oil, acryllics, watercolor
oil, acryllics, watercolor
Milena Bochukova
Mark Dethrow
"Unfolding" - painting, drawing and more from Bulgaria and the USA

April 3 - 30, 2010 - Marbles Yoga Studio and Gallery,
1905 Park Avenue, Lafayette Square, St Louis, MO 63104

A project, dedicated to the Artist's Fellowship "26-5", Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Why I named this exhibition Unfolding? And what is unfolding?
With this name I make connections between Time, Material and Spirit – all unfolding at
the present moment, here. I wanted to present and thought about the pleasures of Life,
Love and Light. And also about our human place in the Universe. The exhibition's name
conveys the idea of Creation that is unfolding in our beings. Another reason for this name
is the fact, that I kept the unprimed canvasses folded, in order to save space in the small
place, where I painted. The type of scroll, which I decided to use for display suggests my
strong influence from the Asian culture in addition to my Christian origin.
Marbles Yoga Studio& Gallery is one of the many inspirations for this exhibition.  Its
space and programs bring to life the ancient and contemporary wisdom of Yoga and Art.
Most of my artworks are created especially for this project with gratitude for the protection
and support I have had in my life and for the benefits of the practice and philosophy of
Yoga and Art. I dedicated my paintings to the necessity of strong connection between
human body and soul.
Another big inspiration is the opportunity to work with the artists’ fellowship “26-5”,
Plovdiv, Bulgaria, for five years before my arrival in the USA. My connection with these
artists is very strong and Internet is the main tool for our regular communication.
The body of eleven paintings for the show is done with acrylic paint - water soluble and
fast drying. They are not completely abstract, although I used expressive brush strokes
and primary colors. One can easily find human figures, tree, planets and birds in many of
the works. The shape of circle is a universal symbol, which I used for many of the pieces.
Our life is a holy experience - this is the message I translate to the language of Visual
The works by my fellow-artists, displayed in addition, present my connections with
different artistic concepts.  I know all of the participants -
,                         , Rochelle Jackson, Jan Keller,
 Stoli Koparanova, Jason Gray, Mira
Elizabeth Rose, Deborah and Phyllis Santamaria, Joe McHugh , Mincho
Panayotov - and invited them to be part of this amazing opportunity to bring together two
different countries - a big and a small, a young and an old - the USA and Bulgaria.
I hope that "Unfolding" will create a pleasant environment and feeling for the people, who
explore their bodies and mind's abilities during the Yoga classes, held at The Marbles
Yoga Studio and Gallery.
Deep gratitude to the gallery owner and director, all of the participating artists, to the
country and people, who helped me to feel at home, here, in St Louis, MO, the USA.