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Celebrate  Nature,  Art  and  Creativity  in  Maine.

Wendell Gilley delighted in helping others find connections with nature and creativity. Our Museum sustains his legacy through vibrant art exhibitions and a wide range of hands-on creative and educational programs for all ages.


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New Exhibit features

An exciting new exhibit debuted at the Wendell Gilley Museum May 17. Inspired Flight brings together 48 works across diverse media that highlight our complex relationship with birds as well as the varying ways in which artists have engaged with and interpreted birds throughout the history of art. This exhibition showcases some of the most important works from the unique collection of the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, including a bald eagle that is part of Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species portfolio.

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Carving Classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays

Carving Classes are Back!

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank, instructions, sandpaper, and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create. Students must be at least 11 years old.

Class size limited to 4, and the cost is $35 for non-members or $28 for Museum members. Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Classes begin on Tuesday, June 18, and continue throughout the summer.

Visit our Events page HERE or our Calendar page HERE to sign up.

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Bas Relief Jars

Join Kathie Pratt and work in clay to create a nature-themed bas relief that you’ll be able to complete and take home that day.

Artists create a bas-relief by sculpting onto a 2-D plane to create and accentuate figures and objects, producing a 3-D appearance. We’ll be using polymer clay and baking it off, then painting it. Then, students will be shaping them around glass jars to make a decorative container.

Class size is limited.

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Flower Hunt

Charlotte Rhoades Garden & Butterfly Park is full of flowers, and we’re going to get up close and personal with them! Working with a partner, we will observe the variety of flowers in the garden, notice differences among them, and share what we discovered.

For those 10 and younger; explorer age 6 and younger should come with an adult.

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News

Carving Classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays

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Closed May 26-28

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May 21 Program Cancelled

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New Exhibit features

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CLOSING due to weather March 23

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Events

Nature Gelli Printing

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Bird Walk with Juliana Ramirez

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Play with Clay

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Nature-themed Bas Relief Workshop

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Acadia's Winter Birds

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Waterbird Migrations

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Hawks Over Acadia

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BioBlitz

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Are You a Butterfly?

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Bird Olympics

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Fabulous Feathers

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Paging Nature

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Flower Hunt

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"Coming Home" with Kay Liss: A Conversation & Book Signing

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Plein Air: Kelley Farm and Marsh

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All Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Watercolor Puffins

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Paint 'n' Sip: Northern Lights and Mountain Silhouettes

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Paint 'n' Sip: Whale and Boat

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Plein Air: Acadia Rocks near Thunder Hole

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All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Celebrating Barbara Cooney-Mrs Rumphius Inspired Watercolors

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Paint 'n' Stretch: Relaxing Watercolor Tree Paths

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Plein Air: Watercolor Trees at the Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly Gardens

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All Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Watercolor and Ink Dragonfly

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Paint 'n' Sip: TreeStrewn Landscape

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Paint 'n' Stretch: Mini Foliage and Fern Watercolors

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Paint 'n' Sip: Echo Lake Night Sky with Milky Way

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Paint 'n' Sip: Somes Sound Landscape in Blues and Greens

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Cyanotype and Sip Workshop

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Family Cyanotype Workshop with Jenn Booher

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Bas Relief Jars

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Photography Workshop in Acadia Oct. 5

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People-Nature-Art with Nell Parker, 'Forest Floor' Painter

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People-Nature-Art with Lucy Kalian, Painter

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People-Nature-Art with Bonnie Chase, Natural Materials Artist

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People-Nature-Art with Josh Brewer, Carver & Sculptor

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People-Nature-Art with Matt Aeberhard, Documentary Filmmaker

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People-Nature-Art with Gina Sawin, Painter

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Intro to Bird Carving-Afternoon Classes

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Intro to Bird Carving-Morning Classes

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