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Upcoming Events

Story Time!

March 31, 2023 2:30 - 3:30 pm

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Join Miss Chrissy from the Southwest Harbor Public Library at the Wendell Gilley Museum for a special story time at 2:30pm. Join us for nature stories and some art fun too! She'll be sharing "Birds" by Kevin Henkes & "Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt" by Kate Messner. Then we’ll do some art of our own. Free and open to all.

Peacock Paintings

April 1, 2023 1:30 - 3:30 pm

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Dive into the whimsical world of artist Starla Michelle to create a beautiful peacock painting with Erika Rosso on canvas with acrylics. Erika will lead you through a step-by-step process and you’ll leave with a canvas painting of your own. This class uses acrylic paint, so wear old clothes or bring a smock. Suitable for ages 7+.  Fee: $20, members & $25 non-members.

Acadia Sunset Paint 'n' Sip

April 7, 2023 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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Paint a simple landscape with mountains, a sunset and islands with Erika Rosso in this step-by-step class. Each step will be demonstrated and explained, making for a fun and approachable class for beginning painters. Suitable for all levels. Sip on wine, tea or seltzer. Fee: $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Beginners' Carving Class

April 14, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Waitlist open

Get started with bird carving in this workshop from master carver Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this skill with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create.

Class size limited to 4. Students must be at least 12 years old.

Bird Chatter: Informal Discussions, Observations, and Gossip

April 14, 2023 12:30 - 2:00 pm

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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.

There is no fee for this program, but a museum entrance fee is required. For museum members, museum entry is free. For non-members, the entrance fee is $10 per visit but a one-time Winter Pass is available for $25 and is good through April 30. If you would like to buy a winter pass, you can do so at the museum the day of the program.

Story Time!

April 14, 2023 2:30 - 3:30 pm

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Join Miss Chrissy from the Southwest Harbor Public Library at the Wendell Gilley Museum for a special story time at 2:30pm. Join us for nature stories and some art fun too!Then we’ll do some art of our own. Free and open to all.

Poetry with Stuart Kestenbaum

April 15, 2023 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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For National Poetry Month, this former Maine Poet Laureate joins us for an afternoon of his verse and an exploration of its connections with nature. This will be followed by a book signing and reception. This event happens in-person at the Gilley, but will be live-streamed as well. Please note: Recordings of live-streamed events are available only to Museum members. Free but registration required.

People-Nature-Art with poet & printmaker Leslie Moore

April 25, 2023 5:30 - 8:30 pm

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A California native who continually studied and refined her art skills while making a career of teaching English around the world, Leslie Moore is a full-time poet and printmaker who takes her inspiration from the natural world. Her book, What Rough Beasts, features both art forms. At the Gilley she’ll explore the alchemy that helps her poetry and prints spring from her connection to nature. This event will be livecast via Zoom. Please note: recordings are available only to museum members. We will begin at 5:30 with a reception and book signing, followed by the program at 7pm. Please indicate which you will be attending when you sign up. There is no charge to attend.

 

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.

 

Bee House Workshop

April 28, 2023 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Build a bee house for non-stinging Mason bees and leaf-cutter bees in this special workshop. In these bee houses, the cavities are 5-inch-deep drilled holes — deep enough, we hope, to be safe from a woodpecker tongue. This is a great family project. All materials provided. Participants must be at least 7. This is an in-person program.

Bird Chatter: Informal Discussions, Observations, and Gossip

April 28, 2023 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Reserve now

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.

There is no fee for this program, but a museum entrance fee is required. For museum members, museum entry is free. For non-members, the entrance fee is $10 per visit but a one-time Winter Pass is available for $25 and is good through April 30. If you would like to buy a winter pass, you can do so at the museum the day of the program.

Online: Watercolor with Barry van Dusen

April 29, 2023 1:30 - 4:00 pm

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Learn from this award-winning and internationally renown wildlife artist, in a class with an emphasis on color and using washes. This class happens online, but with a twist. Barry will be on the big screen at the Gilley and you can choose to paint in person at the museum, or take the class online from home.

Fee: $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Past Events

People-Nature-Art with Wayne Robbins

January 11, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Woodcarver and naturalist Wayne Robbins seeks to share his passion for the sea and to inspire faithful stewardship of the Earth’s fragile ecosystem through his art.

He joins the Gilley as the first People-Nature-Art presenter of 2022 on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7pm via Zoom.

He says that the sea’s breathtaking beauty and its infinite varieties of flora and fauna are constant reminders that we must respect and help sustain the lifeblood of our planet. 

Raised on the coast of Maine, he was inspired as a youth to capture the essence of nature in wood. His appreciation of the innate beauty of wood helps him design pieces that maximize the beauty and grace of both the medium and the subject. He chooses from a variety of native and exotic woods. By selecting a wood that complements his subject, a synergy results that informs and guides his creative process. Then he uses various combinations of oils and waxes to give the sculpture an “almost wet” look.  Each sculpture is unique and identified for its species, numbered, dated and signed by the artist.  His work is in private and public collections worldwide.

 

Fun with Feathers Family Program

February 19, 2022 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Have ‘Fun with Feathers’ in person at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. in a special hands-on family program. Draw feathers. Use a magnifying glass to see them up close. Learn about their structure and function. Use a feather to draw or paint your own work of art.

Workshop size is limited and masks are required. $5 per person. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Sign up at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/events

People-Nature-Art with Chris Maynard, Feb. 22, Online

February 22, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Join Chris Maynard of Featherfolio online on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7pm for February’s People-Nature-Art, the Wendell Gilley Museum’s signature monthly series that explores the connection between nature and art.

Mr. Maynard carves feathers into intricate art pieces. Pairing his artistic sense and scientific knowledge, he uses surgical tools to sculpt feathers while striving to respect their natural form. His message is one of beauty and appreciation of life. In grand installations, and in shadowboxes, he positions them so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows.

Unlike a painter’s palette, the choice of colors in feathers is quite limited. Mr. Maynard mostly keeps the natural colors and patterns of each feather. He gets his feathers from aviaries and all are legal to possess.

He believes feathers can represent flight, transformation and a bridge between our present lives and dreams.

Mr. Maynard’s work is in museums and private collections in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia and has been featured in print and online around the world.

GIS on the Wing: Mapping the Birds of ANP & MDI

March 11, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Gordon Longsworth and Michael Good have been collaborating for years with the Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratory at College of the Atlantic to create maps and field guides that connect bird data to a map, integrating location with descriptive information like habitat or tree cover. This helps scientists to better understand patterns, relationships and geographic context, and birdwatchers to find specific species.

Join us for a free online event on Friday, March 11 at 7pm as Mr. Longsworth and Mr. Good join us to share the results of this years-long project and break down the data for us. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link after you register.

People-Nature-Art with novelists Kristen Britain & Julie Czerneda, March 22, Online

March 22, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

A passion for the natural world resonates through the fictional landscapes created by fantasy author Kristen Britain and science fiction author Julie Czerneda, and that passion has even influenced the makeup of those worlds. Join these longtime friends online via Zoom with the Gilley on Tuesday, March 22 at 7pm, as they discuss how their own connection to nature has influenced their novels and their writing lives. Kristen is a former U.S. National Park ranger and Julie is a Canadian biologist who started out writing nonfiction. There is no charge, but registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent after you register.

