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.
Birds in Art returns to the Wendell Gilley Museum in 2021
The Wendell Gilley Museum is honored to host Birds in Art from June 11 through Aug. 14. It will include a new piece by Maine artist Sherrie York, a friend of the Gilley who conducted a popular printmaking class here in 2020. An international juried show, the exhibition includes work by a wide range of accomplished contemporary artists, who offer their unique interpretations of the avian world in a variety of media.
And the winner is...
...the Greater Yellowlegs!
This winsom and distinctive bird is a type of sandpiper and will star in this autumn's carving classes, which run weekly Oct. 17 to Dec. 12.
This Greater Yellowlegs was created by Wendell Gilley in 1972 for his wife Addie Gilley.
Art show benefits Gilley
The Gallery at Somes Sound is honoring the Wendell Gilley Museum during its October show featuring work by artist Robert Wellings. A portion of the proceeds from sales of Mr. Welling's work will be donated to the museum, supporting the Gilley’s mission of bringing people closer to nature through the arts.
Birds, Nature and Art - ONLINE
We are excited to offer these fine materials -- about birds, nature, and art -- online for you and your family. These are especially good resources from some of our friends for learning about the natural world and getting creative. We are also adding some of our own great online art classes and hands-on kits that can be mailed out - stay tuned for more! Click "Expand" to see the list.
BIRDS and NATURE
All About Feathers - from The Cornell Lab. Fun interactive bird exploration!
The Bird Academy - from The Cornell Lab. TONS of great bird resources.
Audubon for Kids - lots of fun activities to help young ornithologists learn
Audubon Joy of Birds - great photos, videos, and other resources for all ages
Become a Citizen Scientist! Learn more from the Maine Department of Inland Fishers & Wildlife.
Outdoor Activity & Coloring Book from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Nature Lesson Videos from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Virtual Exhibit of Audubon Prints - Hand-colored engravings from Audubon's "Birds in America" portfolio, in a beautiful setting.
Bird Walks on MDI, by local expert Paul Haertel. Paul is former supervisor of Acadia National Park and a Gilley Trustee. He and his wife Margot are avid birders and have led many birding walks here.
Be a Magpie - make a collage. Click here to visit our page with lots of fun collage resources, including videos of collage projects inspired by artist Ashely Bryan's book Beautiful Blackbirds, and a video of the artist reading his book - as well as some really fun and creative collage videos with some of our favorite local artists.
ART CLASSES ONLINE from our local friends
Online Art with Allison Maurais - A whole series of amazingly creative & fun art classes from Artist, Art Teacher, and Gilley Summer Staff member Allison Maurais
SFOA Virtual Art Classes - A wonderful and varied collection of hands-on online classes from SFOA (Summer Festival for the Arts). Check it out - you WILL learn something cool.
Schoodic Art for All - links to online classes & other artistic resources from our fabulous Schoodic friends
Jennifer Wadman Myers art class on Facebook