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One of Roxanne's original Broken Peace designs. This is Broken Peace # 1 © 2008.

Beaded necklace with hammered silver swirl.

Interview in Bangor Daily News.

Roxanne's Facebook site.

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Roxanne Munksgaard

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, many years.

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.

And I am a songwriter and performer of social and economic justice and union songs.
It was time for a career change in my 50’s. The “children” are now grown and off to college/graduate school and it's time to let my artistic side shine. After many years of beading, wirewrapping, and trying different jewelry mediums, I have been fortunate enough to work on jewelry design and to study metal smithing.

I love working in mixed metals, with a special passion for copper. I create cannabis and political jewelry for the masses. In 2008, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the peace symbol, I designed "Broken Peace". Each piece is hand cut, rolled through a rolling mill, or hammered and features a copper or sterling silver broken peace symbol (torched). They are individually numbered and I am up to #105! I have not known peace during my whole lifetime. Peace is broken

Si se puede! It can be done!

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