In the Gallery
February 1 – March 4, 2023
Artist Jon Solinger
Photographs & Interviews
Reception Fri, March 3 @ 4-6PM

All are invited to the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center Gallery to see the gallery exhibit Deep Roots: Sustaining a Living Community by artist Jon Solinger. This show will be on display from February 1 – March 4, 2023.

A Gallery Reception (free to attend and open to all) will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  [PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE.]

The reception will include an artist talk about the project by Jon Solinger around 5:00 p.m.  Following that, a representative from the Sustainable Farming Association will talk about what is going on locally with sustainable farming and the good food movement.  Next, Noreen Thomas from Doubting Thomas Farms will talk about organic grain farming, and bring bread samples made with grain she has raised.  Additionally, Brittney Johnson will bring hand-spun yarn and washed fleeces from her flock of sheep and will take names if anybody wants a whole or half lamb this fall.  Other farmers featured in the exhibit have been invited to attend and share their stories as well.

All are welcome to come to view the exhibit, try some local foods, hear from the artist and local farmers, and learn more about local food production, organic and sustainable agriculture, Manna Coop, and the Sustainable Farming Association.

The Gallery is always free to see and open to all. Gallery Hours are:

  • Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays/Mondays/Tuesdays
  • Available for private tours, contact


Jon 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 this gallery exhibit about life and work on small farms in our rural west central Minnesota region.

The exhibit emphasizes the “why” of the farmers’ and producers’ chosen way of life, over the “what” and “how.”

“Deep Roots: Sustaining a Living Community” addresses the human side of agriculture and local food: what the work means to people, the emotional responses to the trials and rewards of life in sustainable farming and food production.

Solinger has created 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 several essential relationships: between farmer and land, food producer and community, among farmers and within families.

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

All are invited to view this exhibit and to attend the artist’s reception on Friday, March 3, 2023, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

Call 218-385-3339 or email with any questions or to schedule a private gallery viewing.

The activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.