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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.

Winter has arrived in Southwest Harbor, Maine, home of the Wendell Gilley Museum. Our final public hours of 2016 were held on December 11th, but we are not “closed for the season;” school and community groups are welcome, by appointment, and members’ carving club and carving classes are held as scheduled. Hardy resident birds like chickadees, nuthatches, crows and cardinals can be spotted around our grounds and we are delighted to serve our equally hardy human residents year-round and to welcome spring and summer migrants---of all species—when they return in 2017.



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