New Art Exhibit in the Mahan Gallery

August 4, 2015
By BCPL

The Boyle County Public Library announces the opening of the August 2015 art exhibit in the Mahan Gallery. The exhibit, "Some Things Old and New," features a collection of oil paintings by local artist, Allen Arth. It is made up of artwork from his early years as an artist to his most recent endeavors. In addition to the paintings, the exhibit – which will run through the end of the month - also includes wood-fired pottery and Indian beadwork. The public is invited to attend an Artist Reception which will be held at the Library in the Mahan Gallery on Monday, August 10, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 pm.



The Mahan Gallery features the artwork of area artists and traveling exhibits. The gallery is located just off the main floor of the Library in the Mahan House and is open to the public during regular Library hours.



About the Artist:


Allen Arth was born in Edwardsville, Illinois and began drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil. From that point forward, he was encouraged by his teachers.  His first painting in oils was of his neighbor’s dog, Speedy.  That Christmas he received a paint set that contained little tubes of paint and one brush -- just enough to finish "Speedy." At the age of 13, his mother brought him to the YMCA, where Max Aubtentrib, an old German painter, taught a 3-hour class every Saturday morning for $3.  After that introduction, Arth took many art classes over the next four years before heading off to college. He attended Southern Illinois University where he originally wanted to be an art major, but quickly learned that a major of Mathematics and Physics with art would be more advantageous.


Arth married Ginger, his wife of 45 years, and they moved around the country as he climbed the corporate ladder. In the end, they settled in Danville where they have lived for the past 27 years. After coming to work at the Boyle County Public Library, Arth began to do many of the things that he loved. He has been a Boy Scout leader and trainer for many years, and enjoys the outdoors, hiking, trout fishing, and studying the American Indian. Allen and Ginger have three sons and one grandson.