Meet the Board Members

Paul Klopfenstein

President, Gourd Art
Paul Klopfenstein has been an active member of the MBCAC since 2007, his first year as a participating artist on the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours. Paul is a gourd and metal artist who came into art late in life, though he was raised in a musical family. Paul believes that it is the job the Board of Directors to support all of the members of MBCAC and to encourage new artists.

Valerie Davis

Vice President, Jewelry, Painting, Sculpture

Marcia Geiger

Treasurer, Painter

A house-sitting position in Joshua Tree introduced me to the high desert in 1989, and its incomparable landscape and wildlife inspired me to take up the brush, oil paints, and palette. I enjoy the camaraderie and friendships of living in the thriving artists’ community of
Joshua Tree, CA. My remote private studio north of town provides me with the open space, peace and solitude I find necessary for my creative inspirations to grow and flourish.
Currently treasurer for the MBCAC, I have also served on various Open Studio Art Tour committees, including co-ordinating catalog cover photo shoots for 2014 and 2015, proof reading, assisting participants with photographing their art, and creating maps. My duties as treasurer include keeping track of income and expense for the Arts Council, Open Studio Art Tour, Art in Public Places, and Memberships. I feel that it is important to give back the the art community here, and it also requires the work of a dedicated few to keep it thriving.

Lenne Rosen-Kabe

Secretary, Painting
Rosen-Kabe is a native of Estonia raised in Sweden and Venezuela. A UCLA graduate with a degree in Spanish, she studied/painted at the UCLA Extension and Lubner Studios in Venice, CA, for a number of years. Working as a certified legal translator and interpreter for the CA State and Federal District courts, Rosen-Kabe retired in 2012 from her position as Supervisory Interpreter/Department Manager at the US District Court, Central District of California at Los Angeles. Now a resident of Joshua Tree, she paints in her studio and occasionally takes on translating and editing work in Spanish, Estonian, and English.

Patricia Knight

Membership Director, Photography
Patricia Knight is a professional photographer based in Joshua Tree, CA. Native to California, Patricia grew up in Orange County. She moved to the desert in 1995 to raiser her daughter as a widowed mother. Trained through the New York Institute of Photography and Fashion Institute of Design (FIDM), her love for interior/digital/media arts grew. These interests–visual media and nature–came together for her and she carries out her passion with visits to Joshua Tree National Park.

Scott Doten

Communications Director, Metalwork, Sculpture, Painting
Artist & designer for 28 years and a resident of Joshua Tree for 27 years. When he was 7 he took art classes at the Palm Springs Art Museum at 8 years old, one of his drawings was published on the cover of a local real estate magazine. In grade school other kids would ask him to draw Peanuts characters for them; Snoopy was his favorite. As a child, he wanted to grow up and work with Charles Schulz and Walt Disney. In his younger years, he took art classes from Elsie Grace. She was an inspiration to him. In high school he made and designed gold and silver jewelry with his father. In his last years of high school, he had an art teacher named Mrs. Janis Commentz. She opened Scott’s eyes to many different art mediums. She also let Scott design the cover for the school newspaper. He would screen print the newspaper cover in three colors in runs of 100 covers, each month or so. After graduating from high school a year early, he worked various jobs but always came back to artwork and design. He was a dental tech for eight years and learned to carve every tooth in the mouth. He calls teeth miniature sculptures. During that time he studied Hollywood movie makeup and special effects. Later he got a job at a welding shop and worked his way up to certified structural welder. He would weld many of the art-type works the shop would get, including an 8 foot tall electric guitar, made all out of steel. For the past 15 years, he has been designing and building fine art, sculptures, furniture and paintings that are in private collections. He welcomes commission design and artwork.

Janis Commentz

Gallery 62 Director, Painting

Janis Commentz is a southern California native who began drawing and painting early in life. As the daughter of an artist, she was surrounded by art materials and enjoyed trips to galleries and museums, as well as seasonal trips to Laguna Beach and Carmel. Janis has facilitated weekly life drawing sessions in Joshua Tree for eight years and teaches youth classes.

Patricia Knight

Art Tours Director, Photography
Patricia Knight is a professional photographer based in Joshua Tree, CA. Native to California, Patricia grew up in Orange County. She moved to the desert in 1995 to raiser her daughter as a widowed mother. Trained through the New York Institute of Photography and Fashion Institute of Design (FIDM), her love for interior/digital/media arts grew. These interests–visual media and nature–came together for her and she carries out her passion with visits to Joshua Tree National Park.

Ed Keesling

Director at Large, Ceramics

As a studio potter, I throw pots on the wheel, create ceramic tile, murals, and sculpture. Most of my work is high fired to cone 10/11 (2400F) in a propane gas kiln. I also make coil sculpture and pottery using the “Wedged Coil” process which was the subject of my Master of Arts thesis. at the Antioch University. Since the 1990’s I have also studied and worked with Native American forms, images and pit firing methods. During the past year, I have also taught handbuilding and pit firing methods to youth and adults.

Ed Keesling

Director at Large, Ceramics

As a studio potter, I throw pots on the wheel, create ceramic tile, murals, and sculpture. Most of my work is high fired to cone 10/11 (2400F) in a propane gas kiln. I also make coil sculpture and pottery using the “Wedged Coil” process which was the subject of my Master of Arts thesis. at the Antioch University. Since the 1990’s I have also studied and worked with Native American forms, images and pit firing methods. During the past year, I have also taught handbuilding and pit firing methods to youth and adults.