Framing Bob Ross

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company has created frames for some of Minnetrista’s Bob Ross paintings. These paintings will be part of Minnetrista’s “Bob Ross Experience”. Carl & Barbara and Minnetrista’s curators took time to research both Bob’s framing preferences and the framing styles of the mid 1980s to early 1990s.

Bob Ross was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was the creator and host of the “Joy of Painting”, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, and also aired in Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Ross went from being a public-television personality in the 1980s and 1990s, to being an Internet celebrity in the 21st century, popular with fans on YouTube, Netflix, PBS, and many websites.

From 1983 until 1994, the “Joy of Painting” was taped at WIPB, a PBS station, run by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. For five of those years, the unassuming WIPB studio in which Bob painted was located in the historic L.L. Ball home, which today is part of Minnetrista’s campus.

Minnetrista is currently 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. The “Bob Ross Experience” at Minnetrista is scheduled to open in October 2020. Bob’s message of fearless creativity and his ability to reinterpret perceived mistakes as “happy little accidents” is something needing to be amplified in our world today.

(Photo provided by Minnetrista Heritage Collection)


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