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Gourd-eous art: Plastic surgeon and master pumpkin carver team up to teach carving class in Chagrin Falls



CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — For some, carving a pumpkin is more than just a traditional two triangles and a jagged mouth. Instead, it is a work of art for those who enrolled in a master pumpkin carving class in Chargin Falls.

Gregory Fedele, a plastic surgeon, and Deane Arnold, a world-renowned pumpkin carver, teamed up to put on the workshop to teach people how to carve faces into the gourds.

“I love Halloween,” said Fedele. “I’ve always loved Halloween. As a plastic surgeon, it all kind of fits together with doing artwork and sculpting.”

The masterclass opens more doors than just new skills with tools, but a community of carvers.

“It’s a community,” said Arnold. “Most of us know each other. We’ve worked with each other. We are familiar with each other’s work even if we haven’t met each other.”

Stella Kotsatos-Angelo enjoys the activity because it brings a smile to people’s faces.

“I just enjoy it. You take a pumpkin and next thing you know, you turn it into something that makes people happy or smile or go, ‘Oh my gosh! That’s a pumpkin!’ That’s always been my favorite,” she said.

Arnold encourages anyone to take a class like this.

“People who did not expect that they could do anything or maybe they were hesitant, they walk away with a pumpkin that just startles them at how well they did it,” Arnold said.

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