Austin Burke gets his inspiration from home.
While most people in northeast Pennsylvania may know him as the recently retired president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Burke has made himself a name in the art world, regularly donating his works for charitable causes.
Burke's "A Scranton Times Christmas" is his latest "piece for a cause," as he will donate 100 percent of the sales of prints during the Abington Business and Professional Association's Downtown Go Around to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. Burke will exhibit at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit, from 6:30-8 p.m.
"Art is a wonderful means of accessing your world and your feelings for it," he said. "I produce primarily landscapes, iconic buildings and locations in Lackwanna County. The public reception has been tremendous because people can relate to the familiar, to scenes they are familiar with, especially scenes that evoke happy memories."
Although painting has been more of a hobby for Burke, he has found considerable critical reception for his work. Locally, he has exhibited at Scranton City Hall and even has scene of the capitol building in Harrisburg on permanent display at the Governor's Residence.
Burke has previously donated works to support the UNICO National scholarship fund, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick scholarship fund, St. Joseph's Center and the Albright Memorial Library.
Prints of "A Scranton Times Christmas" are $20 a piece. The painting will also be featured on Gertrude Hawk Chocolates' annual holiday candy boxes.
Call Everything Natural at 570-586-9684 for more information.