Monday, December 19, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Magic light
and new beginning
It's the most wonderful time of the Year

The winter season, actually is the warmest season of the year. Why? One thing is that all the family holidays are during that season. This is the time of the year when we get closer to each other, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We are giving and we thank each other. It's the time of the year when we think about others and when we share with others.  
We have Thanksgiving, we have Christmas, we have Hanukkah, we have New Year, we have St. Valentines and many more other holidays. 

Description for the word holiday 

1. a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person.
2. any day of exemption from work ( distinguished from working day).
3 .a religious feast day; holy day,  especially any of several usually commemorative holy days  observed in Judaism.
4. Sometimes, holidays. Chiefly British . a period of cessation from work or one of recreation; vacation.

During winter time it gets dark earlier, so you stay home most of the time and you spend more time with loved ones. And when is snowing and you are inside looking through the window is probably one of the most beautiful feelings you might have given it from the mother nature. 
Winter is a celebration!
Share with others! 
Love, Hope and Believe 

Images were taken at Catskill, New York and Lake Tahoe, CA
Photography by Stanislava Georgieva 

White Powder on the Dance Floor 

Snow River 


Frozen Dream I


Winter Shadows  

Frozen Dream II 

Snow Covered Hills 

Skiing and Snowboarding 

Ice Skating 


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Oh Dionysus!!!

A Day in Santa Ynez Valley, CA
Photography by Stanislava Georgieva 

The images are from one day project with editorial content emphasized on  how to enjoy making a red wine. 

Facts about the Californian Wine: In 1769, Franciscan missionary Father Junipero Serra planted the first California vineyard at Mission San Diego. Father Serra continued to establish eight more missions and vineyards until his death in 1784 and has been called the "Father of California Wine". The variety he planted, presumably descended from the original Mexican plantings, became known as the Mission grape and dominated California wine production until about 1880.

California's first documented imported European wine vines were planted in Los Angeles in 1833 by Jean-Louis Vignes. In the 1850s and '60s, the colorful Agoston Harazsthy, a Hungarian soldier, merchant and promoter, made several trips to import cuttings from 165 of the greatest European vineyards to California. Some of this endeavor was at his personal expense and some through grants from the state. Overall, he introduced about 300 different grape varieties, although some were lost prior to testing, due to difficulties in preserving and handling.
Considered the Founder of the California Wine Industry, Harazsthy contributed his enthusiasm and optimism for the future of wine, along with considerable personal effort and risk. He founded Buena Vista winery and promoted vine planting over much of Northern California. He dug extensive caves for cellaring, promoted hillside planting, fostered the idea of non-irrigated vineyards and suggested Redwood for casks when oak supplies ran low.

To Whoever is Making a Red Wine:   read the fallowing steps and below to make sure you are doing the right wine recipe. Everything is shown also on the illustrated images : 

Step 1: The HarvestThe grapes are picked when they are ripe, usually as determined by taste and sugar readings. 

The Swing

 And the wild roses hurt...

Red, Red Wine...

 And the fun has just began. :)

Step 2: Stemmer Crusher - This removes the stems from the grape bunches, and crushes the grapes (but does not press them) so that they are exposed to the yeast for fermenting, and so the skins can better impart color to the wine.

Step 3: Fermentation - Yeast turn the sugar in the wine primarily into Carbon Dioxide, Heat and Alcohol.

Red, red wine
                                                                      Stay close to me
Don't let me be in love 
It's tearin' apart 
My blue, blue heart

Step 3: Maceration - This is how long the must (juice and grape solids) is allowed to sit, picking up flavor, color and tannin. Too long and the wine is bitter, to short and it is thin.
Step 4: Pumping Over - Skin and other solids float to the top, and need to be pushed back down to stay in contact with the must. This "cap" can be punched down with a tool, or you can pump must form the bottom over the cap and submerge it that way.
Step 5: End of Maceration? - The winemaker must decide if the must has sat long enough.

