Fans of Bob Ross, an American painter who is best known for his PBS TV program “The Joy of Painting,” will be able to see the largest collection of his artwork ever displayed on the East Coast this September in Purcellville.
Twenty-four paintings will be on display at Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, located at 36441 Blueridge View Lane, from Sept. 10 to Oct. 15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and the exhibit will also be open three weekends -- Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-13.
Admission is free. However, daily tickets will be required and the maximum number of daily admissions is limited. Tickets will be available beginning Aug. 9 at franklinparkartscenter.org.
An opening reception will be held Sept. 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the reception is free and tickets are not required.
Ross, a landscape artist, passed away in July 1995. However, interest in his work and TV show continued after his death when episodes of his show became available on the Internet. “The Joy of Painting” originally aired from 1983 to 1994 and focused on his ability to create a piece of artwork in less than 30 minutes.
According to a statement by Bob Ross Inc. president Joan Kowalski, Ross enjoyed antiquing and often found himself in Purcellville searching through the many antique treasures of western Loudoun.
“It’s quite poetic that his first major exhibit would be in Purcellville,” she said.