Birds of Spring: Anticipation & Appreciation

April 5, 2022 8:30 - 11:30 am

The seasonal shift of birds from wintering areas to summer breeding territories is well underway during the month of April.  This mini-course is offered as a sequential program combining classroom presentations with a field excursion each week.  April, at our latitude, is a month of anticipation for returning birds. It is also a time of exodus for species that have spent their winter with us.  By early May some bird species have begun nesting, others are establishing territories, and still others are migrating through our neighborhoods.  We’ll immerse ourselves in the bird world for 3 hours each week using slides, videos, museum specimens, select readings and field observations.  While each week is designed to build upon the previous week’s experience, course content will be accessible enough that each week alone will be a learning experience.  Join the flock, get in on the joy of anticipating and appreciating Acadia’s birdlife.

ONLINE: Watercolor Techniques for the Nature Artist with Barry van Dusen

April 9, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Gather up some watercolor paper, paints and brushes (whatever you have on hand), and explore the "Vocabulary of Watercolor" in this online workshop with award-winning nature artist Barry van Dusen. You’ll learn how, with a combination of materials and techniques, you can add variety, interest and sparkle to your watercolor paintings.

You'll cover the basics of wash, glazing and dry-brush (along with some other useful but less common techniques) and explore some color mixtures that are especially useful for painting nature subjects. Using step-by-step examples and a simple demonstration, Barry will help you demystify the wash sequence by applying the concepts of shadow pattern and local color.  And, of course, you'll have fun.

Birds of Spring: Anticipation & Appreciation

April 12, 2022 8:30 - 11:30 am

The seasonal shift of birds from wintering areas to summer breeding territories is well underway during the month of April.  This mini-course is offered as a sequential program combining classroom presentations with a field excursion each week.  April, at our latitude, is a month of anticipation for returning birds. It is also a time of exodus for species that have spent their winter with us.  By early May some bird species have begun nesting, others are establishing territories, and still others are migrating through our neighborhoods.  We’ll immerse ourselves in the bird world for 3 hours each week using slides, videos, museum specimens, select readings and field observations.  While each week is designed to build upon the previous week’s experience, course content will be accessible enough that each week alone will be a learning experience.  Join the flock, get in on the joy of anticipating and appreciating Acadia’s birdlife.

People-Nature-Art with Kristen Lindquist, Online

April 12, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

The Gilley's signature monthly speaker series continues in April—National Poetry Month—with naturalist and poet Kristen Lindquist. People-Nature-Art brings creative types of all kinds to the Gilley to explore the impact of nature on their art and creativity.

Lindquist is a Pushcart-nominated poet and naturalist living in Camden. She has published two full-length collections of poetry: Transportation, which was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award, and Tourists in the Known World. Garrison Keillor has shared three of her poems on “The Writer’s Almanac.” An avid birder, Lindquist guides for the Acadia Birding Festival and wrote a natural history column for years for her local paper. She currently maintains a daily haiku blog and occasionally teaches haiku workshops.

Workshop: Build a Bee House

April 18, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Build a bee house for non-stinging Mason bees and leaf-cutter bees in this special workshop. In these bee houses, the cavities are 5-inch-deep drilled holes — deep enough, we hope, to be safe from a woodpecker tongue. This is a great family project. Space is limited. This is an in-person event led by the Gilley's carver-in-residence, Steve Valleau.

Workshop: Build a Bee House

April 18, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Build a bee house for non-stinging Mason bees and leaf-cutter bees in this special workshop. In these bee houses, the cavities are 5-inch-deep drilled holes — deep enough, we hope, to be safe from a woodpecker tongue. This is a great family project. Space is limited. This is an in-person event led by the Gilley's carver-in-residence, Steve Valleau.

Birds of Spring: Anticipation & Appreciation

April 26, 2022 8:30 - 11:30 am

The seasonal shift of birds from wintering areas to summer breeding territories is well underway during the month of April.  This mini-course is offered as a sequential program combining classroom presentations with a field excursion each week.  April, at our latitude, is a month of anticipation for returning birds. It is also a time of exodus for species that have spent their winter with us.  By early May some bird species have begun nesting, others are establishing territories, and still others are migrating through our neighborhoods.  We’ll immerse ourselves in the bird world for 3 hours each week using slides, videos, museum specimens, select readings and field observations.  While each week is designed to build upon the previous week’s experience, course content will be accessible enough that each week alone will be a learning experience.  Join the flock, get in on the joy of anticipating and appreciating Acadia’s birdlife.

Ink Floating: A Collaboration of Poetry & Painting

April 29, 2022 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join Swan's Island neighbors, painter Gary Hoyle and poet Gary Rainford, as they share a new collaborative project of five new paintings and poems, each artist inspired by the other's work.

This is a free online program. Registration is required.

Gary Hoyle’s sculptures and painting have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, as well as at the Amori Prefecture Museum in Japan. His fanciful dinosaur illustrations toured the United States in "The Dinosaur Show" sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2008 he was Artist in Residence at the Climate Change Institute where he developed a cartoon series on global warming.

Gary Rainford is the author of two poetry collections, Salty Liquor and Liner Notes. His suite of poems, We Are Here, was an honorable mention selected by Betsy Sholl for The Gabriel Zimpritch Memorial Poetry Prize.  His poems, he says, are shaped by tides, saltwater, and music.

Birds of Spring: Anticipation & Appreciation

May 3, 2022 8:30 - 11:30 am

The seasonal shift of birds from wintering areas to summer breeding territories is well underway during the month of April.  This mini-course is offered as a sequential program combining classroom presentations with a field excursion each week.  April, at our latitude, is a month of anticipation for returning birds. It is also a time of exodus for species that have spent their winter with us.  By early May some bird species have begun nesting, others are establishing territories, and still others are migrating through our neighborhoods.  We’ll immerse ourselves in the bird world for 3 hours each week using slides, videos, museum specimens, select readings and field observations.  While each week is designed to build upon the previous week’s experience, course content will be accessible enough that each week alone will be a learning experience.  Join the flock, get in on the joy of anticipating and appreciating Acadia’s birdlife.

People-Nature-Art with Jonathan Meiburg

May 10, 2022 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Our signature monthly series continues in May with Jonathan Meiburg, journalist, musician, and author of "A Most Remarkable Creature," an enthralling look at the caracara, a clever, social South American bird of prey that puzzled Charles Darwin. The book twines natural history and human history, with insights and lessons that go far beyond the subject birds.

This is a free online program. Registration is required.

People-Nature-Art brings creative types of all kinds to the Gilley to explore the impact of nature on their art and creativity.

Warbler Walk-May 18

May 11, 2022 7:00 - 10:00 am

May is prime time to spot warblers on Mount Desert Island. Join the Gilley on two warbler walks led by Rich MacDonald, a field biologist, guide, birder, naturalist, and writer. His birding-related travels have taken him all over the world, including Antarctica, but he calls Mount Desert Island home and birds here year-round. Meet at the Gilley. Cost is $7 per person, per walk.

