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Susan Kliewer said it doesn’t feel like it but it has been 20 years since the unveiling of the Sedona Miller Schnebly bronze statue that stands in front of Sedona Public Library.Susan Kliewer stands next to her bronze sculpture of Sedona Miller Schnebly she completed in September 1994 in front of the Sedona Public Library in West Sedona. Kliewer donated the sculpture to the citizens of Sedona through a Red Rocks Arts Council project.

She remembers how the ceremony went.

“Barry Goldwater came and he got lost along the way. By the time he got there it was dark and nobody could read their notes,” Kliewer said.

Before any of that could happen, though, she had to win a contest. The Red Rock Arts Council held a contest to create what Kliewer said were “monumental statues” for the city. She said that eight other sculptors had submitted maquettes along with her. She said winning was a big boost for her career. Having lived in Sedona since the late 1960s, the project was a way for her to give back to the community.

“To do something for the city was a thrill,” she said.

To read the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 8, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • Cate Wyckoff

    Ms. Kleiwer is a wonderful artist. We are so fortunate that she is part of our community. Her work reflects the pioneer spirit of the Schnebly family a well as the beauty of Sedona itself.

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