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.



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.