SHAMOKIN - In anticipation of the annual Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts, the NCCAH Gallery is pleased to present another installation of the Coal Region Heritage Invitational Art Show, beginning with an opening reception Friday.

The coal region exhibit features regional artists who share a common thread, their love of the anthracite region, its importance to the history of our country and its unique culture. It showcases people, places and objects, both past and present.

Carbon County artist Petra Radcliffe, who contributed three paintings for the show, all churches, said her painting "Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin," was inspired by the beauty of the structure.

"When the coal miners came from that region of Europe," Radcliffe said, "they brought not only labor, but their food, culture and religious traditions, which were so strikingly different from the Irish Catholics and Protestants who were here before them. This church, with its onion domes, stands as a great monument to that. I had to paint it."

A special feature of the show are works by young art students. They will showcase their work in The Kid's Corner at the rear of the gallery. The Kid's Corner features work done in a variety of media including watercolor, pastel, pencil and acrylic, by children ranging in age from 5 to 18.

The exhibit will remain on display until May 28 and can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and during the Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts.

Many of the artists involved will meet the public at an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The event is free and open tot he public. Light refreshments will be served.

The gallery is located inside the Northumberland County Arts Center, 2 E. Arch St., on the first floor. Visitors should access the lower handicapped entrance and follow the signs to the gallery.

For more information about the gallery, contact director Claude Harrington at (973) 632-2513 or email her at claudeharrington977@gmail.com.