Safed – The Mystical City of ArtsPosted by in Israel Tours
Safed (Tzfat) is a beautiful breezy mountaintop in northern Israel that dates back more than 2,000 years. Crusaders, Kabbalists and artisans all played an important part in the story of this artistic Galilean city. A popular tourist destination, Safed is home to a thriving Artists Colony and many significant religious sites dating from the 13th-16th century rabbinic mystics, including Isaac Luria.
The Gallery Street of the Safed Artists Colony houses all genres of artists… painters, sculptors, textile artists, potters, calligraphers, glassblowers, micrographers and scribes.
A permanent collection of paintings and sculptures are housed in the Safed Artists Museum. Another notable museum is the Frenel Museum which is home to the abstract paintings of Yitzhak Frenel. Frenel is the great-grandson of the 18th century founder of the Hassidic movement that led a group of 1930s artists in setting up the Artist Colony.
Sarah’s Tent is one of the newest and most comprehensive centers for art that is located deep in the Old City. As a branch of a successful Jerusalem gallery, it showcases seven different galleries exhibiting and selling one-of-a-kind items made by more than 70 artists, from jewelry to paintings. Sarah’s Tent was established by immigrants from Montreal about eight years ago, and has become the exclusive dealer for Israeli artist Avi Ben Simhon, whose exuberant Fauvist and Cubist-influenced work is displayed in more than 100 galleries worldwide.