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Steven Valleau has been Carver-in-Residence at the Wendell Gilley Museum since 1985.  A keen birder since boyhood, Valleau earned a biology degree from the University of Maine at Orono and Indiana University. However, his true vocation was revealed by several art courses. Encouraged by art and ornithology professors, he became a professional bird carver.

Sought after as both an artist and a teacher, Valleau has taught students of all ages and created carvings that range from miniature shorebirds to life-size great blue herons. His works are in many private and public collections. The fa├žade of the Gilley Museum features a series of bas-reliefs depicting seven native bird species, which Valleau created for the 15th anniversary of the Museum.

Inside the Museum, visitors can see his latest works and works-in-progress, or even learn to carve under his wing. Steve teaches daylong workshops and short classes for beginning carvers. In the winter months he leads ten-week long classes for experienced carvers, as well as introducing students at local schools to the art of bird carving.

See more photos of Steve's birds and classes.

  Learn more about Steven by reading an interview with him posted on The Birdlist.
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