Thomas Butler is an American professor who devoted many years of his life to Bulgaria, the Bulgarian language and literature. His famous book Monumenta Bulgarica is a Bilingual Anthology of Bulgarian Texts from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century.
Professor Butler has taught at Tufts University, University of Wisconsin, and Harvard University as teaching fellow, associate professor, and most recently as a visiting lecturer in Slavic languages and literatures. He served for several years as Assistant Director of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature at Harvard. He has taught a variety of subjects, including Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, and Russian, as well as Comparative Slavic Linguistics.
He traveled a lot in East Europe (Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, and Russia) His interest of Slavic languages and literature and many years of research led to many publications and Lecture Series in many universities and scholars societies in Europe and US. He wrote a lot about the Bulgarian literature and the Past and Present of Bulgaria. One of his greatest works which took him 10 years to be written is the book Monumenta Bulgarica: A Bilingual Anthology of Bulgarian Texts from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century (1996).
This is the world premiere of Petkov’s new historical book and you will have the chance to see unique pictures and maps from this book, as well as fragments from the most successful Bulgarian documentary – “The Bulgarians”.
The Bulgarian-American Cultural (BAC) Madara Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Springstep Gallery, is pleased to present
WHEN. Opening Reception: Friday, July 9, 7:30 - 11:00 pm. Exhibit Dates: July 9 - September, 2010
WHAT. On Friday, Friday 9, 2010, The Bulgarian-American Cultural (BAC) Madara and Springstep will host an Opening Reception for the new exhibit, Password Love located at the Springstep Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public, and will feature live music from the Plamen Karadonev Trio (jazz, ethno Jazz, fusion) and include refreshments and wine plus remarks about the exhibit. All work will be for sale, unless otherwise noted.
OVERVIEW. Through the universal language of painting, Georgi Petrov succeeds in depicting love and bringing the contemporary vision of his home in Bulgaria to the United States. Georgi Petrov was born in Dobrich, Bulgaria and currently lives and works in Sofia. He graduated from the Technical University of Forests, and he earned MA in Art Management from the Academy of Music, Dance and Visual Arts in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He owns an art gallery in the town of Dobrich.
ABOUT THE GALLERY. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm as well as evenings and weekends when other programs are in session.
ABOUT BAC MADARA. This organization, spearheaded by Violeta Jeliazkova, presents wonderful cultural Bulgarian celebrations throughout the year. Well known Bulgarian performers, emerging youth groups, and established local music and dance companies are regularly brought to the Springstep stage for performances, followed by participatory community dancing and other cultural activities.
ABOUT SPRINGSTEP. With over 20,000 annual visitors, Springstep is rapidly emerging as the region’s leading destination for global dance and music . Connecting arts, culture and community through performances, exhibitions, classes, workshops and social dances, Springstep spotlights cultural rooted artists locally and from around the globe!
Georgi Petrov was born in Dobrich, Bulgaria and currently lives and works in Sofia. He graduated from the Technical University of Forests, and he earned MA in Art Management from the Academy of Music, Dance and Visual Arts in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He owns an art gallery in the town of Dobrich.
With the help of internet technology, Georgi Petrov has had the chance to share his artistic vision online with friends and fans around the world “winning their admirations in a virtual space”. His notoriety has now brought him to New Brunswick where viewers may experience his paintings face to face. The “universal code of Love” is the driving force behind this body of work, appealing to every audience class. He explores the emotion through painterly gestures and vibrant colors, using both abstract and representational methods as a vehicle. His abstract pieces often utilize a limited palette of warm tones and fast, energetic brushstrokes that lend themselves to an overall sense of passion. His realist pieces, drawing inspiration from images of his hometown in Bulgaria, communicate a true sense of peace and belonging reflecting images from nature.