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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. —On Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Pioneer Public Television’s Postcards program will air new documentaries about Milan’s rosemaling artist Karen Jenson, pottery at the Lower Sioux Indian Community and the conceptual photography of Corina Kells of rural Dawson. The episode will be rebroadcast on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and on Monday, Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m. The stories will also be available for online viewing through the station’s website: www.pioneer.org/postcards.
Karen Jenson has been a rosemaling artist for more than 50 years and her home in Milan is a living showcase of her life’s work and that of many other Scandinavian-inspired artists from the Upper Midwest. The Postcards documentary My Creative Home takes viewers on a visually enriching tour of her home while Jenson recounts the highlights of her career as a professional artist and teacher.
Joyce Pendleton and her brother Benji have also made a life-long commitment to their family craft of making and selling pottery at the Lower Sioux Indian Community in the Morton/Redwood Falls area. Postcards documentary Makaćhèga (“pottery” in Dakota) chronicles how the ancient traditions and symbols used in their pottery are being taught and shared by new generations.
Conceptual photography is a type of photography that is staged to represent an idea. Corina Kells studied photography at Ridgewater College and learned how to use conceptual photography as a means to explore mental health issues. In this final Postcards segment, Kells describes how the process of making her art has brought her healing and connections with a larger community.
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.