24 of Bob Ross’ original paintings were originally headed for Washington, D.C., but Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center’s managing director Elizabeth Bracey says the Smithsonian didn’t have the place for a whole exhibit and her gallery did. “For us to have an exhibit like this, I think, is so perfect for the whole vibe; the whole Bob Ross experience . . . for it to be in a small unknown place like this,” said Elizabeth.
Art instructor Bob Ross hosted his show, “The Joy of Painting,” from 1983 to 1994, but his popularity has far from faded. This is the first time Bob Ross, Inc. has compiled his paintings like this in one room, and fans aren’t waiting ’til the next time to take a look.
Franklin Park Arts Center is at 36441 Blueridge View Ln, Purcellville, VA 20132.