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Friends in Acadia exhibition at the Wendell Gilley Museum

Date: Thursday Jul 21, 2016 - Saturday Oct 29, 2016


This year the Wendell Gilley Museum joins the celebration of the Centennial of Acadia National Park with its exhibition, Friends in Acadia. Installed in the Museum’s newly-renovated West Gallery, it features the Whitfield Painter Collection of never-before exhibited works by Wendell Gilley. Whitfield, a marine rope salesman, became friends with Wendell during his sales trips to MDI in the 1950s. Usually spread across the country, the collection has been reunited by Mr. Painter’s family for public exhibition at the Gilley for the first time. Two special new permanent acquisitions are also on exhibit: a fantastic flock of Canada Geese given in memory of E. Robert Kinney, a founding board member, and a pair of Ruffed Grouse in flight from the collection of William R. Grant, purchased in honor of our founding president Steven Rockefeller’s 80th birthday. The new installation of carvings is complemented with a rare showing of all 20 Birds of Mount Desert Island collotypes by Carroll Sargent Tyson, who was a friend and painting mentor to Wendell Gilley. Pieces for this special show literally just flew in and many will migrate out again in October, so be sure to visit the Museum soon to enjoy the whole flock.

We will celebrate the 112th anniversary of Wendell Gilley’s birth on Sunday, August 21, with an open house from noon to 5 pm. It’s a Centennial Celebration and then some—so join us in continuing to connect people, nature and art.

Regular Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm (5 pm through August 31)
Last new entry to the galleries half hour before closing.

Location: Wendell Gilley Museum
4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor, Maine
Contact Name: Nina Gormley
Contact Phone #: (207) 244-7555
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Event Sponsor(s): Wendell Gilley Museum 

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