The inundation of Westkapelle

1e verdieping museum

12-04-2024 - The exhibition 'Destruction in images' can be seen in the Polderhuis in Westkapelle from April 12, 2024 to April 11, 2025. In 2024 it will be 80 years ago that Walcheren was flooded as a result of the inundation. The exhibition on the top floor is dedicated to this major event. There are works by Jac. Prince, Johan Melse and Frans Maas on display, supplemented with works by amateur artists. A terrible disaster has struck our village “A terrible disaster has struck our village. A tremendous bombardment that lasted 2 ¼ hours. The consequences are terrible.” These are the first lines from a letter that Maatje Roelse wrote to her niece Piete on October 26, 1944. Because this letter provides insight into the feelings of and consequences for the survivors, some quotes have been taken from her letter. The first bombing of Westkapelle took place on October 3, 1944. The Allies had decided to flood Walcheren, with the aim of weakening the German defenses. Not only the dike, but also most of the buildings were destroyed. The number of fatalities was enormous: 180 people died. -Escape to 'safer' places "Yes, Piete, I have lost a lot. Mother, my sister, brother-in-law, uncle, niece, nephew and a friend. What misery is being brought into the world." The warnings to leave for 'safer' places on the island were underestimated, but the intensity of the bombardment and the enormous force of the incoming sea water caused a flow of refugees towards the surrounding villages that same evening. "Now we are in a country estate in Oostkapelle... And the consequences. Our village is completely destroyed, all the arable land is under seawater. Now you live almost as if in a daze and sometimes you do not realize what you have lost because you are not at home. But if you start thinking about it, you won't be able to figure it out. More information This exhibition can be seen during opening hours of the Polderhuis Museum. In October this year there will be a photo exhibition with work on this theme by Neeltje Flipse-Roelse in the museum café.

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Walcherse scenes

Lighthouse 't Hoge Licht

23-03-2024 - From March 23 to October 30, the exhibition 'Walcheren scenes' can be seen in Lighthouse 't Hoge Licht in Westkapelle, where 3 Walcheren painters exhibit their paintings. Zoete Dingemanse “My paintings were created at the 'painting club' here in Westkapelle of which I have been a member for many years. I prefer to paint with acrylic paint on large canvases. I get my inspiration from magazines or the internet and then I put my own spin on it. I am very pleased to be able to exhibit here in my village of Westkapelle and our trusted lighthouse.” Tanja Houmes “I have enjoyed drawing and painting for a long time, and I am also a member of the Westkappel Drawing and Painting Club. I use all kinds of materials and surfaces for my works. My subjects are diverse, but I often end up with my own environment, animals and portraits. It remains fascinating to delve into a subject, to observe the details, colors and light and to translate this into your own interpretation. On the one hand I try to 'capture' reality, on the other hand I like to literally color 'outside the lines' sometimes.” Barend Midavaine Creations on canvas, paper and panel. “My works are moments of observation that I store in my thoughts. If possible, I make a sketch on the spot and work it out later. If I want to put it on canvas, I make a few more sketches at home until I get the right image that I have imagined.” More information The exhibition can be visited on the 1st floor of the lighthouse during opening hours.

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