John has been a high desert artist for the past 12 years, after 30 years as a performing arts producer at UCLA's Royce Hall. He previously volunteered on the MBCAC board for five years and now, after a two year hiatus, has returned for another tour of duty. John is grateful to be able to give back to this creative community that means so much to him.
Shahasp is a gallerist and an award winning, published jewelry designer with directorship and design positions in the high jewelry industry. Her own work, "Precieux" Metal Clay Jewelry, was established 1999 during the infancy of the medium.
She is a published author, Certified Precious Metal Clay Instructor and a GIA Grad. Before serving as Treasurer at MBCAC, Shahasp served on the boards of The Bay Area Metal Arts Guild and The Women’s Jewelry Association. Shahasp looks forward to supporting our Morongo Basin art community!
Laurie works as a Sales/Marketing Coordinator at the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley and has 25+ years of experience as a financial sales advisor in Boston and NYC. She moved to the desert 15 years ago from Cape Cod, making her home in Rimrock with her late husband, Norman Erickson. Laurie has a passion for connecting people and she is actively involved in the community, so it was a natural progression to join the MBCAC as Board Secretary. When Laurie is not on the move, you can find her walking the desert with her dogs, Rock and Scruffy.
Shannon works as a Marketing Program Manager at a San Francisco based technology company and has 20+ years of experience managing all aspects of digital projects, creative projects, and integrated campaigns. She moved to the Morongo Basin by way of San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, and New York City.
A volunteer for the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council since 2010, Marcia's artistic focus is on representational painting. Her subjects range from abandoned buildings in desert ghost towns and old homestead cabins, to local landscapes and desert fauna. She enjoys the camaraderie and friendships that come from living in the thriving artists’ community of Joshua Tree and surrounding areas. Her remote private studio north of Joshua Tree provides the open space, peace, and solitude necessary for her creative inspirations to grow and flourish.