Beautiful Blackbird with Island Readers & Writers

May 14, 2022 9:30 - 11:30 am

The Gilley is honored to be teaming up with Island Readers & Writers to remember the late Ashley Bryan with an interactive story time and art collage activity. Join us at the Gilley on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30am. Lisa Herrington, IRW's Program Assistant, will offer a speical story time featuring Ashley's Beautiful Blackbird followed by Erika Rosso leading a fun collage art activity reminescent of Ashley's iconic work. Participants will make their own beautiful birds to take home.

This program is free and recommned for children older than 4 and their adults. Registration is required online through IRW's website HERE ‚Äč

Beautiful Blackbird is a picture book adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia that celebrates community and individuality. Long ago, the many colorful birds of the world had no markings on their beaks or feathers—until they appeal to Blackbird, the most beautiful bird of all.

Ashely, who passed away earlier this year, was an acclaimed author, painter, printmaker, illustrator, puppet maker and storyteller whose career spanned more than six decades. He was a special friend of both IRW and the Gilley.  

Warbler Walk-May 18

May 18, 2022 7:00 - 10:00 am

May is prime time to spot warblers on Mount Desert Island. Join the Gilley on two warbler walks led by Rich MacDonald, a field biologist, guide, birder, naturalist, and writer. His birding-related travels have taken him all over the world, including Antarctica, but he calls Mount Desert Island home and birds here year-round. Meet at the Gilley. Cost is $7 per person, per walk.

Workshop: Build A Birdhouse

May 20, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join naturalist Rich MacDonald at the Wendell Gilley Museum to build a birdhouse and learn about the birds who will live there in this two-hour workshop. Learn about the life history and ecology of some of the other bird species that might visit your birdhouse, and how best to site your creation to entice birds to use it. The class is for people 10 and older and anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Class size limited to 10.

Materials provided and you take home your birdhouse that day!

Fee: $35 per person

Acadia Birding Festival

June 2 - 5, 2022

The Wendell Gilley Museum is pleased to be a sponsor of the Acadia Birding Festival, and hosts to the festival’s speakers and book-signing event. Celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine at the Acadia Birding Festival. Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through a variety of field trips and lectures. Greet warblers on morning walks, head out to sea to get a look at pelagic birds, and observe peregrin falcons at an active breeding site. Learn from experts in person and online through inspirational and informative talks. Register directly through the Acadia Birding Festival at www.acadiabirdingfestival.com.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 9, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 9, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Feather Art with Erika Rosso

June 10, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join us to make art with feathers. Feathers can be a paintbrush or be painted, they can be the subject of the media for your special art. We provide the feathers, paint, yarn, glue and art paper. You bring your creativity. Art teacher Erika Rosso joins us for this special session to help your creativity soar. Registration required. Class size limited. All ages welcome. This is a terrific family activity. We will work in our outdoor classroom at the Gilley. 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 14, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 14, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Nature Journaling Workshop-Kids & Families

June 15, 2022 9:00 - 11:00 am

Aug. 10 & Aug. 24  9-11am   --  Bring a little bit of the outdoors indoors with this Nature Journaling Workshop taught by artist and nature-lover Erika Rosso. Gather tips and techniques for capturing your memorable moments. All materials supplied. This is a terrific family activity; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required and class size is limited.

Birdy Story Time & Craft

June 15, 2022 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Join Miss Amanda from the Southwest Harbor Public Library at the Wendell Gilley Museum for a special bird-themed story time and craft.  1pm.

No registration required and no fee.

Children should bring at least one adult with them.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 16, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 16, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 21, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 21, 2022 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

People-Nature-Art with Rebekah Lowell June 21

June 21, 2022 7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Gilley is excited to welcome the 2022 winner of the prestigious Maine Duck Stamp Contest – her fifth win! – as our featured presenter for People-Nature-Art in June. Rebekah Lowell is a painter, illustrator, and children’s book author with a passion for the natural world. Her first book, “The Road to After,” was published in May. It’s a novel in verse for middle-graders and is the kickoff book for the Southwest Harbor Public Library’s Summer Middle Grade Book Club. Her debut picture book, “Catching Flight,” is set to be published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers next year.

There is no charge for this event, but registration is required. Please sign up for either the in-person event or the livecast, and mention in the Notes which you are signing up for.

“As children, we have a sense of wonder that often fades as we grow—but my passion is to keep that youthful spirit of discovery alive through the process of observing and creating,” she says. “My heart continues to be amazed by the natural world we live in and I want to share this through the words and images of my work. By teaching others to love nature, we encourage empathy, and in that we are saving the world.”

Rebekah won the duck stamp contest (known officially now as the Maine Migratory Waterfowl Contest) hosted by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in 2022, 2020, 2017, 2014, and 2011. When she is not in her studio, you can find her outside—birding, gardening, nature journaling, rescuing birds for Avian Haven, and raising butterflies – often with her daughters, who she homeschools at their home in Biddeford.

She has a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Children’s Literature and Illustration from Hollins University. She is the winner of the Margaret Kates Award in Art and the Ruth Sanderson Award-Illustrator’s Spotlight, and was a 2016 winner in the Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit of the Fifth Third Bank Award.

People-Nature-Art is the Gilley’s signature monthly program that brings creative types of all kinds to the museum to explore the impact of nature on their art and creativity. This program will be offered in person, and livecast. Please indicate in the Notes section whether you will be attending in person or online.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 23, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Fun with Feathers

June 23, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Have Fun with Feathers in person at the Wendell Gilley Museum on June 23 in a special hands-on workshop. Draw feathers. Use a magnifying glass to see them up close. Learn about their structure and function. Use a feather to draw or paint your own work of art.

Workshop size is limited and masks are required. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 23, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Plein Air Painting Aug. 26

June 24, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Wendell Gilley Museum and artist Erika Rosso for a watercolor class outdoors.

This class is suitable for beginner to intermediate painters but does require curiosity and a willingness to experiment! Erika has a positive and experimental teaching style that builds confidence in budding artists, making it joyous to learn and create. This is a class for adults but also accepts mature students aged 12 and older. Registration is required and space is limited.

Classical Music Comes to the Gilley June 24

June 24, 2022 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Classical music is for the birds … and that’s a good thing! On Friday, June 24, the Wendell Gilley Museum hosts a special evening of music in the main gallery with members of the Fermata Chamber Soloists led by violinist Thomas Cooper, and his sister, the noted soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper. Among the pieces they will perform are selections from Louis Beydts’ “Chansons pour les oiseaux” (Songs for the Birds). The concert begins at 7 p.m., and there is no fee to attend, but reservations are required. The concert also will be livecast. Reservations for the in-person event and the livecast are two different events.

Please sign up for either the in-person event or the livecast, and mention in the Notes which you are signing up for.

The music selection is inspired by the Gilley Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibits, which feature birds as the subject for carvings, paintings and block prints by Wendell Gilley, Steven Valleau, Hank Tyler, Sherrie York, David Sibley, and David Speiser, among others.

