Solinger exhibit to feature small farms in Minnesota

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center has on display in its gallery photographs by Jon Solinger about life on small farms in rural west central Minnesota.   The show entitled “Deep Roots: Sustaining a Living Community” will be on display from February 1 to March 4.  A reception will be held on Friday, Feb 24, from 4- 6 p.m.

Solinger, in collaboration with members of the Lake Agassiz chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association and MANNA Food Co-op, and with the support of West Central Initiative, has created a gallery exhibit about life and work on small farms in our region. 

The exhibit emphasizes the why of the farmers’ chosen way of life, over the what and how. It addresses the human side of agriculture and local food: what the work means to people and the emotional responses to the trials and rewards of life in sustainable farming and food production. It is art that celebrates farmers and producers who bring to their work an ethic of living well on the land by practicing environmental stewardship and building economic resilience. It looks into the related essential relationships: between farmer and land, food producer and community, among farmers, and within families. 

The exhibit consists of photographic portraits of the people, animals, and landscapes engaged in the work of sustainable farming and local food in a rural neighborhood. It also includes an oral history component: transcribed interviews with the subjects build a rich context and reveal personal glimpses into the motives and thoughts of the people in this network of food producers.

The NY Mills Regional Cultural Center Gallery is free and open to the public.  Gallery Hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 1 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Private viewings can be arranged anytime by calling Cheryl Bannes at 385-3339 or emailing

All are invited to the Gallery Reception held on Friday, Feb. 24 from 4-6 p.m., which will include an artist talk by Jon Solinger. Light refreshments will be available. This event is free to attend and all are welcome!

These activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through an operating support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Visit or call the Cultural Center at 385-3339 with any questions.