Clil, a unique Israeli village
looks like no other village in Israel, a widely dispersed, ecologically attuned
community nestled in the foothills of the Western Galilee overlooking the
Clil's unique character is determined by the people who have chosen to make their lives here, as well as by the landscape and the shape of the homes, fields and orchards planted over the years.
Since it was founded close to 25 years ago, people of Clil have retained a commitment to slow growth, and a diverse community that harmonizes with the physical environment. There are now about 50 families who have built homes carefully scattered between the olive groves and fields of wildflowers and native trees.
founders decided to build their homes on privately bought land, which
Meant that homes were built without the grid approach of most Israeli villages. Throughout the years, members of the community have sought and promoted harmonious dialogue with our Christian, Moslem and Druze neighbors.
are a large number of professional artists, artisans, musicians and writers
in the village, who both contribute and are influenced by the environment
that has been created. Years of working in close proximity to nature have
created an enriching process that we would like to share with you.
We propose to mount a traveling exhibition, to be shown at different locations throughout the world. (Already we have offers from hosts in New York, Oslo, Melbourne etc, etc,.)
To generate new markets and sales for the work of the participating artists and craftsmen, especially in the light of the very difficult economic reality facing Israel in general, and art in Israel in particular.
Coinciding with 25 years settlement in Clil, we are trying to take a moment and look at what we have achieved during this time, to define our contribution, and to put it out into the world. We want to make contact with communities and individuals throughout the world, to take part in conversation, and to influence by generating positive diplomacy.
Plastic Arts - painting, sculpture
Crafts - pottery, glass works, jewelry, basket weaving, furniture making
Visual Arts -video and photography, especially documentation of this lifePoetry - poems by poets who live here, specially those related to ClilDurable foodstuffs- e.g. quality olive oil and honey (regulation permittingLectures - on a range of subjects, such as Jewish philosophy, ecology, alternative medicine, the place of Clil in Israeli society etc..
Music - recitals of classical, Israeli blues, folk and ethnic music
Arrangements - All will be organized in such a way that the exhibits may be assembled flexibly, according to different space arrangements and community needs.
Born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1942. Immigrated with his family to Israel in 1951. Started painting as a young boy. Married to the poet Sabina Messeg, whose family migrated from Bulgaria,with 2 adult daughters and a son. He has had a long association with Clil.He lives here permanently since 1995. One of Israel’s leading painters who works with oils and watercolors, arriving at images which are a fusion of elements of inner and outer landscape.
Exhibitions- First exhibition in1967, and since then has had many one-man shows, both in Israel and abroad.
Born in Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv, 1952. His father emigrated from Austria, his mother born in Czechoslovakia. He studied sculpture from the age of 15, later also in Wales and in London, at the Kingston College of Art. Married to Ora, whose parents emigrated from Turkey. They have four daughters. They are one of the founding families in Clil. After ten years of intensive work establishing his family, in building, agriculture, goat grazing, started to paint landscapes, oils on canvas, compositions of light and form which resonated for him internally. His paintings express his love for and optimism regarding this landscape.
First exhibition in 1982, Kibbutz Cabri, and since then many group and one
man shows, both in Israel and abroad.
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1989 awarded “Outstanding Young Israeli Artist” by the Israeli Culture Ministry in 1994 awarded “Visual Arts Award” by Israeli Culture Ministry. 2001 awarded “Art in Jewish Education Award” by Israeli Education Ministry.
Born in Haifa, 1959. His father emigrated from Poland, and his mother from Argentina. Married to Chizuru, who is Japanese, with three daughters and two sons. He sculpts in stone, steel, and wood. Worked for periods in Italy and Japan. In 1990 moved to Clil, built the family stone house. Today he builds benches, combining stone and wood.
Exhibitions- participated in a number of exhibitions in Israel.
Born in Kibbutz Megiddo, 1960. His parents, holocaust survivors, immigrated to Israel from Poland. Graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem, in ceramic design. He is married to Batia, with two sons and a daughter. Moved to Clil in1990 and founded the Jara Studio, where he and his wife produce ceramic and glass works. Works also in stone building.
Exhibitions- has participated in a number of exhibitions in Israel.
Born in Toronto, Canada in 1963. Immigrated to Israel with her family in 1971. Graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem in Fine Arts, 1991. Married to Alon Gil (see above). Has designed objects for 'Naharia Glass' (see Igael Mayer), and is in continuing collaboration with them. In her latest works she combines precious metals and glass.
Exhibitions- participated in exhibition of contemporary Israeli glass designers, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 1998.
Born in Kibbutz Gaaton, 1960. His father immigrated to Israel from Czechoslovakia, his mother from Yugoslavia. Has worked with jewelry from the age of 11. Started his jewelry company Poran Gaaton, in 1989. Makes gold and silver jewelry and watches. Major influences on his work are Art Nouveau and under-water life.
