benefit event

Upcoming Events

Bird Chatter: Discussion & Observations April 26

April 26, 2024 10:30 am - 12:30 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 a bird-sighting walk outside. The goal for this last Bird Chatter of the spring is to spend as much as possible of it outdoors.

Cyanotype Workshop with Jenn Booher April 27

April 27, 2024 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Reserve now

Cyanotype, also called sun-printing, is an early photographic process that produces blue and white prints. It is usually done in bright sunlight, but can also produce beautiful images on overcast days, and can be done indoors with a specialized UV light. You’ll have a chance to try both sunlight and artificial light.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will work with 5x7 watercolor paper and will use a variety of objects, including feathers, dried ferns, evergreen branches, paper snowflakes, and chandelier prisms to make winter woodland-inspired scenes.

Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer from Bar Harbor. She has been a Resident Artist with Acadia National Park since 2015, and artist-in-residence with the MDI Historical Society since 2018.

People-Nature-Art April 30 with Jennifer Moxley, Poet & Essayist

April 30, 2024 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reserve now

A California native, Jennifer has taught at the University of Maine-Orono since 2000 where she has served as Director of Creative Writing, co-advisor to The Open Field, and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies.  She is an award-winning poet and author of seven books of poetry, a book of essays, and a memoir. Her work has been included in two Norton Anthologies and in The Best American Poetry 2002. In 2005 she was granted the Lynda Hull Poetry Award from Denver Quarterly, and in 2015 her book The Open Secret was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams award and was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. For this PNA, she will be discussing her book For the Good of All, Do Not Destroy the Birds, a blend of literary criticism and memoir that recounts a life spent in the company of birds and poems, intimately attuned to the mysteries of singing.

This will be an in-person event with special host Carl Little, but can also be attended online. We will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature.

 

Bas Relief Jars

May 18, 2024 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Reserve now

Join Kathie Pratt and work in clay to create a nature-themed bas relief that you’ll be able to complete and take home that day.

Artists create a bas-relief by sculpting onto a 2-D plane to create and accentuate figures and objects, producing a 3-D appearance. We’ll be using polymer clay and baking it off, then painting it. Then, students will be shaping them around glass jars to make a decorative container.

Class size is limited.

People-Nature-Art with Marc Fink, Printmaker and Painter

May 21, 2024 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reserve now

Marc's art depicts mostly maritime or mountain themes, as this is where he spends most of his time enjoying the outdoors. An artist for most of his life, he holds bachelor's and master's degrees in fine art. Marc spends much of the year traveling, sometimes doing weekend art festivals, and exhibiting through select galleries. Traveling overseas enhances his artist's perspectives of the world. Marc also produces The Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festivals.

This will be an in-person event, but can also be attended online. We will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature.

All Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Bubble Painting & Texture in Watercolor

May 25, 2024 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Reserve now

Participants will be guided step by step through creating a watercolor of textured bubbles.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

Paint 'n' Sip: Whimsical Mushrooms in Watercolor and Ink

June 7, 2024 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step to create a painting of whimsical mushrooms with watercolors and ink.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

Family Cyanotype Workshop with Jenn Booher

June 8, 2024 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Reserve now

Cyanotype, also called sun-printing, is an early photographic process that produces blue and white prints. It is usually done in bright sunlight, but can also produce beautiful images on overcast days, and can be done indoors with a specialized UV light. You’ll have a chance to try both sunlight and artificial light.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will work with 5x7 watercolor paper and will use a variety of objects, including feathers, dried ferns, evergreen branches, paper snowflakes, and chandelier prisms to make woodland-inspired scenes.  This class is suitable for all ages and fun for the whole family.

Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer from Bar Harbor. She has been a Resident Artist with Acadia National Park since 2015, and artist-in-residence with the MDI Historical Society since 2018.

Paint 'n' Stretch: Painting Robins in Watercolor

June 12, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step through painting robins in watercolor.

Students will take a break for stretching with the instructor, who is a certified yoga teacher. This class will be held outside if possible.

Intro to Bird Carving

June 18, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

June 18, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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 Rick Alley, Jr., Duck Stamp Painter

June 18, 2024 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reserve now

A multiple-time winner of the Maine Duck Stamp contest, Rick was born and raised on Little Cranberry Island, where he lives today lobstering, fishing and scalloping when he’s not painting. The majority of his work is of seabirds and wildlife. In his realistic style, Rick captures the mood of the sea in a way only a man who has grown up on the water can do. His pictures depict the Maine coast with astounding accuracy. His paintings have been selected for the Wildlife Art Show, Governor’s Gallery, at the Maine State House in Augusta.

This will be an in-person event, but can also be attended online. We will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature.

All Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Watercolor Snail and Mushrooms

June 19, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step through painting a snail & mushrooms in watercolor.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

Intro to Bird Carving

June 20, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

June 20, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

June 25, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

June 25, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

June 27, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

June 27, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Coming Home - A Conversation & Book Signing

June 28, 2024 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Reserve now

Author Kay Liss in conversation with guest host Carl Little about her new book, “Coming Home,” at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Friday, June 28 at 5:30pm with a book signing afterward.

 

 Quote from the author: I believe there’s nothing more important at this time in our history than our relationship to the natural world. I want to bring this urgent message to the world through my novels.

Kay Tobler Liss

 

About the Book:

Four generations of a family return to cherished places in nature from their youth and uncover buried secrets about themselves. From the coast of North Carolina to New York, from Savannah, Georgia to Switzerland, the special places include a meadow, a pine grove, a river, and mountain valley. Their journeys begin after a Christmas dinner and end a year later when they share their stories with each other and start to heal as a family. They finally face a pivotal event–the death of a sibling and son. The most valuable lesson they learn is that nature can not only be a source of beauty and solace but of personal transformation and expanding compassion for all life.

 

About the Author

Kay Tobler Liss’s greatest passion is for the natural world. She began writing poetry while out in the woods where she grew up on Long Island, New York. She won a prize for her poetry at 17, and went on to study literature at Bard College and Environmental Studies at Southampton College. Kay Tobler Liss wrote for newspapers and magazines for many years, and also taught literature on the high school and college level but had always wanted to write a novel. Her first novel, “The Last Resort,” published in July 2020, combined both her passion for nature and for social justice for oppressed people. Her new novel, “Coming Home,” deals with how nature can not only save us as individuals but help us find common ground with other people and all living things.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 2, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 2, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Paint 'n' Sip: Echo Lake Night Sky with Milky Way

July 5, 2024 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step through painting a night sky with the Milky Way over Echo Lake.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 9, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 9, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Paint 'n' Stretch: Mini Foliage and Fern Watercolors

July 10, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step to create a watercolor of ferns and mini foliage.

Students will take a break for stretching with Erika, who is a certified yoga teacher. This class will be held outside if possible.

 

Intro to Bird Carving

July 11, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 11, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 16, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 16, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Paint 'n' Sip: TreeStrewn Landscape

July 16, 2024 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step through painting a tree strewn landscape.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

All Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Watercolor and Ink Dragonfly

July 17, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step through painting a watercolor & ink dragonfly.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 18, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 18, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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 Cyanotype Workshop with Jenn Booher

July 20, 2024 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Reserve now

Cyanotype, also called sun-printing, is an early photographic process that produces blue and white prints. It is usually done in bright sunlight, but can also produce beautiful images on overcast days, and can be done indoors with a specialized UV light. You’ll have a chance to try both sunlight and artificial light.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will work with 5x7 watercolor paper and will use a variety of objects, including feathers, dried ferns, evergreen branches, paper snowflakes, and chandelier prisms to make woodland-inspired scenes.  This class is suitable for all ages and fun for the whole family.

Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer from Bar Harbor. She has been a Resident Artist with Acadia National Park since 2015, and artist-in-residence with the MDI Historical Society since 2018.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 23, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 23, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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 Gina Sawin, Painter

July 23, 2024 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reserve now

Gina lives and paints on a farm in Maine, specializing in translating bird flight to a two-dimensional canvas. Painting large bird groups allows her to explore both formal aspects of representation in the modernist tradition and express her concerns for ecological continuity. She aims to capture the abstract patterns created by birds in a moment of flight, while keeping them in a real and distant space.

This will be an in-person event, but can also be attended online. We will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature.

Plein Air: Acadia Rocks near Thunder Hole

July 25, 2024 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Reserve now

Students will create a painting of rocks near Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 25, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 25, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 30, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

July 30, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Cyanotype and Sip Workshop

July 31, 2024 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Reserve now

Cyanotype, also called sun-printing, is an early photographic process that produces blue and white prints. It is usually done in bright sunlight, but can also produce beautiful images on overcast days, and can be done indoors with a specialized UV light. You’ll have a chance to try both sunlight and artificial light.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will work with 5x7 watercolor paper and will use a variety of objects, including feathers, dried ferns, evergreen branches, paper snowflakes, and chandelier prisms to make woodland-inspired scenes.  

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer from Bar Harbor. She has been a Resident Artist with Acadia National Park since 2015, and artist-in-residence with the MDI Historical Society since 2018.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 1, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 1, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Paint 'n' Sip: Somes Sound Landscape in Blues and Greens

August 2, 2024 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step through creating a watercolor landscape painting of Somes Sound in blues and greens.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

Family Cyanotype Workshop with Jenn Booher

August 3, 2024 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Reserve now

Cyanotype, also called sun-printing, is an early photographic process that produces blue and white prints. It is usually done in bright sunlight, but can also produce beautiful images on overcast days, and can be done indoors with a specialized UV light. You’ll have a chance to try both sunlight and artificial light.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will work with 5x7 watercolor paper and will use a variety of objects, including feathers, dried ferns, evergreen branches, paper snowflakes, and chandelier prisms to make woodland-inspired scenes.  This class is suitable for all ages and fun for the whole family.

Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer from Bar Harbor. She has been a Resident Artist with Acadia National Park since 2015, and artist-in-residence with the MDI Historical Society since 2018.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 6, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 6, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Paint 'n' Stretch: Relaxing Watercolor Tree Paths

August 7, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step through creating a watercolor of relaxing tree paths.

