Pumpkin Carving with Sculptors Andy Bergholtz and Ray Villafane

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If on a cold and dark October night you find your nightmares haunted by wicked faces, ghoulish specters, and hideous grins—all emerging from prosy orange pumpkins—then you’ve probably seen the work of Ray Villafane and Andy Bergholtz, creative partners and principal sculptors for Villafane Studios. Bergholtz and Villafane’s intricate, terrifying, eye-poppingly beautiful pumpkin sculptures have appeared everywhere from the Travel Channel to the Food Network’s Halloween Wars, and with their fellow sculpture artists Trevor Grove, Chris Vierra, and Alfred Paredes, they’ve produced pumpkin art for high-profile clients ranging from Warner Brothers to Heidi Klum.

Like many American success stories, Villafane’s started small. “Thirteen years ago, when I was a K-12 art teacher, one of the kids grew a big pumpkin and I asked him to bring it in so I could try carving it. It didn’t turn out like the ones I do today, but it was good enough that that was how it started: I’d come into class and there’d be a dozen pumpkins waiting for me. It became a tradition at the school, and over the years it gave me some practice. It was the spark that made me realize that I might like sculpture.” [...] read more

 

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