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.
Two-hour Printmaking Classes with Sherrie York-Morning & Afternoon Sessions (FULL)
Talented Maine printmaker Sherrie York will teach two printmaking classes at the Wendell Gilley Museum on August 18, one from 10am to noon and the other from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Join us to create vibrant one- or two-color prints using EZ carve, a printmaking material that is softer and easier to use than linoleum blocks. Materials will be provided - just bring an idea for a simple image you'd like to turn into a woodblock-style print. Space is limited and participants must be at least 10 years old. Registration is required at: 207 244-777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $15 ($10 for museum members.)
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.
Fun for Fledglings (Art Classes for Kids!)
Join us under the Gilley Tent for fun art classes taught on select days 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.
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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. Two classes: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
July 29 – 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.
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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