HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – More than forty local artists brought their A-game to transform massive pumpkins into incredible works of art for the fifth annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve, an event hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. The event brought nearly 3000 visitors to Woolsey Park in Titusville, NJ between October 11 to October 14.

The judges had their own work “cut out” for them selecting the best of some very incredible sculptures. Glowing orange skulls, spooky spiders, and pulpy sea creatures were only a few of the cool creations carved by local artists this year.

The 2019 winners are:

Best in Show: “Webbed” by Caroline Hall

Best Carving: “Octo-Pumpkin” by Jessica Kruscavage

Most Original Design: “Fibonacci to …” by Lenora Kandiner & Tim Cresson

Most Creative Use of Materials: “Morocco-O’ Lantern” by Anne Nixon-Ellery

Funniest: “The Mask” by Michael Davies

Best Use of Electricity: “Gourd Devotion” by Patrick Pasquito

Scariest: “Good and Evil” by Kathleen Sheehan

HV Arts Council’s Pick: “Monster in the Closet” by Aleece Davis & Jill Thomas

Honorable Mention: “Hallows’ Eve Serpent” by Jeff Brown

Honorable Mention: “Mmm… Brains” by Eric Schultz 

Honorable Mention: “S.S. Souless” by Jennifer Stevens

Honorable Mention: “Bite of the Irish” by Darrell Tuomari

Honorable Mention: “Halloween Party” by John Woodward

“The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is our biggest fundraiser of the year and its success allows up to support our local artists and promote ‘art in the everyday’ in the greater Hopewell Valley,” said Hopewell Valley Arts Council board president, Carol Lipson, who thanked sponsors and community members for their support.  “The Carve would not be possible if not for the generous support of presenting sponsors Liza & Sky Morehouse and Harbat Farms, and platinum sponsors Capital Health, The Laurenti Family Charitable Trust, and D’Angelo Italian Market, as well as a host of gold, silver and courtyard sponsors.”   

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Ticket proceeds from this event go toward artist-carvers’ honoraria as well as to fund other Hopewell Valley Arts Council arts-related programs.