The Pro Football Hall of Fame will display the work of local artist Mike Pickett, which features the likenesses of the Enshrinement Class of 2016 in the form of jack-o'-lanterns, during the entire month of October. Access to view this fall exhibit will be included with museum admission.
In total 10 pumpkins will be displayed (two Pro Football Hall of Fame logos and the eight remaining pumpkins will depict the Class of 2016 - owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., coach Tony Dungy, quarterback Brett Favre, linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler, and guard Dick Stanfel).
Local artist, Mike Pickett, randomly stumbled upon his talent to carve pumpkins during a carving contest with a friend. Over the past eight years, Pickett's work has been featured on many National television shows including ESPN's Sportscenter and The Golf Channel's Morning Drive. He has recently been featured as a guest artist at local museums and events, specializing in live carving demos.
To preserve the artwork for a lifetime, Mike mainly carves on artificial foam pumpkins instead of real pumpkins. He has carved over 1,500 different images varying from sports legends, to movie scenes and custom family portraits.
As a kick-off for this new display, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Mike Pickett are teaming up at the Little C Music Festival in downton Canton, OH on Saturday, October 1st. The Hall's Street Team will be on-site for giveaways and discounts to the museum while Pickett will be live carving pumpkins at the festival.
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