Exhibitions- has appeared in more than 80 international exhibitions in Europe, the U.S.A. and Australia.
Born in New York, 1945. He has four daughters. He received a Bachelor of Journalism and Business Administration degree from Syracuse University 1972. Moved to Israel 1974. Worked as advertising photographer for 4 years. They are one of the founding families of Clil (1979). Since 1986 worked in various software businesses, especially in the area of Internet design and Multimedia. 1972 started learning Feng Shui. Today teaches and consults using Feng Shui, design, and photography.
Born in 1958 in Amka, a neighboring village settled by Yemenite Jews who immigrated to Israel in 1949. She has a son and daughter. Learned traditional methods of basket weaving from the older women of Amka. She has worked in the kindergarten of Clil for many years, and is a member of the village. Works with palm branches, olive twigs, and other materials.
Exhibitions- has participated in exhibitions and workshops in Israel and abroad.
Born in Tel Aviv,1956 as a second generation Israeli. Traveled extensively. Lived in Holland, England, and the U.S.A. With his return to Israel, he started making wooden furniture, and started his carpentry shop “Danny's Workshop” in 1993. Works with local woods- oak, cedar, cypress, pine, and tries to let the wood 'speak'.
Born in Naharia, 1955. His parents emigrated from Germany in1937. Married to Vered (see below), with two daughters and a son. He has worked in the family business “Naharia Glass” for the last 30 years, as the factory's glass designer. There he uses various techniques with hot glass, as well as various systems of casting. Also paints landscapes, using glass as well as regular techniques. Built the family house at Clil from mud together with his wife and friends.
Born in Kibbutz Shaar HaEmekim, in 1955, as a second generation Israeli. After her army service, she joined the Mayer family business 'Naharia Glass', which produces glass objects. Married to Igael Mayer. After a break for building the family home and raising three children, returned to work at the factory as a designer of glass vessels.
Lives in Clil for the past 10 years.
Deganit was born and raised in Dimona, as a third generation Israeli. Her parents’ families came originally from Germany and Yemen. Arrived in Clil about ten years ago, after many travels. She is married to Oren, who works with horses, and they have four children. She is a stained glass artist.
Born in Ramat Hasharon, 1964, as a second generation Israeli. She studied ceramic design at Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem. Lives in Clil with her husband and four children. She has recently given birth to a baby and built a workshop and kiln where she works as a potter.
Born in Tel Aviv, seventh generation Israeli. Married to Max with a son and a daughter. Lives in Clil since 1994. Managed the gallery of Ethiopian art - The Artists’ House at Hazerot Yoseph, until its closure. Now is opening the gallery again on her own property at Clil. The Ethiopian women traditionally made household vessels from clay, and Jewish ceremonial objects, this work being passed on from mother to daughter. Now they also make figurative clay works describing their (vanished) village life.
Born in Kibbutz Revivim, 1963, as a second generation Israeli. Married to Lilac, with two daughters and two sons. Moved to Clil 1987 and started to keep bees, and with the years established his organic hives. The combination of the wonderful local flora with persistent searching for alternative solutions to bee problems, has resulted in a very high quality honey. He also produces Propolis in tincture and ointment forms, and Royal Jelly.
Born in 1955. One of the founding families of Clil, she has lived here for 24 years. She is mother to two sons and a daughter. She works as a healer and spiritual teacher. She received the symbol of Abundance (Shefa) a few years ago – which she teaches and spreads, making objects that express it, including jewelry and posters.
Born in Tel Aviv, 1952, to South African and Austrian parents. He graduated in 1975 from Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem in Fine Arts. Gidi and Orna Peri came to live in Clil in 1981 and raised three children. Gidi runs the local pub, paints and makes forest wood furniture pieces.
Ada Moriel was born in Israel in 1951 and grew up in Quebec, Canada. She is among the founders of Clil, and mother of five. Ada sings in many languages, and accompanies herself on a wide array of ethnic and other musical instruments. As a singer-musician-teacher she performs and lectures extensively throughout Israel, in festivals, schools and joint Arab-Jewish peace projects. She has recently released her first album with Diane Kaplan - THE MANY COLOURS OF WHITE.
Born in Berlin 1915, to an ultra-orthodox Jewish family. Moved to Holland in 1933. Lived, studied and survived in Holland. Immigrated to Israel in 1960 where she works as psychologist, healer, painter, actor and writer. Settled in Clil in 2000 where she became the great grandmother of Clil's first fourth generation son.
Yosef Philip Zenou
Born in Israel in 1952. Philip moved to Clil from the Sinai desert 21 years ago. He is deeply involved in community affairs locally and globally. In the last ten years he has formed the “Hamacolet Hamorhevet Concept”, “Food For Body and Soul”, from local organic food to alternative seminars, workshops, and activities. He is available for counseling, arranging and producing all “Vision Quest” alternative festivals and Eco-Tourism.