Northumberland County Council for the Arts is currently sponsoring simultaneous art exhibits featuring works of Dottie Johns and Brandon Zalar.

These exhibits can be seen in the lobby of the Susquehanna Bank branch on Independence Street in Shamokin during regular lobby hours through March 26.

Johns intricately beautiful "button art" combines needlepoint with lots and lots of buttons to make sophisticated works of art.

She began making button art in 2012 as a way to use the zillions of buttons she had just laying around. Her specialty, "Family Flowers," are her most popular artistic design. The "Family Flowers" design makes a unique gift and Johns takes orders for personalized works of art.

She attends local art shows and also sells her works on Etsy/buttondot. Johns is 58 years old and resides in Shamokin. She is inspired by her beautiful daughter and two awesome grandsons. She says she loves making button art because not only is it relaxing, but it's also fun to see what she can create with her many buttons.

Brandon Zalar is one of the youngest artists to display his work. A recent graduate of the Art Institute of York where he studied media arts and animation. His intricate work features cool characters and colors and is wildly creative.

Zalar also likes to create short videos and cartoons and regularly posts to YouTube where he has developed a following. He says he has been an artist all his life and has always had a passion for creating characters and ideas. He currently resides in Shamokin with his family.