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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Postcards, Pioneer Public Television’s weekly regional art, culture and history program, returns for its 10th season with stories about the ancient arts of bowl turning, origami and craft brewing as practiced at the Lac qui Parle County Fair, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and on Main Street, Montevideo. The program will premiere on Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. with repeat broadcasts on Sunday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. and on Monday, January 28 at 1:30 p.m. The episode will also be available for online viewing through the station’s website: www.pioneer.org/postcards.
The lead story features traditional Scandinavian bowl turning with Roger Abrahamson demonstrating his craft to assembled youth at the Lac qui Parle County Fair in Madison. Abrahamson is a traditional bowl turner who uses the medieval technology of a spring pole lathe and hand-forged tools to create Norwegian ale vessels.
In the next story, the Postcards crew travels to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska to document Origami in the Garden — a monumental outdoor sculpture exhibition, created by Santa Fe, New Mexico artists Jennifer and Kevin Box. Sculptures of cranes, bison, horses and butterflies express the delicate nature of this traditional Japanese paper art form in museum-quality metal.
In the final segment, Postcards will feature a new documentary about how the 2-year-old Talking Waters Brewery in Montevideo is building community and giving new life to Main Street. A free public screening event to preview the documentary is being held at the brewery on Monday, January 21 at 7 p.m.
Postcards is produced by Dana Conroy with videography and editing by Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy. The program is made possible by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Production sponsors for the program include Shalom Hill Farm, Explore Alexandria Tourism and the Lake Region Arts Council.
About Pioneer Public Television
Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit: www.pioneer.org.