Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving, The

aka Gilley Museum   |   Southwest Harbor, ME   |  http://www.wendellgilleymuseum.org

Mission

The Wendell Gilley Museum is a museum and community center that celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature and art. The Museum endeavors to inspire appreciation of the visual arts, engagement in artistic creativity, and respect and care for the natural world. Its mission is to make connections between people, nature and art.

The Museum was opened in 1981 to honor the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a local resident of Southwest Harbor, Maine. By trade Gilley was a plumber; he was also a keen observer of wildlife and an early master of the art of decorative bird carving. In the second half of his life, his passion for bird carving became his profession, and the exceptional nature of his work has gained recognition in both the United States and abroad. The Museum, which is located in Southwest Harbor,Maine, is housed in a unique facility with an award-winning, green architectural design by Roc Caivano. Today, the Museum displays a growing permanent collection of Gilley's carvings. It also offers a variety of other exhibitions, programs and resources that are in accord with the spirit of Gilley's life and work.

Ruling year info

1980

Principal Officer

Mrs. Eleanor T. M. Hoagland

Main address

4 Herrick Rd PO Box 254

Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 USA

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EIN

01-0368574

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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The Wendell Gilley Museum offers exhibitions and public visitor hours from May through mid-December, welcoming an average of 20,000 visitors annually. It offers year-round programs for local residents, school and community groups. Bird carving workshops for youth - senior age groups range from an hour to 10-weeks in duration. Collection resources available for reference use include publications, a mounted bird collection and videos. The Gilley Museum collaborates with other organizations and institutions to bring diverse programming to the local area and shares its resources with the world; one inter-museum loan went to Japan. The Gilley Museum endeavors to lead by example, its building, for instance, is a superb example of energy-efficient, accessible, and aesthetically-pleasing architecture. Personalized service to individuals, both on site and long-distance, is legendary at the Gilley Museum; everyone is welcome to discover where art and nature meet in Maine.

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Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving, The

Board of directors
as of 11/02/2016
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Kate Halle Briggs

Ashley Bernhard

Paul F. Haertel

Douglas A. Gott

Mrs. Donald B. Straus

Sarah Peabody

Laurel H. Towers

C. A. Porter Hopkins

Robert L. Hinckley

Cuyler Morris

Linda G. Paine

Steven C. Rockefeller

Tara Rockefeller

Roc Caivano

Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.

Ronald L. Cohen

Clare F. Shepley

Elizabeth H. McMullan

John Wilmerding