Planning a trip down south or up north on the N9 during the December holidays?
Why not turn off to Nieu Bethesda (between Graaff Reinet and Middelburg) for Quilts in a Church!
Nestled below the Compassberg, Nieu Bethesda is an oasis in the arid Karoo. Well known for the Owl House, this village also boasts a few art galleries, restaurants, fossils expeditions and donkey cart rides!
Also in town, is a beautiful Dutch Reformed Church building, with the congregation who celebrated its 140th birthday in 2018.
The Dutch Reformed Church Nieu Bethesda still have services on Sunday mornings and every year the original acetylene gas lamps is used for their Christmas Carols.
For the first time in its history, the building hosted a quilt exhibition in December 2019!
Quilts and wallhangings from quilters in the Eastern Cape were on display throughout the building, which included the South African Quilters’ Guild Travelling Exhibition for 2019-2021.
Images of Quilts in a Church 2019
Dates: Wednesday, 15 to Saturday, 18 December 2021.
Featuring quilts made by quilters from the Eastern Cape, the SAQG Teachers’ Forum Hands Up Collection and an invitational fibre art exhibition.