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Past events

Pinwheels for Peace

August 14, 2020, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Join Allison Maurais for this fun August art class to make a "Pinwheel for Peace." Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by teachers Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. Make a pinwheel with your own unique design and help us cover the Gilley lawn in pinwheels for International Peace Day in solidarity with other organizations – including Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor – on Sept. 21. Suitable for kids in middle school and up. Find out more about Pinwheels for Peace at

Two-hour Printmaking Classes with Sherrie York-Morning & Afternoon Sessions (FULL)

August 18, 2020, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Talented Maine printmaker Sherrie York will teach two printmaking classes at the Wendell Gilley Museum on August 18, one from 10am to noon and the other from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Join us to create vibrant one- or two-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. Registration is required at: 207 244-777 or Cost is $15 ($10 for museum members.)

Carving Classes will continue into the autumn

July 2 - September 24, 2020

These are our usual great summer carving classes - two hours long and limited to five people as always.  This summer and fall we will be carving spaced apart and outdoors, under the new Gilley Tent. Face coverings required. Two classes are offered each Tuesday and Thursday through mid-October, one at 10:30am and one at 2pm.

Paint a Peacock

July 3, 2020, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Paint a Peacock with artist Erika Rosso -- Use interesting patterns and colorful paints on canvas to create beautiful peacocks in the style of artist Starla Michele. Class limited to 5 and is held outside under our new tent! Face coverings required. Ages 8+. Paints and canvas provided. $10 fee to cover materials. Contact for questions or to register.

Watercolors in Wonderland

July 13, 2020, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us to paint at Wonderland Trail in Acadia National Park. Instructor Erika Rosso will offer tips on capturing the spirit and personality of the birds we see with quick watercolor sketches using a gestural approach. Class size is limited to 8, ages 8 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Click on EXPAND to read more and reserve your spot. 



Fun for Fledglings (Art Classes for Kids!)

July 17 - August 21, 2020

Join us under the Gilley Tent for fun art classes taught on select days by Allison Maurais. Classes begin at 10:30am and are limited to 5 people only; children should come with an adult guardian. Reserve your spot by emailing Cost of the class is $5 per person, and covers instruction and materials. All classes will be outside and socially distanced; face coverings are required.

Allison Maurais is an artist, and the the all-grade art teacher at Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor. We are lucky to have her join us on staff at the Gilley during the summers.

Click on EXPAND for a complete list of classes.


wooden bird carvings