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Wendell Gilley Birthday Open House

Date: Sunday Aug 21, 2016
Time: 12:00 noon - 5 p.m.


The Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor is holding its annual free open house on the birthday of its namesake, Sunday, August 21st from noon until 5 pm. On the 112th anniversary of Wendell Gilley’s birth, it will be a centennial celebration and then some, since this year the Museum is a partner in the celebration of the Centennial of Acadia National Park with its new exhibition, Friends in Acadia.

The exhibit centers around 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 extraordinary 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.

Location: Wendell Gilley Museum
4 Herrick Road (Corner of Main St/Route 102 and Herrick Road)
Southwest Harbor, Maine
Contact Name: Nina Gormley
Contact Phone #: (207) 244-7555
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Event Sponsor(s): Wendell Gilley Museum 

This is a free event.

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