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)


May 2020
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer


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Michael Miller – Landscapes & Oceanscapes

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will be exhibiting new oil paintings by artist Michael Miller throughout March. Miller moved from Los Angeles to Anderson in 2007 and has a studio in the Union Building.  His new paintings are large and colorful landscapes and oceanscapes.

Miller is known nationally as a painter of golf courses and he is meticulously faithful to the sweeping outdoor scenes he paints.  As a former golf professional, his career is an unusual cross between the sporting world and the art world.  In the 1980s and 90s he was Head Golf Professional at both the MountainGate Country Club in Los Angeles and the Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, CA.  He learned painting from Gene Mako, who was a Davis Cup tennis champion and the son of the great American painter Bartholomew Mako.  “Miller’s painting style is reminiscent of Mako who used ‘soft edges’ to make images that are more like the way human eyes see the world,” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer.  “This allows viewers to imagine the sounds and smells that would be present in the real place.”

Miller’s painting career includes One-Person shows at both the United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills, NJ, and the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum in St. Augustine, FL   He has illustrated two books, “The Art of Golf Design” and “The Golden Age of Golf Design” for golf historian and author, Geoff Shackelford.


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Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm. Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre.  For more information, visit or call 765-284-8422.

Mar 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer

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