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.



Celeste Suter Exhibition - February 2023

Fiber Art | "Mystical Mandala"

Justin Beck Exhibition - March 2023


Youth Art Classes Begin - March 2023

Perspective Classes begin and registration for Youth Art Camp continues, visit here for more information.

Bradley Donner Exhibition- April 2023

Wildlife Painting

Earth Day Celebration - April 22, 2023

Join us for creative activities in celebration of Earth Day! More info to come.

Bonnie Lipinski Smith Exhibtion - May 2023

Watercolor & Color Pencil

Farmers and Artisan Market Opens - May 31st, 2023

Join us from 4-7pm for the opening day of the 2023 Market Season! 

Adam and Jessica Preuss - June 2023

Island Days & Tales from the Tall Grass Prairie - June 2023

Bad Dad Jokes & Stories | Writing Competition

Andy Kahmann Exhibition - July 2023

Letterpress Printing | Patsy Kahmann book signing & reading | Eric Kahman - Jewelry | Jim Kahmann "My Life in Baseball" book reading

ACTS & MBW Adult Day Services Exhibition - August 2023

Multi Media Exhibition

Yellowstone Trail Quilters Exhibition - September 2023

Yellowstone Trail Sociability Run will also take place this month.

Bill van der Hagen Exhibition- October 2023

Photography | Birds and Waterfowl

Doug Peterson Exhibition- November 2023

Wildlife Painter

The Old Fashioned Christmas Market- December 1, 2023

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.