The Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center in Purcellville will host the first exhibit of original Bob Ross paintings on the East Coast, the county Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services announced Tuesday.
The exhibit, “Happy Accidents: An Exhibit of Original Bob Ross Paintings,” is presented in partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and will feature 24 paintings. It presents a rare opportunity to see work Ross created during his famous and long-running series on public television, and represents the first time his collection will be on public display in a gallery on the east coast.
Ross started painting as a young man after he was transferred to Alaska while serving in the Air Force. Having been raised in Florida, he was captivated by the snow, mountains and nature scenes, all of which would become favorite features in his paintings.
Ross later returned to Florida, but he frequently visited the Bob Ross Inc. headquarters in Northern Virginia for business meetings. He enjoyed antiquing and often found himself doing so in Purcellville.
“It’s quite poetic that his first major exhibit would be in Purcellville,” said Bob Ross Inc. President Joan Kowalski.
The exhibit runs Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and the weekends of Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-13. Tickets are free, but there are a limited number available. They will be available beginning Friday, Aug. 9 at franklinparkartscenter.org.
As part of the exhibit, a certified Bob Ross Inc. instructor will be offering one-day workshops on Sept. 20, 21 and 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each student will take home a personal painting completed by guided instruction in the Bob Ross method. Online registration for the workshops, which cost $75 per person, will begin August 15 at 12:01 a.m. To register, click here or call 540-338-7973, if you have not used WebTrac before.
An opening reception is planned Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1-3 p.m. Admission to the reception is free and tickets are not required.
The Franklin Park Arts Center is at 36441 Blueridge View Lane in Purcellville. For information about the artist and Bob Ross Inc., go to bobross.com.