Israel is inspiring: the history and culture, the sand and sea, the light and grace. Bezalel
, the Jerusalem-based Academy of Art & Design, has cultivated a bounty of talented and progressive artists across the disciplines. Because Iím aware of Bezalelís reputation, I expect a certain caliber of work from its students. But I was, admittedly, sucker punched. Gabriella Barouch
ís sketchbook is mature and elegantóthe composition, the colors, the delicate patterns. Thereís innate talent, and thereís training. Clearly Gabriella was blessed with both. Hard to believe she still has a year left of school.