Inspiring Entrepreneurial Spirit

While sitting at an outdoor cafe in the city of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria, waiting for transportation to Velingrad, a boy approached the table with a sheaf of papers in his hands. He was visiting each table in turn and through my translator, I discovered that his name was Ivo and he was 10 years old. He was […]

The Return of Desi to Egg Carving in Velingrad Bulgaria

In 2011 Desislava Kasapova (Desi for short) was my number one pupil. She spoke good English and served as my interpreter many times. She immediately showed a great level of natural skill with the Paragraver Power Pen. After school, she would often stop by the Ethnographic Museum to carve a few eggs and even took […]

Meet Maria Dosheva, Egg Carver

Meet Maria, she was my translator for her school class when they came to the Ethnographic Museum in Velingrad, Bulgaria. She has a very strong grasp of English and wasn’t too shy to volunteer or help me. As a reward for her bravery, I offered her the opportunity to carve a goose eggshell with a […]

Art Exhibitions in Bulgaria for Rumen Rakshiev and Nedyalka Rackshieva

Svetla Rakshieva is a respected friend and a talent artist. Her father, Rumen Rakshiev spent his life creating art in many different media. Svetla’s mother, Nedyalka Ruseva Rakshieva also practices very fine needlework created with sewing needles.  I was fortunate to be in Bulgaria at the same time Svetla offered art exhibitions of her father’s […]

Youth Art Clubs are Popular in Velingrad, Bulgaria

During the opening events in Velingrad for artist Rumen Rakshiev and master craftswoman Nedyalka Ruseva Rakshieva I met a woman who hosts three art clubs for children. Each group meets one day a week. Some of the children she works with attended my exhibition through their regular school activities and had expressed to their club […]