Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving

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Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving
Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving

General Info

Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving
4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor, ME, 04679, US
P: 207-244-7555
Website: http://www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/

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General Overview

Opened in 1981, the 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.

True to its name, the Museum always features substantial exhibits of bird carvings by Wendell Gilley. Changing displays of bird carvings by Museum members and the Carver-in-Residence are also regularly on view, as is a collection of miniature waterfowl by the Cape Cod carver who inspired Gilley, A. Elmer Crowell. Every summer and fall season, a temporary exhibition drawn from other museums, galleries, artists and private collections brings something new to the Southwest Harbor art scene, be it contemporary or historical in nature. Other times of the year, the Museum rotates exhibitions from its holdings of prints and paintings.

Hours of Operation and Special Fees

Adults: $5.00
Children ages 5–12: $2.00
Museum members and children under 5 admitted free

June through October
Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm
(close at 5pm during July and August)
Last admission to galleries 30 minutes before closing
Closed Mondays and July 4

May, November and December
(May 4 – December 16, 2012)
Open Friday–Sunday, 10am–4pm
Last admission to galleries 30 minutes before closing
Closed Monday–Thursday

January through April
Workshop open to Museum members every Friday, 1pm–4pm
Groups welcome by appointment
Classes and community events, as scheduled

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