Fermata Chamber Soloists is a Boston-based nonprofit organization intent on changing the culture of classical music with experiential, community-oriented events that are fun, intense and informal while retaining the highest level of artistry. In addition to Thomas Cooper, who is co-founder of Fermata Chamber Soloists, the quartet will include cellist Alex Fowler; violist Daniel Orsen; and violinist Jessica Tsang.

Flute-making Workshop with Hawk Henries June 25

June 25, 2022 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn from a master of the Eastern Woodland Flute, Hawk Henries, and make your own flute from bamboo using only hand tools – carving knives, files, sandpaper and fire in this all-day workshop on June 25. All tools and materials will be  provided. The workshop will be tailored to each participant’s level of experience, and beginners are welcome. Hawk will teach in a relaxed setting, allowing everyone to ask questions and talk about their experience as they learn the art of flute-making.

Space is limited and registration is required.

 

Writing Workshop Nov. 12

June 25, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

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.
 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 28, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

June 28, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Family Nature Journaling

June 29, 2022 9:00 - 11:00 am

Bring a little bit of the outdoors indoors with this Nature Journaling Workshop on Wednesday, June 29, from 9 to 11am taught by artist and nature-lover Erika Rosso. Gather tips and techniques for capturing your memorable moments. All materials supplied. This is a terrific family activity; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required and class size is limited.

Birds and Books Craft Activity with the Southwest Harbor Public Library

June 29, 2022 1:00 - 2:00 pm

We’re teaming up with the Southwest Harbor Public Library on July 27 at 1pm for a special Birds and Books at the library! Learn about feathers and make some Loon art.  Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshop size is limited and registration required, but since this event is happening at the library, please sign up directly with them HERE

 

Are Birds Like You & Me?

July 1, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Join us to discover the special adaptations that allow birds to survive life in Maine. Through using our curiosity, problem solving skills, senses and imagination we will better appreciate how and what birds eat, build a nest, stay warm, protect themselves, find a mate, move about, and use their senses. Some things may surprise you! Let's explore this interesting and amazing group of animals that share our planet and lives.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 5, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 5, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Feather Art with Erika Rosso

July 6, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join us to make art with feathers. Feathers can be a paintbrush or be painted, they can be the subject of the media for your special art. We provide the feathers, paint, yarn, glue and art paper. You bring your creativity. Art teacher Erika Rosso joins us for this special session to help your creativity soar. Registration required. Class size limited. All ages welcome. This is a terrific family activity. We will work in our outdoor classroom at the Gilley. 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 7, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 7, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Fun with Feathers

July 8, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Have Fun with Feathers in person at the Wendell Gilley Museum on June 23 in a special hands-on workshop. Draw feathers. Use a magnifying glass to see them up close. Learn about their structure and function. Use a feather to draw or paint your own work of art.

Workshop size is limited and masks are required. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 12, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 12, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

People-Nature-Art with Sculptor Don Rambadt

July 12, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Don Rambadt creates one-of-a-kind sculptures from metal, and birds are his inspiration and primary subject matter. "I sculpt because I enjoy the challenge of manipulating space,” he sayd. “I've chosen birds as my subject matter because they fascinate me to no end.” The Gilley is the honored owner of several of his pieces. Now we welcome their creator back to the Gilley as our July presenter for People-Nature-Art. Join us as Don delves into his process, his inspiration, his ongoing work, and more. “I have been fortunate to be able to combine my lifelong curiosity towards the natural world with a creative path that allows me to explore my own vision of what is interesting and beautiful,” he says. And that makes him the perfect person to join People-Nature-Art. We hope you’ll join us, too, for this very special event.

When you register, please let us know in the Notes field whether you will attend in person or online.

 

Nature Journaling Workshop-Kids & Families

July 13, 2022 9:00 - 11:00 am

Aug. 10 & Aug. 24  9-11am   --  Bring a little bit of the outdoors indoors with this Nature Journaling Workshop taught by artist and nature-lover Erika Rosso. Gather tips and techniques for capturing your memorable moments. All materials supplied. This is a terrific family activity; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required and class size is limited.

Birdy Story Time & Craft

July 13, 2022 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Join Miss Amanda from the Southwest Harbor Public Library at the Wendell Gilley Museum for a special bird-themed story time and craft.  1pm.

No registration required and no fee.

Children should bring at least one adult with them.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 14, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 14, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Special Saturday Carving Class with Steve Valleau

July 16, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for this special Saturday carving class for beginners on July 16th – it’s the only Saturday class this summer. Learn from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 19, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 19, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Fun with Feathers

July 20, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Have Fun with Feathers in person at the Wendell Gilley Museum on June 23 in a special hands-on workshop. Draw feathers. Use a magnifying glass to see them up close. Learn about their structure and function. Use a feather to draw or paint your own work of art.

Workshop size is limited and masks are required. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 21, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 21, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Plein Air Painting Aug. 26

July 22, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Wendell Gilley Museum and artist Erika Rosso for a watercolor class outdoors.

This class is suitable for beginner to intermediate painters but does require curiosity and a willingness to experiment! Erika has a positive and experimental teaching style that builds confidence in budding artists, making it joyous to learn and create. This is a class for adults but also accepts mature students aged 12 and older. Registration is required and space is limited.

Writing Workshop Nov. 12

July 23, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

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.
 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 26, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 26, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Nature Journaling Workshop-Kids & Families

July 27, 2022 9:00 - 11:00 am

Aug. 10 & Aug. 24  9-11am   --  Bring a little bit of the outdoors indoors with this Nature Journaling Workshop taught by artist and nature-lover Erika Rosso. Gather tips and techniques for capturing your memorable moments. All materials supplied. This is a terrific family activity; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required and class size is limited.

Birds and Books Craft Activity with the Southwest Harbor Public Library

July 27, 2022 1:00 - 2:00 pm

We’re teaming up with the Southwest Harbor Public Library on July 27 at 1pm for a special Birds and Books at the library! Learn about feathers and make some Loon art.  Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshop size is limited and registration required, but since this event is happening at the library, please sign up directly with them HERE

 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 28, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

July 28, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 2, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 2, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Are Birds Like You & Me?

August 3, 2022 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Join us to discover the special adaptations that allow birds to survive life in Maine. Through using our curiosity, problem solving skills, senses and imagination we will better appreciate how and what birds eat, build a nest, stay warm, protect themselves, find a mate, move about, and use their senses. Some things may surprise you! Let's explore this interesting and amazing group of animals that share our planet and lives.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 4, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 4, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Flight of Swallows Wine Tasting Gala

August 4, 2022 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Join us Thursday, August 4, from 5:30 to 8pm at The Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor for a carefully curated selection of more than fifty wines from France, chosen by Scott Worcester of Sawyer’s Specialties. Scott’s handpicked experts will be on hand to pour and discuss each wine. A comprehensive guide on all the featured wines will be available to take home. To accompany the wines, Cas Olé Catering will provide food prepared specifically to complement Scott’s selections.

Advance ticket sales only. No tickets sold at the door.

Buy tickets HERE.

Fun with Feathers

August 5, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Have Fun with Feathers in person at the Wendell Gilley Museum on June 23 in a special hands-on workshop. Draw feathers. Use a magnifying glass to see them up close. Learn about their structure and function. Use a feather to draw or paint your own work of art.

