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The Wendell Gilley Museum is a community center that celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature, and art. The Museum endeavors to inspire appreciation of the visual arts, engagement in artistic creativity, and respect and care for the natural world.

If you are feeling inspired, consider joining our creative communitycarving classes, family activities, and members’ carving club continue all winter. And if you can’t fly in, follow the flock on Facebook. School and community groups are welcome to arrange programs and tours.

special events and giving opportunities

Holiday Gathering
The Gilley extends a warm welcome to our annual Holiday Open House and Carving Show on Sunday, December 10 from noon to 4 pm
. New carvings by members and works by student artists from the local schools will brighten the museum. Come join the fireside celebration to admire the art and toast the winter season with us.

Gratitude and Giving
We are truly grateful for the generosity of so many members and visitors. Your support allows us to continue a long tradition of rich exhibitions and programs; it also makes our work so successful and enjoyable.

Please keep us in your thoughts during this season of giving. Your gift in any amount is deeply appreciated and supports our mission of preserving Wendell Gilley’s work and keeping his legacy of encouraging creativity and learning alive.

Donations, whether they are for membership, annual giving, or the Nina Gormley fund, to honor Nina's years of dedication and commitment to the Gilley Museum, are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. You can contribute onlineor contact us for more details.





Open Friday and Saturday

October 7 to December 9

9-week carving class

Saturdays, 1 to 4pm
(no class November 25)

Family Art and Nature Programs

third Saturdays, 10-11:30am
November 18: Patterns, Plumage
December 16: Felt Birds

November 3
Member's Carving Club begins
1 to 4 pm

November 28
Holiday Cards Printmaking Workshop
5:30 to 7 pm

December 10
Holiday Open House
noon to 4 pm

New Director to Lead the Gilley

Tribute to long-time supporter David Rockefeller Sr.

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