SHAMOKIN - An opening reception of Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities' Coal Region Heritage Art Exhibit was well attended Friday evening.

Dozens of visitors wandered back and forth looking at 49 photographs and paintings that captured scenes often viewed in the coal region. Subjects range from rusty, black coal breakers to colorful flowers blooming on the side of the road. Also on display are 11 paintings of a coal region favorite: Knoebels Amusement Resort.

The paintings were drawn by students of Welch Art Studios, which holds classes on the same floor of the gallery. The young artists captured the beauty of the park through simple lines and colors on canvas no larger than 8-by-10 inches. Memorable locations such as the Apple stand and The Grand Carousel are among the paintings.

Tom Schaeffer, marketing director for the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, was in attendance to support his wife, Erica, who had four pieces of art on display. Schaeffer said it was exciting to see such a great turnout.

"It's something that a lot of people don't know exists here," Schaeffer said of the gallery. "I think it's a great representation of the artists in the area. People need a taste of the arts and culture in Shamokin."

The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, 2 E. Arch St., and is open during weekly business hours. Use the rear handicapped entrance and follow the signs. The show runs through May 9.