Susanne Lemmerzahl and Monica Ottow invited friends
and art lovers into their garden gallery for one evening
By Heidi Trautmann
Karaman in the morning with the young misty light in
the foliage of its trees, Karaman in the full blaze of midday and Karaman with
the strong afternoon light on the white cubical houses and its purple shadows
in the folds of the hills.
Two women artists living in Karaman have captured the
charm around their homes on canvas or as water colours on paper; “It is the
transparency of the air, the unbelievable light at all hours of the day that
plays in the hills at our feet”, they say. Susanne Lemmerzahl has her home west
of the village and Monika Ottow has her small bewitched house in one of those
charming lanes that wind around the village.
On June 5 they have invited friends and art lovers to
come to Susanne’s garden to see the artistic impressions of their observations.
What a lovely idea to hang the pictures on the stone walls throughout the
garden, along the park like paths among bushes and trees and at the same time
enjoy the breathtaking view that has been their inspiration. Two different ways
of expression, Susanne’s brush soft, blurred and dreamy and Monica’s strokes
strong and colourful, precisely set, you recognize the architect’s mind.
Often they meet in one of their gardens to paint
landscapes or still lives or they join the Thursday Art Group in Yesiltepe and
sometimes they go out to catch other scenes of Cyprus, like old olive groves,
village roads or Kyrenia harbor scenes. They have also joined art groups in
Germany where they live part of the year and share with those the beauty of
To see more of their art enter my website under Cyprus