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Upcoming events

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Family Program: Collage inspired by Ashley Bryan's Beautiful Blackbird

April 4, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join artist Erika Rosso to make colorful collages, inspired by the book Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan.  All supplies are provided - suitable for children 6 years + and adults.

Registration is required. Sign up at or 244-7555.

Family Program: Creating Foam Prints with Sherrie York

April 11, 2020, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Join us April 11 to make wonderful bird prints using simple materials and techniques - foam and line. Appropriate for all ages; under 8 should have supervision. Space is limited. Registration is required at: 207 244-777 or 

Spring Open House and Carving Show

May 17, 2020, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Exhibition Opening Reception - Gary Hoyle

May 17, 2020, 12:00 - 3:00 pm


May 28, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

A public talk by author Jim Wright, featuring his new book: The Real James Bond. May 28 from 6:00 -7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

James Bond -- ornithologist, author of the classic "Birds of the West Indies" and world's most famous identity-theft victim -- spent his summers on Mt. Desert Island his entire life. What's more, he and his uncle wrote the classic field guide to the birds of Mt. Desert nearly eight decades ago. Visit the author's blog

Acadia Birding Festival - Author Talk by Jim Wright: Carroll Tyson, Wendell Gilley and the Real James Bond

May 29, 2020, 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

A private talk by author Jim Wright in partnership with the Acadia Birding Festival. May 29 from 10:30 - 11:30am. Private event - registration for the Acadia Birding Festival required - click here for info.

A Flight of Swallows - Wine Tasting

July 30, 2020, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

A Flight of Swallows: Our annual Wine-tasting benefit is Thursday, July 30 from 5:30 - 8:00pm at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor.

Do not miss this opportunity to try over 50 carefully curated wines (complete with a wine guide). A truly fun event with great food, music, and conversation. Details on tickets, sponsorships, and the event itself coming soon or contact for info. 

We look forward to raising a glass with you!

Past events

Valentine's Day Card - Printmaking Class

February 4, 2020, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Create your own Valentine's Day card print. All materials provided and all skill levels welcome. Just bring your idea for a one or two color print. For more info or to register, contact or 207 244-7555.

Holiday Open House and Carving Show

December 15, 2019, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, December 15 from 12 - 3 to celebrate the season and our creative community!

Don't miss it - Boreal chickadee ornaments, along with a flock of grebes and other new member carvings will land at the museum. Vibrant work by talented student artists will grace the walls of the Gilley. 

Free & open to the public. Live music by the Jazz Collective and food & drink served. 

One-day Ornament Carving Class

November 24, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Carve a Boreal chickadee ornament with us on November 24! We provide the blank and materials, and most folks finish in one day. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. Space is limited and preregistration is required. or 207 244 7555 to register or for info.


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