SHAMOKIN - The latest showcase at the Fine Art Gallery of the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities will feature the personal work of Larry Deklinski, a staff photographer for The News-Item.

The showcase, on display until Feb. 21, will feature a variety of photographs from Deklinski's personal collection along with several vintage photos of Shamokin taken by the late Paul and Myron Thomas of the former Paul Thomas Studio in Shamokin.

Deklinski, 31, of Ranshaw, is a self-taught photographer. His interest in photography began midway through his senior year at Shamokin Area High School when he joined the yearbook club. He attended Millersville University, where he was four-year member of Touchstone, the university's yearbook. He did not have access to a professional camera until he became a junior.

Deklinski could not take any photography courses but gained experience by taking photos at campus sporting and community events. He graduated in December 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in earth science.

It wasn't until 2006 when he again had access to a camera after purchasing his first SLR camera. Over time, he purchased another camera, several lenses and accessories. On Dec. 15, 2008, he became a full-time employee of The News-Item.

In addition to hundreds of Thomas photos, Deklinski's personal work can be viewed and purchased at

A public reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery on the first floor of the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, 2 E. Arch St. Guests should use the lower handicap entrance near the Eighth Street entrance of the parking lot.

The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.