Students will take a break for stretching with Erika, who is a certified yoga teacher. This class will be held outside if possible.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 8, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 8, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 13, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 13, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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 Matt Aeberhard, Documentary Filmmaker

August 13, 2024 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reserve now

Matt is one of the world’s leading wildlife filmmakers and an Emmy-nominated and award-winning wildlife cinematographer. He has spent his professional life working in our planet’s most remote and wild places. His current project is Birds of America, a feature film with an ambitious conservation agenda that seeks to fundamentally change the way we look at and engage with the natural world in the face of climate change and habitat loss.

This will be an in-person event, but can also be attended online. We will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature.

All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Celebrating Barbara Cooney-Mrs Rumphius Inspired Watercolors

August 14, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step through creating a watercolor inspired by Mrs. Rumphius.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided. 

Intro to Bird Carving

August 15, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 15, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 20, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 20, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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: Watercolor Trees at the Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly Gardens

August 22, 2024 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided through a plein air painting at the Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly Garden.

 

Intro to Bird Carving

August 22, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 22, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 27, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 27, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Paint 'n' Sip: Whale and Boat

August 27, 2024 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step to create a painting depicting a whale and a boat.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 29, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

August 29, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 3, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 3, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

All Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Watercolor Puffins

September 4 - 14, 2024

Reserve now

Come get your feet wet and step into the magical world of watercolor with local artist Erika Rosso.  Erika will be guiding students to create a watercolor portrait of a colorful Maine puffin.  Class is suitable for all levels and ages, families and individuals welcome. 

All materials supplied as well as tea and non alcoholic beverages.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 5, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 5, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Paint 'n' Sip: Northern Lights and Mountain Silhouettes

September 6, 2024 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Reserve now

Students will be guided step by step to create a painting of northern lights and mountain silhouettes.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 10, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 10, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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 Josh Brewer, Carver & Sculptor

September 10, 2024 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reserve now

Josh carves highly sought-after bird carvings by hand with traditional tools, using oil paint to finish his pieces which are primarily made from Atlantic white cedar. His work is in collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. He was commissioned by Salisbury University to create original carvings for Nobel Peace Prize Laureates including Polish President Lech Walesa and South African President F.W. de Klerk.                              

This will be an in-person event, but can also be attended online. We will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 12, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 12, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 17, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 17, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 19, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 19, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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 Cyanotype Workshop with Jenn Booher

September 21, 2024 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Reserve now

Cyanotype, also called sun-printing, is an early photographic process that produces blue and white prints. It is usually done in bright sunlight, but can also produce beautiful images on overcast days, and can be done indoors with a specialized UV light. You’ll have a chance to try both sunlight and artificial light.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will work with 5x7 watercolor paper and will use a variety of objects, including feathers, dried ferns, evergreen branches, paper snowflakes, and chandelier prisms to make woodland-inspired scenes.  This class is suitable for all ages and fun for the whole family.

Jennifer Booher is an artist and photographer from Bar Harbor. She has been a Resident Artist with Acadia National Park since 2015, and artist-in-residence with the MDI Historical Society since 2018.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 24, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 24, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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: Kelley Farm and Marsh

September 26, 2024 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Reserve now

Students will create a painting of the Kelley Farm and Marsh in Bernard.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 26, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024 at 4:00 am.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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.

Intro to Bird Carving

September 26, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online reservations open on June 3, 2024.

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create.

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 Bonnie Chase, Natural Materials Artist

October 8, 2024 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reserve now

Bonnie Chase’s passion is combining nature, science, and local plant and found materials to create forms of art, inspired by the life that grows around her. Her creativity comes from her connection with the natural world. To create her art, Chase harvests the plants she grows in her garden and ones that grow in the wild around her home. She makes everything she uses, from dye to woven baskets, all from locally grown plant matter. She has always encouraged her students to explore the natural world through a creative lens, throughout her careers in teaching, as executive director of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Nature Center, as Master Naturalist, and leading natural history tours in Central and South America.

This will be an in-person event, but can also be attended online. We will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature.

People-Nature-Art with Lucy Kalian, Painter

November 12, 2024 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reserve now

The title for Lucy Kalian's current body of work, ‘Witnesses’ (on exhibit at the Gallery at Somes Sound in Somesville) refers not only to the thoughtful observer, but also to woodlands, trees, and their remains that have a deeper history than most of us walking the land today. They’ve witnessed humans’ yearning and urgency regarding the turmoil currently present throughout the world. The woods bear witness to a changing ecosystem and changing ‘human system’. She always was compelled to draw, sketch and paint but did not become a professional artist until midlife.

This will be an in-person event, but can also be attended online. We will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature.

People-Nature-Art with Nell Parker, 'Forest Floor' Painter

December 3, 2024 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Reserve now

Nell Parker lives with her family in a rambling 200-year-old farmhouse in rural Maine. She loves to engage with the surrounding landscape through growing her own food, celebrating the wheel of the year, and closely observing the surrounding world in the process of art-making. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout Maine and Oregon.

This will be an in-person event, but can also be attended online. We will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature.

Past Events

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 .

Beginners' Carving Class

January 27, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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.

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.

Beginners' Carving Class

February 17, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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.

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

Bird Chatter: Informal Discussions, Observations, and Gossip

March 3, 2023 12:30 - 2:00 pm

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.

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.

Beginners' Carving Class

March 17, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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

March 17, 2023 12:30 - 2:00 pm

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.

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.

Story Time!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Free.

People-Nature-Art with poet & printmaker Leslie Moore

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

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

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

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.

Intro to Nature Journaling

April 29, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Get started with nature journaling in this workshop at the Gilley on Saturday, April 29, from 10:30am to noon. Scientists, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts all utilize nature journaling, a skill that is accessible to anyone. Using real scientific practices and artistic abandon, participants will walk away with a small nature journal of their own. All materials will be provided. This workshop will be taught by Camp Beech Cliff's Matt Cornish.

“Nature journaling is a wonderful way to engage observational skills, curiosity, and creative thinking,” he says Regardless of age, people need nature. People also need the time and space to slow down, notice the world around them, and hopefully experience wonder.”

The class meets in person at the Museum. Cost is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Registration required.  

 

Online: Watercolor with Barry van Dusen

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

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 $40 for non-members.

People-Nature-Art with painter Mary Brooking

May 16, 2023 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Painter Mary Brooking celebrates what she sees in nature and aims to create spaces that interact with human senses on a primitive level and test the balance between reality and abstraction. She employs reduction rather than embellishment, distilling elemental truths about the places she paints through interactive color, texture and form.

Brooking will be online with the Wendell Gilley Museum on Tuesday, May 16, as the museum’s People-Nature-Art presenter in an online-only program that begins at 7 p.m. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.  

Most, but not all, of her work is inspired by Maine landscapes and she works exclusively in acrylics. “I use many layers of paint," she says, "often obliterating elements as the painting progresses, challenging myself always to distill and reduce the image to its exact essence and nothing more.”

She will discuss her process, inspiration, evolution as an artist, and connection to the Maine landscape in a conversation with museum director Sean Charette. A mid-career artist who lives and works in Westbrook, her paintings are in ollections in the United States, Canada, France and New Zealand. She has exhibited widely in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Ohio and New Mexico, and exhibits regularly at Casco Bay Artisans in Portland, Maine and Art 3 Gallery in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

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. Each session for 2023 is sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Intro Carving Class

June 8, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

June 8, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Misty Mountains Paint 'n' Sip

June 8, 2023 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Artist Erika Rosso leads a Misty Mountains Paint ‘n’ Sip on Thursday, June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will create a painting inspired by Japanese artist Higashiyama Shinkichi that weaves together layers of mountains fading into the mist. Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only evening class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old.

All materials and beverages will be provided. Each step will be demonstrated and explained, making for a fun and approachable class. The cost is $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members. Spaces are limited.

Convergence Ensemble performs American Voice in Poetry and Song

June 9, 2023 7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Wendell Gilley Museum and YWCA of MDI are proud to host American Voice in Poetry and Song III, an exploration of the expressive range of African American composers including Margaret Bonds and John. W. Work III, and poets including Langston Hughes, in a free concert at St. John Episcopal Church in Southwest Harbor. There will be a reception with the performers at the Gilley Museum afterward. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.

Boston-based Convergence Ensemble will perform this music and poetry through a historic lens along with a discussion of societal issues surrounding social justice and representation in the world of classical music  The performers are singer Davron S. Monroe, poet and literary performer Regie Gibson, and pianist Rachel Gibson.

Convergence Ensemble is a nonprofit organization that presents unusual chamber music programming by supporting a diverse group of musicians. It was founded on the belief that the arts are interdisciplinary—that art, poetry, dance, literature, and music inform one another. The organization prides itself on working not only with musicians but also poets, writers, and literary performers.

Intro Carving Class

June 13, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

June 13, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

June 15, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

June 15, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Magical Paint 'n' Sip for kids and adults

June 16, 2023 10:30 - 12:30 am

Artist Erika Rosso leads a Magical Whales & Sailboat Paint ‘n’ Sip on Friday, June 16 beginning at 10:30 a.m. This workshop is suitable for painters age 7 and older. Students will paint wet on wet, work with salt, and learn to use masking fluid to create a watercolor of a humpback whale and sailboat, all while sipping on tea, coffee, seltzer or hot cocoa. Families and individuals welcome.

All materials and beverages will be provided. Each step will be demonstrated and explained, making for a fun and approachable class Spaces are limited.

People-Nature-Art with Carving Master Mark McNair

June 20, 2023 7:00 - 8:30 pm

A modern master of bird carving, Mark McNair, shares his art at the Gilley as part of the our free monthly series, People-Nature-Art. On June 20, he and his two carver sons will share stories, visuals and their inspirations in a presentation that begins at 7p.m. at the Gilley. This will be followed by a public reception with the artists. There is no charge to attend either event, but registration is required. The presentation will also be livestreamed; please indicate whether you will attend in person or virtually when you sign up.

The following day, June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m., they will give an in-person carving demonstration at the Gilley. No fee and no registraton required for this.

