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Opening July 2

We are excited to be opening the Wendell Gilley Museum to the public for tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning July 2. Admission will be by reservation only, as we are limited to 10 people in the building at a time in accordance with the best guidance for the prevention of Covid-19. Museum hours on those days are 10am to 4pm, with the last reservation at 3:30pm.


O Solo, Bee-O!

Some bees just like to be alone. Mason bees and leaf-cutter bees are non-stinging solitary bees that nest in cavities. You can help them find a home by building a bee house with a kit from the Wendell Gilley Museum. In these bee houses, the cavities are 5-inch-deep drilled holes — deep enough, we hope, to be safe from a woodpecker tongue.

Learn & Do ONLINE

Visit our Learn & Do page for lots of fun and inspiring online art projects, created by local artists. You'll find videos about using clay, collage and collotype printmaking to create your own birds, as well as a download-able project to make mythological bird gods and goddesses!  Image: Thunderbird mythological bird project by Erica Rosso. Expand to read more...

New Addition to the Flock

Welcome Melinda Rice-Schoon!

We are excited to welcome Melinda to our flock at the Gilley. Melinda has worked with other Mount Desert Island non-profits, including the Seal Cove Auto Museum and the Jessup Library, and she brings a rich background in communications and public programs. Melinda will help us continue to grow our programs and spread the word about the exciting things going on at the Gilley. We are already enjoying her enthusiasm - welcome Melinda!

Gilley Members Gallery

Member's Gallery

Our members have been getting creative! Visit our Exhibits page and our Member's Gallery to see some of their wonderful work. Bee Houses and Collages based on our online offerings (learn more on our NEWS page), carvings, and more. More fabulous art coming soon...

Migratory Bird Day and Artist Sherrie York

Sharing this wonderful post about Migratory Bird Day and Printmaking from our friend, artist Sherrie York. She designed the poster for World Migratory Bird Day this year. Check out her video about her printmaking process. As Sherrie says - "Birds and Art just go together"!

Birds & Bees Nature Craft Projects

Check out our new Mason Bee Houses. Easy to make, fun to decorate - a great way to get creative, and to get outside and learn more about bees. Watch a video about the Bee Houses by our museum artist, Steven Valleau here and See pictures of completed houses here. Kits are for local pick up or delivered by mail and include the materials you need. Read more about the kits, and how to order below - and learn more about Solitary Bees below too.

Crazy, Creative Collage!

Below are some excellent online videos and ideas by local artists to get you inspired. Each project is very different, and as you'll see from all of their work, collage is a super fun art form that you can do with scissors, glue, and anything you can glue down. The results can be beautiful and sometimes surprising and can send a positive message. 


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