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The Wendell Gilley Museum is a community center that 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.

We are open Tueday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

School and community groups are welcome to arrange programs and tours. Family activities, members’ carving club, and carving classes are scheduled through the year.

In July our hours extend and we host a special exhibition, An Abundance of Riches, woodblock prints by Andrea Rich.

detail of Andrea Riches' woodcut Thistles


special events and giving opportunities

This summer we are hosting a party to honor the museum's founding director, Nina Gormley, as she enters retirement. A fund to support exhibition programming in perpetuity has been set up for those who wish to honor Nina's years of dedication and commitment to the Gilley Museum.

Our annual Flight of Swallows fine wine tasting is a lovely evening for learning about select French wines, enjoying delicious food and wine pairings, and supporting the Wendell Gilley Museum. Tickets will be on sale by July 1.





Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday

10am to 4pm

July 1 through October 21
An Abundance of Riches
Exhibit of woodblock prints

July 1 and 8

Family Program
Crafting Flying Flamingo Puppets


July 6
Opening Reception for

An Abundance of Riches


August 3
Flight of Swallows
Wine tasting fundraiser

August 17
Ten Days in Acadia
Book Talk and Signing

New Director to Lead the Gilley

Tribute to long-time supporter David Rockefeller Sr.

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