Sharon Schuetze grew up in the Grove City/Litchfield area and now lives in Spicer. She studied art at Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota and has made a living in the past as an artist designing wallpaper, fabric and dishes. Currently her passion is creating fine art landscapes, waterscapes and local scenes. In the Postcards segment, Schuetze talks about her Litchfield and Green Lake area paintings and her wine labels she has designed. “Wherever I have lived, I have tried to paint local scenes, local artwork and things that appeal to people in the area,” Schuetze said.
Years ago, Becky Mitchell of Lake Park MN was given the name of the “Glass Lady” by children in her hometown and the name has stuck ever since. She is well known as someone who works with all kinds of glass in several mediums including stained glass, mosaics, jewelry, tiles and garden sculptures. She teaches classes and has been awarded public artwork commissions. Working with children, collaborating with others, giving back to the community while always advancing a fun, creative spirit lie at the core of Mitchell’s work. In 2010, she received a grant through the Lakes Region Arts Council to continue to grow as an artist. “I have been blessed to work on some awesome projects, have a studio space, meet and develop many friendships with visiting performing artists from all over our country and world,” said Mitchell.
The final segment in the episode finds the Postcards crew traveling to St. Stephen, Minnesota, the oldest continuous Slovenian town in the United States, for the community’s centennial celebration. The program features an interview with Dr. Bozo Cerar, the Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Slovenia. Cerar speaks six languages and has had a long career in foreign service to countries throughout the world. Postcards captures the ethnic pride of the community of 850 people through performances by Slovenian singers, a parade and a fair featuring Slovenian traditional dress and famous traditional bread. “My mouth still waters when I think of the bread we had there,“ said Postcards Producer Dana Johnson.