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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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2-Color Printmaking Class with Sherrie York

Join Maine fine-art printmaker Sherrie York at the Gilley in a class to create a vibrant two-color print using EZ carve, a printmaking material that is softer and easier to use than linoleum blocks. Materials will be provided – just bring an idea for a simple image you'd like to turn into a woodblock-style print. Space is limited and participants must be at least 12 years old. 

Sherrie’s art is currently on display at the Gilley as part of Birds in Art, a prestigious juried art show at the museum through Aug. 18. Her work has also been featured in other national and international exhibitions, including the Society of Animal Artists’ Art & the Animal, and in 2019 a major exhibition of her work was hosted at the Museum of American Bird Art in Massachusetts.

See more about Sherrie and view her work HERE.

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Bird Walk with David Speiser

Join us for this special bird walk on Mount Desert Island’s Quietside with professional bird photographer David Speiser on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Meet at the Wendell Gilley Museum at 7:30am for an orientation with Mr. Speiser, plus coffee and a morning treat. Then head out to Ship Harbor in Acadia National Park for an exploration that will last until about 10am. Register HERE.

Mr. Speiser is a member of the Advisory Council for New York City Audubon and a former member of NYC Audubon’s Board of Directors. He has been an avid bird photographer for more than a quarter century. His bird photos display both technical excellence and a birder’s meticulousness.

Group size is limited to 10 people and all ages are welcome. Fee: $10 per person.

See Mr. Speiser’s work at: www.lilibirds.com/

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Flight of Swallows 2021

Our yearly Flight of Swallows winetasting fundraiser will happen online this year, with participants raising their glasses from home and sharing via Zoom. We’ll have special guests and wonderful wine. Sommelier Chris Campbell of Village Wine Imports in New York City teams with Scott Worcester of Sawyer’s Specialties for a festive celebration of the Wendell Gilley Museum on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 from 6 to 7pm. For more information and to join us, visit the website’s Flight of Swallows page HERE.

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Now open Saturdays!

The Museum is expanding its open hours to include Saturdays.

We'll be open the usual hours, 10am to 4pm, on Saturdays through the summer and early fall.

Reservations required, but walk-ins are welcome if room allows. We are still limiting the number of people who can be inside the museum at any one time, and we are requiring masks indoors as part of our continuing pandemic safety precautions.

Register for your visit online HERE.

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News

Maine Printmaker explores the natural world with the Gilley

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Now open Saturdays!

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Birds in Art has Landed!

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Fledgling Story Times start in July

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Gary Hoyle online program moved to June 8

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Events

Carving Classes

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Bird Walk with David Speiser

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Flight of Swallows 2021

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2-Color Printmaking Class with Sherrie York

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1-color Printmaking Class with Sherrie York

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Celebrating the Natural World with Printmaker Sherrie York

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People-Nature-Art with Tom Curry and Kim Ridley

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Fledgling Story Time - Room for Loons

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All About Owls

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Bird Olympics

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Chickadee Homecoming: Build A Birdhouse

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Flute-making Workshop with Hawk Henries rescheduled for Sept. 25

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