates to a collection created in collaboration with the National Hideout Museum and several private properties.

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A replica of the burial vault can be seen on the ground floor. Lubbers: There are two paintings here depicting the Baron and Baroness Hambroich and Willfield. The baron was buried in the real burial vault at Oude Helenakerk. We are very proud to be able to display these original paintings here.”

A small room with benches, furnished with original religious objects from the Roman Catholic Church of Helena, allows guests to watch a film about Saint Helena, the woman whose name Helena’s house owes. “A visit to our museum is definitely worthwhile and accessible to all ages. The floors are accessible by a stair lift, there is a walk-in ready and there are toilets on all floors. The collection is one-of-a-kind, and a mural and series of photos by Oude Helenakerk and RK Helenakerk are on display here. Henk Heijnen has a ‘special’ corner for visitors.

HelenaHuis is open on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Entrance 5 euros, including coffee with something delicious. Free entry for children up to the age of twelve. Information about HelenaHuis can be found on the website.

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