David Kelsey Basset of Tracy describes himself as a “multimedia designer and a creative self-starter.” He is known as a freelance designer and a recording artist who values his rural roots. For the Postcardssegment, Kelsey Basset walks us through his process of making a print -- just one of his many talents that include video production, website design, hip hop, rap and jazz music production. KelseyBasset wants his art to speak to the “changes in the rural community I see.” According to KelseyBasset, “I want to make a piece of art that speaks to these corporate identities impacting rural communities.”
The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) headquartered in Morris, has sponsored a summer art camp for kids for the past 10 years and the Postcards crew was there in June 2014 to see it in action. In the segment, PRCA instructors Ferolyn Angel, Mitch Hancock and Mike Weatherly show how they encourage students to integrate the theme of Imagine the Prairie into their artwork and in the way they see the world. “I just love this camp. It’s one of my favorites because I can just, you know, be myself and stuff,” said student Tess Deane. “Art makes us all more human and we need it for our society,“ said instructor Angel.
A brand new creamery and artisan cheese shop near Brooten, Minnesota is the subject of the final segment of this Postcards program. According to producer Andrea Singleton, it is a story about two young people pursuing their dreams, not giving up and asking for help from family, the larger community. Alise and Lucas Sjostrom of the Redhead Creamery in Brooten tell of the journey that led to the establishment of the creamery, which just started producing artisan cheeses in the Fall of 2014. “I feel like if you surround yourself with good people, your life is that much more pleasant and enjoyable,” Alsie said. “With a little thinking and a lot of studying and research, you can do anything,” added Lucas.