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Bezalel Art Fair in Jerusalem

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 26, 2010

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What a great planter! It was on the sidewalk outside a small cafe. It is designed to look like a framed painting of a plant in a vase on an easel, with a real plant sticking out.

Last Friday I finally managed to visit the Bezalel Art Fair in downtown Jerusalem. The fair started in April, 2010, and seems to be an ongoing event, at least through the summer. It’s held on Fridays at three locations close to King George. It’s very similar to the Nahalat Binyamin craft market in Tel Aviv, but much smaller and less crowded. The quality of the merchandise was very high and I noticed quite a few English-speaking vendors. I really enjoy chatting with creative people!

There were baked goods, jewelry, clothing, bags (including beautiful little suede bags for 60 NIS, nicely finished inside, in colours like pink, powder blue, violet), some amazing hair clips made from real food (the artist was annoyed when I took a photo, so I won’t post it), books, photos, Judaica, mobiles, and a henna artist. If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday morning and you’re in the Jerusalem area, it’s a nice way to spend a couple hours.

If you’re hungry, CafeCafe is nearby and it’s kosher.

Bezalel Art Fair

Simtat Bezalel Hakatan Street

Henna

Henna by Sienna Henna artist, Cheryl Stone

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Oogies baked goods (I don’t think the head was for sale)

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Bread by Metabelim bakery

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Photographer Julia Schiller from Wisconsin. She uses an emulsion technique to apply photos to mezuzah cases and metal plaques.

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Wind Spinner breeze catchers

Bezalel Art Fair

Web site (in Hebrew): http://www.bezalelfair.com/home
Location: Simtat Bezalel Hakatan Street, Shatz Street, and Gan Hashiver (the small park beside HaMashbir department store) in Jerusalem
Time: Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Admission: free

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7 Responses to “Bezalel Art Fair in Jerusalem”

  1. haya meyerowitz said

    Hi Avital,
    Your photos are more evocative than those on the offical web site, where if you click on “translate” you can recive an amusing less than perfect but clear enough English version. All the best. Is there a fair chance we’ll meet there early some Friday afternoon? (could not resist the pun 🙂 Haya

    • Avital said

      Thanks, Haya! Not sure whether I can be there much after noon because I have to get ready for Shabbat but it might be possible. At least it’s easier in summer when Shabbat starts so late.

  2. aswirly said

    Wow this art fair looks way cool. I love that planter too. Such a clever and artistic idea. I love the image you captured of the henna too.

  3. Ditto on exactly what Amber said… The planter and henna are my faves here… Looks like a great fair Avital…

  4. pam said

    OOOOOOH how I wish I could have tagged along! I especially liked the framed planter – really cool idea. And baked goods – my biggest weakness!

    Thank you for sharing. You are right – “high quality”.

  5. Great looking wind spinners. nice designs but what are they made of?

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