Thought I share this with you all, an Arizona adventure from the past. A couple years ago we all decided to drive over to Carefree ( a short drive for us) to spend the day out there exploring shops and a pumpkin garden everyone here in Arizona was talking about at the time.
The pumpkin patch was in the Carefree desert garden, which is in downtown Carefree.
They have pumpkin displays that are surrounded by beautiful cacti and plants everywhere. It’s the perfect place to put you in an Arizona Fall mood. We don’t get the pretty leaves here in the desert areas. You have to drive up north to the mountain areas for that.
I am not sure about this, I could be wrong, but I think the artist Ray Villafane has a home out here in Arizona, so we get to see his pumpkins during the Fall. He also has other carvers who display their work at this garden exhibit.
Ray Villafane is famous around the world when it comes to his work. He used to be an art teacher for grades K-12th in Michigan and one day he started doing pumpkin sculptures with his students and everything kind of took off from there, the rest as they say is history.
He even does sand sculptures. My favorite was an elephant he did. Just amazing the talent he has. I love how he helps encourage children to be creative and even teaches classes where families and kids get together to carve pumpkins.
The carved pumpkins are all displayed in large jars inside faux cacti throughout the garden area. You just walk around looking at art. Pumpkins turned into art that is. None of my Jack O’lanterns ever looked like this.
The detail is amazing. This one has teeth…yikes!
I love this one because it was a dog. So sweet, look at it’s face, adorable. He looks a little sad though. He needs a hug for sure. Maybe I could try needle felting a dog. Anything and everything can inspire us all to create.
Look at this one, it’s wearing glasses, so funny.
And this one has lashes.
They preserve the sculptures by keeping them in jars. I like the fact that the little ones can’t get into them, which would be very tempting if they were out for everyone to touch.
There are some talented sculptors out there.
The rest of the garden is filled with whimsical pumpkin scenes.
The outhouse scene was funny with the carved pumpkin holding it’s nose from the smell.
Hope you all liked this one. They do this event every year out here in Carefree Arizona, not getting anything for sharing this. Just wanted to share something fun with you all. Happy pumpkin carving everyone
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