The Wendell Gilley Museum is a community center that celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature and art. The Museum endeavors to inspire appreciation of the visual arts, engagement in artistic creativity, and respect and care for the natural world.
Days are short in Southwest Harbor, Maine, home of the Wendell Gilley Museum, but the winter landscape is alive with hardy birds, from chickadees to snowy owls and the light is growing stronger and longer daily. Our visitor hours came to an end on December 13th, with our Holiday Open House & Carving Show and don't resume until May, but our members are welcome throughout the winter at our weekly carving club on Friday afternoons from 1 - 4 pm, weather permitting, through April. The winter Barred Owl carving class begins Januay 30th. Call to be wait-listed for this full class.