Mark McNair specializes in waterfowl and shorebird decoys, weathervanes, and related folk art. His work is held in numerous prominent decoy collections both public and private, including the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, the deWitt Cottage in Virginia Beach, and The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Maryland.

Sons Ian and Colin are also active carvers: Ian in Exmore, Virginia, where he is a partner in High ‘N Dry, a company specializing in industrial grade chest waders;  and Colin in Boston where he also works for Copley Fine Art Auctions

These special events, like all the museum's People-Nature-Art offerings in 2023, are sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Master Carvers Offer Demo & Conversation

June 21, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm

A modern master of bird carving, Mark McNair, and his son Ian McNair who is also a professional carver, will share insights and observations at the Gilley during a live demonstration of their art on Wednesday, June 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a rare opportunity in Maine to connect with top U.S. carvers. No fee and no registration required.

Mark McNair specializes in waterfowl and shorebird decoys, weathervanes, and related folk art. His work is held in numerous prominent decoy collections both public and private, including the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, the deWitt Cottage in Virginia Beach, and The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Maryland.

He has been carving and making decoys for more than half a century. After leaving his alma mater, Rhode Island School of Design, in the 1970s, he worked with antiques and carved wooden signs in his native Connecticut. During this time he was introduced to antique decoys by the Voorhees family and quickly took to the craft. He and his wife, Martha, now live and carve on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, between the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

Of their three children, sons Ian and Colin are also active carvers. Ian carves in Exmore, Virginia and is a partner in High ‘N Dry, a company specializing in industrial grade chest waders. Colin also works for Copley Fine Art Auctions, in Boston.

This special event is part of the McNairs' visit to the Gilley as part of the free monthly People-Nature-Art series in 2023 sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.

Plein Air Painting at Lopaus Point

June 23, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join watercolor artist Erika Rosso for a three-hour plein air painting workshop at Lopaus Point in Bernard on Friday, June 23, from 9am to noon. Erika has a unique style of teaching that encourages watercolor students to play and experiment with their art. Participants should bring their own plein air set-up, including an easel or small pop-up table and chair. Driving directions and a list of needed class materials will be sent when you sign up. Sets of painting materials will be available with advance request.

This is an in-person class and registration is required at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/calendar. The fee is $35 for Museum members and $42 for non-members. Class size is limited.

Rosso’s work has been exhibited at Blum Gallery in Bar Harbor, Radiant Light Gallery in Portland and at the Cornerstone Gallery in Southwest Harbor. She lives on Mount Desert Island with her family of four, 12 chickens, a dog named Patten and one pet mouse. 

Intro Carving Class

June 27, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

June 27, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Animal Portrait Workshop June 28

June 28, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Paint your favorite animal, or even a pet, in a watercolor painting class with local instructor Erika Rosso at the Gilley.

Experiment with the techniques of dry brushing and applying washes in select areas to bring your painting to life. Students should bring a photo to work from that is large enough to show detail and to inform their painting. Painters of all levels can attend, although some past painting or drawing experience may be helpful. Materials will be provided.

This is an in-person class and registration is required. Class size is limited.

Intro Carving Class

June 29, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

June 29, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Mountain Landscape Paint 'n' Sip for kids & adults

July 5, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Come play with watercolors in this daytime paint ‘n’ sip and create your own nighttime mountain landscape. Local artist Erika Rosso will guide students through painting a beautiful landscape under the night sky with mountains and a tree silhouette. Learn how to do a watercolor wash, use salt for stars, and apply masking fluid. Suitable for participants of all skill levels age 7 and older.  Families and individuals welcome. Cocoa, tea and seltzer for sipping will be provided, along with all art materials. Registration is required and class size is limited.

All materials and beverages will be provided. Each step will be demonstrated and explained, making for a fun and approachable class.  

Intro Carving Class

July 6, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

July 6, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

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

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

July 11, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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 writer & naturalist Susan Hand Shetterly

July 11, 2023 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Author and naturalist Susan Hand Shetterly will delve into what she calls “the landscape of home” on Tuesday, July 11 at at 7pm at the Gilley as the museum’s People-Nature-Art presenter for July. There will be a book signing immediately afterward. The presentation happens live at the museum and will be simultaneously livestreamed. As always, People-Nature-Art presentations are free and open to all, but registration is required.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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. Each session for 2023 is sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

In her newest book, “Notes on the Landscape of Home,” Shetterly explores in a series essays what it is to live in a Down East coastal town and to pay attention, over time, to what it offers of land, water, wildlife, and neighbors, taking her cue from Henry David Thoreau and Wendell Berry, who advocate for the virtues of staying in one place, believing that as we delve deeper into the landscape of home, we learn to read the world. 

A resident of Surry, Shetterly has lived on the coast of Maine for most of her life. She writes about wildlife and wild lands, has worked as a wild bird rehabilitator. She is an award-winning writer of books and articles for magazines and newspapers. Among the many things she has written about are the reestablishment of the bald eagle population in Maine, the reintroduction of the American turkey, the turkey vulture’s northward trend, shorebird migrations, the bluefin tuna and the humpback and right whales in the Gulf of Maine, counting alewives along a stream in her town in the spring, seaweed cultivation in a bay and the rebirth of a forest.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Survival of the Fittest

July 12, 2023 10:30 - 11:30 am

This interactive program will use demonstrations, slides, children’s books and field guides, hand lenses and other activities to get a better understanding and appreciation of birds.

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Survival of the Fittest

July 12, 2023 12:30 - 1:30 pm

This interactive program will use demonstrations, slides, children’s books and field guides, hand lenses and other activities to get a better understanding and appreciation of birds.

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Intro Carving Class

July 13, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Loon Magic-Thursday Nature Drop-In Activity

July 13 - August 24, 2023

On Thursdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel offers drop-in nature activities including – Origami Bird Making, Loon Magic, and Fill the Bill. No fee and no registration necessary. Just drop by between 10:30-11:30am and 12:30 to 1:30pm.

Intro Carving Class

July 13, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Daytime Discovery Walk with 'Nightwalk' author

July 14, 2023 9:00 - 11:00 am

Experience nature with all of your senses, guided by Maine Master Naturalist Karen Zimmerman, author of “Nightwalk: Using all your senses to explore the natural world.” You’ll take a walk through woods tothe beach, stopping along the way to savor and explore with each of your senses. Family friendly.

Karen is a Maine Master Naturalist and teaches classes and workshops about natural history and nature drawing.

Botanical Illustration: Watercolor Workshop

July 14, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Learn how to apply watercolor washes in small sections, and how and where to use dry brush technique in this class at the museum with local watercolor artist Erika Rosso.

This workshop is suitable for anyone with a little watercolor experience who is looking to dive into more detailed work. Bring your own picture of a flower or look through materials at the museum to find your subject. Rosso will guide you step by step through the process of painting your own botanical illustration. All materials are provided, although you are welcome to bring your own.

Registration is required and class size is limited.

Intro Carving Class

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

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

July 18, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Awesome Owls

July 19, 2023 10:30 - 11:30 am

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Awesome Owls

July 19, 2023 12:30 - 1:30 pm

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Fill the Bill -Thursday Nature Drop-In Activity

July 20 - August 10, 2023

On Thursdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel offers drop-in nature activities including – Origami Bird Making, Loon Magic, and Fill the Bill. No fee and no registration necessary. Just drop by between 10:30-11:30am and 12:30 to 1:30pm.

 

Intro Carving Class

July 20, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

July 20, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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 at Cable Crossing

July 21, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fields, trees and the sea! Join watercolor artist Erika Rosso for a three-hour plein air painting workshop at Cable Crossing on Friday, July 21, from 9am to noon. Erika has a unique style of teaching and encourages watercolor students to play and experiment with their art and to let go of expectations so that they can explore boundaries within their paintings.

Participants will need an easel or small pop-up table and chair plus paints. Driving directions and a list of needed class materials will be sent when you sign up. Sets of painting materials will be available with advance request. Please email us at mel@wendellgilleymuseum.org.

This is an in-person class and registration is required. The fee is $35 for Museum members and $42 for non-members. Class size is limited.

Rosso’s work has been exhibited at Blum Gallery in Bar Harbor, Radiant Light Gallery in Portland and at the Cornerstone Gallery in Southwest Harbor. She lives on Mount Desert Island with her family of four, 12 chickens, a dog named Patten and one pet mouse. 

Avian Artistry-Public Reception July 21 4-6pm

July 21, 2023 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Join us at the Gilley for a celebration of Avian Artistry: Treasures from Maine Collections, a special show comprising more than 100 pieces from 50 donors.

The show’s guest curator, Carl Little, will be on hand to answer questions and offer insights.

He says: “In selecting the work for this exhibition, I sought to present a wide array of bird species and an equally broad range of formats: ceramics, paintings, sculpture, a wood relief, prints, carvings, fabric, photography—even a handmade book. You’ll find geese made from tamarack twigs by Cree artists, an eagle’s-eye view of Edo, Japan, by Ando Hiroshige (1797–1858), and a pair of Eurasian jays made from majolica.

In addition to a bounty of historical work, the exhibition showcases the work of a stellar sampling of contemporary Maine artists, from Ashley Bryan, David Driskell, Father Paul Plante, and Bernard Langlais to Carol Shutt, Susan Amons, Siri Beckman, and Amy Pollien.

  As you view the avian artistry in this show, please take time to study the many ways the artists represent feathers, talons, beaks, and bodies, from the real to the imagined. I guarantee you will be amazed.”

Intro Carving Class

July 25, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Watercolor Workshop: Landscapes with Limits July 25

July 25, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm

If you feel overwhelmed by color and options when you start to think about painting, then this class is for you. Artist Erika Rosso will help students simplify their palette and offer them ways to refine their work by using limitations.  This is a great class for any level of painter, although having some experience in watercolor is helpful.  All materials will be provided, but artists are welcome to bring their own.

This is an in-person class at the Wendell Gilley Museum, and registration is required. The fee is $25 for Museum members and $35 for non-members. Class size is limited.

