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Now at the Nest

Winter Carving Class

January 23 - April 3, 2021

Join us each week on Saturday in early 2021 to carve and paint your own blue-winged teal decoy, under the instruction of master carver Steve Valleau. Classes are online via Zoom and are offered at two times, 9am to 11am and from 1 to 3pm each Saturday from January 23 to April 3. The cost is $70 for museum members or $85 for non-members, and includes materials. Reserve your spot at 

Museum Carving Club-Online

November 6, 2020 - April 24, 2021

Our popular carving club is ongoing, and online, through the end of April 2021, every Friday from 2 to 4 pm via Zoom. This regular time to meet with other carvers of all skill levels, mentored by artist-in-residence Steve Valleau, is a members-only benefit and there is no charge to attend. Memberships begin at $35 per year. To learn more or to join us as a member, visit the membership page on the website HERE.

Upcoming Events

Master Carver Del Herbert in April

April 13, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

California artist Del Herbert is a rock star in the world of bird carving, and we're thrilled to welcome him to the Gilley and People-Nature-Art. He's won more than 150 Best in Show titles at carving competitions, and won the prestigious Living Legend Award from The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. He says, "Telling a story with wildlife art really inspires me."

On Tuesday, April 13 at 7pm, he’ll share that inspiration with the Gilley via Zoom. We hope you will join us. Reserve your spot by emailing

Wildlife Artist van Dusen kicks off People-Nature-Art series

March 9, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us March 9 for the launch of a fantastic new monthly series that explores the connections between art and nature! First up is renowned wildlife artist Barry van Dusen. He's an internationally respected and award-winning wildlife artist who 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, which he’s been able to combine with artistic talent to create a career that has taken him all over the world.

Past Events

Little Big Year: Chasing Acadia's Birds with Rich MacDonald

January 26, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm


We are excited to welcome Bar Harbor naturalist and birding expert Rich MacDonald to the Gilley on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7pm (livestreamed on Facebook) to talk about "Little Big Year: Chasing Acadia's Birds," his first book. A combination of travelogue, nature essays and autobiography, it chronicles a year in his birding life as he seeks and finds birds in Acadia National Park and the rest of Hancock County, Maine. There is no charge for this event which will stream live on our Facebook page HERE



Artist's Afternoon with the Shelburne Museum

January 13, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

The Gilley's master carver, Steve Valleau, is the featured speaker for this special online event hosted by our friends at the Shelburne Museum. Join us for this exploration of the works of master carvers Wendell Gilley and Elmer Crowell, a discussion of Steve Valleau's own carving practices and current projects, and live audience Q&A. This is event is free but we ask that you register HERE.



wooden bird carvings