‘Bob Ross Expertise’ Opens in Indiana, Comfortable Timber and All

MUNCIE, Ind. – Lexi Vann was losing his rivalry with Bob Ross.

A 19-year-old girl from Carmel, Ind., A brilliant actress Bob wig who didn’t listen to the strong Halloween breeze during the day, dipped her brush into the purple pool and began to follow the mountains, thinking of the “Drawing Fun” section on the window.

But Ross, whose twisted words and comforting words were inconsistent with his pace, finished his work, entitled “Sunset Aglow,” five minutes before it was. “As soon as he started going with the trees, I got lost,” said Mrs. Vann, with her cheeks clenched.

He was one of more than 100 fans of the PBS writer who traveled – for him 50 miles, but some came from as far away as Arizona – on the opening day of the “Bob Ross Experience,” a $ 1.2 million show and film show in the city where the beloved TV presenter filmed his show since 1983 to 1994, I encourage generations of fans with its hope of yes-you can.

Their tour brought them to Ross’s first studio, art gallery and temporary shelter in ancient museums that are now part of the Museum of Minnetrista. Fans dressed as the artist’s sample of tea – a signature cut in half he takes – are trying to resume “Gray Mountain,” a spectacular venue since 1992, in a conference chaired by a certified Ross consultant. Advertisers approached the covered boulevard at the dressing room, the winners receiving Bob Ross bobbleheads, filled with a small brush and bucket.

“That’s great,” Brett Estes, Bob Best’s winner, said, wearing a Bob wig (from a clothing store), a (real) beard and a blue button. His brushes were placed in the front pocket.

But the gems awaited fans inside Ross’s former WIPB studio, inside the Lucius L. Ball House (the couple provided the country with a kitchen glass case).

Fifteen guests hiding in an hour, with timely tickets, can inquire with Ross’s easel, a tablet and brushes used to create “little fun trees.”

“We did it very close to what it looked like when he was filming here,” said George Buss, vice president of visiting Minnetrista.

The experience – presented Wednesday through Sunday – is similar to the Easter egg hunt: Ross items, such as brushes used in the show, are behind acrylic. But everything else is a game worth touching. “We really wanted people to be immersed in the area,” Buss said. “We have a few finds everywhere, and we know that people will discover new things whenever they come.”

Ross fans can run around JC Penney’s shirt like the ones he wore to the show, or tilt his pile of emails. And she can hook up shelves full of Ross’s essentials like a Vicks VapoRub jar, which she uses to remove her bumps to have a smooth, velvety voice, and to pick up the hair she kept in her pocket to get her permission.

But Ross Zen bosses are waiting for fans in the far corner of the studio, where the wrong mountain painting is on the easel, one of the 30,000 (plus copies) the artist boasted of in an interview with The New York Times in 1991.. (Ross died in 1995, at the age of 52, with complications from lymphoma; his services – if you can find one – have been paid up to $ 55,000 on eBay.)

The “Fun Photography” section plays on camera screens – and guests walking in front of the easel will find themselves standing in Ross’s shoes. This can be extreme, leaving some guests crying.

They could also cross the hall to renovate the 1980s American living room, its shelves full of memorabilia such as the Bob Ross Chia Pet and the Bob Ross toaster. “We also wanted to show Bob as fans who look home in their living room know him,” Buss said.

In a house about a mile away from the boulevard, twelve people wearing masks were caught in a public photo, trying their hand at “Gray Mountain,” in a large classroom led by Jeremy Rogers, Ross’s 21-year-old teacher. (Four The meetings held this week were made up of 12 people per class, but Minnetrista plans to offer these three sessions a month later, for $ 70 per person.)

Rogers has been accredited since 2018 – one of at least 5,000 mentors to complete a three-week course at the Bob Ross Art Workshop and Gallery in Florida. They apply for certification in landscapes, flowers and wildlife and require students to complete their photographs at least twice a day. “It’s very good,” he said, adding that the speed at which teachers ask is the most difficult. Ross completed any airborne recording, without pausing or cutting, in 26 minutes and 47 seconds.

“Acting as fast as he can -” Rogers paused and shook his head. “Man.” He said it took him about an hour to complete the recording. Doug Hallgren, who has been confirmed since 2003, managed to match the Ross stroke due to a stroke show Saturday on the grass.

The deception, he said, is a combination of “fun little accidents” as Ross called it. “It’s about learning not to come back,” he said. Hallgren. “No matter how much you want it.”

Jessica Jenkins, vice president of donations and legends at Minnetrista, said that although critics are touting Ross’s reputation as a kitsch, she is happy to see him earn the respect he deserves. The Smithsonian Museum of American History found four Bob Ross paintings and several monuments last year, and while the museum did not specify its exhibition time, the Bob Ross Experience here exhibits six of the 26 paintings collected in Minnetrista.

“A lot of people don’t see Bob as a real artist, which is frustrating because he made it so easy on TV,” Jenkins said. He walked to Lake Ross – a gift from Ross’s widow – on the wall of Ball’s house. “That’s more than what he did on TV,” he said. “These are the ones who have set aside their time; who treated him. ”

There is also an exhibition of 29 Bob Ross paintings that have not been shown in public in Oakhurst, the notorious Ball House nearby. Many are loans from Muncie’s citizens, who explain how they obtained the artwork from Ross’s exhibits at a local grocery store, or as a gift from the artist himself.

So how did an American television artist get to a college town in the middle of the country? Prior to the early 1980’s, it was doubtful that Ross, who was born in Florida, could have put Muncie on the map. But from 1983 to 1994, the artist visited the Midwest four times a year to present his exhibits.

(He filmed the first season of “The Joy of Painting” in Washington, DC, but the film and the film were outlawed. Ross, who travels to the Midwest to teach art, wants to expand his audience beyond the East Coast. That’s why he announced on Muncie television and when his classes sold out, he doubted he had something special in his hands – and they made an agreement to draw a list here.)

And the local people have long been used to preserve their heritage. Minnetrista has been planning a $ 1.2 million project since 2018. She has received $ 250,000 from Indiana Tourism Council, as well as support from Bob Ross Inc., a company with “The Joy of Painting” by Bob Ross, among other buyers. . (One of these is Twitch, a search project that attracted 5.6 million viewers as part of the 2015 The Joy of Painting racing game in 2015)

Developers hope to open the second phase of the project, which includes renovating the second room of the LL Ball building and opening a permanent studio and retail space there, another fall.

Ms. Jenkins admits that in the midst of the epidemic it may seem like an unusual time to start a show like this, but she says everyone can take advantage of Ross’s calmness and hope for now.

“My biggest fear of getting into the job was that I realized he wasn’t the person I was thinking of,” Jenkins said. “But the Bob Ross you see on TV is honest. He always puts everyone first. I was like, ‘Oh, thank God, he wasn’t a scoundrel.’ ”

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