The barred owl was the subject of this winter’s carving class at the Wendell Gilley Museum. An open house will be held at the museum on May 29. PHOTO COURTESY OF GILLEY MUSEUM

Parliament of owls fledged at Gilley

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The annual spring open house and carving show at the Wendell Gilley Museum will be held Sunday, May 29, from noon to 4 p.m.

The parliament of barred owls carved by Museum Carver-in-Residence Steven Valleau’s winter class will be “in session.” Visitors are welcome to tour the galleries where the owls and other bird carvings recently “fledged” by museum members will be on display along with works from the permanent collection of carvings by Wendell Gilley.

Free admission and refreshments are offered for the afternoon. Visitors will have first choice of the shop’s carvings for purchase. In addition to completed carvings, works-in-progress will be shown to demonstrate the steps in the long process. Anyone inspired to try carving should register for the annual Whittle-a-Warbler Workshop on Saturday, June 11. The mourning warbler is the 2016 featured species.

The Wendell Gilley Museum will be open on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, for the open house, from noon to 4 p.m. Last new entry to the galleries is at 3:30 p.m. Starting June 1, hours will expand for the season. Call 244-7555, visit or follow us on Facebook at “Wendell Gilley Museum.”

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