The Zefat Artists’ Colony is located just south of the Old Jewish Quarter of Zfat. Safed already began attracting artists in the 1920’s, who were inspired by its unique atmosphere, picturesque alleys and the striking natural landscapes nearby. The Safad Artists’ Colony was established shortly after the War of Independence and has since flourished.
We recommend beginning with the Zfat Artists’ General Exhibition located in an old abandoned mosque. From there set out to explore the studios and galleries in the alleyways between Tet Vav and Tet Zayin Streets.
Some of the artists in Safed have been strongly influence by Kabbalah, but most others focus in the works on local landscapes or subjects not specifically connected to Zefat.
Among the Safad artists whose work has been strongly influenced by Kabbalistic themes are Avraham Lowenthal (Kabbalah Art Gallery) on Tet Vav St; Sheva Chaya, the glassblower, on Arlozorov St. just below the general exhibition; and David Friedman in the Jewish Quarter on Shimon Bar Yochai St. All three are generally happy to discuss the influence of Kabbalah on their work.
Open hours are a bit irregular, but the artists are generally welcoming to visitors and happy to discuss their work.
There are various ways of spelling Zefat – Safed – Safad – Zfat and these spellings are used interchangeably.
We recommend that you allow time to browse and enjoy the unique atmosphere of both the Zefat Artists’ Colony & of the Zefat Old Jewish Quarter. For an overview of Zefat/Safed see An Introduction to Zefat.