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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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Photography Workshop in Acadia April 25

This full-day workshop takes place on April 25, 2024, and runs from approximately 4:30 AM to 7:30 PM. It is designed to maximize learning opportunities and provide guidance on creating the kind of images you want to create. From sunrise to sunset, you will alternate between traveling around Acadia taking photos, and classroom time where we discuss a range of topics that lead to successful, self-expressive image-making. There will also be individual instruction based on your goals and your questions.

What do I mean when I say, self-expression? Am I talking about art? To be honest I struggle with calling myself an artist. I’m uncomfortable with that title. I’m a photographer. Photographer is a very comfortable title for me. But if I want my photography to be personal, I need to express my emotions, my thoughts, and the stories I want to tell through my imagery. I want to express to you, the viewer, how I connect with the subjects that I photograph.

The cost is $150 for Museum members and $175 for non-members. Spaces are limited. Registration is required.

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All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip: The Cat at Night April 13

Paint a canvas inspired by Dahlov Ipcar’s book, The Cat at Night. Students will be given a canvas that is pre-painted in black and led through a series of steps to create their own version of a cat at night. We will have copies of Ipcar’s beautiful book to browse, so students can choose the illustration they would like to paint. These paintings will be done using acrylics, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on! Suitable for adults and kids ages 5 and up. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

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Bee House Workshop April 13

Build a bee house for non-stinging Mason bees and leaf-cutter bees in this special workshop. In these bee houses, the cavities are 5-inch-deep drilled holes — deep enough, we hope, to be safe from a woodpecker tongue. This is a great family project. All materials provided. Participants must be at least 7. This is an in-person program led by Juliana Ramirez, the Gilley's Staff Artist.

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Sensory Walk April 20

Take some time to truly engage your senses with Camp Beech Cliff's Matt Cornish as he leads participants on a short Sensory Walk to be active, connect with familiar surroundings in new ways, and see what can be discovered in nature. Our five senses can enhance our experiences of the natural world if we take the time to let them.  We’ll gather at the Gilley then head out to a local trail, stopping along the way to engage, observe and enjoy. Fee is $14 for non-members and $10 for members. Registration required.

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News

CLOSING due to weather March 23

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Time change for March 9 class

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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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Events

Coming Home - 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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All Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Watercolor Snail and Mushrooms

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Paint 'n' Stretch: Painting Robins in Watercolor

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Cyanotype and Sip Workshop

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Family Cyanotype Workshop with Jenn Booher

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Paint 'n' Sip: Whimsical Mushrooms in Watercolor and Ink

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All Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Bubble Painting & Texture in Watercolor

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Bas Relief Jars

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Photography Workshop in Acadia April 25

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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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Intro to Bird Carving

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Intro to Bird Carving

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Haiku Workshop

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Sensory Walk April 20

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Wingspan Game Day at the Gilley

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Bird Chatter: Discussion & Observations

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Cyanotype Workshop with Jenn Booher

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