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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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Cyanotype and Sip Workshop

Cyanotype, also called sun-printing, is an early photographic process that produces blue and white prints. It is usually done in bright sunlight, but can also produce beautiful images on overcast days, and can be done indoors with a specialized UV light. You’ll have a chance to try both sunlight and artificial light.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will work with 5x7 watercolor paper and will use a variety of objects, including feathers, dried ferns, evergreen branches, paper snowflakes, and chandelier prisms to make woodland-inspired scenes.  

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

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Bird Olympics

Sign up for the Bird Olympics and see how you compare with the avian world as you compete in different physical events. Can you run as fast as a crow flies? How long can you balance on one leg like a flamingo? How tall are you compared to a Great Blue Heron? How wide is your "wingspan"? See how your "wing beats" compare with a variety of birds. At the Sensory Station discover how strong your hearing, eyesight, and sense of smell and touch are. Join Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel for this interactive program to learn about the adaptations birds have that allow them to fly, find food, and migrate long distances. This is a family program suitable for children 5 and older accompanied by an adult.

 

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People-Nature-Art with Gina Sawin, Painter

Maine painter Gina Sawin strives to translate birds in flight to a canvas, transforming a three-dimensional image into a two-dimensional one. “If I ever really succeed,” she says, “that’s when I’ll quit painting.” Though her many fans and collectors of her work would disagree about the relative success of her painting, so far she has not quite captured the illusive feeling of flight to her satisfaction. So she paints on.

Painting large bird groups allows her to explore both formal aspects of representation in the modernist tradition, she says, and express her concerns for ecological continuity. She aims to capture the abstract patterns created by birds in a moment of flight, while keeping them in a real and distant space.

Ms. Sawin will be at the Wendell Gilley Museum as the People-Nature-Art presenter for July on Tuesday, July 23. There will be a artist’s reception at 6 p.m. open to the public, followed by her presentation at 7 p.m. which will happen in person and simultaneously livecast. Registration is required; when signing up, please indicate whether you will attend in person or online. A Zoom link will be sent to those who choose the online option when reserving space. 

This event, like all of the 2024 People-Nature-Art events, is sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

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Paging Nature

Explore nature at the Wendell Gilley Museum, and create your own nature journal filled with your observations in words and art.

Nature Journaling is a great way to explore nature wherever you go and to record all the wonderful things you discover. Participants will create a personal notebook to take outdoors, and use all of their senses to ask questions about what they observe.

Then they’ll write and draw (or paint) to capture the details of what they found. This is a great opportunity to find amazing details in the natural world.

Suitable for those age 9 and older.

Class size is limited.

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News

Closing at 3pm July 11

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Closed for Independence Day

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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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Events

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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Bird Olympics

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Fabulous Feathers

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Paging Nature

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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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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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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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Intro to Bird Carving-Afternoon Classes

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Intro to Bird Carving-Morning Classes

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