Sherrie York guides a young artist through the printmaking process during one of her art classes.  PHOTO COURTESY OF WENDELL GILLEY MUSEUM 

July art workshops offered at the Gilley 

Make your own flute from bamboo using only hand tools with master of the Eastern Woodlands Flute, Hawk Henries.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Wendell Gilley Museum is offering many art workshops throughout the month of July. 

Fine-art printmaker Sherrie York offers two three-hour printmaking classes at the Gilley on Friday, July 16, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants will use EZ carve, a printmaking material that is softer and easier to use than linoleum blocks. Materials will be provided. Space is limited and participants must be at least 10 years old. The fee is $20 per person.  

On Wednesday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., make your own flute from bamboo using only hand tools – carving knives, files, sandpaper and fire – with master of the Eastern Woodlands Flute, Hawk Henries. All tools and materials will be provided. The workshop will be tailored to each participant’s level of experience, and beginners are welcome. Henries will teach in a relaxed setting, allowing everyone to ask questions and talk about their experience as they learn the art of flute-making. Space is limited and registration is required. The fee is $65 per person. 

On Friday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, make temporary mandalas outdoors from natural materials including leaves, shells, feathers, petals and pebbles on with the Gilley’s staff art teacher Allison Maurais. The museum will have some supplies on hand, and you can bring your own, too. The idea is to use natural colors and textures to create symmetrical patterns. This is for people ages 5 and older. There is no fee, but registration is required. 

Artist Erika Rosso leads a plein air watercolor class at Seawall in Acadia National Park on Saturday, July 24

Artist Erika Rosso leads a plein air watercolor class at Seawall in Acadia National Park on Saturday, July 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Students will paint what they see in nature with a focus on capturing the landscape and the movement of birds. Participants should be prepared to walk over rocks, sit for long stretches near the shore and hike to their painting site. This class is suitable for beginner to intermediate painters but does require curiosity and a willingness to experiment; it is geared for adults but also accepts mature students aged 12 and older. Students should bring a watercolor pad, watercolor brushes and paints, a palette, a water vessel and rag for cleaning brushes, and if desired, a towel or cushion to sit on.  Registration is required for this workshop and the number of spaces is limited. The fee is $35. 

Sign up for the Bird Olympics on Wednesday, July 28, at 1p.m. and see how you compare with the avian world as you compete in different physical events. Can you run as fast as a crow flies? How long can you balance on one leg like a flamingo? How tall are you compared to a great blue heron? How wide is your “wingspan”? See how your “wing beats” compare with a variety of birds. At the Sensory Station, discover how strong your hearing, eyesight and sense of smell and touch are. Join museum educator Cynthia Ocel for this interactive program to learn about the adaptations birds have that allow them to fly, find food and migrate long distances. This is a family program suitable for children 5 and older accompanied by an adult. The fee is $5 per person and registration is required. 

And on Friday, July 30, staff art teacher Allison Maurais teaches a faux stained glass craft for artists 6 and older. Make a suncatcher or ornament from tissue paper and other materials All materials provided. Registration required. The fee is $5. 

These events are all in addition to the Gilley’s regular weekly carving classes for beginners with artist-in-residence Steve Valleau. This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank. Tools are available to borrow. Learn the basics of this classic American art form and leave with something you create. Carving classes are offered every Tuesday morning and afternoon, and every Thursday morning and afternoon. Students must be at least 10 years old; those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $35 per person and includes the kit. 

Register for these events online at