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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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Flash Fiction Workshop with Annaliese Jakimides 3/1

Award-winning writer Annaliese Jakimides will teach a flash fiction workshop, using art currently on display at the museum as inspiration. “Likely, you'll surprise yourself with what bubbles up,” says Jakimides. 

“Flash fiction is known by many names, including sudden fiction, short-short stories, and microfiction. Although people often think it's a ‘new’ form of writing, it's been around for as long as we've been writing stories.”

Jakimides has placed in the World's Best Short-Short Story Contest multiple times.

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Paint 'n' Sip: Barn in a Snowy Field-3/1

Painting snow is easy in watercolor! We just don't paint it and instead paint around the snow. Come experiment with this process with artist Erika Rosso and learn to create a snowy landscape. We will be using some masking fluid and salt to help create our image. Students will be guided step by step.

Suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

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Bas Relief Workshop-3/2 & 4/6

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.

Class size is limited.

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People-Nature-Art with Karen Zimmermann, Master Naturalist & Artist

Maine Master Naturalist Karen O. Zimmermann is the People-Nature-Art presenter at the Gilley for March. As a naturalist and artist, Karen creates not just for her own pleasure, but to share stories. By presenting small details in watercolor she invites viewers to look at all nature has to offer more deeply, taking home new insights that they may not otherwise have noticed, and to perhaps look differently at what is right under their feet and in their own backyard.

Inspired by naturalists including Maine botanist and illustrator Kate Furbush, Karen spends most days hiking, observing, learning about plants, and painting. She combines natural history notes with sketches from field observations, capturing the spirit of a living entity and its sense of place. For her, merging visual and verbal is a way to gain an understanding of the plant or animal in front of her, and its place in the world around us.

On March 26 at the Gilley, she will share how drawing is a way to deepen one’s understanding of nature, and to see details often overlooked. In addition to being a Maine Master Naturalist, Karen is a Registered Maine Guide, watercolorist, and nature journal instructor.

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News

Closed Saturday, Jan. 13

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End of Year Sale in Museum Store

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Winter Passes Available Now

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Last Chance to see Nature's Masterpiece: Photographs of Peter Beard

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Museum closed Saturday, Sept. 16

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Events

Photography Workshop in Acadia

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Six Months in the Field: One Woman and the Birds she Observed

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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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People-Nature-Art with Rick Alley, Jr., Duck Stamp Painter

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People-Nature-Art with Marc Fink, Printmaker and Painter

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People-Nature-Art with Jennifer Moxley, Poet & Essayist

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People-Nature-Art with Karen Zimmermann, Master Naturalist & Artist

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Intro to Bird Carving

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Haiku Workshop

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All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip: The Cat at Night

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All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Fields of Snow and Trees

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Sensory Walk

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Winter Survival Adaptations

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8-Week In-Person Puffin Carving Class

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8-Week Online Puffin Carving Class

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2-Part Class: Planning, Drafting and Painting a Watercolor

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Paint 'n' Sip: Monochromatic Landscape Painting

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Creation Club

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Nature Gelli Printing

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Wingspan Game Day at the Gilley

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Amphibians in Acadia: Citizen Science Project

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Bird Chatter: Discussion & Observations

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Bas Relief Workshop-3/2 & 4/6

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Intro Carving Class-Winter Afternoons

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Intro Carving Class - Winter Mornings

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Cyanotype Workshop with Jenn Booher

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