with Don Sherman

ATTENTION: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 1st & 2nd to MAY 29th. Reservations for the workshop will be taken during Don Sherman’s Plant-based Paper Exhibition, May 1st-29th at the Cultural Centre in Bird Island. You can also register online.

Session 1 | Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 10am-1pm
Session 2 | Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 | 11:30am – 2:30pm
Rescheduled Workshop Date: May 29th, 2021 | 11am – 3pm

Workshops correspond to an upcoming exhibit to offer new creative, interdisciplinary art experiences to art appreciators. Snacks will be provided. Bring your own lunch and beverages. Don Sherman will exhibit his work at the Cultural Centre in Bird Island and facilitate the workshop.

About the Workshop

Handmade paper is most often used for decorative purposes and as a substrate for bookmaking, printmaking, and drawing. It is also a foundational art material for many other types of two and three-dimensional, expressive activity.

Participants will connect their local natural environment to the art of papermaking. Each person will make unique handmade paper sheets using pulp from recycled and natural fibers. After forming sheets of paper with types of molds and deckles, further exploration will include paper textures, color incorportation and mixed media possibilities. All supplies will be provided.

The workshop will help you to:

  • Connect the science and art of papermaking.
  • Discover what goes into eco-friendly fine art paper and expressive, utilitarian and commercial kinds of things that are made with paper.
  • Appreciate some historical antecedents that have led to recent developments in papermaking.
  • Learn how to make and use a mold and deckle.
  • Gain experience with useful tools, equipment and supplies.
  • Understand plant fiber, how it can be obtained, and how it can be transformed into paper pulp.
  • Experiment with simple ways to form, dry and combine handmade paper with colorants, inclusions, watermarks, templates, pulp paints, dyes and found objects for collages.
  • Collaborate with others in the class to create a large handmade paperwork of art to be shown with the facilitators’ gallery exhibit.

Everyone will leave the workshop with their own unique artwork, plus a varied set of handmade sheets of paper and a low-tech, non-toxic papermaking foundation useful to continue the practice at home, in institutions and/or in classrooms. More information about the artists and their work is available on the BICA website and at the Cultural Centre.


Register early as space is limited to 12 adults and 8 children per session.


Don is a teaching artist, a graduate of the University of Arizona with a MFA degree, a Minnesota Naturalist and a proponent of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning practices. He is a designer of community arts programs that provide hands-on learning experiences focused on local environment. His current work with handmade paper and mixed media is based on social engagement, prairie conservation, prairie plants and earth raw materials. Don’s studio in downtown Ortonville, Minnesota is a set up for mixed media artwork, artist residencies and workshops. His vitae, artwork and other related details are at


Krstyl Louwagie - March 2021

Cartooning. Influenced from early childhood by illustrated fairy tale books, super-hero comics and animated cartoons. She is the marketing coordinator for Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

Jim and Trisch Beilke - April 2021

Basketry and wooden boats. Working with natural materials such as feathers, antlers, seegrass, jute and wood this exhibition is a feast for those who have a love for natural materials.

Don Sherman - May 2021

Papermaking. A Southwest Minnesota State University adjunct professor and retired photographer using native and invasive plants sometimes blended with commercially produced fibers.

Pat Amberg and Sons - June 2021

Sculpture. A kick off to the Island Day's celebration emphasizes the importance of family and the relationship between fathers and sons.

Jim Brooks - July 2021

Woodworking. This exhibition will also include a woodturning workshop on the green space of the Cultural Centre.

McKenna Lilja - August 2021

Mixed media. An exhibition filled with oil paint, pastels, found objects and textiles that turns the mundane into extrodinary.

Nan Karr Kaufenberg - September 2021

Linoleum block prints. An award winning artist with a distinct style unlike many other styles of painting and imagery.

Dona Larkin - October 2021

Paint. Another award winning, national/world renowned artist who works as a freelancer for commissioned original art work.

Sheila Jacobs - November 2021

Pottery, paint. Known for her stain glass creations, watercolor and most recently pottery, she is lauded as a home-grown artist and conservationist with deep respect from our state-wide community.


640 Dogwood Avenue P.O. Box 434
Bird Island, MN 55310
(320) 365-1011

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

or By Appointment

Summer Hours 

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm, Saturday 1-4pm