Celebrate Nature, Art and Creativity in Maine.
Wendell Gilley delighted in helping others find connections with nature and creativity. Our Museum sustains his legacy through vibrant art exhibitions and a wide range of hands-on creative and educational programs for all ages.
Watercolors in Wonderland
Join us to paint at Wonderland Trail in Acadia National Park. Instructor Erika Rosso will offer tips on capturing the spirit and personality of the birds we see with quick watercolor sketches using a gestural approach. Class size is limited to 8, ages 8 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Click on EXPAND to read more and reserve your spot.
Following the best practices for combatting the spread of Covid-19, we will be practicing social distancing and cannot offer transportation; face coverings are required.
We recommended that you bring with you:
♦ your own portable or travel watercolor kit and watercolor pad or sketchbook – recommended paper options are Small Arches 140 lb block or several small sheets of any 140-pound watercolor paper with a backboard and masking tape or any watercolor pad/sketchbook;
♦ 2-3 watercolor brushes with good tips in varying sizes;
♦ small sealable jar of water for cleaning brushes;
♦ a small watercolor palette (or plastic egg carton);
♦ basic watercolor tubes;
♦ a rag or paper towel;
♦ a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
These items should all be available at Caroll Drug Store in Southwest Harbor, and Sherman’s in Bar Harbor. If you don't have supplies, let us know in advance and the museum can get you outfitted for a very reasonable price.
Plan to sit on the rocks, or bring a chair and easel. (Keep in mind you will be carrying everything with you from the parking area.) It is a flat walk of about a half mile from the parking area to shore, where the terrain is mostly boulders with some sand. There are no restroom facilities. Find out more about Wonderland HERE.
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.
Friday Fun for Fledglings (Art Classes for Kids!)
Join us under the Gilley Tent for fun art classes taught on select Fridays by Allison Maurais. Classes begin at 10:30am and are limited to 5 people only; children should come with an adult guardian. Reserve your spot by emailing email@example.com. Cost of the class is $5 per person, and covers instruction and materials. All classes will be outside and socially distanced; face coverings are required.
Allison Maurais is an artist, and the the all-grade art teacher at Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor. We are lucky to have her join us on staff at the Gilley during the summers.
Click on EXPAND for a complete list of classes.
Create a wonderfully patterned bird drawing. The materials are simple, but these can be as complex and wild as you want. Suitable for kids in middle school and up.
July 24 – Printmaking
Design a colorful bird and print multiple unique copies to share. We'll be making 1 or 2 color prints using foam or softcarve (similar to linoluem, but easier to use) and water-based printing inks. For children 10 and up.
July 31 – Christmas in July
July is the perfect time to create an ornament from salt dough for this year’s Christmas tree. We’ll be working with flour, water, salt, ribbon, and textured items to press into the dough. Feel free to bring your own treasures from nature – shells, leaves, acorns, you name it – to use. For children 6 and up.
Aug. 7 & 14 – Pinwheels for Peace
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by teachers Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. Make a pinwheel with your own unique design and help us cover the Gilley lawn in pinwheels for International Peace Day in solidarity with other organizations – including Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor – on Sept. 21. Suitable for kids in middle school and up. Find out more about Pinwheels for Peace at www.pinwheelsforpeace.com
Carving Classes are Back!
These are our usual great summer carving classes - two hours long and limited to five people as always. This summer we will be carving spaced apart and outdoors, under the new Gilley Tent. Face coverings required. Two classes are offered each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, one at 10:30am and one at 2pm.
Classes limited to five; all classes held outside and socially distanced. All skill levels welcome. Advance registration is required - email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, or to reserve a spot.
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