Children’s competition inspired Leonardo da Vinci followers in Stara Zagora

The Gala’s Art Gallery project was supported by the Municipality of Stara Zagora and ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3

The finalists in Leonardo – Artist and Engineer, the Stara Zagora-based competition for children’s paintings, were announced today during an official ceremony by the organizer, Gala’s Art Gallery. The date was not chosen by chance – it coincides with the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, the famous Italian painter and scientist from the Renaissance whose creative work keeps inspiring the new generations. The gallery’s project was implemented in partnership with the Municipality of Stara Zagora, and ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 is its official sponsor.

The awarding ceremony was attended by Galya Koleva and Todor Kolev, owners of Gala’s Art Gallery and inspirers of the competition, Quinto Di Ferdinando, Director of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP and representative of the official sponsor, Ivan Arabadzhiev, artist.

„When we decided to organize this competition, we aimed at provoking interest in the children and stimulating them to try to create a real painting – with a preliminary defined format but with potential to lay the foundation of their own artistic style”, said the owner of the gallery, Galya Koleva.

„For us this is a multilayer project which carries a lot of energy”, said Quinto Di Ferdinando, Director of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP. “We are glad when we see our children showing such enthusiasm and we want them to know that they can rely on the support of the adults but should first of all see the world through their own eyes and give rein to their fancy, because sometimes they see much more than we do.”

“We consider this project a special one because it was created by the family of one of our colleagues, Eng. Todor Kolev, head of Electrical and Controlling Measurement Devices. We are glad that he got inspiration from Leonardo and our company, and then our company supported his idea. For us it is important to have colleagues who work hard but are also active in the society”, Quinto Di Ferdinando added.

The children participating in the competition were asked to submit a painting 46 x 55 cm large, made with oil or acrylic paints on a canvas stretched on a wooden frame. Each painting should be dedicated to one of Leonardo’s great inventions with which he got ahead of his time. The children had a chance to get inspiration from a specially created website containing stories about some of the bravest inventions of the genius. According to the rules, the competition was open for children either living or studying in the city of Stara Zagora or the municipality and aged between 9 and 14 in the period of the competition.

A total of 30 enthusiasts joined the contest. Their paintings were assessed by an independent jury involving Ivan Arabadzhiev, a famous artist from Stara Zagora, Tosho Stefanov, representative of the Municipality of Stara Zagora, Daniel Kiryakov, representative of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3, Galya Koleva (Gala), artist, and Todor Kolev.

The project awarded most of the votes is entitled The Great Leonardo and His Inventions, and its author, 13-year-old Emanuel Dinkov Tenev, received the big prize, a notebook with Windows 8. The second place was adjudged to the painting Air Screw by the 11-year-old Paula Georgieva Todorova and the third one – to Fountain painted by Rut Petrova Assa, 11 years. The two girls were awarded tablets operating with Android.

The participants ranked from 4th to 10th place received special sets including paints, canvas, and brushes. Apart from the special awards, the sponsor of the competition also provided gifts to encourage the enthusiasm of all participants. The organizers surprised everyone by announcing their new website specialized in children’s drawing competitions. ARTCONTESTOR.COM will aim at inspiring and supporting all talented children of Bulgaria regardless of what ethnical group they are part of or where they were born and live.