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Bad Godesberg: Autumn art market attracts lots of visitors

Bad Godesberg : Autumn art market attracts lots of visitors

It was a good place to find something special: At the third autumn art market of the Gedok association in the Haus an der Redoute, visitors could browse and buy. They praised the variety and quality of the art.

At the weekend, visitors were very impressed by the offer at the third autumn art market of the Gedok association (Community of Artists and Art Sponsors) in the Haus an der Redoute. "The variety is wonderful," said Christina Gorzolla, who was there for the first time. This richness was clearly evident in the niche at the back: On the right there was fine porcelain, on the left cute Amigurumi animals. The common denominator: Both were handmade unique pieces.

Amigurumi are crocheted figurines filled with cotton wool, the idea comes from Japan. Kim-Anh Lê-Rönsch brought them to the market. She also displayed her own greeting cards, gift boxes and other paper items as well as some handicrafts from her home country Vietnam. She has lived in Germany for a long time and her father was a cultural attaché at the Vietnamese embassy. For her this is a hobby. She acquired her knowledge of how to make them through Youtube videos. She hoped to be able to sell as much as possible. "The proceeds go to needy people in Vietnam," she said, "if the people there are happy, it also enriches my life.”

Magdalene Koehler from Meckenheim created the porcelain works on display nearby, precious ceramic material, sometimes very valuable because it is no longer produced or available. Her showpieces: a 40-centimeter-thick bowl of Dibbern porcelain and a Petit Déjeuner set for breakfast, both of which she refined with her paintings.

Koehler learned her handcraft in a six-year apprenticeship. "I wanted to buy my mother-in-law a plate 30 years ago," she said, "but I couldn't pay for it." The artist, who was selling the painted plate, suggested that she take a course with her and give away plates she had painted herself. Today she does a lot of commissioned work, such as painting children's cups and decorating the edges of plates with Christmas carol texts and motifs from youth literature. She is happy to be able to talk to visitors about her art. "I'm all about feedback."

The two were among the 14 artists and craftspeople invited by Gedok Chairwoman Clotilde Lafont-König to this third autumn market. Visitors could see artfully designed and dyed scarves, paintings, decorations, prints, graphics and more. Monika Clever from Niederbach had brought bronze figures with her, as well as "talking cubes" in which one could see short aphorisms.

Anne Mahn presented homemade necklaces. "I make jewelry," Mahn said. She uses precious stones, freshwater pearls and glass, preferably from the Italian Murano manufactory. In 2006, the computer scientist had started creating jewelry, and since 2012 she has been self-employed. "I always enjoy constructing something new and making other people happy with it." That's why she makes sure that things aren't too expensive. Norbert Bogusch had come from Wachtberg along with other painters. He presented his watercolor paintings, with the Godesberg motifs placed on top, of course. Some things were created only shortly before the market. He spontaneously paints what he sees and always has his artist's backpack with him during his holidays. "As a rule, you can see what I'm painting," he said.

Artist Enno Frandsen had also come, but only as a visitor. "I'm here to look, out of collegial interest." And he appreciates the relaxed atmosphere. Johanna Stanovsky and Christine Gorzolla also looked to see if they could find some Christmas presents for friends and acquaintances. "You always look for something special." You can find that at this market. Gorzolla praised the quality of the artists. "This also enhances Bad Godesberg."


Current exhibition: The joint exhibition of Bettina Secker and Claus Riemann runs until November 3, at the Haus an der Redoute, Kurfürstenallee 1a. Riemann shows paintings under the title "Retrospektive", Secker "Fotografische Streiflichter". The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Admission is free.

(Orig. text: Stefan Knopp; Translation: ck)