President / Advertising Sales Director
I love to create art that’s unique & funky, using all types of mediums. My imagination has no end. I’m always looking for different ways to express my self through art. One of my favorite things to do is go searching in the desert for anything I can find, like rusted metal & wood. Every piece of rusted metal or wood I find has history. My passion is to recycle. Adding clay to metal or wood allows me to create a unique piece of art. Each piece of art I create is rare & beautiful.
As a studio potter, I throw pots on the wheel, create ceramic tile, murals, and sculpture. Most of my work is high fired to 2350 F in a propane gas kiln, to achieve its greatest strength and best marriage of clay and glaze. 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, Visual Art Center, Columbia, Md.
The Ed Keesling Clayworks Studio in Yucca Valley was started in 1980. Since then, I have taught school for the Morongo Unified School District, been a member of the California Arts Project for education, served on the MBCAC board for 5 years, the 29 Palms Art Gallery Board for 9 years, and participated in the Highway 62 Art Tour since 2011.
My family Homesteaded in Wonder Valley in the early 1950’s. I have my Associate in Arts (AA) and my Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Organizational Management. Before I retired in 2015 I spent close to 17-years as the Director of Education for six (6) State and Federal approved apprenticeship programs. I worked closely with both entities as well as sat on the Electrical Certification State Committee. I worked with the program committees, my staff, the instructors, students, contractors and multiple venders. The goal that I maintained was to run all of the programs and the Training Department efficiently and keep clean records. For me, my focus as the MBCAC Secretary is to basically do the same that I had been doing for so many years. To ensure that Board/Special/Sub Committee meetings are well documented and follow proper protocols with all Board members/Guests. Organize, maintain and update the MBCAC files as well as all other duties that are outlined for the position. My Art Medium is: Custom Book Art. If you have time please feel free to checkout my Facebook presence at: Book Art By Lori LeVoir
Aimee recently moved to Landers, CA to become a desert rat, care-taker of art projects and to enjoy the sunshine. Aimee is a Buffalo, NY born artist, marching band enthusiast, organizer and co-founder of the DIY all-ages space Sugar City. She enjoys traveling, volunteering, retaining knowledge and researching alternative art spaces/movements around the country.
Annie Wang works as a design director in a SF based start-up, adjunct faculty at the California College of Arts, and practices as a mixed media artist in her spare time. Before serving as Communications Director at MBCAC, Annie served on the board of Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, a creative music non-profit serving self-identified girls, trans & gender expansive youth in Oakland, CA. She moved to the Morongo Basin by way of Oakland, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Taiwan.