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New winter hours!

Something new is happening at the Wendell Gilley Museum!

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 we'll be open to the public every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Face coverings are required.

Visit our reservations page HERE to reserve your spot.



Thank you!

It’s been a terrific year at the Gilley – thanks for being part of it.

We’re closed for the holidays, and will reopen Saturday, Jan. 15; we’ll be open to the public all winter on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. And we’ll be offering programs online and in person. Watch our Events page and subscribe to the newsletter to find out what’s coming up.

The Gilley is hiring

The Gilley is growing, and we're looking for someone to fill a key new position on the museum staff.

The Database Administrator and Office Manager is a full-time, exempt, term position with benefits; it is renewed annually.

This person will be responsible for assisting in and supporting fundraising and administrative operations. Primary duties are maintaining the museum's membership database, and bookkeeping. Day-to-day work includes participating in donor relations, assisting with communications, direct mail appeals, and events, as well as bookkeeping and office manager functions. For a complete job description, and to apply, visit HERE.

Holiday Hours

The museum is open:

Thursday, Dec. 16, from 10am-4pm;

Friday, Dec. 17, from 10am-1pm;

Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10am-4pm.

Our last day open to the public for 2021 is Saturday, Dec. 18. After a short break the museum will reopen to the public on Saturdays throughout the winter, beginning on Jan. 15.

Special Thanksgiving Hours -- and a Sale!

The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and on Friday, Nov. 26.

But we will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 10 am and we'll be open all day. The museum will close at 4pm as usual on Saturdays, with last entry at 3pm.

And as a special way of thanking the community, everything in our Museum Store will be 10% off all day long with the exception of consignment items. For Museum members, it's a doubly special deal because members already get a 10% discount in the store excluding consignment items, so their discount will be doubled. Want to become a member? You can become one online now HERE, or sign up in person on Saturday.

From all of us to all of you, Happy Thanksgiving.

1.5-hour Carving Classes end Sept. 14

There is still room in the last few 1.5-hour carving classes of the season. Sign up for a spot on Thursday, Sept. 9 or Tuesday, Sept. 14 at either 10:30am or 1:30pm. These classes come with a kit including a roughed-out blank you carve, sand, paint, and take home with you. To secure your spot, register HERE.

Closed Tuesday, Aug. 17 & Saturday, Aug. 21

The museum will be closed all day Tuesday, Aug. 17 as we take down Birds in Art to make way for our next special exhibit, "Light, Sky, Land and Edges." The museum will also be closed on Saturday, Aug. 21 so we can install the new exhibit, which opens Tuesday, Aug. 24. "Light, Sky, Land and Edges" is a rich artistic collaboration between painter Tracy Baker-White and poet Martha Donovan. See more about the exhibit HERE.

We apologize for any inconvenience these closures might cause, and look forward to sharing this new exhibit with you.

Maine Printmaker explores the natural world with the Gilley

Sherrie York celebrates the natural world, birds in particular, with original, hand-pulled linocuts from her studio in Maine. Her work has been featured in national and international exhibitions. And now she is going to be at the Wendell Gilley Museum in person to teach, and to explore with us that special place where nature and art intersect.

On Aug. 6 and 7 she will be at the Wendell Gilley Museum teaching classes during the day and offering an evening presentation about the connection between nature, her creative process and the art she makes. "Human relationships with wild lands and wild creatures are as individual as we are, whether we see nature as a nourishing mother, a suite of resources to be exploited, or a frightening and dangerous wasteland,” she says. “When an image I create sparks a memory or reflects an experience familiar to the viewer, it provides common ground for sharing our stories and understanding each other’s perspective. And shared stories can help us not only to celebrate the beauty found in nature, but also to tackle larger issues of wildlife, water, and land conservation."

On Friday, Aug. 6 from 9am to 3pm she will lead a workshop for creating two-color prints; the fee is $40. On Saturday, Aug. 7 from 9am to noon she will lead a workshop for creating prints with one color; the fee is $20 per person.  And on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 7 pm. she will be discussing the connections between nature and art with museum director Sean Charette in “Celebrating the Natural World with Sherrie York: A Special Birds in Art presentation” This presentation will happen in person at the Gilley, and will be simultaneously livestreamed. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

York is the sole artist from Maine represented in the stunning Birds in Art exhibition on display at the Gilley through Aug. 14, She has been Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park and the National Audubon Society, and her work is in many museums and private collections.  

To sign up for any of these events, or for more information, visit the Events page HERE.


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