Rosso’s work has been exhibited at Blum Gallery in Bar Harbor, Radiant Light Gallery in Portland and at the Cornerstone Gallery in Southwest Harbor. She lives on Mount Desert Island with her family of four, 12 chickens, a dog named Patten and one pet mouse. 

Intro Carving Class

July 25, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Fabulous Feathers

July 26, 2023 10:30 - 11:30 am

Everything you need to know about feathers! How they are built, what they do, and what different types of feathers birds have. We will finish by making feather prints. Fun for kids and adults!

 

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Fabulous Feathers

July 26, 2023 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Everything you need to know about feathers! How they are built, what they do, and what different types of feathers birds have. We will finish by making feather prints. Fun for kids and adults!

 

Paper Origami Birds-Thursday Drop-In Nature Activity

July 27 - August 17, 2023

On Thursdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel offers drop-in nature activities including – Origami Bird Making, Loon Magic, and Fill the Bill. No fee and no registration necessary. Just drop by between 10:30-11:30am and 12:30 to 1:30pm.

Intro Carving Class

July 27, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

July 27, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

August 1, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

August 1, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Survival of the Fittest

August 2, 2023 10:30 - 11:30 am

This interactive program will use demonstrations, slides, children’s books and field guides, hand lenses and other activities to get a better understanding and appreciation of birds.

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Intro Carving Class

August 2, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Survival of the Fittest

August 2, 2023 12:30 - 1:30 pm

This interactive program will use demonstrations, slides, children’s books and field guides, hand lenses and other activities to get a better understanding and appreciation of birds.

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Intro Carving Class

August 2, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Puffins: Daytime Paint 'n' Sip for Kids & Adults

August 4, 2023 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Come get your feet wet and step into the magical world of watercolor with local artist Erika Rosso.  Erika will be guiding students to create a watercolor portrait of a colorful Maine puffin.  Class is suitable for all levels and ages, families and individuals welcome. 

All materials supplied as well as tea and non alcoholic beverages.

Intro Carving Class

August 8, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

August 8, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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: Bestselling Author Jennifer Ackerman Aug. 8

August 8, 2023 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Award-winning science writer and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ackerman visits the Wendell Gilley Museum on Tuesday, August 8, as the museum’s People-Nature-Art presenter for August at 7pm. There will be a book signing and reception beforehand at the museum beginning at 5:30pm. The presentation happens live and will be simultaneously livestreamed. As always, People-Nature-Art presentations are free and open to all, but registration is required.

Ackerman’s new book, “What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds,” was released June 13. She is also the author of “The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think,” “The Genius of Birds,” “Birds by the Shore,” and “Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity.”

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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. Each session for 2023 is sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Colorful Peacocks: Acrylic Painting Class

August 9, 2023 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Experiment with acrylic paint in the style of Starla Michelle to create a fun and playful portrait of a Peacock.  Each participant will receive a canvas to paint on and take home.  All painting materials will be provided and class will be held outside, weather permitted.  Class is suitable for ages 5 and up. Class size is limited and will be taught by Erika Rosso.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Awesome Owls

August 9, 2023 10:30 - 11:30 am

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Intro Carving Class

August 9, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Awesome Owls

August 9, 2023 12:30 - 1:30 pm

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Intro Carving Class

August 9, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Japanese Style Watercolor Paint 'n' Sip

August 11, 2023 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Paint a Japanese-style watercolor with local watercolor artist Erika Rosso.  Erika will walk you through your watercolor painting, offering demos throughout class.  Each step will be demonstrated. Class is suitable for all levels of painter, but is restricted to adults only. All materials are supplied, as well as wine and spritzers.

Intro Carving Class

August 15, 2023 10:35 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

August 15, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Fabulous Feathers

August 16, 2023 10:30 - 11:30 am

Everything you need to know about feathers! How they are built, what they do, and what different types of feathers birds have. We will finish by making feather prints. Fun for kids and adults!

 

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Fabulous Feathers

August 16, 2023 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Everything you need to know about feathers! How they are built, what they do, and what different types of feathers birds have. We will finish by making feather prints. Fun for kids and adults!

 

Carol Shutt: Art Demo & Chat

August 18, 2023 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Carol Shutt will give a demonstration of her painting process outside under the orange wing at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Friday, Aug. 18, from 11am to 1pm. She looks forward to answering questions and having conversations as she works. 

Don't miss this opportunity to interact with this artist who is a painter, mixed-media artist and writer living and working on Mount Desert Island. Her art practice is tied to her love of the natural world and has been influenced by my many years of observations and experiences in Maine. Her art and ideas have grown through travel and art retreats in other countries. She also draws inspiration from the children she taught art to for almost 30 years in a K-8 classroom where creativity abounds. From her young students she has learned that art is exploration and discovery, and the best part of being an artist is the process itself. Now retired, she has a full-time studio practice that includes painting, drawing, collage, altering books and creative writing using the Exquisite Corpse process. She is an artist of ideas and is always most excited when exploring new concepts and materials.

Free and open to all.

 

Intro Carving Class

August 22, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Survival of the Fittest

August 23, 2023 10:30 - 11:30 am

This interactive program will use demonstrations, slides, children’s books and field guides, hand lenses and other activities to get a better understanding and appreciation of birds.

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Wednesday Nature Wonders: Survival of the Fittest

August 23, 2023 12:30 - 1:30 pm

This interactive program will use demonstrations, slides, children’s books and field guides, hand lenses and other activities to get a better understanding and appreciation of birds.

On Wednesdays, Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel leads hands-on Wednesday Wonder Nature Workshops including Awesome Owls, Fabulous Feathers, and Survival of the Fittest. They’re fun for kids and adults, and you’re bound to learn something you didn’t know before.

Intro Carving Class

August 24, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

August 24, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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 Class: Granite, Boats & Water at Seal Cove Docks

August 25, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

CANCELED FOR WEATHER

NEXT PLEIN AIR CLASS IS SEPT 6 at SEAWALL

Come paint in the fresh air on the quiet side of the island.  Local artist Erika Rosso will be teaching a three- hour plein air workshop near the shore at Seal Cove. Erika's teaching style encourages a playful approach to watercolor painting that all levels will find enjoyable. Bring your own painting materials or request a set from the museum. You may also want to bring a chair and easel, water, sunhat, and sunscreen.

A Concert for the Gilley

August 26, 2023 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Celebrate "People, Nature and Art" – the guiding words of the Wendell Gilley Museum – with the noted sibling musicians Thomas and Sarah Cooper in an eclectic concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Southwest Harbor on Saturday, Aug. 26 beginning at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to all, but registration is requested.  A public reception will follow the concert at the Wendell Gilley Museum. 

They will perform works in this one-hour concert including "On Mighty Wings the Eagle Proudly Soars Aloft" from Franz Joseph Haydn's "The Creation," George Gershwin's "Summertime," violin sonatas by Debussy and J.S. Bach, and more.

Thomas Cooper, a violinist, is a three-time winner of New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship award and has been hailed as a "stop in your tracks stunner" as a violinist whose playing is "delightfully spirited [with a] rich tone.” He is co-founder of Fermata Chamber Soloists, and as an orchestral player he is concertmaster of the Du Bois Orchestra of Harvard, a group dedicated to performing works by historically marginalized composers. Additionally, he performs with the Boston Philharmonic, Portland’s Palaver Strings, and the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, he ha­­s appeared with American orchestras including the Colorado College Festival Orchestra, the Coeur D'Alene Symphony Orchestra, the Credo Baroque Orchestra, the Du Bois Orchestra of Harvard, and the Middlesex Chamber Orchestra among others. 

His sister, soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper, recently made her debut at Carnegie Hall and will perform with the Boston Lyric Opera the day before her performance for the Wendell Gilley Museum. Last month she performed the role of Adina in Donizetti’s comedy, L’elisir d’amore, appearing alongside Metropolitan Opera basso Valerian Ruminski, baritone Brian Keith Johnson, and tenor Michael Anderson.

She has been hailed for her “meltingly beautiful” soprano by Opera News. Based in Boston, she performs throughout the United States including with Syracuse Opera as Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and with Tri-Cities Opera as Sally in the new opera Stone Soup, by Joe Illick. She appeared with Opera Ithaca as Anna in a film version of Verdi’s Nabucco and as the Little Zegner daughter in Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up, and performed with the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

Intro Carving Class

August 29, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

August 29, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

August 31, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Intro Carving Class

August 31, 2023 1:30 - 3:00 pm

 

Learn carving with the Gilley’s master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 38 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.

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.

Just Ducky Paint 'n' Sip for Adults

September 1, 2023 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Create your own watercolor painting of ducks, with a bright and experimental background in this fun Paint 'n' Sip with local artist Erika Rosso. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to use masking fluid, apply a wash, and use salt to create texture. Erika will demonstrate each step for students. The class is suitable for all levels of painters, ages 21 and older.

Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

 

Plein Air Painting at Seawall

September 6, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Paint by the sea with local artist Erika Rosso. Students will learn how to paint rocks, water and trees to create their own watercolor landscape. Students must be able to walk a short distance over rocks and carry their supplies and a chair/towel for sitting on.  Materials available from the upon request. 

Huck's Ducks Launch!

September 8, 2023 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us at the Museum to meet multidisciplinary artist Richard Huck on Friday, Sept. 8 from 5 to 7pm. Rick is the creator of Huck’s Ducks, a battalion of duck-defending battleships now floating serenely in the Museum’s decoy pool.

Hors d’ oeuvres and beer and wine will be served. There is not charge to attend but registration is requested.

Elephant Wall Hook Workshop

September 9, 2023 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Make a wall hook from clay inspired by the Gilley’s exhibit “Nature’s Masterpiece: Elephant Photographs of Peter Beard,” which will in the museum’s special exhibits gallery until Nov. 4. Kathie Pratt will lead you through the process, and you’ll have something to take home with you at the end of the workshop. All materials supplied.

Drawing with Toned Paper

September 13, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm

In this workshop we will look at the world through a filter that focuses on textures, shapes, highlights and shadows over a sometimes overwhelming range of color. It is a simpler way of looking at your subject, and captures it quickly. A selection of warm and cool toned papers will be provided, as well as pencils. There will be natural objects to choose to draw, or bring your own. Lettering, and combining drawing and text will be discussed.

