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Museum Carver Feted for 25 Years of Service

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Nina Gormley (rt) reads tribute from board President, Eleanor Hoagland to Steven Valleau (center) on occasion of his 25th anniversary as Carver-in-Residence at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor. Trustee Ron Cohen is at left. Photo by Jonathan S. Gormley

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – The Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor held a celebration on July 29th to honor Steven Valleau’s 25th anniversary as Carver-in-Residence. The Museum galleries were packed with carvers, collectors, friends, family, co-workers and members. Close to 100 people attended, with many more sending tributes from afar. Carvings by past and current students of Mr. Valleau were on display for the evening along with the carver’s own works. The party paid homage to Steven Valleau’s talents as both artist and teacher. Tributes were made by the Museum’s current and past board presidents, Eleanor Hoagland, Kate Briggs and Steven Rockefeller. President Hoagland remarked, “The Gilley Museum has been extraordinarily fortunate to have had a gifted carver, inspiring teacher and integral member of the Museum family for the past 25 years. In the same way that one always feels Wendell’s presence in the Museum, Steve’s presence is vivid even when he is absent and it is hard to imagine what the Gilley would have been like without him.” Mrs. Briggs praised Mr. Valleau’s ability to inspire children, “the future of the Museum and the community.” Dr. Rockefeller expressed his deep appreciation for the “outstanding contribution” made by Mr. Valleau to the Museum’s programs, saying, “Your carving classes and demonstrations have brought to light Wendell’s art and craft for hundreds of men, women and children, many of whom have been inspired to become life-long bird carvers.” Steven Rockefeller’s remarks were delivered by Museum Trustee, Ron Cohen, who added his own accolades, then invited others to share their experiences. More heartfelt tributes and much cheering ensued. The feted carver gave a moving thank you speech, full of reminiscences of his 25 years at the Gilley Museum. He was presented with a Filson large compartment bag, deemed durable enough to carry his tools to work for at least another 25 years. Museum Executive Director, Nina Gormley commented that the motto of the Filson brand is “might as well have the best,” so the gift choice was deemed appropriate for the “best Carver-in-Residence.” The convivial evening concluded with more memory sharing and talk about upcoming classes. To join in future programs, visit the Museum in person or at its sparkling new Website, www.wendellgilleymuseum.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Nina Gormley

Telephone Number: (207)244-7555

Website: http://www.wendellgilleymuseum.org

Email: nina@wendellgilleymuseum.org