Step 6: Remove Free Run - The best quality wine is made just from the juice portion of the must. It is removed and the rest of the drier must (now called pomace) is sent to the press.
Step 7: Press - This squeezes the remaining juice out of the pomace. If you do it too hard, or too many times, you get low quality wine.

Step 9: Settle - The juice, now wine, needs to settle after this ordeal.
Step 10: Rack(ing) - Moving the wine from one barrel to a new barrel allows you to leave solids and anything that might cloud the wine, behind.

Step 11: Malo-Lactic Fermentation - This secondary fermentation can turn the tart malic acid (of green apples) into the softer lactic acid (of milk). Many, but not all red wines go through this step.
Step 12: Oak Aging - Oak is expensive, if the wine is not meant to age for years, the winery may put the wine in oak for only a short time, or not at all.

Step 13: Fining - A process that helps to remove anything that may be making the wine cloudy.
Step 14: Filtering - A process that removes any fining agents, or other undesirable elements in the wine.

And the last step is: Bottling - This is done carefully so that the wine does not come in contact with air. Finer wines may be stored for several years in bottles before they are released. 


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Proposal

 a group exhibition by the Bulgarian NYC based Artists:

Houben Tcherkelov
Daniela Kostova
Stanislava Georgieva
Millene Markov
Kosyo Minchev
Miryana Todorova
Georgi Georgiev
Eva Davidova
Georgi Tushev

Curated by Stani and Dani

VIP Cocktail Reception

 October 27th, 2011, Thursday at 6:30pm-9:30pm
at the Consulate General of Bulgaria in New York
121 East 62nd Street, New York

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bulgarian Artists in America (BAA) at Immigrant Movement International

An event curated by Daniela Kostova
October 7th, 2011, 6:30PM-12AM
Immigrant Movement International, 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens,‎ NY‎ 11368
Tel: 718 424 6502, E-mail:

Artists: Miryana Todorova, Georgi Toushev, Joro De Boro, Stanislava Georgieva, Daniela Kostova, Olivia Robinson.

“Always in motion, bodies and objects stay in a fluid state of change and potentiality: people get together or separate, accidents happen but what remains present is the exhilarating air of risk and uncertainty.” (Miryana Todorova about her work)

The ambition of this event is to highlight artists of Bulgarian origin who live in the U.S., by showcasing their creative practices. All the works presented at IM International are collaborations among the show's participants, and reflect their immediate surroundings while creating a complex system of connections. They address issues of visibility, collectivity, crossing boundaries and overcoming limitations. Although the artists depend on each other in their work, they represent an open system that is seeking to connect and expand. Therefore we have invited a guest artist Olivia Robinson, part of our greater collaborative network.

The title Temporary Status reflects the in-between state of being an immigrant with a shifting bind to a particular geography, as well as the unstable mode of an art career defined by a specific contexts and level of recognition.

This event is the second in a series of initiatives by BAA, a professional organization that serves as a platform for artists and cultural workers of Bulgarian origin living in the U.S. The U.S. is home to the largest part of the Bulgarian Diaspora, with NY's highest concentration residing in Queens. In the context of "useful art," a term coined by Tania Bruguera (IM International), we find our role of creating a forum and serving this community’s needs through arts to be very important. Our events therefore aim to reach out to and beyond the Bulgarian community in the US and to celebrate multiculturalism.
The Program:
A screening of Body Without Organs —Bulgarian Bar, a documentary by Daniela Kostova about the legendary place, will open the night. Staring Dj Joro-Boro and Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), this is a movie celebrating the nomadic spirit and shared community of NYC.

An artists and musician, Joro-Boro is also portrayed in Stanislava Georgieva’s series Nomads—a series of intriguing photographs of single men captured in the precarious uncertainty of their temporary homes.

Another subject of this series is Georgi Toushev, photographed with his hand-made remotely controlled aircrafts fitted with built-in video cameras. Tushev has developed a body of work using these aircraft, called First Point of View, challenging our physical limitations by showing unidentified landscapes from above. For the event in Corona the artist will fly an aircraft over the neighborhood and later screen the recorded video.

