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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Largest Bob Ross Exhibit on East Coast Opening in Loudoun

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The Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center in Purcellville, Virginia hosted a preview of “Happy Accidents: An Exhibit of Original Bob Ross Paintings” for media Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The show represents the first time the artist’s collection will be on public display on the East Coast. The exhibit, with a total of 24 paintings, opens Sept. 10 and runs through Oct. 15.

Admission to the exhibit is free; however, daily tickets are required. Tickets became available Aug. 9 and over 50 percent of available timeslots are reserved. Remaining tickets can be reserved at www.franklinparkartscenter.org. Group ticket requests should be directed to the Arts Center by calling 540-338-7973. An opening reception for the public will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the reception is free and tickets are not required. The Franklin Park Arts Center is located at 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville, Virginia, 20132.

“Happy Accidents: An Exhibit of Original Bob Ross Paintings,” presented in partnership with Bob Ross Inc., offers a rare opportunity to view works created by the artist during his long-running series on public television. Ross frequently visited the Bob Ross Inc. headquarters in Northern Virginia and often found himself in Purcellville where he enjoyed searching through the many antique treasures of western Loudoun. “It’s quite poetic that his first major exhibit would be in Purcellville,” says Bob Ross Inc. President Joan Kowalski. “Joan and I are thrilled for the opportunity that our shared personal and professional aspirations for the arts scene in Loudoun led to this somewhat accidental collaboration on an extraordinary exhibit, says Arts Center Manager and Exhibit Curator Elizabeth Bracey.

 For more exhibit information and tickets, visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org. For information about the artist and Bob Ross Inc., visit www.bobross.com. Travelers planning to attend the exhibit can find information about local accommodations and attractions at www.visitloudoun.org. The hashtag, #BobRossExhibit, is being used for social media platforms.

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The Franklin Park Arts Center is operated by the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.

 ®Bob Ross name and images are registered trademarks of Bob Ross Inc. © Bob Ross Inc. Used with permission.

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