Bob Ross inspired generations of viewers with his soft-spoken voice and a pallet knife. With its global reach, it’s hard to imagine that much of the beloved series, “The Joy of Painting,” was filmed in an unassuming studio in Muncie, Indiana. Bob painted for the iconic series out of the historic L.L. Ball home on Minnetrista’s campus from 1983 to 1988. Bob’s message of fearless creativity and his ability to reinterpret perceived mistakes as “happy little accidents” is something we want to see amplified in our world today.
The Bob Ross Experience at Minnetrista will create a space for Bob’s message to flourish. It will showcase his life and work while allowing visitors to stand in the exact studio where he painted. Bob wanted everyone he connected with to “get their hands dirty,” so Bob Ross Experience would not be complete without an opportunity for every visitor to “do the work” themselves! After you have seen some of Bob’s original paintings and held one of his authentic palettes, you’ll have the opportunity to paint alongside Bob in an interactive painting studio.
During the month of October we will be raising funds for the completion of the Bob Ross Experience. We are refurbishing Bob’s former studio, bringing together objects and media from Bob’s life and career, and adding interactive experiences that will bring the “Joy of Painting” to life for visitors. With the support of our friends and Bob Ross Inc. we have made extensive headway, but in the spirit of Bob himself we want to invite the broader community of his fans, supporters, and all those who have been impacted by his work to help with the efforts.
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