Workshop size is limited and masks are required. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Feather Art with Erika Rosso

August 5, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Join us to make art with feathers. Feathers can be a paintbrush or be painted, they can be the subject of the media for your special art. We provide the feathers, paint, yarn, glue and art paper. You bring your creativity. Art teacher Erika Rosso joins us for this special session to help your creativity soar. Registration required. Class size limited. All ages welcome. This is a terrific family activity. We will work in our outdoor classroom at the Gilley. 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 9, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 9, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Delve into Bird Photography with David Speiser

August 9, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Explore the beauty of Maine’s birds through the lens of noted photographer and birder David Speiser, who delves into his exhibit “Birds in Focus” in a presentation at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 7pm. This program happens both in-person and online. Indicate when you sign up whether you’ll be attending in person or via Zoom. There is no charge to attend. Sign up at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/events

How does an exhibit come together? From choosing a theme, deciding on a photo finisher, space concerns, cost, and – most importantly – which images should be displayed? The audience can be the curators! We’ll look at images of the same species and decide which would be a great choice and why. We’ll discuss the artist’s decisions and see if they match up.

David Speiser has been pairing his technical skills and his love of birds for more than 25 years to capture portraits of birds in the field worldwide. His knowledge, talent and keen eye have create amazing works that capture moments of incredible intimacy in the lives of their avian subjects. He leads trips and teaches photography classes for New York City Audubon. His images have been featured at the Central Park Zoo in New York City, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Ontario, in Audubon Magazine, Birder’s World, Birdwatching, Living Bird, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, in many National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges, and on a U.S postage stamp. He is a member of the Advisory Council for New York City Audubon and a former member of NYC Audubon’s Board of Directors. See his work at: www.lilibirds.com.

Nature Journaling Workshop-Kids & Families

August 10, 2022 9:00 - 11:00 am

Aug. 10 & Aug. 24  9-11am   --  Bring a little bit of the outdoors indoors with this Nature Journaling Workshop taught by artist and nature-lover Erika Rosso. Gather tips and techniques for capturing your memorable moments. All materials supplied. This is a terrific family activity; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required and class size is limited.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 11, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 11, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Fun with Feathers

August 12, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Have Fun with Feathers in person at the Wendell Gilley Museum on June 23 in a special hands-on workshop. Draw feathers. Use a magnifying glass to see them up close. Learn about their structure and function. Use a feather to draw or paint your own work of art.

Workshop size is limited and masks are required. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Are Birds Like You & Me?

August 12, 2022 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Join us to discover the special adaptations that allow birds to survive life in Maine. Through using our curiosity, problem solving skills, senses and imagination we will better appreciate how and what birds eat, build a nest, stay warm, protect themselves, find a mate, move about, and use their senses. Some things may surprise you! Let's explore this interesting and amazing group of animals that share our planet and lives.

Penobscot Artist Explores 'Sense of Place'

August 12, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Artist James Eric Francis, Sr. explores an indigenous sense of place in the landscape, along with art that expresses that sense of place, in a presentation at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7p.m.  This program is free but registration is required. When you sign up, please indicate whether you will attend in person or online.  

Mr. Francis is a multi-media artist, painter, graphic artist, photographer and filmmaker. He is also a researcher, and serves as the Penobscot Nation’s tribal historian. He says that Penobscot culture and an indigenous perspective on landscape and nature infuses all of his artwork.

Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Museum and Archives commissioned him and two other indigenous artists to create contemporary art for its permanent museum collection in an exhibit called “American Indians and Conservation,” which opens this year at the Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

The piece he created in acrylic on canvas commemorates the reestablishment of Atlantic salmon in the Penobscot River watershed. “Each dot that I painted represents one salmon that was able to go into the Penobscot watershed,” he says. The piece also includes a fishing spear as a cultural connection between the salmon and the Penobscot.

Mr. Francis grew up on Indian Island, the reservation of the Penobscot Nation near Old Town, and studied history at the University of Maine, then earned a Master of Fine Arts from UMaine in Intermedia Fine Arts.

Master Carver Floyd Scholz talks bird carving with us

August 16, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Master Carver Floyd Scholz is the Wendell Gilley Museum’s People-Nature-Art speaker for August. He will be at the museum Tuesday, Aug.16 at 7pm to share his journey from NCAA decathlon champion, to working as a logger, to being featured in magazines as diverse as Smithsonian Studies in American Art and People Magazine, the latter of which dubbed him “one of the world’s true Renaissance men.” This talk will happen in person, and be live cast simultaneously; registration is required. People-Nature-Art is the Gilley’s monthly speaker series that explores the space where art and nature interact.

The following day, Wednesday, Aug. 17, he will give a four-hour demonstration of his much-lauded airbrush painting technique beginning at 10am. People are welcome to attend all or part of this demonstration, but registration is required.

There is no fee for either of these events.

Much like Wendell Gilley himself, Mr. Scholz began carving as a hobby while making a living doing something else. "Since 1968 I've had the pleasure of pursuing what has become my life-long passion of transformation—taking a block of wood, and with careful planning and carving, transforming it into a beautiful bird,” he says. Mr. Scholz “quit his day job” and became a full-time carver in 1983.

He is a five-time U.S. National Champion bird carver, and won the World Master’s Best in Show Championship in 2005, and his work has been chosen for the international juried art show Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum. In 2014 he was named a Living Legend by the prestigious Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.

Master Carver Offers 4-hour Painting Demo

August 17, 2022 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Master Carver Floyd Scholz gives a four-hour demo of his airbrush painting technique at the Gilley on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 10am to 2pm.

"The art of bird carving is not 'wooden taxidermy,'" Mr. Scholz says. "Bird carving is sculpture in its highest and purest sense."

Mr. Scholz replicates a dazzling array of feather colors, patterns and plumage variation as part of his work. From the cryptic patterning found throughout the body of a great horned owl, to the brilliant blue of a male bluebird, he says bird artists are faced with the daunting challenge of replicating this on the hard surface of the carved, wooden bird.

He invites you to challenge yourself to learn more about this "most important aspect of the art form by joining me for an in-depth demonstration of dynamic color theory, and procedure including airbrush demonstrations."

The demo will include the importance of surface preparation and proper color application to bring forth the beauty and subtlety of a bird`s plumage. All aspects of the art form including design, carving, texturing and most importantly the painting process will be covered in great detail. Special emphasis will be placed upon the versatile application and magic of airbrushing.

Questions welcome.

No fee, but registration is required. You may attend all or part of this demo. 

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 23, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 23, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Nature Journaling Workshop-Kids & Families

August 24, 2022 9:00 - 11:00 am

Aug. 10 & Aug. 24  9-11am   --  Bring a little bit of the outdoors indoors with this Nature Journaling Workshop taught by artist and nature-lover Erika Rosso. Gather tips and techniques for capturing your memorable moments. All materials supplied. This is a terrific family activity; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required and class size is limited.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 25, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 25, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Plein Air Painting Aug. 26

August 26, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Wendell Gilley Museum and artist Erika Rosso for a watercolor class outdoors.

