Roxanne Swentzell


view a photo gallery with brief captions of the plastering
or download a PDF slide show (full-screen images)
Roxanne Swentzell, Athena Steen's sister, is internationally known for her clay sculptures and limited bronze editiongs. Her work is extensively exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. As of August 17, 2006, after years of exhibiting her work elsewhere, she is opening her own gallery atthe Poeh Center of Pojoaque Pueblo, New Mexico (eight miles north of Santa Fe).

The gallery is a four story adobe tower built in the early 1990s but the interior was never finished.  In 2006 Roxanne and her husband Tim Star took on the task of finishing the tower and converting it into Roxanne’s gallery.  Rather than turn the process over to outside contracters, the finishing process became an extended family happening that was inclusive of four generations, ages one to seventy five. 

During June and July, The Canelo Project in the form of Athena, Bill, kids and interns led the plastering effort of the gallery rooms.  All the plasters were mixed on site from a combination of local clays with the exception of a lime plastered panel to be used for viewing slideshows and movies.  It was a monumental effort and yet everything including plastering and mixing was done by hand.  Tiny children played in the sand piles, those who didn’t want or know how to plaster, mixed.  Young teenagers carried heavy buckets of mix while others did the plastering. 

 In the end, the simplicity and magic of clay gave life to a forgotten place while simultaneously expanding, touching and connecting the lives of family members, friends and interns whose paths may never have crossed.


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