JANUARY 31–MARCH 26, 2023
Public reception: Thursday, February 2 from 5:00–6:30 p.m.

In 1997, journalists Rick Truax and Anelia Dimitrova travelled to Bulgaria to chronicle its transition to democracy. The Berlin Wall had fallen eight years prior and like many other Eastern European countries Bulgaria was stumbling along an uncertain path from a state-run economy to a free-market one. Looking to show the impact these seismic political shifts had on real people, the authors went into the very heart of the country at the foot of the Balkan Mountains—the valley of the roses.

This series of photojournalistic images documents Bulgaria’s centuries-old rose industry amid the hopes, dreams and uncertainties that lined the road to democracy that summer of ’97. The prints in this show document the exhausting efforts of pickers in the fields, workers in the distilleries, everyday life in nearby villages, contrasted with the dancers and performers taking part in the annual festival celebrating the rich history, culture and folklore of the Bulgarian rose.

In conjunction with this exhibition:
Tea Journey Workshop
Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tea Cellar in Cedar Falls, Fee: $18/person, Ages: 12 and up

Join us and our partners from the Tea Cellar to create your very own custom tea blend inspired by the Bulgarian Rose. Pair it with a delicious Tea Cellar treat and you have yourself a one-of-a-kind experience. Advanced registration is required online here.

Artist Talk! Reporting From Bulgaria’s Rose Fields: Journalists Learn About the Resilience of the Human Spirit as Country Transitions to Democracy

Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Truax and Dimitrova recount the journalistic rationale for focusing on the iconic rose industry as well as the joys and challenges they encountered among the rose pickers and their communities and also the professional and personal challenges they faced together and individually as journalists: one an American-born photojournalist with only a basic understanding of the language; the other a native-born
Bulgarian returning home for the first time.

Permanent Collection

View the original pastels in the Hearst Center Permanent Collection as part of the 1990 novel, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Original Book Illustrations by Gary Kelley.

View original works of art in the Hearst Center Permanent Collection as part of James Hearst Interpreting “The Farmstead” – Hearst Legacy Website

John Page River Series

View John Page River Series – COMING SOON!