This class is suitable for beginner to intermediate painters but does require curiosity and a willingness to experiment! Erika has a positive and experimental teaching style that builds confidence in budding artists, making it joyous to learn and create. This is a class for adults but also accepts mature students aged 12 and older. Registration is required and space is limited.

Are Birds Like You & Me?

August 26, 2022 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Join us to discover the special adaptations that allow birds to survive life in Maine. Through using our curiosity, problem solving skills, senses and imagination we will better appreciate how and what birds eat, build a nest, stay warm, protect themselves, find a mate, move about, and use their senses. Some things may surprise you! Let's explore this interesting and amazing group of animals that share our planet and lives.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 30, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

August 30, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

September 1, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

September 1, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

September 6, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

September 6, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

September 8, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

September 8, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

September 13, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

September 13, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

No classes on: June 30, August 16 or August 18

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size limited to 4.

Writing Workshop Nov. 12

September 17, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

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.
 

People-Nature-Art with Fine Art Photographer Cheryle St. Onge

September 20, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Cheryle St. Onge is a fine art photographer whose work is deeply connected to the natural world, with a focus on the crossover of art and science, and photography's ability to distill our sense of time and curiosity. She makes pictures predominantly with an 8 x 10 view camera and considers her work a collaborative process. She has been named one of the ‘Top 50 Photographers’ in the country by Time Magazine.

She joins the Gilley online as the September People-Nature-Art presenter on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7pm.

Her photographs are in many private and public collections, including the University of New Mexico Art Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Cassilhaus Collection, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Her photographs have also been widely exhibited, most notably at London’s National Portrait Gallery, Princeton University, Griffin Museum, University of Rhode Island, Massachusetts College of Art, Rick Wester Fine Arts, and with the American Institute of Architects traveling exhibition. She has received numerous awards and residences, among them a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Critical Mass Finalist Exhibition Award, Polaroid Materials Artist Support Grant, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Fellowship.

She divides her time between Durham, New Hampshire, and coastal Maine. 

Painting classes with Barry van Dusen

September 24 - 25, 2022

Award-winning artist Barry van Dusen joins us in person for a special two-day painting workshop Sept. 24-25. 

Combining a lifelong interest in nature with a formal art education, Barry has developed a style that acknowledges the importance of science and biology while maintaining the primacy of artistic expression. His paintings have been described as a unique blend of impressionism and realism, and his exhibition paintings always arise from direct personal experience. Built upon a foundation of fieldwork and strong draftsmanship, they are carefully planned but freely executed in a direct and painterly manner. 

The first day of this workshop happens at the Gilley Museum from 9am to 3pm with an hour for lunch; it will be an intensive teaching day. The second day, students will move outside to paint live animal subjects at the Acadia Wildlife Center from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; students will have more time this day to work independently, with tips and assistance from Barry.

Cost is $100 for this two-class session for non-members, and $80 for museum members. Lunch is not included. If you want to sign up for one day only, please contact Director of Engagement Melinda Rice-Schoon directly at mel@wendellgilleymuseum.org.

Mr. van Dusen is an internationally respected wildlife artist whose career has taken him all over the world. His work is frequently chosen for Birds in Art, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's prestigious annual juried art show; in 2014 he was chosen by that museum as a Master Wildlife Artist. He is a full member of London's Society of Wildlife Artists, and his work is regularly exhibited worldwide. His articles and paintings have been featured in Bird Watcher's Digest, Birding, and Yankee magazines, and he has illustrated a variety of natural history books and pocket guides in association with the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

He prefers to work in the field, even with difficult subjects such as wild birds. Over the years, he has filled countless sketchbooks with hundreds of drawings done on location. Birds, he says, were his gateway to a passion for nature.

In 2020 he was one of two artists to provide illustrations for the book "Birds of Maine," the first comprehensive overview of Maine’s avian inhabitants in more than seven decades. For another book published in 2020, "Finding Sanctuary: An Artist Explores the Nature of Mass Audubon," he provided all the text as well as the illustrations, based on his visits to all 60 Mass Audubon sites over more than four years.

 

An Evening with Printmaker Sherrie York

September 30, 2022 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Printmaker Sherrie York, the artist behind Moments & Reflections, the exhibit currently in the Gilley’s Special Exhibit Room, will be with us in person at the museum on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7pm to share insights, talk about her artistic process, and share stories from her artist’s journey. Join us before the presentation for a reception honoring Sherrie and her work from 5:30 to 6:45pm.

This talk is free and open to all, but registration is required. It will be livecast simultaneously. When you sign up, please indicated whether you will be attending the presentation in person or online, and if you'll be attending the reception in person.

In her linocuts, she strives to represent the interactions of living things, both as a moment in time and as a reflection of the wider experience of life on earth.

As a printmaker she has pushed the linocut medium to be uncharacteristically realistic, treating the application of color as a watercolorist might, with special interest given to strong rhythms and patterns between a subject and its environment.

Her linocuts have been chosen for national and international exhibitions, including the multiples times for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum’s prestigious Birds in Art, and the Society of Animal Artists’ Art & the Animal. Her work is also collected in numerous museum, corporate and private collections.

She is also a naturalist and educator, who works with the Acadia Birding Festival and Maine Audubon.

1-color Printmaking Classes with Sherrie York

October 1, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Maine printmaker Sherrie York at the Gilley on Saturday, Oct. 1, in a class to create vibrant one-color prints using EZ carve, a printmaking material that is softer and easier to use than linoleum blocks. Materials will be provided – just bring an idea for a simple image you'd like to turn into a woodblock-style print. Space is limited and participants must be at least 10 years old. 

There will be two three-hour classes: 9am-noon and 1 to 4pm. Cost is $35 per person for non-members, and $28 for members. Registration is required.

Sherrie’s art is currently on display in the Gilley’s Special Exhibit Room in an exhibit called Moments & Reflections and will be on display through Dec. 17.

She is an award-winning artist whose work is frequently chosen for Birds in Art, a prestigious annual juried art show. Her work has also been featured in other national and international exhibitions, including the Society of Animal Artists’ Art & the Animal, and in 2019 a major exhibition of her work was hosted at the Museum of American Bird Art in Massachusetts.

She has been an invited artist on projects of the international Artists for Nature Foundation and has been Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park, the National Audubon Society, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Her work is in many museum and corporate collections.

1-color Printmaking Classes with Sherrie York

October 1, 2022 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Join Maine printmaker Sherrie York at the Gilley on Saturday, Oct. 1, in a class to create vibrant one-color prints using EZ carve, a printmaking material that is softer and easier to use than linoleum blocks. Materials will be provided – just bring an idea for a simple image you'd like to turn into a woodblock-style print. Space is limited and participants must be at least 10 years old. 

There will be two three-hour classes: 9am-noon and 1 to 4pm. Cost is $35 per person for non-members, and $28 for members. Registration is required.

Sherrie’s art is currently on display in the Gilley’s Special Exhibit Room in an exhibit called Moments & Reflections and will be on display through Dec. 17.

