Holocaust survivor Judy Baron, Alexis Johnson, Native Plants on upcoming episode Feb. 21
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn.
— Pioneer Public Television’s Postcards program will air new regional art, culture and history stories on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. about a Holocaust survivor’s art exhibit in Granite Falls, a watercolorist and digital artist from Wheaton and an ethnobotany instructor at the Lower Sioux Indian Community in Morton. The episode will be rebroadcast on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and on Monday, Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. The stories will also be available for online viewing through the station’s website: www.pioneer.org/postcards.

Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen survivor, Judy Baron of Golden Valley, has donated a collection of her watercolor paintings to the Holocaust exhibit at the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls. In this story, she recounts the horrors of her childhood experience in the death camps and how she used her art to cope, remember and educate others about this tragic chapter of human history.

Digital and watercolor artist Alexis Johnson owned a flower shop in Wheaton and explains how the art of arranging flowers, plus her background in graphic design all come together in her artwork. Her art is a combination of sketches, watercolor and digital manipulation. “I really enjoy creating things,” Johnson said. “I love to be able to find that time for myself and do something that I can share with everyone.”

Linda Black Elk is an ethnobotanist and professor of ethnobotany and science education at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota and recently she traveled to the Cansayapi Oyate (the Lower Sioux Indian Community) to share her knowledge of medicinal plants with students there. Postcards follows the process of the class as they concoct lip balm, face mask, elderberry elixir and allergy syrup. “Through ethnobotany, I have been put on this path of really valuing the knowledge of my ancestors, which helped me to value myself more,” Black Elk said.
 


About Postcards

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.