TALES OF THE BULGARIAN ROSE: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF BULGARIA
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.
CEDAR FALLS STUDENT ART EXHIBITION 2023
APRIL 15–MAY 21, 2023
Opening reception: Sunday, April 16 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. Sponsored by
Friends of the Hearst
The Hearst Center’s tradition of celebrating students and teachers continues this spring with an exhibition of work created in the art rooms of Cedar Falls Community Schools.