The Bench

Sit a while – rest and reminisce.

Donated by the van der Hagen family in memory of Geraldine van der Hagen.

June 20, 1920 – May 12, 2021

I had the honor of being a neighbor to Geraldine for the last 10 years. Many of those summers were spent trying to sneak veggies over to her house only for our kids to come back  with cookies, a few dollars or some other treat. She was never to be out done in acts of kindness. A trait she passed on to her children. Stopping by quick meant time filled with old stories, gratitude, and encouragement to “keep raising those kids well”.  I was blessed to have known her and it has been a great joy to capture the community enjoying this tremendous gift. “The Bench” sits in front of the Cultural Centre and we welcome you to come and sit a while – rest and reminisce.

sit a while – rest and reminisce

The Bench Photos

Photography courtesy of Leta Jacobs, Design by Leta and property of Design by Leta and the Cultural Centre in Bird Island. However, you have Rosemary’s permission to steal them for your Christmas cards.



Mark Haen Exhibition - March 2024

Heather Smith- April 2024

Watercolor Painting

John White | Ann & Pam Jewelers - May 2024

Farmers and Artisan Market Opens - May 29, 2024

Join us from 4-7pm for the opening day of the 2024 Market Season!

Steph Koenen - June 2024

CATS Group - July 2024

ACTS & MBW Adult Day Services Exhibition - August 2024

Multi Media Exhibition

Artisan & Farmers Market Finale - August 28th, 2024

Olivia Hoppe - September 2024

Gerhardt Miller - October 2024

Shelia & Tom Jacobs - November 2024

Pottery and Wood Work

The Old Fashioned Christmas Market- December 6, 2024

Local gift vendors, Santa, kids activities, horse drawn wagon rides, campfire and warm a Hallmark movie in real life.


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

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Open on Saturdays by request.



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.