History museum

Expect “Happy Accidents” at the Niagara Falls History Museum

People who might not think they have an artistic bone in their bodies could create their own masterpieces at the Niagara Falls History Museum while channeling the spirit of beloved painter Bob Ross.

The museum is hosting its inaugural Bob Ross Painting Party on May 19, with Certified Bob Ross Painter Bobbi Cosby of Burlington leading a class to create one of Ross’s own paintings of a sunset over a lake.

Ross rose to fame for his long-running TV show “The Joy of Painting” on PBS in the 1980s and 1990s, in which the man with a perm and blue jeans taught people how to create oil paintings. catchy in just half an hour while charming them with her smooth, soothing voice and some of her signature sayings, such as “We don’t make mistakes, we have happy accidents.”

He was also prone to mentioning “happy little trees” and “happy clouds” while painting, talked about his love of nature, and even brought creatures such as squirrels on his show, which ran until in 1994. Ross often said on his show that anyone can create beautiful paintings with just a little practice.

Ross died in 1995 aged 52 but retains a large loyal following; its shows are available on various platforms, such as Netflix and YouTube.

Sylvia Beben, Cultural Development Coordinator for the City of Niagara Falls, said while this is Bob Ross’ first painting event at the museum, she hopes fans of the iconic painter will visit.

“I hope it takes off and people really enjoy it,” she said. “It’s such a cool idea to paint in the style of someone who is so iconic and people are nostalgic about.”

Beben said the magic of Ross’ wet-on-wet technique, in which brushes as large as two inches are used to create landscapes in one stroke, opens up art to many people who thought they couldn’t. could ever create a painting.

“Even if you think you have no talent, if you watch (Cosby) you can click and you get it and it’s that nice, relaxing beat,” she said. “It’s a great evening to spend creating something you can take home and be proud of.”

Beben has participated in Bob Ross certified painting events herself and says it’s inspiring to see people creating paintings.

“It’s amazing how beautiful everyone is at the end,” she said.

There is a limit of 25 people at the event. The cost is $25 for museum members and $35 for non-members, and the fee includes all necessary painting supplies. People can register in person at the museum, by phone at 905-358-5082 or online at niagarafallsmuseums.ca/events/calendar/#paint-like-bob-ross.

The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the museum at 5810 Ferry St.