0n the road to Haifa lies Ein Hod, an artists' village on a hill, at the foot of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean coast, the town of Atlit, and an ancient 12th century crusadors' fortress. After the War of Independence, the area was abandoned and left in ruin. In the fifties, a group of artists led by the acclaimed Dada artist Marcel Janco, decided that Ein Hod would be a place where they could work, build studios and workshops, and form a creative environment for art and art education. The founders' dream ran into the harsh reality of those days. But perseverance and vision, gradually transformed Ein Hod into the only artists' village in Israel, one of the few in the world, where artists live and create in every artistic media from the visual arts, to theatre, music and literature.  
Marcel Janco.
The attitude, structure and even the population of the village changed with the passing of the years, but its basic principles have been guarded with admirable zeal. The diversity of its inhabitants and the clear difference between the original founders and the new generation, create an unusual yet fascinating social fabric. Young and old try to follow the general principles of reciprocity and form a culture based on sharing. Communal life is managed by a General Council - the ruling body - and by a bi-yearly elected administrative committee.
The village has a wide range of cultural resources. The Ein Hod Art Gallery, the Janco-Dada Museum and the Artists' House, Artist' Studios are supplemented by a variety of exhibitions and artistic activity throughout the village. The Gertrude Krause House, sponsors bi-weekly chamber music concerts and guest lectures. During the summer months performances of popular music and light entertainment take place in the Roman-style outdoor amphitheater. To complete the setting, an old-country style restaurant in the center of the village serves as a place for social gathering and merriment. 


The Artist Gallery of Ein-Hod 
The Largest Gallery in Israel. 

The Ein Hod Art Gallery exhibits art work of all the member artists living in the village, who have been approved by the local jury. Painting and sculpture, ranging from contemporary to early Israeli artists, share space with the various craft media. Works on paper, photography, ceramics, gold and silver jewelry, glass and metal design objects make the gallery one of the largest collections of Israeli art in the country. One can find works by the first generation (works of historical value), hanging alongside young contemporary artists, only recently accepted to the village. 


Ein Hod is characterized by the special setting of a village sitting on a hillside, the view of the Mediterranean Sea where Baroque sunsets end each day. Surrounded by the country and Olive groves. Despite lack of funds and development resources, the village has managed to preserve its original, historic nature and the romantic and simple charm of Israel in its first years of independence. Very few places in Israel have managed to retain the authentic quality of the Mediterranean. One can still discern In the old structures the many textures and architectural forms of earlier occupants from the Christian Crusades to the Turkish Empire. The roads and by-ways, a mixture of ancient and modern, all add to a very special atmosphere. Yet, perhaps it is the landscape, the vegetation and the view, which make this place so unique and exciting. A natural Mediterranean  fruit-tree gardens of olive, pomegranate,  almond, grape and carob  all embraced by gentle vines. Ein Hod has remained a nature reserve, preserving the biblical flora of ancient Israel a perfect environment for the creative muse. 
Amichai Shavit. 


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Ein Hod Gallery 
Ein-Hod Artist' village 
Hof Hacarmel 30890 Israel. 
Tel: 972-4-9842548
Gallery opening hours: 
Sunday-Tursday ...9.30am to 5.00pm 
Friday ..................9.30am to 4.00pm 
Saturday ...............9.30am to 5.00pm


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