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Upcoming Events

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 16.

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

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

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

Class size limited to 4.

Fun with Feathers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awesome Owls

July 15, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

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July 20, 2022 1:30 - 3:00 pm

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

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October 22, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Whooooooo’s awesome? Owls are!   

Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel will guide you through the fascinating world of these avian superstars. Discover how they find food, mates, and a safe place to hang out. Learn about their feathers, talons, eyes and ears. This fun exploration will include video; examination of the museum’s owl carvings and other artworks; and hands-on activities including dissection of owl pellets. Awesome Owls is open to curious adventurers age 10 and older. 

Registration is required and space is limited.

Plein Air Painting June 24

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

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

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

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

Writing Workshop June 25

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

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

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

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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.
 

Fun with Feathers

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

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

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

Workshop size is limited and masks are required. $10 per person for non-members, $8 for museum members. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Sign up at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/events

Feather Art with Erika Rosso-moved from July 8 to July 6

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

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

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Join us to make art with feathers. Feathers can be a paintbrush or be painted, they can be the subject of the media for your special art. We provide the feathers, paint, yarn, glue and art paper. You bring your creativity. Art teacher Erika Rosso joins us for this special session to help your creativity soar. Registration required. Class size limited. All ages welcome. This is a terrific family activity. We will work in our outdoor classroom at the Gilley. There are two sessions available this summer -- Wednesday, July 6 at 1:30pm (which was orginally scheduled for Friday, July 8), and Friday, Aug. 5 at 1:30pm.

Nature Journaling Workshop-Kids & Families

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

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

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

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

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

Birdhouse Building Workshop

July 15, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

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August 19, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

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September 16, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

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October 21, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

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Join naturalist Rich MacDonald in the Wendell Gilley Museum's outdoor classroom to build a birdhouse and learn about the birds who will live there. In this two-hour workshop, you will learn about the life history and ecology of some of the other bird species that might visit your birdhouse, and how best to site your creation to entice birds to use it.

This class is for people 10 and older, and anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration required. Class size is limited.

Materials provided and you take home your birdhouse that day! Fee: $35 per person

Special Saturday Carving Class with Steve Valleau

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

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

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

Workshop: Build a Bee House

December 17, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

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

Past Events

Carving Classes with Steve Valleau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn carving on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. Last class for the season is Tuesday, Sept. 16.

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

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

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

Class size limited to 4.

Fun with Feathers

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

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

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

Awesome Owls

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

Whooooooo’s awesome? Owls are!   

Museum Educator Cynthia Ocel will guide you through the fascinating world of these avian superstars. Discover how they find food, mates, and a safe place to hang out. Learn about their feathers, talons, eyes and ears. This fun exploration will include video; examination of the museum’s owl carvings and other artworks; and hands-on activities including dissection of owl pellets. Awesome Owls is open to curious adventurers age 10 and older. 

Registration is required and space is limited.

Plein Air Painting June 24

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

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

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

Flute-making Workshop with Hawk Henries June 25

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

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

Space is limited and registration is required.

 

Writing Workshop June 25

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

This workshop is designed to help you unlock your creativity and leave with some works in progress, and to have some fun along the way. Get inspired by pieces from the museum's permanent collection and current exhibitions, with writer and artist Annaliese Jakimides. Her prose and poetry have been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies; broadcast on NPR and Maine Public; and included in art venues such as ArtWord at the Portland Museum of Art. She will provide some background about this type of writing ekphrastic writing plus techniques, and prompts to get you going. But ultimately you choose your path.
 

Family Nature Journaling

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

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

Fun with Feathers at Southwest Harbor Public Library

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

We’re teaming up with the Southwest Harbor Public Library on June 29 at 1pm for a special Fun with Feathers at the library! Draw feathers. Use a magnifying glass to see them up close. Learn about their structure and function. Use a feather to draw or paint your own work of art. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

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

 

Are Birds Like You & Me?

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

Join us on Friday, July 1 to discover the special adaptations that allow birds to survive life in Maine. Through using our curiosity, problem solving skills, senses and imagination we will better appreciate how and what birds eat, build a nest, stay warm, protect themselves, find a mate, move about, and use their senses. Some things may surprise you! Let's explore this interesting and amazing group of animals that share our planet and lives.

Fun with Feathers

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

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

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

Workshop size is limited and masks are required. $10 per person for non-members, $8 for museum members. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Sign up at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/events

Feather Art with Erika Rosso-moved from July 8 to July 6

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

Join us to make art with feathers. Feathers can be a paintbrush or be painted, they can be the subject of the media for your special art. We provide the feathers, paint, yarn, glue and art paper. You bring your creativity. Art teacher Erika Rosso joins us for this special session to help your creativity soar. Registration required. Class size limited. All ages welcome. This is a terrific family activity. We will work in our outdoor classroom at the Gilley. There are two sessions available this summer -- Wednesday, July 6 at 1:30pm (which was orginally scheduled for Friday, July 8), and Friday, Aug. 5 at 1:30pm.

Nature Journaling Workshop-Kids & Families

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

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

Birdhouse Building Workshop

June 17, 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join naturalist Rich MacDonald in the Wendell Gilley Museum's outdoor classroom to build a birdhouse and learn about the birds who will live there. In this two-hour workshop, you will learn about the life history and ecology of some of the other bird species that might visit your birdhouse, and how best to site your creation to entice birds to use it.

This class is for people 10 and older, and anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration required. Class size is limited.

Materials provided and you take home your birdhouse that day! Fee: $35 per person

Workshop: Build a Bee House

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

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

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

wooden bird carvings