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Renton Municipal Arts Commission presents Local artist team Bezalel-Levy at Carco Theatre

October 13, 2011

Jennifer Davis Hayes, Community Development Project Manager 425-430-6589
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569
Carco Theatre


The Renton Municipal Arts Commission proudly presents a local artist team comprised of Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy who combine photography and painting in the form of rice paper scrolls mounted on linen. The exhibit will be on display October 17 through December 5. Members of the public are invited to attend the artist reception on Saturday, November 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to view the art and meet the artist.

Shortly after meeting over 20 years ago, the Bezalel-Levy collaboration began. In a staged process, the artists work with themes, subjects, compositions, colors and techniques, with one leading the other at different times.

In the Bezalel-Levy relationship, the photographer submits to having his composition painted over, sometimes obscured, and the painter is content to paint the partner’s image. In many of the paintings, the underlying photograph shows through in some areas, or the frame of the photograph is maintained. When they began, Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy put aside all their individual artistic pursuits in order to create this collaboration.

In the past several years Bezalel-Levy, as they jointly sign, have had their work selected for a dozen health care facilities including several in Washington State, New York City, Denver, and Houston. To view more of their work, visit

Carco Theatre, adjacent to the Renton Community Center, is located at 1717 Maple Valley Highway at the intersection of I-405 and Maple Valley Highway. Theatre hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional viewing on show nights.

For more information about the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, visit