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.
Carving Classes will continue into the autumn
These are our usual great summer carving classes - two hours long and limited to five people as always. This summer and fall we will be carving spaced apart and outdoors, under the new Gilley Tent. Face coverings required. Two classes are offered each Tuesday and Thursday through mid-October, one at 10:30am and one at 2pm.
Classes limited to five; all classes held outside and socially distanced. All skill levels welcome. Advance registration is required - email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, or to reserve a spot.
Birds, Nature and Art - ONLINE
Below you will find links to online material and activities about birds, nature, and art. 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
O Solo, Bee-O!
Some bees just like to be alone. Mason bees and leaf-cutter bees are non-stinging solitary bees that nest in cavities. You can help them find a home by building a bee house with a kit from the Wendell Gilley Museum. In these bee houses, the cavities are 5-inch-deep drilled holes — deep enough, we hope, to be safe from a woodpecker tongue.
Fly your Bird Flags!
Create an inspiring and beautiful bird flag that you can hang at your house - or bring to the Gilley Museum and we will proudly display it for all to see! Based on the idea of a "prayer flag" that embodies good thoughts and intentions, these flags are a positive and fun art project. Click "Expand" to read more and to join artist Allison Maurais for this online video project.
Our flags are painted on sailcloth to make them durable and flag-like. You can use any material, but sailcloth is ideal if you can get it - and if not, stop by the museum dropbox to pick some up (brown storage box in front of the museum), and let us know if you need other materials by writing to email@example.com.