Maine Peace Works -
For the love of Peace
Born and bred in Brooklyn, New York in the 1950’s
- to “lefties,” union/community organizers and
rebel rousers – those are my roots. My father was
a fine watercolor artist and calligrapher; my mother was
a musician (piano) – both were teachers for many,
I’ve been a “peacenik” my whole life,
even while in the stroller, walking picket lines and attending
large anti-war demonstrations; as a teenager sometimes playing
the guitar at the head of the march, or holding the banner.
The highlight of my life was walking across the Brooklyn
Bridge with my family; the march was headed up by Martin
Luther King, Jr. It touched me so deeply that I can still
remember the loud chanting from that day.
So now you know where I come from.
Fast forward to adult life -- After leaving NYC to go to
college (SUNY Albany alum 1976) and living 10 years in Boston
with my husband, Eivin, we moved to Bangor, Maine, to make
a good life for our three children. For years I raised Esben,
Thorval and Kelsey, doing “crafts” to help with
family expenses. Later on I had the big jobs. Ran the Howard
Dean campaign for President and the America Coming Together
campaign in Northern Maine, was a National Delegate for
Dean at the 2004 Democratic Convention, and worked for the
Maine Democratic Party as a Regional Organizer.
I am a former member of IBEW Local 1837
and also the American Federation of Musicians Local 1000.
As a former officer of the Eastern Maine Labor Council,
I helped create Food AND Medicine, a coalition of laid off
workers, union, non-union, and community members working
for justice and healthcare for all!
Gallery owner Roxanne Munksgaard
Roxanne's jewelry display at the gallery.