Current exhibits

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Gary Hoyle's Aspects of Nature

May 17 - June 13, 2020

Swan’s Island artist Gary Hoyle has a unique way of making water and oil work together to create paintings that look like Aerial view of landscapes from another world. These gorgeous paintings will be on view alongside his more representational landscape paintings, which share a beautiful muted and saturated pallete. We'll also be exhibiting some of Gary's realistic animal sculptures and a variety of his watercolors and drawings, many of which show a keen sense of humor. Gary Hoyle: Aspects of Nature opens on May 15, and we will celebrate Gary's work with a reception at our Spring Open House party, 12-3 pm on Sunday, May 17. 

Upcoming exhibits

Birds in Art - Coming in 2021!

June 20, 2020 - September 7, 2019

Birds in Art has been postponed to summer 2021. Although we are disappointed not to have the show with us this summer, it means that we can share this world-renowned art exhibit with more of you when it migrates to the Wendell Gilley Museum next year.

Birds in Art features work by sixty different contemporary artists, who offer their unique interpretations of the avian world in a variety of media. An international, juried show, the exhibition includes work by a wide range of accomplished contemporary artists.


Natural Talent: The Carvings of Harold Haertel

June 23 - November 1, 2020

Bird carver Harold Haertel was a well-known contemporary of Wendell Gilley. Born the same year, both men became leading names in the world of bird carving, and had successful careers creating and selling thousands of carvings.

See a short 20 second video that shows some of Harold's carvings

Light, Sky, Land, and Edges

September 15 - November 1, 2020

It was the landscape of Mount Desert Island and its shores that inspired long-time friends Tracy Baker-White and Martha Andrews Donovan to work together to create art and poetry together. The exhibition ‘Light, Sky, Land, and Edges: A Collaboration Between Painter and Poet’ celebrates their rich artistic collaboration. This exhibit will be on display at the Wendell Gilley Museum from September 15 to November 1.

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