Gilley Museum offers carving class, club

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The American oystercatcher will be the subject of the Wendell Gilley Museum 10-week carving class set to meet every Friday from Feb. 2 through April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Beginning and experienced carvers will be guided through crafting this boldly patterned bird by Carver-in-Residence Steve Valleau. With a bright orange bill and eye-ring, this distinct bird is found on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and along the Gulf of Mexico.

Valleau has been teaching carving for more than 30 years and will share techniques for carving, texturing and painting so participants can transform a wooden bird blank into a striking finished work. The oystercatchers and other works by local carvers will be displayed at the Gilley Museum show in May.

The course costs $80 with a current Wendell Gilley Museum membership. Space is limited to 10 carvers. Bird blank and base are provided with the class. Tools are available at the museum, or participants can bring their own. Call 244-7555 or email [email protected]

The Gilley’s carving club is another opportunity to join other carvers for conversation, coffee and woodworking. All carvers with a museum membership are welcome to come in Friday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. all winter, weather permitting.

The Wendell Gilley Museum celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. To inspire appreciation of the visual arts, engagement in artistic creativity and respect and care for the natural world, the museum teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature and art. More information is available at


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