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Holiday Sale!

Join us at the Gilley for a special holiday sale in the museum store on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, and the following Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17; 10am-4pm all four days.

Everything except consignment items is 10% off for non-members and 20% off for Museum members.

Gilley will be open the Saturday after Thanksgiving


The Wendell Gilley Museum will be open and welcoming visitors on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, from 10am to 4pm. There also will be a special holiday sale in the museum store. Everything except consignment items will be 10% off for non-members and 20% off for museum members.

This is a chance to see the exhibit of stunning linocut nature prints by Sherrie York that is currently on display in the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery. The show ends Dec. 18. Also on display are the photos of “Birds in Focus,” by David Speiser, along with carvings by Wendell Gilley, Hank Tyler, Steve Valleau and Elmer Crowell.

Admission is $10 per person, with anyone 12 and younger admitted for free.

The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 24.

The Gilley is going year-round!


Big news for the Gilley!

For the first time in our 41-year history the Gilley will be open in the winter, making us a year-round community gathering place. Traditionally, the Gilleg reduced its open hours after Halloween and then closed in mid-December until early May. 

With this important change, the museum is now open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm until Dec. 17. The museum's community art show is Sunday, Dec. 18.  Then, after a brief break for the holidays, on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 the museum will be open all winter long on Fridays and Saturdays as a community gathering place. Sign up for the newsletter or watch our webpage for announcements about activities on those days. Any questions? Contact Melinda Rice-Schoon, Director of Engagement & Communications, at

Kit Carving Classes end Sept. 13 for 2022

There are just 12 beginners' kit carving lessons with Steve Valleau left for this season before we switch to fall programming.

Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays with our master carver, Steve Valleau, who has been sharing this art with students at the museum for 37 years. This 1.5-hour class comes with a kit that includes a bird blank and paints. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form, and leave with something you create in our outdoor classroom. The last of these classes for this year is Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Students must be at least 11 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $35 for non-members or $28 for members (a 20% discount off the regular price). To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.

Class size is limited to 4.

Maine Printmaker's work now on exhibit

Sherrie York

Aug. 23-Dec. 17

Sherrie York is a printmaker and a compulsive wanderer of landscapes. In her linocuts, she strives to represent the interactions of living things, both as a moment in time and as a reflection of the wider experience of life on earth.

As a printmaker she has pushed the linocut medium to be uncharacteristically realistic, treating the application of color as a watercolorist might, by glazing multiple layers of transparent inks. She is especially interested in strong rhythms and patterns between a subject and its environment and pays close attention to the shapes around an object, as well as the object itself.

Her linocuts have been chosen for national and international exhibitions, including multiples times for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum’s prestigious Birds in Art, and the Society of Animal Artists’ Art & the Animal. Her work is also collected in numerous corporate, private and museum collections, incluidng the Gilley's.

She is also a naturalist and educator, who works with Audubon.


Artist donates 100% of proceeds from sales to Gilley

David Speiser, whose stunning bird photographs are on exhibit at the Gilley through Aug. 20, is selling his works and donating all of the proceeds to the museum.

The images comprise a show called Birds in Focus: Maine and the Beauty of Birds. Mr. Speiser’s knowledge, talent and keen eye have resulted in works that capture moments of incredible intimacy in the lives of their avian subjects.

The images for sale are photographic prints on paper that have been face-mounted to polished sheets of acrylic. This produces a wonderful luminous effect, further enhancing the images.  

The larger prints, at 16x24, sell for $1,200 and the smaller ones which are 12x18, sell for $800.

For more information, please contact museum director Sean Charette at

Demo Days at Schoodic Institute

See how it’s done! Master carver Steve Valleau will be a special guest at the Schoodic Institute on Friday, June 17,  from 1-3pm, doing a hands-on bird carving demonstration outside the Rockefeller Welcome Center. Visit with Steve, and pick up a carving knife yourself. There is no charge to give it a try! Then visit the display of bird carvings from the Wendell Gilley Museum inside the Welcome Center. Steve has been the carver-in-residence at the Museum for 37 years.

We are open!

The museum building has been closed to the public while our HVAC was being upgraded and our new exhibits were being installed. Come see the result of all that work — and everything we've been working on all winter long.

We can't wait to see you. Beginning June 1, we’re open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am to 4pm. We add Saturdays on a regular basis beginning June 23 from 10am to 4pm. At this time, we are requiring masks and limiting the number of people who can be inside the museum at any one time. Sign up to schedule your visit here:


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