She is an award-winning artist whose work is frequently chosen for Birds in Art, a prestigious annual juried art show. Her work has also been featured in other national and international exhibitions, including the Society of Animal Artists’ Art & the Animal, and in 2019 a major exhibition of her work was hosted at the Museum of American Bird Art in Massachusetts.

She has been an invited artist on projects of the international Artists for Nature Foundation and has been Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park, the National Audubon Society, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Her work is in many museum and corporate collections.

People-Nature-Art with painter Michael Boardman Oct. 11

October 11, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Michael Boardman is a master naturalist and a masterful artist who finds inspiration in wild places. “Where the wild things are – that’s what gets my creative spark going,” he says, “places that are pristine enough to support communities of life that don’t walk around on two legs. Places where you can feel humbled and unimportant.”

He will bring his passion, vision, and talent to the Gilley as the museum’s October People-Nature-Art presenter, on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7pm. This program will be in person, and livecast simultaneously. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. Please indicate when you sign up whether you will attend in person or online.

For more than 20 years he has field-sketched, drawn and painted animals from Baxter State Park to Eastern Africa, and what he calls “fortunate alignments” have allowed him to connect his artwork with science and conservation. He says the combination of art and science is essential to his work. His training as a Maine Master Naturalist gives him insight into the interconnected nature of wildlife and landscape, and this comes through in his work. Michael works mostly in watercolor in the field, painting when time permits or field sketching when not.

He was the Visiting Artist at Baxter State Park in 2010; the Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in 2012; in Glacier Bay National Park in the summer of 2015 for the Voices of the Wilderness residency; and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 2019.

Citizen Science Walk Oct. 22

October 22, 2022 9:00 - 11:30 am

 

Join the Wendell Gilley Museum and Seth Benz from Schoodic Institute for a citizen science exploration at Sieur du Monts in Acadia National Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. 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.

The morning will include a discovery walk on easy trails, and learning to gather data about plants, insects and birds using iNaturalist, Nature's Notebook, and eBird. These are popular tools that make science and data collection accessible to everyone. And October is an important month for plants and wildlife as they migrate and transition for winter.

Seth Benz is Schoodic Institute's Bird Ecology Director. Registration is required and there is a $10 fee per person. Space is limited.

Printmaking Workshop Nov. 5

November 5, 2022 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Printmaker Sherrie York returns to the Gilley on Saturday, Nov. 5 to teach a full-day workshop using multiple colors. The class is 10am to 4pm, class size is limited, and registration is required.

Materials will be provided – just bring an idea for an image you'd like to turn into a woodblock-style print. This is a workshop suitable for adults. The cost is $70 per person for non-members, and $56 for members.  

Sherrie’s art is currently on display in the Gilley’s Special Exhibits Gallery in an exhibit called Moments & Reflections and will be on display through Dec. 17.

She is an award-winning artist whose work is frequently chosen for Birds in Art, a prestigious annual juried art show. Her work has also been featured in other national and international exhibitions, including the Society of Animal Artists’ Art & the Animal, and in 2019 a major exhibition of her work was hosted at the Museum of American Bird Art in Massachusetts.

She has been an invited artist on projects of the international Artists for Nature Foundation and has been Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park, the National Audubon Society, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Her work is in many museum and corporate collections.

Writing Workshop Nov. 12

November 12, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

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.
 

Nov. 15 PNA with former Maine poet laureate Stuart Kestenbaum

November 15, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

The Wendell Gilley Museum welcomes former Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum as the museum’s November People-Nature-Art guest, on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7pm in this program is an online-only event. It is free and open to all, but registration is required.

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of six collections of poems; a book of brief essays on craft and community called “The View from Here”; he compiled and edited “Visualizing Nature” a set of deeply personal essays on nature, ecology, sustainability, climate change, and philosophy by a wide range of contributors that honor nature's power to heal, inspire, guide, amaze, and strengthen.

He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in small press publications and magazines. He served as Maine’s poet laureate from 2016-2021 and hosted “Poems from Here” on Maine Public Radi,  and was the host/curator of the podcasts Make/Time and Voices of the Future.

He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for over twenty-five years, and was elected an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council in 2006. More recently, working with the Libra Foundation, he has designed and implemented a residency program for artists and writers called Monson Arts.

Fantastical Felted Fish Class

December 3, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

A second class has been added! The morning class is full but there are spots available in the afternoon (1-4pm class) .

Make a Fantastical Felted Fish with Cristy Benson at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Saturday, Dec. 3. There are two sessions: 9am-Noon and 1-4pm. All materials provided. $15 for non-members and $12 for members.

Fantastical Felted Fish Class

December 3, 2022 1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

A second class has been added! The morning class is full but there are spots available in the afternoon (1-4pm class) .

Make a Fantastical Felted Fish with Cristy Benson at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Saturday, Dec. 3. There are two sessions: 9am-Noon and 1-4pm. All materials provided. $15 for non-members and $12 for members.

Dec. 13 PNA with fiber artist Catherine Danae

December 13, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Catherine Danae sculpts animals with needle and felting wool. She calls herself  ‘a maker who loves the outdoors,'”  and she will be the December People-Nature-Art presenter for the Gilley on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7pm in an online-only program.

The beauty of nature is the endless colors and textures,” she says. “I am surrounded by inspiration, and try to show my passion for the outdoors in my work.” An avid fan of fishing, she frequently depicts fish in her sculptures, with birds and prehistoric creatures also making frequent appearances.

In addition to the art aspect of her creations, she hopes interacting with often hard-to-touch creatures opens the door to talk about conservation.

Ms. Danae lives in Pennsylvania and runs a business called Rod and Needle. She has had artist residencies at Petrified Forest National Park, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

This program is free but registration is required at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/events

It will be recorded, but access to the recordings is a members-only benefit.

Linocut Holiday Card Class

December 16, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Create your own holiday or seasonal cards by carving and printing with linoleum blocks, here at the Wendell Gilley Museum in a workshop on Friday, Dec. 16 from 9am to noon. This class is for adults and teens; the fee is $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. The Gilley’s own Juliana Ramirez artist and field biologist — will guide you through the process of making multiple, festive, one-color printed cards using EZ Carve, a printmaking material that is softer and easier to use than standard linoleum blocks. All materials will be provided, but bring an idea for a simple image you'd like to turn into a woodblock-style print. Class size is limited.  

Community Open House & Art Show

December 18, 2022 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Gather as a community and enjoy the creative spirit of MDI at the Wendell Gilley Museum for the Museum's annual Community Open House & Art Show on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

We will have a special one-day-only exhibit of art created at the Gilley in 2022, everything from bird drawings by third-graders to bird carvings by long-time carvers. There will be felted fish and birds made of butternut, linocut prints and pencil drawings.

This exhibit will include a special section devoted to work produced as part of the Fall HandWorks Festival that was a collaboration with ArtWaves this year. It will feature baskets, felted rugs, knitting and more.

This is also the last chance to see the exhibition in the Gilley’s Special Gallery of the stunning linocut prints of award-winning Maine artist Sherrie York.

Masks will be required inside the museum.

