Incredibly artistic Halloween pumpkins by OCSA students on auction to benefit nonprofits
By Leo Smith
Decorating a pumpkin for Halloween can be humbling for many — the artistic quality can be hit or miss.
But put a blank pumpkin in front of a student at the Orange County School of the Arts’ Visual Arts Conservancy and you’re bound to get something that’ll catch the eye.
Students, parents and alumni have put paint to pumpkin for the annual Great Painted Pumpkin Patch auction which continues through Thursday, Oct. 26, with proceeds benefiting one local and one international nonprofit.
The theme of this year’s auction — the first time the school has incorporated a theme for the event — is “At the Movies.”
“We noticed movie themes and movie characters — they tend to gravitate toward them,” Randy Au, assistant director of the conservancy, said Tuesday. “We have a lot of Disney.”
Within the theme, artists are given free reign to create what they want with their faux gourds.
“They’re plastic, Styrofoam — pumpkins they can carve into, apply things to,” Au said. “Over the years they become collectibles.”
Au said the auction is a way to help the students — seventh- through 12th-graders — become involved in their community.
“A lot of students are really creative but they say, ‘I’m just an artist, how can I affect things I’m concerned about and issues I see have a need out there,’” he said. “It’s a way for us to connect our kids to larger community service.”
The public is invited to see the pumpkins and place bids during school hours through Thursday. Check in at the front office, 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana. For information, call 714-560-0900.