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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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Alaskan artist Sara Wolman joins Gilley for People-Nature-Art on May 4

Join us on Zoom for People-Nature-Art on May 4 at 7pm EST with Sara Wolman, an award-winning artist who works for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and is this year's featured artist for World Migratory Bird Day in the U.S. and Canada. Her art reflects the relationship she has established with the environment.

This event is free but reservations are required. Reserve your spot by emailing reservations@wendellgilleymuseum.org

 

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Bird walks with Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz May 6, 13, 20, 27

Seth Benz, director of the Schoodic Bird Ecology Lab, will lead bird walks on Thursday mornings in May from the Wendell Gilley Museum. Group size is limited to 10 people and all ages are welcome.

Participants will meet at the Gilley at 7am, with coffee and pastry available along with a tour of the museum. The group will depart the museum promptly at 7:30am for a birding location on Mount Desert Island chosen that day by Seth. There is a $25 per person fee, and registration is required. Mask required and social distancing will be observed.

Dates are: May 6, May 13, May 20, and May 27. To sign up, send an email to reservations@wendellgilleymuseum.org and please include your name, email, telephone number, and the date of the Seth Benz Bird Walk you're interested in.

As director of Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program, Mr. Benz coordinates citizen science efforts to monitor bird migrations, pelagic seabird concentrations, and biodiversity and phenology observations in the Acadia Region. He was director of the Hog Island Audubon Camp and Education Center for more than nine years, and has worked as lead field interpreter for Acadia National Park.

 

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Opening day is May 14!

The Gilley opens for the season on Friday, May 14.

We'll be open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.  And there are a lot of great programs planned.

Our new canopy-covered outdoor classroom will be the site of workshops and events throughout the year.

We will be requiring masks while on the property, and are limiting the number of people who can be inside the museum at any one time. Please email us at reservations@wendellgilleymuseum.org to set up a time to visit.

Our first special exhibit for the year is by Swan's Island painter Gary Hoyle.

We can't wait to see you!

 

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Paul Haertel leads bird walk on World Migratory Bird Day on May 8

Join Paul Haertel at the Wendell Gilley Museum on World Migratory Bird Day for a walk to spot the birds to be seen in and around Southwest Harbor, Maine. Paul has a degree in forestry from Michigan Tech and is retired from a career with the National Park Service, where his last assignment was as superintendent of Acadia National Park. He is vice-president of the Gilley's board of directors. 
Limit 10 people. Fee: $10. To sign up, email us at reservations@wendellgilleymuseum.org and please include your name, email and phone number.

Spaces are limited.

Meet at the Gilley at 9 a.m.

 

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News

Opening day is May 14!

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Gilley joins forces with Schoodic Institute

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New speaker series explores connections between Art & Nature

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The Gilley Turns 40!

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Gilley's master carver is featured speaker for Shelburne Museum

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Events

Bird walks with Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz May 6, 13, 20, 27

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