Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel
son of Uri, the son of Hur,of the tribe of JudaH,
and I have filLED him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom,
with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds
of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold,
silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in
wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.
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" Art is born when the temporary touches the eternal." G . K . CHESTERTON
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So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whothe Lord has given
skill and ability to know hoW TO carry out all the work of constructing
the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded."
Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person
to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing
tO come and do the work. TheY received from Moses all the offerings the
Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary.
And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning.
So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the
sanctuary left what they were doing and said to Moses, “The people are
bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.”
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BEZALEL IS A COLLECTIVE OF ARTISTS IN ALL DISCIPLINES. CHAMPIONING AND ENABLING FELLOWSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVE CULTURE. WE INTEND TO GIVE RISE TO A COLLECTIVE OF ARTISTS WHO ACTIVELY SEEK TO ENCOURAGE, RESOURCE AND CHAMPION ONE ANOTHER. WE BELIEVE THAT INCLUSIVITY, COMMUNITY AND EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY FROM ARTIST TO ARTIST WILL USHER IN A NEW AND ENDURING BOUNTY OF CREATIVE EXCELLENCE. WE INTEND TO RE-CALIBRATE THE ARTISTIC APPROACH SO THAT IT MAY BE FUNDAMENTALLY GOVERNED NOT BY A DESIRE FOR THE SANDY FOUNDATIONS OF IDENTITY OR WORLDLY SUCCESS, BUT BY THE SOLIDARITY OF A PASSION TO EXPRESS TRUTH AND LIFE. SOME OF US ARE FERVANT ADMIRERS OF THE MAN JESUS: SOME OF US ARE NOT.
BEZALEL IS NAMED AFTER THE FIRST ARTIST IN THE BIBLE, WHO WAS SKILLED, FULL OF WISDOM AND SURROUNDED BY A COMMUNITY WHO UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF CREATIVE BEAUTY. WE INTEND TO AFFORD SUPPORT, BE IT PROMOTIONAL, EMOTIONAL, FINANCIAL, OR EVEN PRAYERFUL, TO EVERY ARTIST WHO CHOOSES TO JOIN THE BEZALEL COLLECTIVE. WE BELIEVE THERE IS A GROWING EXCITEMENT AND DESIRE FOR POSITIVE DIRECTION AND IDENTITY IN THE ARTS. THE TIME HAS COME FOR EXCELLENT AND SPIRIT-DRIVEN CREATIVITY TO TAKE ITS PLACE AT THE VERY MARROW OF OUR CULTURE