Baba (Magdelene) Ujvagi, a Hungarian folk artist from the Birmingham
Hungarian folk artist Baba (Magdelene) Ujvagi
neighborhood of Toledo, has been asked by the White House to design and decorate a series of Christmas ornaments for this year’s holiday displays through the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America in Washington D.C.
She is among a number of ethnic community artists who are participating in the project.
Ujvagi received several large ornaments to decorate, she said. The communications from the White House asked artists “to decorate the Christmas ornaments paying tribute to a noteworthy and inspiring building or site with historical significance or cultural importance.”
Ujvagi chose to paint the Toledo Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge on one ornament. In addition to the bridge, the ornament features views of the Toledo Museum of Art, downtown Toledo, and the Mud Hens’ and City of Toledo logos.
Her other designs include:
• Ellis Island, which features depictions of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, American flags, pictures of Hungarian immigrants and a post card dated 1908.
• A statue of Louis Kossuth, a Hungarian Revolutionary hero, whose bust is displayed in the U.S. Capitol, along with news clippings of the artist Csaba Kur, views of the Capitol and red, white and green ribbons separating the globe into four sections.
• Commemoration of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and immigration to America, featuring a depiction of the Gloria Victus statue in memory of 1956 in San Francisco and the Liberty Square Memorial in Boston, as well as additional items including the Hungarian crest, flag and dramatic posters.
The artist and family members toured the White House Dec. 17.
Hungarian folk artist Baba (Magdelene) Ujvagi decorated a series of Christmas ornaments for this year’s White House holiday displays, through the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America in Washington D.C.