Rebekah Raye kicks off 2023 People-Nature-Art series

January 17, 2023 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Rebekah Raye is surrounded by nature in her Maine home, and it inspires the artwork she does every day. "It doesn’t seem to matter where I am," she says, "the sight of an animal, near or far calls my attention. They are consistently in my dreams and daily thoughts. It is a celebration of their lives with us that I wish to interpret and share. I am compelled to paint them, sculpt them and love them." 

We are excited and honored to have her with us as the first People-Nature-Art speaker of 2023. Join us in person or online for a wide-ranging conversation with Rebekah Raye, a painter and sculptor who also writes and illustrates children's books including "The Very Best Bed" and "The Secret Pool."

        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 .

Carve a Pintail in Winter Workshop-Afternoon Class

February 4 - March 25, 2023

In this class, conducted online via Zoom, students will be carving a preening pintail duck in basswood under the guidance of carver-in-residence Steve Valleau. Cornell’s All About Birds describes northern pintails as elegant ducks, with males that are intricately patterned. Seen in Maine during migration, they head to the prairie pothole region of the Great Plains, as well as Canada and Alaska to nest as soon as the ice breaks up. Large groups congregate in wetlands, lakes, bays, and even waddle through agricultural fields eating grains during the winter.  

Students will receive blanks that have been roughed out, and all the materials needed for this carving will be provided.

Fee for the class is: $90 for members or $110 for non-members, plus a $30 materials fee for everyone. For students whose materials must be mailed, there will be an additional $18 fee for shipping. Local students may pick up their materials at the museum.

This class is offered on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4pm via Zoom, from Feb. 4, 2023 to March 25, 2023. 

Writing Workshop

February 11, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, March 11

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.  

Kick off the Great Backyard Bird Count with us!

February 17, 2023 9:00 - 11:00 am

Help kick off the Great Backyard Bird Count with Seth Benz of the Schoodic Institute and the Wendell Gilley Museum on Friday, Feb. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the museum at 4 Herrick Rd. in Southwest Harbor. We’ll cover how to participate in this global event; watch observations roll in from around the world; and we’ll contribute our own observations from Southwest Harbor. This event will combine indoor and outdoor components. No fee, but registration is required at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/events/

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds, and to display results in near real time. These observations help scientists better understand global bird populations before one of their annual migrations. Birds Canada joined the project in 2009 In 2013, participants began entering data into eBird, the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project.

An Introduction to Letterboxing

February 18, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Did you know that there has been an international treasure hunt happening since 1854?  Nowadays thousands of people around the world participate in the global joy that is letterboxing!

Letterboxing is one part mystery, one part treasure hunt, one part art project, and many parts fun for all ages.  Join Matt from Camp Beech Cliff:

-Learn about what Letterboxing is

-How to participate

-Make a personal logbook

-Learn about stamp carving

-Look at many types of stamps

-Find a Couple of special stamps to start your own letterboxing journey

All supplies will be provided, and this will begin indoors and then make its way outside.

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

February 21, 2023 7:00 - 8:30 pm

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.

Reading with Wings: Steve Burrows-The Birder Murder Mysteries

February 28, 2023 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 28 @ 5:30pm ONLINE 

Join the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Gilley for the first event of Reading with Wings, a pilot program to jointly host author events. We’ll be joined by Steve Burrows, a journalist and birder who combined those two skillsets to write the Bird Murder Mysteries.  The first book in that series, “A Siege of Bitterns,” won the Crime Writers of Canada award for Best First Novel, and was selected as one of the Globe & Mail’s top 100 books of the year. The seventh Birder Murder mystery, “A Foreboding of Petrels,” was published in September 2022. He will join us online for a conversation with the directors of the library and the museum on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5:30. This program is free but registration is required. To learn more the author and his books, visit www.steveburrows.org

Beautiful Blackbird Story & Art

March 10, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 10

Join us for a celebration of Ashley Bryan's Beautiful Blackbird, an adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia about appreciating one's own heritage and discovering the beauty within. This program is in cooperation with our friends at Island Readers & Writers. After reading the story together, we will make our own artistic interpretations of the story with cut paper and other materials. For ages 5 and older. This event has been rescheduled due to the Feb. 23-24 storm.

Watercolor Techniques for Beginner to Intermediate Painters

March 10, 2023 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Friday, March 10, 130-3:30pm

Learn simple watercolor techniques to bring your paintings to life.  Led by Erika Rosso, students will be playing with the unpredictability of watercolor and using salt, wet washes, and dry brushing to achieve different effects.  Students will also go over the process for more planned works, learning how to draft and prepare for a more detailed watercolor painting.  Students are encouraged to bring a photo of a bird they would like to paint, however we will also have pictures available for you to look through.

Writing Workshop

March 11, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, March 11

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.  

Birch Trees and Chickadee Paint 'n' Sip for Families

March 11, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

RESCHEDULED for Saturday, March11, 10:30am-Noon IN PERSON

Family Fun! Work together to make a painting filled with rainbow birch trees and black-capped chickadees with local artist Erika Rosso. You'll learn a playful approach to watercolor, using salt for special effects and a palette knife for texture. Sip on hot chocolate and cider while creating your art. Suitable for ages 6 and older. Fee: $25 for a family of up to 3 people & $5 for each additional person in the group.

This class was originally planned for March 4 but was rescheduled due to weather.

Saturday Sensory Walk

March 18, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Take some time to truly engage your senses with Camp Beech Cliff's Matt Cornish as he leads participants on a short Sensory Walk to be active, connect with familiar surroundings in new ways, and see what can be discovered in nature. Our five senses can enhance our experiences of the natural world if we take the time to let them.  We’ll gather at the Gilley at 10:30am on Saturday, March 18, and head to the Causeway and back again, stopping along the way to give each of our senses a chance to shine. 

Reading with Wings: David George Haskell-Sounds Wild and Broken

March 21, 2023 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Join the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Gilley for the second event of Reading with Wings, a pilot program to jointly host author events. We’ll be joined by David George Haskell an award-winning biologist whose most recent book, “Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and The Crisis Of Sensory Extinction,” was longlisted for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and was an editor’s choice in the New York Times Book Review. He will join us online for a conversation with the directors of the library and the museum on Tuesday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. This program is free but registration is required. For more information about this author, visit dghaskell.com

Mountain Paint 'n' Sip

March 24, 2023 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Create a painting of mountains in the moonlight with local artist and teacher Erika Rosso in this step-by-step class. You’ll learn how to apply masking fluid, how to use salt for special effects, and how to make a watercolor wash. Suitable for all levels. In-person only at the Gilley. Sip on wine, tea or seltzer. Fee: $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

People-Nature-Art with journalist Bob Duchesne

March 28, 2023 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Bob Duchesne will bring his unique perspective as a birder, birding guide, and journalist to the Gilley for this in-person People-Nature-Art event. He writes widely about birding in Maine, including a weekly birding column for the Bangor Daily News. He served six terms in the Maine House of Representatives, chairing the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee. Currently he serves on Maine Board of Environmental Protection.

This event includes an in-person reception at 5:30pm at the Gilley followed by an in-person presentation, which will also be livecast via Zoom. There is no charge, but reservations are required. When you sign up, please indicate whether you will attend remotely or in person.

 

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.

wooden bird carvings