The Sanctuary Gallery at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., welcomes painter Resa Randolph, creator of bird portraits, to exhibit. The public is invited to an opening reception Sunday, Nov. 13, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., following a bluegrass service with music by the artist’s family band, Miners Creek.

Upon moving to Maine in 2009, Randolph retired from a career in psychotherapy and embraced her neglected inner artist. She studied drawing and painting with Friendship artist Sam Cady for three years and also studied drawing with Nobleboro artist John Whalley. In 2012, she happened upon a photo of a peregrine falcon staring directly at the camera. It inspired her to create a series of bird portraits she titled The Rogues Gallery, taking a hint from her Irish grandmother who referred to the family pictures hanging that way.

Randolph's greatest challenge continues to be in capturing the nobility, intelligence, wisdom, humor or distain of each bird, while maintaining its dignity and not humanizing its expression. More recently, she has explored translating her drawn portraits into fiber art and wood carvings.

The opening reception will be accompanied by refreshments and piano music. The show will run until Dec. 19, when the gallery will close until February.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.