Great blue herons subject of carving show, open house



“Great Blue Heron with Trout,” by Wendell Gilley, 1974. The Wendell Gilley Museum Spring Open House and Carving Show are set for May 24. PHOTO COURTESY OF JACK LEDBETTER

“Great Blue Heron with Trout,” by Wendell Gilley, 1974. The Wendell Gilley Museum Spring Open House and Carving Show are set for May 24.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JACK LEDBETTER

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Spring Open House and Carving Show at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor will be held Sunday, May 24, from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome to tour the galleries and see the bird carvings recently “fledged” by Museum members during the winter club and class sessions.

Great blue herons, with their captive trout prey, were the subject of the winter advanced class taught by museum carver-in-residence Steven Valleau. The tall, graceful waders were modeled after a 1974 carving by Wendell Gilley in the Museum’s permanent collection.

Free admission and refreshments are offered for the afternoon. This is a good chance to see what Maine carvers have created over the winter and get first choice of the shop’s carvings for purchase. In addition to completed carvings, works-in-progress will be shown to demonstrate steps in the long process.

From May 22-31, regular hours for the Wendell Gilley Museum are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., with last new entry to the galleries at 3:30 p.m. Starting June 2, the Gilley also will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The next carving class will be the annual Whittle-a-Warbler one-day workshop on Saturday, May 30. The chosen subject for this spring is the pine warbler; advance registration is required. Call 244-7555, visit in person or at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook at The Gilley.

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