Miryana Todorova, whose performances often involve the artists in the show as participants or documentarians, will present the video Towards Movable Architecture. Catalyst for this piece is the performative instability, which becomes a device to revolutionize the way we move in space.

Similar is the approach in Olivia Robinson’s interactive performance Negotiations, where an alien figure played by Daniela Kostova is under surveillance by her own attached policeman outfitted with video camera.

The night will culminate in a party without borders led by DJ Joro-Boro who is also showing a video Charlatan of Junk Projection as Joro De Boro.

Expo teaser video from Corona, Queens made by Georgi Toushev.
For more information please contact:
Daniela Kostova
Tel: 646-484-0689

Bulgarian Artists in America
'Заедно сме Повече'

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene before tomorrow in Zone A

The Ghosts of Coney Island and Brighton Beach 

All the images are made between 4:30 and 7 pm on Saturday 08/27. pm.  Although,  the shore area around Coney Island and Brighton Beach looked like ghost town , there were still some residents refusing to evacuate and preferred to stay home. On the streets you would see mostly NYPD and NYFD cars.  Scared birds were flying above the beach, ships were leaving NY,  parents with kids came for sightseeing of the dark ocean, the kids were laughing, running  and playing under the rain.  Everyone was waiting  and preparing for Irene.  

Ships and Cruses are entering the Atlantic Ocean and leaving New York before Irene's arrival. 

Verizano Bridge, Staten Island, NY  before the Hurricane Irene. 

Kids playing under the rain and watching the leaving ships from NY.

Park Slope residents sightseeing the ocean before the hurricane hits it later in the next morning.

The wind is already very strong to hold the umbrella open. 

Shell - gas station is closed in Coney Island. 

before evacuation, some of the residents took care of the properties in the area. Sand bags were stocked in front of the door, blocking the upcoming flood to enter inside the building.

Coney Island is looking like ghost town...

All stores are closed , except the liqueur store next door. 

Another gas station closed. 

Coney Island converted as ghost town after the evacuation of  its residents.

Some of Coney Island's residents are still refusing evacuation. They  do assert that they will stay home and not go anywhere. 

Windows marked the same as  during the World War II 

A father with  his son are going to the grocery store for shopping. However,  excited and not going anywhere further than that. They said that are going to wait for the Hurricane Irene at home. 

All the parking meters looking like soldiers ready for action.  No cars and no people in the are of Coney Island beach. 

Only homeless people are walking around the beach area, refusing to leave and evacuated. Nothing can scare them. 

Everything is closed! 


No food and beer are served at least today and tomorrow! 

Even the most famous hot dog place got scared from Irene. 

No money, no honey!


Brighton Beach Ave , like you have never seen it before. To all the Russian residents:  You MUST evacuate! 

The pharmacy is closed too. Stay safe, dry and take care of yourself! 

Not everyone is leaving Brighton Beach Area. He says and asserts: 'I am a supervisor of the building right there, I am not going anywhere.' 

More stubborn Brighton Beach residents and homeless people refusing to evacuate and wondering outside what's going on with the weather and where everyone is. 

The Ghosts live here. 

Attention please: to all the residents of the building who belong to Zone A an evacuation is mandatory. 

Crossing the red flags is prohibited by NYC law! 

Happy Brighton Beach resident is walking on the sidewalk before it's all covered by the water later. 

Who said that was crazy crowded in the supermarkets? Not at 7 pm on Saturday. Only few people were shopping and few employees were organizing the shelves in the entire Western Beef supermarket on Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn, NY. 

Apparently, New Yorkers love sugar. 

Yes, water is on first place in the shopping list. 

Number 2 is bread on the grocery list.

Western Beef employee is still working hard after the hurricane entered in the store the day before.  He doesn't know if the store will be open on Sunday.