Events and Workshops


Please join us for current events and happenings at the Cultural Centre in Bird Island.

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Makachéga Exhibition and Workshop -Flyer









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The public has an opportunity to Meet the Artist at Art Norby’s Artist Reception right after the workshop. Get into the private world of Arthur H Norby as a painter, sculpture and author.

Artist’s statement: “It is never my intention to create scale models of things, but rather to create my impression of the model’s essence as in one deep breath held forever. My subjects are as varied as my method of depicting them… By and large life is made up of small defining moments. Yet, after working for more than twenty-five years as an Artist, I cannot identify the exact point in time or single event that caused me to take this path, for there were many. And there may well be more which I am have yet to discover.  Some of those with whom I grew up seemed to know from childhood the route that would be theirs, but I was nearly forty before I found mine, and I am pleased to still be on a journey of self-discovery.”

Workshop: “Composition development and balance of Color” by Arthur H. Norby $55. Saturday August 25, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. The class fee includes: lunch, 24″x 24″ gallery canvas, oil paints, liquin (odorless turpentine) and cleaning materials. You’d need to bring your own brushes:
Filbert brushes 1/2” and 1″
2″ house painters brush
Blending brush

Arthur H. Norby Meet the Artist reception will follow the workshop on Saturday August 25, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Free


Michele Steffen is a Spicer based Artist who works with watercolors and acrylics, stained glass paintings, black and white scratchboard art, and pen and ink and charcoal drawings. She produces Scandinavian/European folk art, fine and “redneck (hot rod garage)” interior murals, and found object hand painted jewelry and repurposed, upcycled clothing. Steffen was recently commissioned to design a memorial license plate for the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association, where she donated her time. In commemorating the nobility of these fallen men and women that have served and protected us. Register for classes here.



You can enter your poems either on the online submittal at Prairie Poetry Slam or at the live event on April 7.



Nature Photography Workshop by J. Arthur Anderson 

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 – 4:30 PM

It is recommended that participants bring their cameras and warm clothes, if they want to take part in hands-on outdoor photography exercises (weather permitting).


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Operating your Camera  – this portion of the workshop will focus upon the basic aspects of operating your camera and explore concepts like shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length, f-stop, and exposure.  The primary goal of the session is to get the participant familiar and comfortable with adjusting the various settings on the camera.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Hands-on Experience – participants will practice setting their cameras to achieve correct exposure and to effectively create desired effect across various shooting situations.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Photo Review (Show and Tell) – the group will examine the images created by class participants, identifying the strengths of each image and the techniques that could be used to take the image to the next level.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Shooting for Impact – this session will focus up the various techniques that go into creating an image that makes you want to say “WOW!!!”

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Break

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Owl Photography – this session will describe where, when and how to photograph owls in Minnesota.

The sessions are designed to be generally progressive, building one upon the other.  However, a participant can attend only a portion of the overall program and still get something out of it.