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.
Carving Classes are Back!
These are our usual great summer carving classes - two hours long and limited to five people as always. This summer we will be carving spaced apart and outdoors, under the new Gilley Tent. Face coverings required. Two classes are offered each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, one at 10:30am and one at 2pm.
Classes limited to five; all classes held outside and socially distanced. All skill levels welcome. Advance registration is required - email email@example.com for more details, or to reserve a spot.
O Solo, Bee-O!
Some bees just like to be alone. Mason bees and leaf-cutter bees are non-stinging solitary bees that nest in cavities. You can help them find a home by building a bee house with a kit from the Wendell Gilley Museum. In these bee houses, the cavities are 5-inch-deep drilled holes — deep enough, we hope, to be safe from a woodpecker tongue.
Opening July 2
We are excited to be opening the Wendell Gilley Museum to the public for tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning July 2. Admission will be by reservation only, as we are limited to 10 people in the building at a time in accordance with the best guidance for the prevention of Covid-19. Museum hours on those days are 10am to 4pm, with the last reservation at 3:30pm.
Watercolors in Wonderland
Join us to paint at Wonderland Trail in Acadia National Park. Instructor Erika Rosso will offer tips on capturing the spirit and personality of the birds we see with quick watercolor sketches using a gestural approach. Class size is limited to 8, ages 8 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Click on EXPAND to read more and reserve your spot.
Following the best practices for combatting the spread of Covid-19, we will be practicing social distancing and cannot offer transportation; face coverings are required.
We recommended that you bring with you:
♦ your own portable or travel watercolor kit and watercolor pad or sketchbook – recommended paper options are Small Arches 140 lb block or several small sheets of any 140-pound watercolor paper with a backboard and masking tape or any watercolor pad/sketchbook;
♦ 2-3 watercolor brushes with good tips in varying sizes;
♦ small sealable jar of water for cleaning brushes;
♦ a small watercolor palette (or plastic egg carton);
♦ basic watercolor tubes;
♦ a rag or paper towel;
♦ a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
These items should all be available at Caroll Drug Store in Southwest Harbor, and Sherman’s in Bar Harbor. If you don't have supplies, let us know in advance and the museum can get you outfitted for a very reasonable price.
Plan to sit on the rocks, or bring a chair and easel. (Keep in mind you will be carrying everything with you from the parking area.) It is a flat walk of about a half mile from the parking area to shore, where the terrain is mostly boulders with some sand. There are no restroom facilities. Find out more about Wonderland HERE.
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