Visitors of the Bob Ross Experience at Minnetrista are allowed a sneak peak into the life of one of the world’s most beloved artists. Long-time fans and novices alike can visit the interactive exhibit and take away a great reminder of not only Bob’s artistic talent, but also the kindness and love that Bob showed his audience, coworkers and community.
One of the most particularly beautiful moments of the tour is found in a scrapbook guests are invited to flip through. This page features photos of Bob Ross working alongside Muncie Habitat for Humanity at a build site.
From 1983 until 1994, “The Joy of Painting” was filmed at WIPB-TV in Muncie. During those years the community embraced the show’s star – Bob Ross. In turn, Bob came to adore Muncie and the surrounding region. The television artist owned a home in the community and quickly found himself surrounded by friends and students.
Always generous of his time and talents, Bob held local events, mentored budding artists, and got involved with community service whenever possible. While Bob often wielded his paint brush and artistic skills for local fundraisers, as the son of a carpenter he had many woodworking talents to share as well.
In 1992 he lent a hand to the Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity. Working alongside the community, he helped build opportunities for area families one nail at a time. While it has been over 25 years since Bob’s passing, it seems like only yesterday he could be seen picking up trash from the river or feeding birds around town. His generosity and genuine concern for people and nature are a message worth remembering. No matter who you are or what you do, we can all play a part in making our community a better place for everyone.
Explore the life, philosophy, and art of the iconic American painter inside the historic home where The Joy of Painting was filmed. The immersive exhibit features original paintings and artifacts, inspiring visitors with Bob’s message of fearless creativity. You can learn more about the unique Bob Ross experience and schedule your visit HERE.
Muncie Habitat would like to Thank Minnetrista, and Bob Ross, Inc. for their collaboration on this article. All photos are property of Bob Ross, Inc.