Bob Ross was a national treasure. Over the course of 31 seasons during the 80s and 90s, Ross would introduce people to The Joy of Painting with his PBS show of the same name. Whether you’re talking happy little trees, mountain landscapes, or colorful skies, Ross’ painted over 1,100 pieces that never really got the credit they deserved because they had never been on display in a gallery. Until now! “Happy Accidents: An Exhibit of Original Bob Ross Paintings” just opened at the Franklin Part Arts Center in Purcelville, Virginia. The collection includes two dozen different pieces that Ross painted on The Joy of Painting, and it marks the first time any of his work has been on display in a gallery setting like this. Unfortunately, the 10,000 timed tickets for the free exhibit sold out almost instantly. But if you want to visit, you can attend the opening reception this Sunday, September 15, or check out the exhibit prior to an evening performance.


We pride ourselves on being able to tackle problems and jigsaw puzzles like everyone else–from the edge pieces in. That’s a little more difficult when it comes to thousand piece adventures like the Moon puzzle you see here. In is out, out is in, and there’s an entire quadrant of almost fully gray pieces that depict the lunar surface, but all of that just adds to the productive difficulty you’ll experience when you’re assembling this jigsaw version of modern history. As they tell it, “July 16, 2019 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch – the historic mission to the Moon where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of humankind to set foot on the Moon. Our Moon puzzle celebrates this momentous achievement and will challenge and delight puzzle solvers everywhere.”