Bob Ross Is Making A Happy Little Comeback At Public Library Paint Nights06:14
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Bob Ross paint-along evenings have been so popular that some libraries are creating waiting lists. (Courtesy Bob Ross Inc.)MoreCloseclosemore
Bob Ross paint-along evenings have been so popular that some libraries are creating waiting lists. (Courtesy Bob Ross Inc.)

Bob Ross' cult status continues to grow online, with old episodes of the beloved artist's PBS program "The Joy of Painting" available for streaming on Netflix and YouTube. Now, people are heading to public libraries with 2-inch brushes in tow.

Sarah Burris is helping organize events where patrons paint along with Ross while watching on a large screen for the Northwest Regional Library system in Panama City, Florida.

The events' success so far has been a happy little accident.

"We were going to start having really small classes, 10 [people] per class," Burris tells Here & Now's Robin Young. "We had to boost the class up to 20 per class instead, and we still have people on the waiting list."

Participants pose with their completed Bob Ross paintings. (Courtesy Sarah Burris)
Participants pose with their completed Bob Ross paintings. (Courtesy Sarah Burris)

The paint-alongs — which started in Utah and have spread to other states -- are a "calming" experience, Burris says, as Ross gently coaches participants along with his trademark voice and palette of phthalo blue, yellow ochre and Van Dyke brown.

"I think people enjoy that they've been able to accomplish something they may not have expected to be able to do," Burris says.

"Everyone leaves the program with smiles on their face."

Paint Along With Bob Ross


Digital producer Jack Mitchell contributed to this story.

This segment aired on July 25, 2018.

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