The Middletown Arts Center in cooperation with the Middletown Historical Society and MidPointe Library System is presenting an exhibition of the work of Herbert Fall, a Butler County artist known for his vivid depictions of local historical scenes.

Fall was born in 1891, the descendent of Miami Valley pioneers. His very first painting, made while a student at old Red Buck School in Warren County, won first prize in an exhibit at the Farmer’s Institute in Monroe. He received his formal art education at the Chicago Art Institute and the Art Academy in Cincinnati.

Herbert Fall went on to a successful career as a medical art illustrator. He completed over 500 illustrations for the medical text, Atlas of Human Anatomy, by Dr. Roger Crafts, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati. (Information source: Miami Valley Artist, by George Crout).

Throughout his career and retirement until his death in 1974, Herbert Fall painted scenes of historical significance, many of which serve as interpretations of Middletown and the surrounding area before the invention of photography, such as Daniel Doty’s first cabin in 1791 and the early mills on the Great Miami River.

The exhibit, sponsored by Sam Ashworth and Judy Gilleland, opens on August 15 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Middletown Art Center, 130 N. Verity Parkway in Middletown, Ohio and continues through September 13, 2014.

The Middletown Arts Center is an independent, non-profit institution that, for over 55 years, has been dedicated to enriching Middletown and surrounding communities by providing expert educational opportunities for youth, adults and families to participate in the visual arts. More information about the Middletown Arts Center (MAC) and its programs is available on its website www.middletownartscenter.com or by calling the Center at (513) 424-2417.

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