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The Bulgarian Connection

I've recently started looking at the web/blog/Facebook pages devoted to a small gallery in Bulgaria. Through the weird, magical connections that come about in this emerging new world of social media, it turned out that an artist connected with the gallery is also based here in Chicago. I will be posting an interview with him next week.

The artist is called Konstantin Ray. The gallery is called Artray Gallery. The gallery used to be the studio of an artist called Georgi Raychev (1936-2004), and it is situated on the bend of a river in the old town of Velike Tarnovo, in the middle of Bulgaria. Looking at the pictures of the town, it reminds me of places I visited in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland during summers of teaching in Prague:

Maybe if you follow the above link to the Artray pages, you'll become fascinated, too, by the images of this beautiful little studio/gallery space in a town that you've never heard of before, right in the heart of the home country of Christo.

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