Texas Artist Turns Dairy Queen Menu Staples Into Wood-Carved Works of Art

Art by Camp Bosworth // Photo by Roxann Grover
Art by Camp Bosworth // Photo by Roxann Grover

A recent art installation in Galveston, Texas may have left visitors feeling hungry. As The Monitor in Texas reports, an exhibition titled “THANK YOU, PLEASE DRIVE THRU,” served up some hot eats and cool treats in the form of Dairy Queen-inspired carvings, sculptures, and paintings.

Some of the pieces displayed at the Galveston Arts Center included a 5-foot-long banana split, a lifelike cherry Dilly Bar, an assort of Blizzards, and an oversized steak finger basket (a regional menu item that, unfortunately, isn’t sold at many DQ restaurants outside of Texas).

The DQ exhibit
Art by Camp Bosworth // Photo by Roxann Grover

Dilly Bar sculpture
Camp Bosworth

A hot dog sculpture
Camp Bosworth

Ice cream cone sculptures
Camp Bosworth

The pieces were created by local artist Camp Bosworth, who was born in Galveston and is now known for his quirky sculptures. He carved some of the artworks out of wood, then added color in the form of enamel or acrylic paint. Although the exhibition ended on March 3, you can check out (and even buy) some of the pieces on Artsy. The big-ticket item is a 48-inch-by-72-inch-by-5-inch painted and carved panel of a Beltbuster Basket (burger and fries), which is listed at $6500.

According to the description on Bosworth’s Artsy page, “This exhibit is Camp's focus on his memories of Dairy Queen and the iconic representatives of the small-town burger and ice cream joint.” The Dairy Queen restaurant in Galveston was brought down by Hurricane Ike in 2008, so for some visitors to the Galveston Arts exhibit, it was undoubtedly a nostalgic experience.

Bosworth also sells artwork at The Wrong Store in Marfa, Texas, which he co-owns with his wife. Last year, Architectural Digest named it the “most beautiful independent store” in Texas.

[h/t The Monitor]

95 Years of The New Yorker Covers Visualized by Color

Screenshot via C82
Screenshot via C82

On February 21, 1925, The New Yorker appeared on the magazine scene with a cover illustration of a dandy drawn by art editor Rea Irvin, a character later christened Eustace Tilley. Almost a century later, Tilley still graces the cover of The New Yorker at least once a year on the magazine’s anniversary. Other weeks, they commission artists to illustrate timely political topics and evergreen moods.

The magazine has run more than 4600 covers in its 92 years of near-weekly issues (it’s currently published 47 times a year), all of which you can explore by color, thanks to designer Nicholas Rougeux (who has previously visualized sentences and punctuation in classic literature).


Using an algorithm, Rougeux analyzed the top five colors represented in every cover illustration and created a color palette for that issue. Then, he mapped out a palette for every single cover, creating a timeline of New Yorker design. It allows you to see what colors have dominated particular years and decades. If you scroll over the individual palettes, you can see the full image of that week’s cover.


Rougeux found some trends in the colors that have repeatedly graced the magazine’s cover. “Limited and muted palettes were used the 1920s," he writes on his site, while "possibly due to printing limitations, darker greens were more common in the 1940s, lighter palettes were used in the 1970s and 1980s, louder contrasting palettes were popular in the 1990s and more well-rounded palettes started being used since the 2000s.”

You can explore the color timeline for yourself here.

All images courtesy Nicholas Rougeux

Bob Ross's Son Is Holding Painting Classes at a Tennessee Library

Bob Ross.
Bob Ross.
Bob Ross Inc.

For anyone who has ever logged on to the internet, Bob Ross needs no introduction. The painter, who passed away in 1995, spent the years 1983 through 1994 hosting the PBS series The Joy of Painting, where his soothing manner and bubbling-spring landscapes comforted viewers.

On several episodes, Bob’s son, Steve Ross, could be seen painting his own nature scenes as guest host or assisting his father in answering reader questions.

According to WVLT, Steve Ross is now set to offer painting classes at the Blount County Public Library in Maryville, Tennessee. He will be joined by Dana Jester, an artist who also appeared on The Joy of Painting. The workshops will be held March 4 through March 8 and will cost $125 per attendee, who will also be expected to bring their own supplies. The classes will last the entire day.

If locals are curious and don’t want to commit to the fee, Steve and Dana will be hosting a free demonstration on March 5 at 6:30 p.m.

After his guest spots on his father’s program, Steve appeared to retreat from public life, though clips of his appearances were apparently popular on Tumblr for their inadvertently risqué banter. (“It can be dirty, it doesn’t have to be clean,” and so forth.)

Bob Ross also taught classes even while The Joy of Painting was airing. He purportedly received no income from that show, earning a living via merchandising and appearances.

[h/t WVLT]

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