01IMG 9436Fellow-craftsmen, friends and acquaintances gathered around Ambrus Éva, folk artist of cornhusk craft at the opening of her life-work exhibition.

We all were glad, that her works have found final home in the Szent István House of Religion and Culture (Székesfehérvár, Liszt F. u. 1.).

We express out gratitude to the promoters, who helped to embrace the idea of bringing into existence the permanent exhibition, where kids, adults, schoolchildren and the visitors of our city can admire the holidays, important events and pretty moments of the village life, as Évike has imagined and realized them.

Opening address of Radetzky Jenőné, folk artist

Takácsné Ambrus Éva has been creating cornhusk sculptures since 1989. In the beginning, she presented some of the figures to her friends and acquaintances, and, because of their encouragement, her hands created more and more scenes that were more complicated. During the years a collection of almost one hundred separate figures or composition of several figures were born, which she showed in more than seventy exhibitions in the country and in abroad. Her works were introduced also in Rome, where, at the international exhibition ‘Hundred Nativities’ her Giant Nativity scene represented the Hungarian craftsmanship. She was awarded several times at the national competitions ‘Excellence of Craft’ and at the Christmas-time exhibitions ‘Nativity’ in Budapest. She applied regularly for the qualification of her compositions, and in 1999, as a result of her activity she became a folk artist. She is a respected member of the Association of Fehérvár’s Craftsmen since its foundation.

Takácsné Ambrus Éva’s genres call us to a fairy time-travel in the past. They help us to recall the past, the events of the life in the villages. She brings alive the corn harvesting, the corn husking, the Easter Monday watering, the traditional plum preservation and the washing day. We can see the important events of human life, like the wedding, or the events of everyday life – the hard work of the fishermen or woodmen.
All these compositions can be characterized with realistic description of the events, proportional placing of the scene’s elements, proper workout of the tiny details and with the careful choice of the colour tones. One can hardly take away his admiring eyes form them.
We became captivated by one more thing… We know, we feel, that all this is much more, than just a composition of technically well-done, stable and proportional figures. Here one can recognize real, living creatures, which live, bend in movements, take care, happy or sad, young and wise, humped backed old humans.

Visiting this exhibition is a delightful experience for our eyes and soul.

The pictures can be seen in the Gallery here.