Members, volunteers and donors make possible everything the Museum does, and are actively involved in all aspects of the Museum’s life. We are intentional in our work to provide unique opportunities to connect people, nature and art.
- Carving classes and other hands-on creative programs for our community and local schools
- Exhibitions and programs making top-notch art accessible to the public and schools
- Showcases of creative work by local artists, students and members,
- Programs focuing on birds, nature and the environment
Your support has impact and goes directly to all of these activities, and more. Join our work by becoming a member, making a contribution, leading a tour, supporting an exhibition, or volunteering to help with one of our many projects. The Wendell Gilley Museum invites you to become involved and looks forward to your active participation.
Become a member
As a member of the Wendell Gilley Museum, you help to fund creative and inspiring exhibitions, educational programs, and outreach activities. The Museum, a non-profit organization, relies on dues and contributions for support. And we rely on our members' participation in the museum's life to create the very special personality that characterizes the Wendell Gilley Museum. Join us to connect people, nature, and art and help us continue Gilley's legacy.
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Great Horned Owl — $100 and up
Wood Duck (family) — $50
Black-capped Chickadee (individual) — $35
Soaring Circle Membership
Bald Eagle — $1500 and up
Peregrine — $500 and up
Nesting Membership Benefits
• Free admission to the Gilley Museum*
• Invitations to members’ events
• Museum newsletter
• Museum library lending privileges
• Assistance in locating bird carving patterns and references
• Eligibility for Museum carving classes and club
• 10% discount on gift shop purchases (consignment items excluded)
*Wood Duck (family) category includes all members of household. Great Horned Owl category includes guests that you accompany personally.
Soaring Circle Benefits
All the benefits listed above, plus:
• Free admission passes for 10 guests
• Invitations to Soaring Circle events
• Woodcarving demonstration and personal tour, by appointment
• Year in review
The Wendell Gilley Museum invites business owners to become the wind beneath its wings as corporate members. By supporting specific exhibitions and programs, or our annual Flight of Swallows benefit, you can help the Museum to soar. In return, you will be publicly acknowledged in exhibition and program materials, and receive membership benefits and the regard of the community for investing in a valued institution. Benefits vary according to the sponsorship, but all include public recognition of corporate members.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Wendell Gilley Museum. Our volunteers’ service is invaluable to making the Museum function smoothly, and to helping spread awareness of what the Museum has to offer. Volunteers work on a number of projects, from helping with carving classes and other creative programs to giving special tours to specific projects. A current exciting project is helping the Gilley to finish a complete catalog of its entire collection.
Who can become a Museum volunteer?
You can! Volunteer positions are open to all individuals who meet application requirements and are willing to commit to required time minimums (not applicable to all positions). We also suggest that volunteers become Museum members so that they may receive mailings about changing exhibitions and ongoing activities within the various departments. As members, volunteers also receive discounts on Museum classes and in the Museum store.
Thank you for considering a donation to the Wendell Gilley Museum. Your financial contribution can make a big difference. By investing in the Museum, you will join many donors who are a part of preserving the work of Maine artist Wendell Gilley, creating a world-class home for art, and supporting educational programs for children and adults.
Matching Gift Program
Some companies will match contributions made to the Museum by their current employees or retirees. If your company offers such a program, you can increase your support by including a matching gift application with your donation.
Other Gift Giving Options
For information on how to include the Wendell Gilley Museum in estate planning or instructions for donating securities or other non-cash gifts to the museum, please visit us or contact the Museum at (207) 244-7555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are a few of our favorite (wished for) things. If you are interested in donating, helping to create, or sponsoring any of these items, please contact the Museum.
• Interactive exhibit kiosks
• Exhibit cases / new / upgrade
• Digital camera
• Walkway lighting
• Unusual species or exceptionally outstanding carvings by Wendell Gilley
• Detailed bird photographs (in book form, paper, or digital files)
• Custom traveling exhibit crates for framed watercolors
The Wendell Gilley Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax-deductible, within the limits provided by law.
You can make a donation online here: Donate page