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The Wendell Gilley Museum 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, programs for kids, and members’ carving club continue into spring. And if you can’t fly in, follow the flock on Facebook. School and community groups are welcome to arrange programs and tours.


All are invited to the Gilley's annual spring open house on Sunday, May 27, from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy a festive afternoon with music, refreshments, and art. American Oystercatchers from a recent carving class, along with other new pieces by members will be on display. A tangle of Red Knot decoys crafted by local students will alight as well.


Our doors open for general visitation on Friday June 1. We will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

Barbara Ernst Prey:

Earth, Sea, Sky

The exhibition of watercolors and oil paintings by Barbara Ernst Prey will be on view at the Wendell Gilley Museum from June 30 through October 14, 2018. It is a celebraton of the artist’s long engagement with the landscape and people of Maine, where she has been painting for more than forty years.


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.
Donations, whether they are for membership, annual giving, or the Flight of Swallows benefit are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. You can contribute onlineor contact us for more details. 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.






Carving Club

Fridays, 1 to 4 pm
through May

Whittle a Warbler
Saturday, May 12

10 am to 4 pm

Spring Open House
Sunday, May 27

12 to 4 pm

Barbara Ernst Prey:
Earth, Sea, Sky

Summer exhibition
June 30 through mid-October

Flight of Swallows
Wine-tasting benefit
August 2, 2018

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