No experience necessary just an interest in nature and being creative.

Taught by naturalist and artist Karen Zimmerman. All materials supplied.

People-Nature-Art with Printmaker Kathleen Walsh Buchanan Sept. 19

September 19, 2023 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Printmaker and biologist Kathleen Walsh Buchanan will be at the Gilley on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to share her collagraphic printmaking and its inspiration in the natural world. There will be a public reception at 5:30pm, followed by Buchanan's presentation at 7pm.  Both events are free, but registration is required.

“At first glance, biology and printmaking seem to have little common ground, but much of my training as a scientist has served me extremely well as an artist,” she says. “Both disciplines require skill at observing the environment, at not only looking but seeing what is going on around you. I look at biology and art as two dialects in the same language, different ways to communicate what you have learned about the nature of things, about the truth of your experience.”

A collagraph is a hand-made print generated off a printing plate that is a collage of various material. For her pieces, Buchanan starts with a sturdy backing board of plain masonite panel, then glues down shapes of Bristol paper on this board that delineate the major elements of her design. Then she paints over that paper with acrylic gel mediums to add texture and detail to the design, and to prevent the Bristol paper from being saturated with ink when it’s time to print.

Before becoming a full-time printmaker in 1999, she was educated and employed as a biologist. As an undergraduate at Tufts University, she majored in biology while nurturing her creative skills with as many studio art courses as she could fit into her schedule. After getting a master’s degree in wildlife biology at the University of Alaska she renewed her efforts at studio art with a focus on printmaking and now lives – and makes art – in Rockland, Maine.

“My connection to the natural world, my role as a mother, and my own sense of self all find expression in my images,” she says. “I enjoy looking at landscapes and their inhabitants not only as appealing composition subjects, but also as metaphors for our human experience.  Collagraph printing, with all its intricacy and subtlety, is a fascinating medium to use in the communication of these ideas.”

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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. Each session for 2023 is sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Hawks on the Move Sept. 20

September 20, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to identify hawks in flight, plus when, where, and how best to see them on MDI and beyond with Seth Benz, director of bird ecology at Schoodic Institute and former professional hawk watcher, in this program at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 9am to noon. Slides, handouts, discussion and topical resources are all part of this experience. Bring your curiosity and your questions!

Stump to Duck Carving Class

September 22, 2023 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Join master carver Steve Valleau for this unique three-class workshop to turn a stump into carved ducks. The class runs from 10am to 3pm on Friday, Sept. 22, Saturday, Sept. 23,  and Friday, Sept. 29. Class size is limited and registration is required.

Paint 'n' Sip for Everyone - Paint a Tree with Stipplism

September 23, 2023 10:30 - 12:30 am

Join artist Erika Rosso in a watercolor class for all ages. Experiment with the use of stipplism to create a whimsical tree in a snowy landscape.  Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

This fun class is suitable for all ages.

Demo & Paint Along with Artist Mary Brooking

September 30, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Join painter Mary Brooking – the Gilley’s May 2023 People-Nature-Art speaker – for this special event at the Gilley. Using acrylics, Mary will demonstrate techniques for a creating sky-scape with birds flying. Participants will observe and paint along with Mary. All materials will be provided for this “quasi-class.” Participant numbers are limited. 

Mary enjoys exploring the way colors, textures and compositional form interact with the human senses on a primitive level, testing the balance of reality and abstraction in the context of the Maine landscape. The viewer is invited to enter these spaces mentally and emotionally. Mary's work has been characterized as “expressionist landscape.“ Acrylic paint as a medium forces immediacy and speed in execution, which fits Mary's style and temperament. For Mary, there is no right or wrong approach, no “getting it” or “not getting it” about subject matter - there are only layers of thought, which may sometimes be beautiful. Mary received her B.A. in Fine Art from Hiram College in 1978, cum laude. A 20-year career in graphic design and illustration preceded her present incarnation as a fine artist in Maine.

Paint 'n' Sip for Adults - Acadia Landscape

October 7, 2023 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Relax and unwind with watercolors and a glass of wine or sparkling water.  Artist Erika Rosso will help students paint a landscape inspired by Acadia, demonstrating each step for students.  Class is suitable for all levels of painters, ages 21 and older.  

October People-Nature-Art explores The Birds of Shakespeare

October 10, 2023 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a birding expedition through William Shakespeare’s plays and poetry with artist Missy Dunaway whose independent art project “The Birds of Shakespeare”  will catalog every bird mentioned in Shakespeare's plays and poems. Dunaway will be at the Gilley on Tuesday, Oct. 10 for a 5:30pm reception and a 7pm presentation as the museum’s October People-Nature-Art presenter.

Each month, Dunaway releases a painting of one bird with an accompanying essay that analyzes how the species features in Shakespeare’s world.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature. Each session for 2023 is sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Illustrating Feathers with Missy Dunaway

October 11, 2023 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join Missy Dunaway, the Gilley’s October People-Nature-Art presenter, for this special painting workshop to create realistic feathers. According to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, it is illegal to collect feathers from birds that are migratory and native to the United States territories. Let’s collect feathers lawfully—as paintings! In this lesson, Dunaway will guide you through an approachable step-by-step process to create a realistic painting of feathers using acrylic-ink on paper. Appropriate for all skill levels, including children, beginners, and experienced artists. Materials provided. Registration required.

Water Birds on the Move

October 13, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A great variety of birds, during autumn, head south to escape dwindling food resources and the onslaught of winter. The majority of migrants pass over Mount Desert Island at night, unseen. But we can witness the passage of day-flying water birds — cormorants, common eiders and other sea ducks, loons, northern gannets, gulls, and more — by looking for them from shoreline vantage points. Join Seth Benz, director of bird ecology at Schoodic Institute, for an introductory workshop and field experience. We'll begin indoors at the Gilley Museum for a water bird migration primer, then carpool to the Seawall Picnic Area to see water birds on the move. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, your curiosity and your questions!

40 Years of the Maine Loon Project

October 13, 2023 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Forty years ago, the Maine Loon Project was launched to help protect Maine’s iconic loons. Run by Maine Audubon, the project works with residents and partners statewide to promote healthy lakes, clean water, and quality habitat for loons and to understand trends in their population over time.

Join us at the Gilley to discover more about the history, status and future of this project – and how you can help!

Presenters will be Billy Helprin of Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, and Tracy Hart and David Lamon of Maine Audubon.

No fee, but registration required.

Acrylic Elephant Paint 'n' Sip for Kids & Adults

October 14, 2023 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Paint a colorful elephant in acrylics on canvas, inspired by the museum's exhibit of elephant photos by Peter Beard and animal sculptures by Dan Falt.

Artist Erika Rosso will walk students through creating their own acrylic painting modeled after one of her watercolors. All materials provided as well as tea, seltzer and juice for this family friendly Paint 'n' Sip suitable for all experience levels, and those age 5 and older.

Students will each receive their own canvas to create a painting of an elephant adorned with color and jewels. Paintings will be created using acrylics so wear clothing that you don't mind getting messy!   

Getting Started with Relief Printing

October 18, 2023 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Relief prints are one of the most versatile and low-tech methods for creating repeating or multiple images, and you can learn the basics in just a few hours. Award-winning printmaker Sherrie York will guide you through the process of designing, carving, and printing a single-color image using the most basic tools and materials. Where you go from there is up to you! All materials provided. 

Pattern and Texture with Relief Prints

October 19, 2023 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

It’s printmaking playtime with award-winning Maine printmaker Sherrie York! A single-color block print is fun, but what happens if we play with repeating patterns, overlapping images, and color? Let’s find out! We will take time in the morning to design and carve two different relief printing blocks, and in the afternoon we will experiment with combining them to create something new. Some experience with carving relief blocks is helpful, but not necessary. Bring some ideas for small, square formats. All materials provided. There will be a break for lunch (not provided).

Sculpt & Sip: Elephant Hook

October 20, 2023 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Make a wall hook from clay inspired by the Gilley’s exhibit “Nature’s Masterpiece: Elephant Photographs of Peter Beard,” which will be in the museum’s special exhibits gallery until Nov. 4. Kathie Pratt will lead you through the process, including baking it in the over, and you’ll have something to take home with you at the end of the workshop. All materials supplied.

This is an evening class for adults only; wine will be provided along with non-alcoholic beverages.

Fall Carving Workshop-Barn Swallow In Person

October 21 - December 16, 2023

Carve a barn swallow in this 8-week class under the guidance of the Gilley's master carver, Steve Valleau, beginning on Oct. 21 and running through Dec. 16. There will be no class the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

This in-person class takes place at the Gilley from 9am-noon. Class size is limited and registration is required.

Paint 'n' Sip for Adults and Kids - Snow Falling on Rooftops

October 21, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Come paint with local artist Erika Rosso and learn to work with masking fluid and watercolor to create your own painting of snow falling on rooftops at night. Erika will guide students step by step to create their painting, demonstrating how to apply washes and how to use masking fluid. Suitable for ages 5 and older.  Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

Fall Carving Workshop-Barn Swallow Online

October 21 - December 16, 2023

Carve a barn swallow in this 8-week class under the guidance of the Gilley's master carver, Steve Valleau, beginning on Oct. 21 and running through Dec. 16. There will be no class the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

This online-only class takes place at the Gilley from 1-4pm. Class size is limited and registration is required.

Wet on Wet Watercolor Technique Workshop

October 27, 2023 4:00 - 6:00 pm

This is a wonderful class for beginning watercolor painters or for anyone wanting to experiment with the more playful side of watercolor.  Local artist Erika Rosso will guide students through several different exercises and paintings to explore the movement of paint and water on paper. 

Wear clothes you don't mind getting messy!  Suitable for ages 10 and older.

Rescheduled for 2024 - Our Maine: Exploring Its Rich Natural Heritage - Book Event

October 28, 2023 4:00 - 6:00 pm

 Rescheduled for 2024

Join the editors and photographer who teamed up to create “Our Maine: Exploring Its Rich Natural Heritage,” a book of essays by 33 contributors that paints a vivid portrait of Maine's wild places and wild creatures, as well as of human impacts and the way the state's heritage has changed. Editors Aram Calhoun, Mac Hunter and Kent Redford and photographer Laura Zamfirescu will be at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a 4pm reception and book signing followed by a 5pm presentation that will be livecast simultaneously with the in-person program. Free and open to all but registration required.

