Paint was flowing on Jan. 15 as the Walton County Coastal Branch Library hosted it's first "Paint Like Bob Ross" class.
The group of nearly 10 who participated in the artistic event took on Ross' "Snowy Morn" painting. Participants ranged from seasoned artists to first-timers and all supplies were free to guests and provided by the Friends of the Coastal Branch Library.
"We really just wanted to kind of build up excitement in the library and get more people in here that wouldn't regularly maybe come into the library," said Alisha Tucker, a library employee who helped direct the event.
The Bruce resident said they got the idea for the event after reading about another library that started doing a similar program, which eventually blossomed into a largely-attended ordeal.
Noah Barfield, library employee and event director, said the Coastal Branch had other art classes, but were lacking one specifically themed.
"Nothing was thematic or structured in a way to promote certain specific ideas like Bob Ross, (who) focuses on it being relaxing and being beginners," Barfield said. "Sometimes people can feel intimidated coming into an already established art class."
To help usher participant's form in the right direction, local professional artist Judy Dewar led the session as the Bob Ross instructional video played.
"Anybody that wants to be creative needs to find a source for their creativity," Dewar said. "Bob offered a no pressure, fun, joyful way of learning how to handle oils and paint."
Dewar, who said she personally knew Bob Ross and painted with him in the past, said she heard about the class while visiting the library and decided to lend her expertise. She said that if her schedule allows it, she'll be back for future sessions. Her artwork can be found at Facebook.com/JudyJDewar.
The next "Paint Like Bob Ross" class will be on Jan. 22 and take on the same painting, followed by two in February scheduled for the 19th and 26th. The library offers a sign-up sheet at the front desk and participants can call to RSVP. Currently, the new sessions are full, but library officials said they hope to continue the class for months to come.
To help the Walton County Coastal Branch Library fund more "Paint Like Bob Ross" sessions, donations can be made to the Friends of the Coastal Branch Library. Tucker and Barfield said donations given to the group can specifically be listed for their different classes.
For more information on the Coastal Branch Library and the other events it hosts, visit www.co.walton.fl.us/464/Coastal-Branch-Library.