“Choosings,” collaboration by artists David Estey and Harold Garde of Belfast; and Kathleen Florance of South Thomaston, is an effort to create a unique, teaching exhibit in partnership with the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. The show runs Friday, Aug. 8, through Saturday the 30th; the artists will give a 7 p.m. ArtTalk during the opening reception, Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Midcoast artists have chosen favorite pieces of one another’s work to be exhibited, related and explained. The exhibit will include three placards on which two of the artists will say generally what draws them to the work of the third and why it is important. 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. The show is sponsored by Liberty Graphics of Liberty and Monkitree of Gardiner.

Estey is an award-winning painter, 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 a year in Rome, Italy, and 14 years 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. He is represented by Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland.

Garde is a respected Belfast painter, printmaker and teacher. At 91, he has been creating art for more than 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 (MoFA) in Deland.  Recently, Garde had a solo exhibition at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland. In Rockland, he shows at Harbor Square Gallery. Garde is represented by Art Port, New York City.

Florance is a notable painter who, besides her painting/drawing, has created three environmental installations and has exhibited in Bulgaria, China and Russia. Her work has been shown at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Atrium Gallery and Rockland’s Caldbeck Gallery. Her work forms a multi-disciplinary approach that engages a variety of materials and formats. Florance’s 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.

“Choosings: David Estey, Harold Garde & Kathleen Florance” may be viewed Wednesdays to Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Shows at the Harlow Gallery are free and open to the public. For more information, visit harlowgallery.org.

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