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News from the Wendell Gilley Museum

The opening reception for Birds in Art  took flight to great success at the Museum on the evening of July 6th.

The fist visitors to the Museum place woodpeckers on our fabulous new sculpture "Secondary Growth" by Don Rambadt.

This crow on a tombstone is the latest additon to the Museum carving kits

Museum president Tad Templeton all decked out for last year's flamingo parade.

News From the Nest
Many flocked to the Museum for the Members' reception held on July 6th for the exemplary show, Birds in Art. This renowed traveling exhibition features 60 artists and is organized by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconson. This popular exhibition was last hosted here in 2005. The reception was a great kick off to an exciting new season! The generosity of Museum members and a $5,000 grant from the Hattie A. and Fred C. Lynam Trust made it possible for Birds in Art to roost at the Gilley Museum.


 This is our fun new way to start the day! The first person, couple, or family to arrive at the museum each day gets the honor of positioning the two Hairy Woodpeckers that "inhabit" the sculpture "Secondary Growth," by Don Rambadt. One never knows where those birds will end up!  The sculpture was part of the 2010 exhibition, Forged Into Flight. It remains as a welcoming gateway to the Museum thanks to generous donations by members and the artist.

That famous epitaph belongs to Benjamin Franklin and now carvers are having a grand time creating their own with a crow on a tombstone. Our carver-in-residence Steve Valleau has added this novel bird to his Introduction to Carving starter kits. A local 5th grade class had lots to “crow” about when they worked on this bird this winter.  See the "graveyard" from the class on our Facebook page and "like" us while you are there.

The pink birds will be front and center again for the Quietside Festival and Parade on Saturday July 16th. With a fairytale like theme the Museum will “royally” celebrate our 30th anniversary with a float and surprises for the spectators. Come join us to be added to our court!  Be sure to call in advance if you want to be in the parade with us.

July 22--PEOPLE
Birds of a feather will flock together for a party at The Causeway Club. There's a lot to celebrate from the Museum's first 30 years.  Come share in great memories with new and old friends. Please send in your RSVP or contact the Museum for an invitation if yours went astray. The more the merrier!

July 23--NATURE
Morning bird walk with Rich MacDonald--local ornithologist, bird carver, Gilley Museum member and owner of The Natural History Center in Bar Harbor. Search for early migrants and resident birds during a lesiurely 8-10am field trip. Participation is free, but space is limited; please call the Museum for details and reservations. 207-244-7555
July 24-- ART
Admission is free to the general public all day as an anniversary gift to the community which made the Wendell Gilley Museum's first 30 year's soar.  Enjoy the art work that is part of our local heritage and the works on loan from around the world.

... will be Saturday July 30th.  Planned activities include an exciting bird film at 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00 and  bird carving demonstrations scheduled at 12 & 2pm.  Prizes will be sent to the oldest grandparent and the one who traveled the farthest to participate. Visitors are encouraged to participate in our "Name That Bird" contest. Entry forms may be picked up at the front desk. Admission is free for grandparents and accompanying grandchildren.
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