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The online viewing of this exhibition is sponsored by:

Michele Steffen “Portraits, Figures and Fairy Tales”


January 2022 | The Cultural Centre | Watercolor, Acrylics

Michele and her beautiful art work are such a joy! We hope you’ll enjoy taking a walk with her through the exhibition as she give bits of insight on the different works. Portraits, Figures and Fairy Tales will be on exhibit at the Cultural Centre through February 14th.

The simplest explanation for my work is that being creative is a tool I use for exploring the thoughts, ideas or surroundings I find compelling. Depending upon the piece of art, it represents my desire to either engage with or formulate a complete idea about a subject, or a means to share something I find particularly poignant or beautiful. The style and medium I use in each work is chosen in order to express myself most effectively.


A small sampling of

Featured Work

“UHU” Eurasian Eagle Owl

Michele Steffen

A special thank you to the International Owl Center in Houston, MN for granting permission to use beautiful Uhu as model and muse for this painting.

Sandhill Crane

Michele Steffen
Acrylic on Canvas, 2021

The Highwayman

Michele Steffen
Watercolor on Illustration Board, 2021

The Letter

Michele Steffen
Watercolor, 2021

Spanish Bull

Michele Steffen
Acrylic on Canvas, 2021

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Michele Steffen
Watercolor, 2021


Michele Steffen
Japanese Sumi-E Technique, Watercolor Ink, 2021

Eastern Screech Owl on Falconer’s Gauntlet

Michele Steffen

A special thank you to the International Owl Center in Houston, MN for granting permission to use tiny J.R. as model and muse for this painting.

Resting Horse in a Morning Field

Michele Steffen
Acrylic on Canvas, 2019


Michele Steffen Exhibition - January 2022

Paint | "Portraits, Figures and Fairy Tales"

Heather MacKenzie Exhibition - March 2022

Textile | "Textile in Code"

Tales from the Tall Grass Prairie - March 19th, 2022

Spoken Word | Themed "Uncomfortable Differences" this showing is a fundraiser for the Tinnes-Baker House

J. Arthur Anderson Exhibition- April 2022

"Bearing Witness"

Mary Schroepfer Exhibition - May 2022

Paint | "The Love of Painting"

The Renville County Market in Bird Island - May through August 2022

Wednesday evenings 4-7pm | Join us for local vendors, food, live music, art and community! May 25th - August 31st, 2022

Doug Pederson Exhibition - June 2022

"Wood, Bone & Oil"

Pearl Ziegenhagen Exhibition - July 2022

Watercolor | "My World in Watercolor"

McKenna Lilja Exhibition - August 2022

Multi-media | "Courageous Creativity"

Dena Bickhardt - September 2022

"Embracing the Challenge of Blindness" Sculptural Exhibition

Kalher & Happel Exhibition - October 2022

"Shades of Superstition Mountain"

Bird Island's Old Fashioned Christmas Market - December 2nd, 2022

An old fashioned community Christmas gathering and market with all the charm of your favorite Hallmark movie.


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


Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Summer Hours (May 1st - Aug. 31st)

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm; Saturday 1-4pm



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.