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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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Our Mask Policy

The Wendell Gilley Museum welcomes visitors of all ages and strives to create a safe and hospitable environment. Because many of our visitors cannot receive a vaccine against Covid-19 – including those with conditions that put them at high risk, and all children younger than 12 – we ask that everyone wear a mask while on museum property. This will be our policy for the season. We look forward to seeing you, and offer our thanks in advance for helping us create the safest possible experience for everyone.

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People-Nature-Art: Landscape painter Robert Pollien

A respected painter of landscapes in Maine and the American West is the Gilley’s People-Nature-Art presenter for September. Join Robert Pollien and Gilley director Sean Charette online, on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7pm for an intimate exploration of Mr. Pollien’s work and how it relates to nature. “My paintings are generally small, compact and simple,” he says. “My goal is not to portray the land in an overly picturesque manner, but to paint the landscape in a way that rings true.”

People-Nature-Art is the Gilley’s signature monthly year-round series that brings artists, writers, carvers, and creative types of all kinds to the Gilley to share how nature impacts their art and how that art affects their approach to the natural world. 

Mr. Pollien, primarily a plein air painter – even in the deeps of winter – is the recipient of the Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship for painting, and has received support from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation, the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. He was the first artists in residence at Acadia National Park, where he can often be found with his brushes, paints and his trusty canine sidekick Waffles.

There is no fee to attend this Zoom event, but registration is required. Sign up HERE. You will receive a Zoom link after you register.

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Connecting Plants, Bugs, and Birds: Thursday Citizen Science, 1st Session

Join the Wendell Gilley Museum and researchers from Schoodic Institute on two consecutive Thursdays to participate in an ongoing long-term study by Schoodic Institute about the connections among plants, insects, and the birds that eat them. No prior field experience is necessary. This is a learn-by-doing event where your efforts will contribute vital data toward understanding the changing biodiversity of Acadia National Park. October is an important month for migrating songbirds, seabirds, and raptors. Seabirds sail over the water, raptors use thermals and mountain updrafts, and songbirds feed by day among insect and fruit-laden forest environs. Plan on investing two hours of easy, slow-paced trail walking and help gather data using iNaturalist, Nature's Notebook, and eBird. Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute's Bird Ecology Director, and a team of field technicians will provide instruction.

This is the first of two special opportunities, and happens at Sieur de Monts on Oct. 7 beginning at 9:30am. Registration required for each field experience separately. There is a $10 fee per person, per day, and space is limited to 18 people. 

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Light, Sky, Land, and Edges :: Online with Painter Tracy Baker-White and Poet Martha Andrews Donovan

Join us for "Light, Sky, Land, and Edges: A Collaboration Between Painter and Poet." Long-time friends Tracy Baker-White and Martha Andrews Donovan worked together over three years, inspiring each other as they created the paintings and poems on view in this very special exhibition, which runs through October 30. Join us to meet the creators and enjoy a wide-ranging conversation about their art, their inspiration, and their collaboration.

No charge, but reservations required. You will receive a Zoom registration within a few days of registering on the Gilley website.

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News

1.5-hour Carving Classes end Sept. 14

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Closed Tuesday, Aug. 17 & Saturday, Aug. 21

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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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Events

People-Nature-Art with Hank Tyler

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Connecting Plants, Bugs, and Birds: Thursday Citizen Science, 1st Session

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Light, Sky, Land, and Edges :: Online with Painter Tracy Baker-White and Poet Martha Andrews Donovan

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Plein Air class Oct. 11

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Connecting Plants, Bugs, and Birds: Thursday Citizen Science, 2nd Session

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Poets on the Nature of Maine: Lawless, Lindquist & Little

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Scout the shores for birds in Southwest Harbor

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Fall Carving Class, Morning

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Fall Carving Class, Afternoon

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People-Nature-Art with Diana Roper McDowell

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People-Nature-Art with Christian Barter

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