Beginning Sunday, June 11, watercolor artist Lydia Kaeyer of Owls Head will display her latest paintings in the Sanctuary Gallery at the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St. A reception for the artist will run from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, while Sue Pedretti provides live piano music for the occasion.

“Lydia's skill as a colorist gives great depth to her works,” said Judy Waterman, coordinator of the show.

Kaeyer spent 30 years working with and teaching autistic children in the public schools of Westchester County, N.Y. Upon retiring and moving to Maine in 2001, she decided to try something totally different and took up a paintbrush. She found great delight in watercolors, and art aficionados found great delight in her work.

As a “snowbird” to Sarasota, Fla., Kaeyer is a signature member and prizewinner in the prestigious Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society show and active member of its SRQ plein air painters. In Midcoast Maine, her work can be found in Pen Bay Hospital, The First Bank in Rockland and at the gallery in the red barn, Port Clyde.

Kaeyer's watercolors will hang until the middle of July at the Sanctuary Gallery, located on the church’s upper level. Gallery house are Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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