The Secrets of Northern Cardinals

November 11, 2023 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Northern Cardinals are one of the most stunning songbirds that increasingly grace our Maine backyards. What secrets are hiding underneath that brilliant red? How does a cardinal learn its song? What are the keys to a successful cardinal nest? Most importantly, why are they so red? The answers to all these questions (and more) will be explored at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 1pm with Schoodic Institute Science Research Fellow Brooke Goodman. Brooke spent four years researching cardinals in New York, examining connections between body condition and song, urbanization and feather quality, and vegetation and nesting success. Goodman will discuss her research, and delve into the unique role Mainers now play in the northern expansion of the cardinals’ range. 

Goodman earned her undergraduate degree in zoology and applied statistics at SUNY Oswego. While there she completed her undergraduate thesis studying song performance as a predictor of body condition and plumage color in Northern Cardinals. She currently works as a Gero Fellow in Science Research at the Schoodic Institute, using bioacoustics to monitor avian community response to restoration efforts in Acadia National Park. Brooke has also spent time in Montana studying the breeding birds of the great plains with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

Workshop: Miniature Landscapes in Watercolor

November 11, 2023 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Come play with watercolors and create a miniature landscape – or even two or three!  Artist Erika Rosso will guide you through the mixing of paint and basic methods of applying watercolor to paint a landscape of MDI mountains and ocean. You will learn wet-on-wet technique, how to make clouds, and how to layer colors to achieve variation of texture and value. Suitable for beginners and beyond.  All materials provided as well as wine, beer, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Restricted to those 21 and older.

People-Nature-Art: Photographer J.K. Putnam

November 14, 2023 5:30 - 8:30 pm

John K. Putnam, a full-time nature and landscape photographer based on Mount Desert Island, will be the November People-Nature-Art presenter at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 14. There will be a 5:30pm reception followed by a presentation at 7pm that will be offered in-person as well as livecast online. All events are free but registration is required.

From 2006 to 2014, Putnam worked as a photographer in New York City producing work for publishing companies and magazines as well as photographing high-end events, all while spending every vacation traveling and photographing across five continents, 20 states, and more than 30 national parks. He moved to Mount Desert Island in 2015.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature. Each session for 2023 is sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Bird Bead Necklace

November 18, 2023 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join art teacher Kathie Pratt to make a bird pendant or bead from polymer clay to make your very own necklace. Kathie will walk you through the steps, and you will bake off your creation and have a chance to paint it before you leave. Suitable for ages 5 and older.

Elephant Paint 'n' Sip for Kids & Adults

November 18, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Paint a colorful elephant in watercolor, on the last day of the Museum's exhibit of elephant photos by Peter Beard and animal sculptures by Dan Falt.  

Artist Erika Rosso will walk students through a step-by-step process. All materials provided as well as tea, seltzer and juice for this family friendly paint 'n' sip suitable for all experience levels, and those age 5 and older. All materials provided.

Paint 'n' Sip: Chickadees & Snowy Branches

December 2, 2023 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Unwind from the busy holiday season and come make a painting with us!  Join artist Erika Rosso and learn how to use watercolors to create a painting of black-capped chickadees and snow. Suitable for beginners and beyond. All materials provided as well as wine, beer, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.  Restricted to those 21 and older.

People-Nature-Art with mixed media artist Sara Tabbert

December 12, 2023 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Printmaker and mixed media artist Sara Tabbert – a past Acadia National Park artist in residence – joins us from her home studio in Fairbanks, Alaska as December’s People-Nature-Art presenter at the Wendell Gilley Museum on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in an online-only presentation at 7pm. Free but registration is required.

Tabbert’s large-scale public art commissions can be found throughout Alaska and her work is housed in public collections through the state and far beyond. In early 2020, the Alaska State Museum presented a solo exhibit of her recent work.

 She has been awarded grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. In addition to residencies in the United States, Canada, Argentina, and Italy, Tabbert has been an artist-in-residence through the National Park Service in Denali, Zion, Isle Royale, the Chilkoot Trail, and Acadia National Park. She has been selected as a 2024 resident fellow in the Windgate ITE program at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia.

‚ÄčPeople-Nature-Art is a monthly series that 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 to nature. Each session for 2023 is sponsored by our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Community Open House & Art Show

December 17, 2023 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. 17, 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 2023, 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, paintings and more.

This exhibit will include a special section devoted to work produced as part of the Fall HandWorks Festival collaboration with ArtWaves this year.

Free and open to all.

 

Special Year-End Paint 'n' Sip: Misty Mountains Dec. 30

December 30, 2023 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Artist Erika Rosso leads this special year-end Paint ‘n’ Sip for adults only on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. Create your own version of Misty Mountains, inspired by Japanese artist Higashiyama Shinkichi that weaves together layers of mountains fading into the mist.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old.

All materials and beverages will be provided. Each step will be demonstrated and explained, making for a fun and approachable class. The cost is $28 for museum members and $35 for non-members. Spaces are limited.

Paint 'n' Sip: The Wave in Ink & Watercolor-Jan. 5

January 5, 2024 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Create your own version of Katsushika Hokusai's The Wave in ink and watercolor led by instructor Erika Rosso. The Wave is a woodblock print that has inspired artists all over the world. Students will begin by drafting a painting in pencil, then applying waterproof ink pen before finishing it with watercolor paint. In essence students will be creating a template for the painting with pens, then  “coloring in" the lines using paint.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old.

All materials and beverages will be provided. Each step will be demonstrated and explained, making for a fun and approachable class. The cost is $28 for museum members and $35 for non-members. Spaces are limited.

Intro Carving Class - Winter Mornings

January 12, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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.

Students must be at least 11 years old. Class size limited to 4.

Intro Carving Class-Winter Afternoons

January 12, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

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.

Students must be at least 11 years old. Class size limited to 4.

All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Texture, Pattern & Other Fun Watercolor Experiments

January 13, 2024 1:00 - 3:00 pm

In this class students will make three paintings using various techniques to create texture and patterns. These will include using tape and watercolors to create a modern piece of art; using plastic wrap to create texture; and using crayons and salt. Perfect for the person who likes to experiment and try new things. It is also great for kids or adults who like to move from project to project quickly, as we will be working on several experiments!

For adults who like to play and children age 5 and up. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

2-Part Class: Color Studies & Technique in Watercolor

January 19, 2024 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Jan. 19 & Jan. 26

This is a wonderful 2-part class for beginners or watercolor painters who need to “brush” up on their color studies and technique. The fee covers both classes and all materials. It is taught by Erika Rosso.

In the first class students will be focusing on mixing colors, layering colors and creating different values. These experiments will be created in grids and labeled so that you can refer to them for future paintings. We will discover which colors are granulated, translucent or opaque and how they interact. Students will work on the values and graded washes on the first day.

On the second workshop day, students will focus on watercolor technique—how to layer color, when to allow washes to dry in between coats, and when to add color to wet washes. We will also experiment with dry brush techniques and learn when to use more saturated color. All materials supplied. This class is suitable for ages 16 and up.

Getting Wild: Animal-based Game Play with Camp Beech Cliff

January 20, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join Camp Beech Cliff's Matt Cornish at the Gilley for Getting Wild: Animal-based Game Play, on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10:30am to noon. We’ll spend some time getting to know each other, and exploring the environment through a combination of get-to-know you games and games involving critters that crawl, hop, and soar. Whether it’s via parachute, camouflage, or more, we’ll make discoveries about our world and each other through play. This all happens outside at the Museum, 4 Herrick Road in Southwest Harbor.

Camp Beech Cliff will be with us at the Gilley the third Saturday of each month through April. Fee is $14 for non-members and $10 for members. Registration required.

Wingspan Game Day at the Gilley

January 20, 2024 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Wingspan is one of the bestselling board games in the world, and the Gilley is hosting our own Wingspan Game Day on every third Saturday of our Winter Session, which runs from January through April from 1:00 to 3:30pm. This is a favorite with families.

You don't have to know anything about birds to have fun playing Wingspan, but you'll probably learn some fun facts as you play. In the game, players work to attract the best birds to their wildlife preserve habitats – forest, field or wetland – with food, nesting opportunities and other actions. No fee, but registration is required.

People-Nature-Art with Environmental Decoy Artist Sue Schubel

January 24, 2024 6:00 - 8:30 pm

RESCHEDULED to Wed., Jan. 24 -- 6pm in-person reception & 7pm in-person and online presentation

The first People-Nature-Art of 2024 features Project Puffin's "Seabird Sue” Schubel, who paints decoys at Audubon’s Seabird Institute based in Bremen, Maine, but not decoys intended for hunting; her creations help attract birds to breeding colonies.

The arc of the year now sees her in the field during the spring and summer, working with researchers on the seven Maine seabird islands managed by Audubon. Fall and winter is time to send social attraction tools (sound systems and decoys) to other projects around the world. Over many years, Sue has been with Audubon as a seasonal island supervisor and researcher, a volunteer coordinator and instructor at the Hog Island Audubon Camp, and an outreach educator reaching thousands of kids in the mid-coast. Prior to settling down in a hand-built house in Maine, she lived the life of a travelling biologist/paleontologist/artist/carpenter and explored islands from Polynesia to Iceland. 

This free in-person event will be simultaneously livecast. There will be a 6pm reception for Sue before her presentation which begins at 7pm. This is rescheduled from its original date of Jan. 16 due to a storm.

2-Part Class: Color Studies & Technique in Watercolor

January 26, 2024 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Jan. 19 & Jan. 26

This is a wonderful 2-part class for beginners or watercolor painters who need to “brush” up on their color studies and technique. The fee covers both classes and all materials. It is taught by Erika Rosso.

In the first class students will be focusing on mixing colors, layering colors and creating different values. These experiments will be created in grids and labeled so that you can refer to them for future paintings. We will discover which colors are granulated, translucent or opaque and how they interact. Students will work on the values and graded washes on the first day.

