SHAMOKIN - The Northumberland County Council for the Arts Gallery will present recent works by Mount Carmel artist Mark Sassani beginning with an opening reception Friday evening.

The show will mainly feature watercolors by the artist, many of which are landscapes created in the past two years. They are a small snapshot of Sassani's work. He also does murals, easel paintings, drawing, photography and restoration work on statues, paintings and stained glass, mostly for churches.

Sassani has been creating art his whole life and feels that the work he does is shaped by his life experiences. He holds a Bachelor of Science in art education from Mansfield University and taught art in the Mount Carmel Area School District for 32 years, while continuing his education at Kutztown University, Bloomsburg University, Clarion University and Wilkes University.

Over the years, his works have been featured in many solo art exhibits, including Mansfield Alumni Gallery, Turner Gallery and NCCAH Gallery in Shamokin, Mount Carmel Area Public Library and The Studio in Mount Carmel, Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts in Southbridge, Mass., Sinclair Gallery in Millersburg and Full Spectrum Gallery in Lewisburg. He has participated in a long list of group and juried exhibits and holds many awards. He was also featured in the March 1992 issue of The Artist Magazine.

Sassani resides in Mount Carmel with his wife, Donna Rose, and daughter, Elizabeth Ann. A daughter, Lori Ann, now lives out of town.

The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery at The Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, 2 E. Arch St., on the ground floor. Visitors are asked to use the lower level handicapped entrance and follow the signs.

The exhibit is free and the public is invited. Light refreshments will be provided by the arts council. The show will run through March 28. The gallery is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact gallery director Claude Harrington at claudeharrington977@gmail.com or arts council director Jeanne Shaffer at 570-850-9121.

For more information about the artist, go to his website, marksassani.bi,z or email him at artbymark@verizon.net.