Russian artist Katia Andreeva moved from Russia to Minnesota over 20 years ago and has been creating beautiful works of art ever since. When she first arrived, she continued painting familiar scenes of Russia, then evolved into floral paintings, and currently works with stories and characterizations for books. She has produced 30 illustrated books with Koechel Peterson & Associates out of Minneapolis. Andreeva says, "Right now the literature and poetry inspires my art a lot and it's something very interesting."
A story about jazz musician Mark Freitas and his repurposed instrument art is up next on the Postcards episode. Mark worked in a music store for many years and was sad to see abandoned instruments collecting dust and not being utilized. Now he shines them up and turns them into usable pieces of art, lamps and other furniture. Freitas believes every instrument has a story to tell and says, "It's really satisfying to take these old instruments and make something useful and beautiful."
In the final segment, Postcards captures the story of Orice L. Larson of Montevideo, a staff sergeant from World War II. Orice was part of an invasion in southern France where they liberated a Nazi prison camp and helped capture one of Hitler's biggest SS officers. After he retired in 1985, Orice drove the veteran's bus to the Minneapolis VA Hospital for 18 years. Despite his hard work and dedication, Orice remains modest saying, "I didn't ever think I was that important. You know, you help, you're supposed to help your fellow man."