Thornton Oaks Retirement Community will host an opening reception for “Souvenirs,” an exhibit of watercolors and oils by Frances Pratt Caswell,

The event begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the Merrymeeting Room at 25 Thornton Way in Brunswick.

Caswell is a long time Brunswick resident and was introduced to art during her time as a student at Brunswick High School in the 1940s. 

Following retirement from teaching English at Southern Maine Technical College — now Southern Maine Community College — she continued her education by taking painting courses at the Maine College of Art and in summer workshops. For many years, she was a member of Casco Bay Art League.

Caswell usually draws inspiration from the Maine landscape; however, for this exhibition, she has turned back to the illustrated journals and photo albums from traveling with her husband. Scenes from Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and South America are included in the show.

At home or abroad, Caswell said she is fascinated by the power and rhythm of water, quiet reflections on inland ponds, cloud patterns on distant hills, mountains with Alpine glow or rising mist.

The exhibit will be open until Sept. 28. It is open to the public.

For more information, call 373-4600.