(photo credit: SHMUEL COHEN)
In the heart of Jerusalem, between the Jaffa Gate and Montefiore's windmill in Mishkenot Sha'ananim, resides the picturesque Jerusalem's Artist's Colony known as Hutzot Hayotzer.
Over the years, this mysterious complex has become a unique art hub, where the artists specialize in contemporary Judaica and Jewish ceremonial art, using both advanced and ancient techniques to create elegant designs of iconic artifacts for every Jewish festival and occasion: Jewelry, Weaving, Embroidery, Silver, Calligraphy, Paintings and Photography. Through this ancient Art medium the artists of Hutzut Hayotzer tell the story of Jewish history from a contemporary angle, shaping the link between the old traditions and art with creativity and inspiration.
Take your time to watch the artists at work, experiment in workshops and order custom-made artwork. Don't miss the new Kol HaOt Jewish educational art center that blends Jewish values, texts and history with the arts.
Meet some of the artists at Hutzot HayotzerGidon Hay
's creations Hanukka Dreidels, Hanukka Menorahs and Goblets have reached the 4 corners of the world. The Jewish-American astronaut Jeffrey Alan Hoffman took a Dreidle with him into space, becoming the first Jew to celebrate Hanukka in zero gravity. Emil Shenfeld
's Hanukka Menorah was purchased by President Bill Clinton after he witnessed the artist assemble and then dismantle his Butro-style Hanukkia.
's 5x5 mm. Nano-Bible pendants contain the whole Bible and were specially made for esteemed members of Hebrew University's faculty and the designers of the high-tech company which developed the ingenious microchip chip the work is based on.
's work are displayed in the permanent exhibitions at the Israel Museum and the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot.
's calligraphy are part of the permanent Mezuzut exhibition at the Great Synagogue.
In the Artists' Lane you can acquaint yourself with the works of some of the leading creators of contemporary Judaica, who are redesigning: Wedding Rings, Holiday Ritual Wear, Sukkah Decorations, Hand Woven Tallitot, Chupot, Tapestries, Spice Box holders (for Havdala), Hanukka Menorahs, Netilat Yadayim and more.During this month in honor of the High Holidays, all of the galleries are offering a 10% discount on Holiday related creations.
Find your favorite item at www.artistscolony.co.il
For special tours, event and information contact 0544-400542, 0544-676679, 0525-833565