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The Wendell Gilley Museum celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature, and art. The Museum endeavors to inspire appreciation of the visual arts, engagement in artistic creativity, and respect and care for the natural world.

If you are feeling inspired, consider joining our creative communitycarving classes, family activities, and members’ carving club continue all winter. And if you can’t fly in, follow the flock on Facebook. School and community groups are welcome to arrange programs and tours.

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Gratitude and Giving
We are truly grateful for the generosity of so many members and visitors. Your support allows us to continue a long tradition of rich exhibitions and programs; it also makes our work so successful and enjoyable.

Please keep us in your thoughts during this season of giving. Your gift in any amount is deeply appreciated and supports our mission of preserving Wendell Gilley’s work and keeping his legacy of encouraging creativity and learning alive.

Donations, whether they are for membership, annual giving, or the Nina Gormley fund, to honor Nina's years of dedication and commitment to the Gilley Museum, are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. You can contribute onlineor contact us for more details.






Carving Club

Fridays, 1 to 4 pm

Fridays, 9am to noon
Saturdays, 1 to 4pm
begins February 9

Valentine Card Printmaking Workshop
Tuesday, February 6
5:30 to 7:30 pm

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