On the second workshop day, students will focus on watercolor technique—how to layer color, when to allow washes to dry in between coats, and when to add color to wet washes. We will also experiment with dry brush techniques and learn when to use more saturated color. All materials supplied. This class is suitable for ages 16 and up.

8-Week In-Person Puffin Carving Class

January 27 - March 23, 2024

Carve a puffin in this 8-week class under the guidance of the Gilley's master carver, Steve Valleau, beginning on Jan. 27. 

This class happens in-person at the Museum, from 9am to noon weekly on Saturdays. Class size is limited and registration is required.

Flash Fiction Workshop with Annaliese Jakimides 3/1

January 27, 2024 9:00 - 11:30 am

Award-winning writer Annaliese Jakimides will teach a flash fiction workshop, using art currently on display at the museum as inspiration. “Likely, you'll surprise yourself with what bubbles up,” says Jakimides. 

“Flash fiction is known by many names, including sudden fiction, short-short stories, and microfiction. Although people often think it's a ‘new’ form of writing, it's been around for as long as we've been writing stories.”

Jakimides has placed in the World's Best Short-Short Story Contest multiple times.

Winner of the Acadia Prize in Poetry, Annaliese Jakimides has more than five hundred publications in magazines, journals, anthologies, and newspapers, and broadcast online and on radio. She has multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and has been a finalist for the Maine Literary Awards in both Poetry and Nonfiction—multiple times for each one—as well as for the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize. Her work has also been included in art venues such as ArtWord at the Portland Museum of Art. Her essay for NPR’s vaunted This I Believe program was included in the show’s anthology and CD, curated by Liane Hansen. Jakimides’ most recent publication is the essay “I Tell Henry the Plate Is Red,” in the anthology Breaking Bread (Beacon Press, 2022).

A native of inner-city Boston, she moved to northern Maine and raised a family, growing almost all of their food and pumping water by hand. She currently lives in an apartment overlooking the copper dome of the Bangor Public Library. She is also a noted teacher of writing. In addition to working with urban environmental justice organizations and international arts groups, she has developed humanities programs for schools and discussed life through the lens of children’s literature in a variety of settings, including prisons, community centers, and libraries.

8-Week Online Puffin Carving Class

January 27 - March 23, 2024

Carve a puffin in this 8-week class under the guidance of the Gilley's master carver, Steve Valleau, beginning on Jan. 27. 

This is an online-only class that runs from 1-4pm weekly on Saturdays. Class size is limited and registration is required.

Amphibians in Acadia: Citizen Science Project

January 27, 2024 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Join researcher Marisa Monroe at the Wendell Gilley Museum at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 22, to learn about her work mapping and predicting when and where amphibians cross roads in Acadia National Park – and how you can help in order to prevent amphibian mortality. Learn about the different species of amphibians in the Park, how their migrations might differ, get examples from around the world on how to mitigate mortality, and review existing data for Acadia.

Spring migration is just around the corner, and while the spectacle of that is captivating, amphibian movements during the rest of the year are largely ignored by citizen science groups. In order to provide Acadia with a broad dataset from March through October, Monroe is looking for citizen scientists to help collect data in 2024 and 2025. Monroe would love to hear from attendees about amphibian movements they have observed throughout the area.

Monroe is a student at the University of Maine, Orono, in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Conservation Biology working on her Master of Science degree. She has been working on public lands around the West since 2015. Most recently she was based out of Boulder City, Nevada, with the National Park Service working on long-term natural resource monitoring protocols throughout the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When not out in the field, the Oregon native spends her time birding, rock climbing, hiking, and botanizing.

This event is a reprise of her Jan. 27 presentation at the Gilley. It will take place in person and online. Free but registration required.

Creation Club

January 27, 2024 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Come hang out Saturday night at the Gilley and get creative! Use our materials or BYOP (bring your own project) at this open-studio style community club. Each session we'll have a still life, carved bird sculptures, and a clothed model (for a limited amount of time, though more if anyone feels like volunteering here and there!). Stop by any time between 5pm and 7pm to enjoy refreshments (BYOB) and a casual, artistic atmosphere with fellow creators and crafters! 

Materials available and welcome:

Pencils, colored pencils, markers, ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, collage, gelli printing, wood carving, mixed media, crochet/knitting.

Materials unfortunately not welcome:

Oil paint, clay, particularly messy mixed media

Paper and yarn is available for use but not canvases nor crochet/sewing needles - so feel free to bring your own if that's what you'd like to work on! Charcoal and chalk pastel are welcome but not provided. 

Nature Gelli Printing April 5

February 2, 2024 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Create your own layered nature print using natural materials and cut paper. Gelli plates are reusable and made from gelatin and allow you to create layered prints by hand.  This class is fun for all ages. Artist Juliana Ramirez will lead you through the process of inking the gelli plate, creating an image, and making your prints.  

 

Paint 'n' Sip: Fox and Snow

February 2, 2024 4:00 - 6:00 pm

In winter, foxes turn a beautiful shade of red that contrasts with the snow. We will be playing with this contrast to create a simple painting in watercolor of a winter landscape complete with a forest in the background and a fox in the foreground. Students will be guided step by step, beginners welcome!

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

Nature-themed Clay Beads

February 3, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join art teacher Kathie Pratt to make nature-themed beads from polymer clay. Kathie will walk you through the steps, and you will bake off your creation and have a chance to paint it before you leave. Suitable for ages 12 and older.

LoveBirds: Valentine Printmaking

February 3, 2024 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Feel the love in this fun printmaking class with Juliana Ramirez, just in time for Valentine’s Day. We’ll make 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. Reservations required. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be provided.

Intro Carving Class - Winter Mornings

February 9, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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.

Students must be at least 11 years old. Class size limited to 4.

Intro Carving Class-Winter Afternoons

February 9, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

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.

Students must be at least 11 years old. Class size limited to 4.

All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Pop-Art Waves

February 10, 2024 1:00 - 3:00 pm

In this colorful class, students will be dividing their paper into several squares with tape and using masking marker to create "foam" for their waves. They will then use watercolor to create several different colors of waves on their papers. There is some repetition and experimentation in this painting so it is great for beginners or young students just learning to paint. Fun ocean facts will also be woven into class.

For adults who like to play and children age 5 and up. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

Wildlife Tracking

February 17, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join Camp Beech Cliff’s Molly Stewart at the Gilley on Saturday, Feb. 17 beginning at 10:30am to learn about the art of tracking animals. This is a terrific activity for adults, kids, and families. We’ll start inside, then head outside to see what we can find in the way of wildlife tracks and sign in the immediate vicinity.

Camp Beech Cliff will be with us at the Gilley the third Saturday of each month through April. Fee is $14 for non-members and $10 for members. Registration required.

Wingspan Game Day at the Gilley

February 17, 2024 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Wingspan is one of the bestselling board games in the world, and the Gilley is hosting our own Wingspan Game Day on every third Saturday of our Winter Session, which runs from January through April from 1:00 to 3:30pm. This is a favorite with families.

You don't have to know anything about birds to have fun playing Wingspan, but you'll probably learn some fun facts as you play. In the game, players work to attract the best birds to their wildlife preserve habitats – forest, field or wetland – with food, nesting opportunities and other actions. No fee, but registration is required.

The Magic of Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine 2/23

February 23, 2024 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Explore the endless possibilities of using just two colors to create unique and beautiful paintings. We will first be creating a color grid to experiment with the colors Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine and then creating several "loose" paintings of landscapes to test these colors. Students will be encouraged to push their values to create dramatic contrast in their paintings. We will take a 15 minute break halfway through class. Suitable for beginner painters and beyond.

Creation Club

February 24, 2024 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Come hang out Saturday night at the Gilley and get creative! Use our materials or BYOP (bring your own project) at this open-studio style community club. Each session we'll have a still life, carved bird sculptures, and a clothed model (for a limited amount of time, though more if anyone feels like volunteering here and there!). Stop by any time between 5pm and 7pm to enjoy refreshments (BYOB) and a casual, artistic atmosphere with fellow creators and crafters! 

Materials available and welcome:

Pencils, colored pencils, markers, ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, collage, gelli printing, wood carving, mixed media, crochet/knitting.

Materials unfortunately not welcome:

Oil paint, clay, particularly messy mixed media

Paper and yarn is available for use but not canvases nor crochet/sewing needles - so feel free to bring your own if that's what you'd like to work on! Charcoal and chalk pastel are welcome but not provided. 

People-Nature-Art with Rose Tanner 2/27

February 27, 2024 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Artist-Conservationist Rose Tanner joins the Gilley online for February’s People-Nature-Art presentation. Rose is an award-winning artist based in Vancouver, B.C., who loves the outdoors and studying birds. She is dedicated to portraying her subjects using traditional oil painting techniques.

As a professional artist, Rose Tanner has dedicated years to the arts and is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to develop new skills. She believes it’s her attention to their inner being that gives them their lifelike quality in her paintings. She says, "If my paintings can remind you of how extraordinary, how diverse and how truly beautiful nature is then I have done my work."

Rose travels widely to find her subjects, and she is active in supporting endangered birds and their habitat. She is a signature member of The Federation of Canadian Artists.

This is an online-only event, with Rose Zooming in from her home studio in Canada.

People-Nature-Art is 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 to nature.

Flash Fiction Workshop with Annaliese Jakimides 3/1

March 1, 2024 9:00 - 11:30 am

Award-winning writer Annaliese Jakimides will teach a flash fiction workshop, using art currently on display at the museum as inspiration. “Likely, you'll surprise yourself with what bubbles up,” says Jakimides. 

“Flash fiction is known by many names, including sudden fiction, short-short stories, and microfiction. Although people often think it's a ‘new’ form of writing, it's been around for as long as we've been writing stories.”

Jakimides has placed in the World's Best Short-Short Story Contest multiple times.

