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Woodcock from Whitfield Painter collection

Friends in Acadia: Summer Exhibition

This summer, the Gilley Museum joins the celebration of the Centennial of Acadia National Park with our exhibition, Friends in Acadia. Our newly-renovated West Gallery features the Whitfield Painter Collection of never-before exhibited works by Wendell Gilley. Whitfield, a marine rope salesman, became friends with Wendell during his sales trips to MDI in the 1950’s. Usually spread across the country, Mr. Painter’s collection is reunited  by his family. The pieces are now shared for public exhibition at the Gilley for the first time.

Two special new permanent acquisitions are also on exhibit, a fantastic flock of Canada Geese given in memory of E. Robert Kinney, a founding board member and a pair of Ruffed Grouse in flight from the collection of William R. Grant, purchased in honor of our founding President’, Steven Rockefeller’s 80th birthday.

The new installation of carvings is complemented with a rare showing of all 20 Birds of Mount Desert Island collotypes by Carroll Sargent Tyson, who was a friend and painting mentor to Wendell Gilley. Pieces for this special show literally just flew in, so be sure to visit the Museum soon to enjoy it.  

Wendell Gilley painting geese in his workshop
Celebrate the 112th Anniversary of Wendell Gilley's Birthday Join us on for an open house to honor the anniversary of Wendell Gilley's day of birth. Enjoy our Friends in Acadia exhibit and explore connections of people, nature, and art. It’s a Centennial Celebration and then some.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, noon5pm.
toasting at the Flight of Swallows

A Flight of Swallows Soars Friends and supporters enjoyed the fifth Flight of Swallows on August 4, 2016! Guests flew in to taste wines from Southern Hemisphere vineyards in Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. More photos of the event are available on our Facebook page
Sign up for invitations to the next Flight of Swallows and other Wendell Gilley Museum events. 
Whitfield Painter family visit the Museum
 Is There a Gilley in Your House? 
Members of the extended family of Whitfield Painter enjoyed a reunion and special day at the Museum this summer. Their far-flung Gilley pieces also reunited and returned to Southwest Harbor for the season; the temporary loan of their collection is on exhibit at the Museum. 

When you own an original bird carving by Wendell Gilley, you hold a piece of Mount Desert Island history, art, and culture. The museum welcomes registering and recording your collection to further our understanding of the Gilley legacy. Contact us for a conversation about Gilley's in your home. 
Gilley programs and events:

Sunday, August 21, noon to 5 pm
Anniversary of Wendell Gilley's birth.

lesson participant carves a chickadee

Through September
Introductory Carving Lessons 
11am–12:30pm; 1:30–3 pm 
every Tuesday–Friday. 

Through October 
Friends in Acadia exhibition.

October 8December 10
9-week Razorbill Carving Class
Saturdays, 1–4pm.

Sunday, November 20 
American Goldfinch Ornament Workshop 

Call to pre-register for workshops and classes, 207-244-7555.
volunteer Susan Michalski
Susan Michalski, a new volunteer, brightens the museum and greets visitors on Saturday afternoons. She is an artist who divides her time between MDI and norther California. Learn more about becoming a volunteer.
The Gilley invites you to renew or start your membership in the Museum flock to support exhibits and programs. 
Your generosity helps us maintain our tradition of keeping membership, admission, and class fees affordable. Thank you for your support!
Wendell Gilley Museum
PO Box 254
4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor
Maine 04679
(207) 244-7555
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