SOUHWEST HARBOR – On Saturday, August 21st, renowned bird carver Wendell Gilley would have been 106 years old. It is customary for the Wendell Gilley Museum to offer free admission to the public on that day. The tradition continues, but this year the Museumâ€™s trustees also gave a special â€śbirthday giftâ€ť of a new Website enabling free virtual visits from anywhere. Visitors are invited to www.wendellgilleymuseum.org anytime and to the Wendell Gilley Museum at 4 Herrick Road in Southwest Harbor, Maine between 10 AM and 5 PM on August 21st. Throughout the day visitors are invited to enjoy the exhibits of bird carvings created by the master carver during a career that spanned 1931-1983. From diminutive ducks to awesome owls, the Museumâ€™s collection includes bird carvings that fly, swim, preen and otherwise embody their living counterparts. The award-winning film by Richard Adams, Gilley: Portrait of a Bird Carver, will be shown throughout the day. It tells the story of the Southwest Harbor, Maine nativeâ€™s transition from master plumber to master carver
Visitors will also be treated to the 2010 summer exhibition, Forged Into Flight: Sculptures by Don Rambadt. August 21st will be the last chance to bid on the sculptorâ€™s gift to the Museum, a delightful bronze wren, valued at $1,800. All proceeds will benefit the Museum. Silent bids will be accepted until 4 pm, in person, by telephone or e-mail. The Rambadt wren is pictured at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org and is on display at the Gilley Museum. Current high bid is available in-person and on-line.
A Gilley birthday party would not be complete without a special activity for children. Museum educator, Jennifer Linforth will be on hand to help young visitors dissect owl pellets to discover what the birds have been eating. Last, but not least, the workshop will be open for visitors to see Wendell Gilleyâ€™s innovative original tools and to watch Carver-in-Residence, Steven Valleau in action.
Regular non-member admission rates to the Gilley Museum are only $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 5-12, but admission fees will be waived on August 21st. The Museum is open every day except Monday, through October 31st. For information about ongoing and upcoming programs, please call 207-244-7555 or see the new Website.
For more information contact Nina Gormley at 207 244 7555.
Contact Name: Nina Gormley
Telephone Number: (207)244-7555