At the end of the opening reception all three will discuss specific pieces, react to viewer comments, and explain how their work is related and why they are showing together. The intent is to add a new, educational dimension to the exhibit and provide a rare glimpse into the interconnections, inspiration and values artists see in the work of their friends and peers.

Meet the artists David Estey and Harold Garde, both of Belfast, and Kathleen Florance of South Thomaston, at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, with an ArtTalk from 7-8 p.m. The exhibition is on view through Aug. 30. Shows are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday noon to 6 p.m. The gallery is at 160 Water Street.

About the Artists:

DAVID ESTEY is an award-winning painter in Belfast, a Maine native who also lived, taught and exhibited in the Mid-Atlantic states and North Carolina. He has degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and George Washington University. He studied painting in Rome, Italy and at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His art has run the gamut from realistic landscapes, portraits and figure drawings to abstract expressionism – and now total improvisation.

HAROLD GARDE is a respected, Belfast painter, printmaker, and teacher. At 91, he has been creating art for over seven decades and has had regular solo exhibitions of his work since 1970. He is one of UMVA’s “Maine Masters” featured in the MPBN Television series and the recognized developer of the Strappo technique of transferring paintings on glass to paper or other paintings. His iconoclass is the flagship painting of the Museum of Florida Art in Deland.

KATHLEEN FLORANCE is a notable painter in Rockland. Besides her painting/drawing, she has created three environmental installations and has exhibited in Bulgaria, China and Russia. Her work forms a multi-disciplinary approach that engages a variety of materials and formats. Her “eco-centric” vision reflects a deep curiosity about the complex processes of our natural world and a contemplation of the challenging issues surrounding them today.

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