Winner of the Acadia Prize in Poetry, Annaliese Jakimides has more than five hundred publications in magazines, journals, anthologies, and newspapers, and broadcast online and on radio. She has multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and has been a finalist for the Maine Literary Awards in both Poetry and Nonfiction—multiple times for each one—as well as for the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize. Her work has also been included in art venues such as ArtWord at the Portland Museum of Art. Her essay for NPR’s vaunted This I Believe program was included in the show’s anthology and CD, curated by Liane Hansen. Jakimides’ most recent publication is the essay “I Tell Henry the Plate Is Red,” in the anthology Breaking Bread (Beacon Press, 2022).

A native of inner-city Boston, she moved to northern Maine and raised a family, growing almost all of their food and pumping water by hand. She currently lives in an apartment overlooking the copper dome of the Bangor Public Library. She is also a noted teacher of writing. In addition to working with urban environmental justice organizations and international arts groups, she has developed humanities programs for schools and discussed life through the lens of children’s literature in a variety of settings, including prisons, community centers, and libraries.

Paint 'n' Sip: Barn in a Snowy Field-3/1

March 1, 2024 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Painting snow is easy in watercolor! We just don't paint it and instead paint around the snow. Come experiment with this process with artist Erika Rosso and learn to create a snowy landscape. We will be using some masking fluid and salt to help create our image. Students will be guided step by step.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

Nature-themed Bas Relief Workshop April 6

March 2, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join Kathie Pratt and work in clay to create a nature-themed bas relief that you’ll be able to complete and take home that day.

Artists create a bas-relief by sculpting onto a 2-D plane to create and accentuate figures and objects, producing a 3-D appearance. We’ll be using polymer clay and baking it off, then painting it.

Class size is limited.

Intro Carving Class - Winter Mornings

March 8, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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.

Students must be at least 11 years old. Class size limited to 4.

Intro Carving Class-Winter Afternoons

March 8, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

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.

Students must be at least 11 years old. Class size limited to 4.

All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip: Fields of Snow and Trees-Time Change

March 9, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Create a winter wonderland in watercolor with local artist Erika Rosso. Students will be using the white of their paper for the snow and learning how to reserve that space as they paint in trees, birds and sky. This class is more suited for older children and adults, ages 7 and up! Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Originally scheduled for 10:30am, the time for this workshop has been changed to the afternoon, starting at 1:30pm.

2-Part Class: Planning, Drafting and Painting a Watercolor

March 15 - 22, 2024

This is a two part class for anyone with some background in watercolor or who has taken the Color Studies and Technique class offered last month. We will be learning how to plan a more complex watercolor painting of two Sandhill Cranes in the snow based off of a photograph by Shixing Wen. Over the two classes, we will make a complete drawing and a color study for our painting, carefully transfer that image to watercolor paper using tracing paper, slowly lay in our lighter values in washes based on our color study, and then continue layering watercolors and begin to add details with a dry brush technique to work towards completing our painting. This class focuses on technique and planning to create a final painting. For students 16 and up.  Each class will be held from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Winter Survival Adaptations

March 16, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join Camp Beech Cliff’s Molly Stewart at the Gilley on Saturday, March 16 to learn about the ways animals adapt to survive in the winter. This will include an outdoor portion to explore and spot some of these adaptations for ourselves. Camp Beech Cliff will be with us at the Gilley the third Saturday of each month through April. Fee is $14 for non-members and $10 for members. Registration required.

Wingspan Game Day at the Gilley

March 16, 2024 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Wingspan is one of the bestselling board games in the world, and the Gilley is hosting our own Wingspan Game Day on every third Saturday of our Winter Session, which runs from January through April from 1:00 to 3:30pm. This is a favorite with families.

You don't have to know anything about birds to have fun playing Wingspan, but you'll probably learn some fun facts as you play. In the game, players work to attract the best birds to their wildlife preserve habitats – forest, field or wetland – with food, nesting opportunities and other actions. No fee, but registration is required.

Amphibians in Acadia: Citizen Science Project

March 22, 2024 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Join researcher Marisa Monroe at the Wendell Gilley Museum at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 22, to learn about her work mapping and predicting when and where amphibians cross roads in Acadia National Park – and how you can help in order to prevent amphibian mortality. Learn about the different species of amphibians in the Park, how their migrations might differ, get examples from around the world on how to mitigate mortality, and review existing data for Acadia.

Spring migration is just around the corner, and while the spectacle of that is captivating, amphibian movements during the rest of the year are largely ignored by citizen science groups. In order to provide Acadia with a broad dataset from March through October, Monroe is looking for citizen scientists to help collect data in 2024 and 2025. Monroe would love to hear from attendees about amphibian movements they have observed throughout the area.

Monroe is a student at the University of Maine, Orono, in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Conservation Biology working on her Master of Science degree. She has been working on public lands around the West since 2015. Most recently she was based out of Boulder City, Nevada, with the National Park Service working on long-term natural resource monitoring protocols throughout the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When not out in the field, the Oregon native spends her time birding, rock climbing, hiking, and botanizing.

This event is a reprise of her Jan. 27 presentation at the Gilley. It will take place in person and online. Free but registration required.

People-Nature-Art with Karen Zimmermann, Master Naturalist & Artist

March 26, 2024 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Maine Master Naturalist Karen O. Zimmermann is the People-Nature-Art presenter at the Gilley for March. As a naturalist and artist, Karen creates not just for her own pleasure, but to share stories. By presenting small details in watercolor she invites viewers to look at all nature has to offer more deeply, taking home new insights that they may not otherwise have noticed, and to perhaps look differently at what is right under their feet and in their own backyard.

Inspired by naturalists including Maine botanist and illustrator Kate Furbush, Karen spends most days hiking, observing, learning about plants, and painting. She combines natural history notes with sketches from field observations, capturing the spirit of a living entity and its sense of place. For her, merging visual and verbal is a way to gain an understanding of the plant or animal in front of her, and its place in the world around us.

On March 26 at the Gilley, she will share how drawing is a way to deepen one’s understanding of nature, and to see details often overlooked. In addition to being a Maine Master Naturalist, Karen is a Registered Maine Guide, watercolorist, and nature journal instructor.

Creation Club

March 30, 2024 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Come hang out Saturday night at the Gilley and get creative! Use our materials or BYOP (bring your own project) at this open-studio style community club. Each session we'll have a still life, carved bird sculptures, and a clothed model (for a limited amount of time, though more if anyone feels like volunteering here and there!). Stop by any time between 5pm and 7pm to enjoy refreshments (BYOB) and a casual, artistic atmosphere with fellow creators and crafters! 

Materials available and welcome:

Pencils, colored pencils, markers, ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, collage, gelli printing, wood carving, mixed media, crochet/knitting.

Materials unfortunately not welcome:

Oil paint, clay, particularly messy mixed media

Paper and yarn is available for use but not canvases nor crochet/sewing needles - so feel free to bring your own if that's what you'd like to work on! Charcoal and chalk pastel are welcome but not provided. 

Nature Gelli Printing April 5

April 5, 2024 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Create your own layered nature print using natural materials and cut paper. Gelli plates are reusable and made from gelatin and allow you to create layered prints by hand.  This class is fun for all ages. Artist Juliana Ramirez will lead you through the process of inking the gelli plate, creating an image, and making your prints.  

 

Paint 'n' Sip: Monochromatic Landscape Painting April 5

April 5, 2024 4:00 - 6:00 pm

When we take away the options of various colors, we are left with a simple task of using value to create form. A monochromatic painting uses one color in various values or shades to create an image. This makes the watercolor painting process much easier to approach. Students will be guided step by step to create an image of layered mountains and trees in the foreground, choosing one shade of blue for their painting.

Sip on wine, tea or seltzer as part of this adults-only class, which is suitable for artists of all levels who are at least 21 years old. All materials and beverages provided.

Nature-themed Bas Relief Workshop April 6

April 6, 2024 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join Kathie Pratt and work in clay to create a nature-themed bas relief that you’ll be able to complete and take home that day.

Artists create a bas-relief by sculpting onto a 2-D plane to create and accentuate figures and objects, producing a 3-D appearance. We’ll be using polymer clay and baking it off, then painting it.

Class size is limited.

Intro Carving Class - Winter Mornings

April 12, 2024 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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.

Students must be at least 11 years old. Class size limited to 4.

Intro Carving Class-Winter Afternoons

April 12, 2024 1:30 - 3:00 pm

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.

Students must be at least 11 years old. Class size limited to 4.

Bee House Workshop April 13

April 13, 2024 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. All materials provided. Participants must be at least 7. This is an in-person program led by Juliana Ramirez, the Gilley's Staff Artist.

All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip: The Cat at Night April 13

April 13, 2024 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Paint a canvas inspired by Dahlov Ipcar’s book, The Cat at Night. Students will be given a canvas that is pre-painted in black and led through a series of steps to create their own version of a cat at night. We will have copies of Ipcar’s beautiful book to browse, so students can choose the illustration they would like to paint. These paintings will be done using acrylics, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on! Suitable for adults and kids ages 5 and up. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

Sensory Walk April 20

April 20, 2024 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 then head out to a local trail, stopping along the way to engage, observe and enjoy. Fee is $14 for non-members and $10 for members. Registration required.

Haiku Workshop April 20

April 20, 2024 1:00 - 3:30 pm

RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 20 ...Poet and naturalist Kristen Lindquist will be with us at the Gilley on Saturday, April 20 to teach an introductory haiku workshop. She’ll share a brief history of this intriguing art form, which originated in Japan more than 500 years ago and evolved as a nature poem. Kristen will share what makes a poem a haiku (it’s probably not what you think), and how haiku are written today in the United States. Then she will guide students through writing their own haiku.

Wingspan Game Day at the Gilley

April 20, 2024 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Wingspan is one of the bestselling board games in the world, and the Gilley is hosting our own Wingspan Game Day on every third Saturday of our Winter Session, which runs from January through April from 1:00 to 3:30pm. This is a favorite with families.

You don't have to know anything about birds to have fun playing Wingspan, but you'll probably learn some fun facts as you play. In the game, players work to attract the best birds to their wildlife preserve habitats – forest, field or wetland – with food, nesting opportunities and other actions. No fee, but registration is required.

wooden bird carvings