wooden bird carvings
Pause

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.


Watch a video about Wendell Gilley.
 

Bird Chatter: Informal Discussions, Observations, and Gossip

Flock to the Gilley for a fun and informative few hours with Seth Benz, the bird ecology director at Schoodic Institute. Seth will delve into research and share current sightings and insights. Bring your own questions and curiosity, a favorite bird-related reading, or your latest observations. Depending on weather, the group might go for an optional bird walk outside.

Read more

Winter Passes!

For the first time in its 41-year history, the Wendell Gilley Museum will be open all winter! We are excited to expand our hours and our offerings to the community.
Museum Members receive free admission all winter, just as they do the rest of the year.
For non-members, instead of charging a $10 admission fee for every visit, we are offering a special Winter Pass for $25, good from Jan. 17 to April 30, 2023. 
The Gilley will be a great place to gather this winter, and we hope you will visit often.
At the end of April, if you decide you'd like to become a member, we will deduct the cost of the Winter Pass from the fee for your membership, which will be good through the remainder of 2023.

Read more

People-Nature-Art w/ artist & conservationist Kate Gorringe-Smith

Australian artist Kate Gorringe-Smith works in contemporary and traditional print media in 2D and 3D form and installation. Her art investigates our relationship with the environment: the threats we create vs our connectedness with it. Kate’s work often references migratory shorebirds to illustrate the environmental connections that link us individually and globally. For her "Overwintering Project" she has asked artists to find, visit, and forge a connection with their local migratory shorebird habitat, then create art prints in response to those visits. Join us for a fascinating talk from Down Under.

 

This monthly series brings artists, writers, carvers, and creative types of all kinds to the Gilley to explore how nature and art interact in their work, and how their art impacts their own approach nature. All 12 programs in this year’s series are proudly sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. 

“At Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, we take great pride in partnering with area nonprofits doing important work to keep the community engaged. Wendell Gilley Museum is a wonderful example of this. We are excited to support this special artist series and look forward to the positive impact throughout the region,” says Lisa Parsons, Senior Vice President Regional Marketing Manager.

Read more

Writing Workshop

This workshop is designed to help you unlock your creativity and leave with some works in progress—and to have some fun along the way. Get inspired by pieces from the museum's permanent collection and current exhibitions with writer and artist Annaliese Jakimides. Her prose and poetry have been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies; broadcast on NPR and Maine Public; and included in art venues such as ArtWord at the Portland Museum of Art. She will provide some background about this type of writing — ekphrastic writing — plus techniques, and prompts to get you going. But ultimately you choose your path. Annaliese will be offering two sessions this winter -- Feb. 11 and March 11. 

Read more

News

Gettin' Wild: Animal-based Game Play with Camp Beech Cliff

Read more

Reopen today, Jan. 21!

Read more

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust sponsors People-Nature-Art

Read more

Winter Passes!

Read more

Holiday Sale!

Read more

Events

Kick off the Great Backyard Bird Count with us!

Read more

Bird Chatter: Informal Discussions, Observations, and Gossip

Read more

Beginners' Carving Class

Read more

FULL - Carve a Pintail in Winter Workshop-Morning Class

Read more

Carve a Pintail in Winter Workshop-Afternoon Class

Read more

Writing Workshop

Read more

People-Nature-Art w/ artist & conservationist Kate Gorringe-Smith

Read more

Beautiful Blackbird Story & Art

Read more

People-Nature-Art with journalist Bob Duchesne

Read more

People-Nature-Art with poet & printmaker Leslie Moore

Read more

Bee House Workshop

Read more