SHAMOKIN - The Northumberland County Council for the Arts presented a new photography show at its fine arts gallery, "Shamokin and Beyond in Pictures" by local photographer Chris Grego. The show began with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Grego has put together a collection of single and composite photographs, both digital and 35mm, from more than 30 years of work capturing sights in and around the coal region.

Viewers can see many familiar landmarks, some which are gone forever except in photos.

Grego credits his grandfather Karl Bowers for sparking his interest in photography. Bowers was a photographer and a member of the Shamokin Camera Club as well as a partner with his brother, Neil, in Ideal Photo Services, formerly located in the fifth ward. Although Grego originally began in 35mm film photography, he has transitioned to digital.

Grego said his main passion in life is his street ministry, New Life Ministries of Pennsylvania, an evangelistic outreach he founded. He publishes a weekly newsletter, provides guest speaking services at churches and events, and spends time handing out newsletters and offering to pray with people. For more information, go to www.panewlife.com or email cjg_photos@yahoo.com.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The show will remain on display through the Anthracite Heritage Festival and until June 20. The gallery is located on the lower floor of the Northumberland County Arts Center and accessible through the lower handicapped entrance. Follow the signs once inside.

The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the gallery contact director Claude Harrington at 973-632-2513.