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Israel’s Varied Arts and Crafts Shown at Exhibition in Hartford

An exhibition of Israel handicraft objectives, entitled “Forms From Israel,” opened here at the Wadsworth Atheneum and will be open to the public until February 8, Israel Consul General Simcha Pratt was a guest at the preview.

Produced by the Israeli Institute of Industrial Design in consultation with the American Federation of Art, the exhibition is sponsored by the Government of Israel in cooperation with the American-Israel Culture Foundation and the Crafts from Israel Committee. It includes ceramics, metalwork in silver, brass and copper, jewelry, textiles and wood and basketry, as well as designs in plastics, calligraphy and typography.

Adolph Held of New York, representing the Crafts for Israel Committee, and James Plaut, former director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, attended the opening of the exhibit. Mr. Plaut analyzed the diverse arts and crafts work of Israel and stressed that the cosmopolitan make-up of Israel–with Yemenite and Western European Jews working side by side–has resulted in divergent art forms.