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New Films
Vistors have been roosting at the Museum on these hot days enjoying some of the new films on our 80" Sharp LED/HDTV , a gift from the Ronald L. & Celia A. Cohen Philanthropic Trust.  Stop in for a visit and see some great programs about owls, or exotic birds larger than life!

Memberships Have Migrated 
With summer in full swing we hope you will remember all the fantastic events and benefits the Museum offers for members. Membership renewal letters winged their way to mailboxes in April. Please help the Gilley with your renewed support. We encourage new members to join our flock at any time.

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According to Snedden, the Bangor Daily News writes, a carving beings in the carver's mind.  "I can look at wood and 'see' what's inside it, what I can carve from it," Snedden says.

Museum member and long-time carver George Snedden, 85 of Old Town, Maine, was featured in a great article for The Weekly entitled 'Wood Carver Creates Wildlife Art in Painstaking Detail'. George has been impressing carving enthusiasts with his birds since 1991. The entire article can be read on-line by clicking the above title.
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Wendell Gilley Museum
PO Box 254
4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor
Maine 04679
(207) 244-7555
A Flight of Swallows 2012
Time flies and soon glasses will be raised on August 15th from 5:30-8PM at A Flight of Swallows, an exclusive wine-tasting benefit for the Wendell Gilley Museum held at the Neighborhood House, Northeast Harbor, Maine. This fine-feathered gala will feature pinot noirs and chardonnays from around the world, selected by Scott Worcester of Sawyer's Specialties in Southwest Harbor.  

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres by Sips, also of Southwest Harbor, live music, and bird carving demonstrations by Museum Carver-in-Residence Steve Valleau. Spread your wings and join us for a flight of wine. 
Tickets are $150 per person ($75 tax-deductible). RSVP by August 6th by calling the Museum at 207-244-7555 or online at

Space is limited.

Presented by Maine Home & Design and the Wendell Gilley Museum

Wings, Woods, and Water: Maine Artists and Their World

Wendell Gilley believe in everyone's creative power. He embraced his by creating a legacy in wood, carving an estimated 10,000 birds over his lifetime. With those he met, he infused a connection between birds both wooden and wild, sharing with them his passion for people, nature and art.

Wings, Woods, and Water: Maine Artist and Their World features works on paper, photographs, and bronze and wooden sculptures by artists inspired by Maine's birds and landscapes. Featured artists include Richard Buxton, Carol Edelson, Meri C. Fox-Szauter, Gail Gibbons, Tom Hennessey, Peggy Clark Lumpkins, Naomi Lees-Mailberg, Frederica Marshall, Robert Packie, Tammy Packie, Dennis Rollins, Christopher Smith, Judy Taylor, Hank Tyler and Carroll Sargent Tyson.

Photo: Hank Tyler speaks about his piece Eight Dunlin Sandpipers crafted in Bubinga wood.

Musuem Members Sweep Competition 
Among the over fifty entrants to the 2012 Maine Coast Carving and Art Competition held July 14th-15th in Belfast, Maine were four blue ribbon winners, all members of the Wendell Gilley Museum.

Steve Clement, in his third year of carving, nailed his first blue ribbon in the Novice division with his colorful mid-sized Pigeon.  Veteran carver Terry Stanley of Northeast Harbor, took a blue in the Open Decoy Floating Class with his male Golden-eye, and another with his life-size Puffin. Longtime carver, teacher, and bird-watcher, Ed Hawkes garnered his first of two blue ribbons with his Best in Show Open Class Canyon Wren. His second blue topped the Masters Class with a magnificent life-size Kingfisher.  A fourth member of the Gilley flock, Shawn Murphy, captured a second in the Open Decoy competition with his handsome male Eider (shown above at our Spring Open House and Carving Show).

Learning to carve is simple by enrolling in a bird carving class at the Gilley Museum.  One hour long lessons are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from June to September for children and adults ages 11 to 111. All classes require the purchase of a Gilley Museum Carving Kit and include everything you  need to finish your carving after your lesson. Instruction is provided by Museum Carver-in-Residence, Steve Valleau.  Fees per class are $25.00 for non-members and $20 for Museum members. Please sign up a day in advance by calling 207-244-7555. Space is limited.

Photo:  Common Eider, Shawn Murphy
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