Holladay's home for the arts!
Sheryl was hired in July 2017 as the Holladay Arts Council executive director and is excited to work with enthusiastic council members. She believes there is much potential for offering diverse arts opportunities for residents and visitors, including the summer concert series, Blue Moon Festival, and the fine art show. Prior to this position, Sheryl worked for 12 years at Art Access, the last five as the executive director.
All of the arts are important to Sheryl, and she has been a life-long enthusiast. She believes that storytelling through art is a powerful way to connect people of diverse backgrounds, and that sharing art makes it a joy to be human. She is an award-winning quilt artist and runs a quilting and sewing business. She is also an avid reader, knitter, and traveler.
Sheryl grew up in Salt Lake City, went to college and graduate school in Oregon and Pennsylvania, then returned home in 1985, where she has lived happily thereafter. She shares her life with her daughter, son, dog, cat, fish, and many friends.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Lisa has lived in the Holladay area since 1994. She graduated from Granite High School and attended the University of Utah before becoming a co-owner and operator of several restaurants in Salt Lake City. She has also worked as Director of Sales and Marketing for hotel corporations.
She currently owns and operates a full-service real estate brokerage “Salt Lake City Realty” while raising her family, in the Holladay area she loves so much.
Lisa has served on numerous boards and committees throughout her life. Actively involved with the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, Granite School District, and her community.
Although not an artist, Lisa enjoys all aspect of the arts, music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Lisa's philosophy is that volunteering makes a difference in individual lives and in the community as a whole.
When Lisa is not working you will find her with her husband and their two children camping, boating and enjoying Utah’s great outdoors.
Kathy joined the Arts Council to help promote art in our community, to become a voice “within a choir” for the arts. She believes that it’s our calling to promote arts awareness and advocate its value. The essence of art is how we become ourselves. It has nothing to do with skill. It’s the true nature of experimentation without boundaries – trying out something and not worrying about being right or wrong. Kathy is a grandmother to her amazing 4 yr old granddaughter Andrea Sophia, and is also a Potter, and Master Gardener. She has lived and worked many years in both northern and southern California as well as Tucson, AZ. Kathy lives in Holladay with her husband Larry and three of her best friends-- dogs Molly, Madde and Sam.
Sheri Lyn Sohm is a life-long resident of Holladay. She was an Olympus High Titan, and studied education and art at the U of U. Sheri’s career as a Gifted-Ed. teacher in Salt Lake School District, provided opportunities to teach students how to make a difference in their community. Over the years, her “kids" saved Hidden Hollow Nature Park in Sugar House, and brought attention to the lowly Sego Lily. Sheri loves painting, drawing and art history. She enjoys taking classes, and sharing time with friends, family and her therapy dog, Buddy. Sheri is amazed at the broad array of local talent and is excited to be a member of the Holladay Arts Council. ve that includes what they do, how long they’ve been at it, and what got them to where they are.
A lifelong resident of the Salt Lake Valley, Natalie Bradley moved to Holladay in 2013. Natalie is a former English teacher with a Shakespeare obsession and is actively working through her life’s goal to see every Shakespeare play performed. She has a love for the performing arts and enjoys watching artists share their talents. In addition to her career in education, she has worked in marketing, public relations, sales, and children’s theater. As an educator and parent, she is a strong believer that children should have access to and participate in the arts. Natalie and her husband are raising five children ranging from teenagers to toddlers and a rambunctious dog.
Jennifer was raised with an appreciation for classical music and the performing arts. Her mother was a piano teacher and accompanist and their home was always filled with music.
Her husband Herald comes from a family of artists and art collectors, expanding her interest into fine art. She graduated with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Utah with an emphasis on early American and Utah art.
Currently, she works as a presenter for the National Energy Foundation. She enjoys playing music with her husband and children, skiing, boating, cycling and traveling. The Clark family moved to their home in Holladay in 1998. Jennifer is excited to be involved with the Holladay Arts Council and is grateful for this unique opportunity to serve in her community.
JC moved to Holladay from Akron, Ohio with his amazing wife and two kids to pursue his career as a creative.
He’s held a couple of cool jobs that’s allowed him to illustrate, write and design for products, games and movies.
He currently owns a creative branding agency called Peeko and a publishing company called Oople Made.
Ginger Gunn is the newest member of the Holladay Arts Council. Growing up in Millcreek, she graduated from Granite High School and the University of Utah. She served as a high school and junior high school teacher of dance and U.S. History for students designated as “gifted” in Granite District for over 20 years. During that time she choreographed and staged dozens of musicals and concerts. She received national and local awards for teaching excellence.
Ginger also owned and operated her own dance studio for over 25 years where she gained experience in the public and private arts arenas.
Ginger’s grandfather established the first dancing schools in Utah, beginning in 1918. She grew up watching him and her aunt develop a legacy of dance within the Salt Lake area, which she now hopes to promote in the Holladay community. Following her recent retirement from teaching, Ginger began looking for opportunities to share her enthusiasm for the arts and now thinks she has found the perfect fit in being a member of the Holladay Arts Council.Type your paragraph here.
Jon is a native of northern Utah, and was born into an energetic and artistic family. Inspired by his mother’s paintings and his father’s photography, he began painting as a child. He was fascinated by the natural world around him, and did everything he could to explore it. His life-long love of plants and flowers developed into work in gardens, greenhouses and landscaping.
Jon took a break from painting in order to complete other studies and begin a successful career as a software developer and IT professional. A college art class reawakened his creative passion, and he began painting again.
He began with a series of abstracts, and while showing them in a local gallery stroll, he met teacher and mentor Sydney Bowman. With her guidance, Jon began to study art in earnest, beginning with the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and portraiture. He expanded his experience using a variety of new mediums and subjects. Building on his rapidly widening skills, he achieved new focus and realism in his paintings. After mastering realism, Jon began to explore other styles. His painting styles include realism, impressionism, and abstract works.
When Jon isn't painting he enjoys spending time with his family, running, gardening, and traveling.
Chris and wife Leslie both were raised in neighboring East Millcreek. They decided to raise their family in Holladay, moving into their current home in 1987. The Knaphus’ have four Adult children (all currently living in the Holladay area). The Grandson of a prominent Utah Artist/Sculptor, Chris has always appreciated art. As a frequent business traveler, he takes the opportunity visit galleries, museums, concert halls, and performing art productions around the world.
Chris is Vice President of Knaphus Exterior Panel Co., a specialty construction company that designs, procures, and installs natural stonework for large commercial buildings. As a member of the Council, he hopes to bring some of his business and organizational skills to add strength to an already impressive organization. He is excited to assist in the planning and preparation of the many community events provided by the Holladay Arts Council.
Michaeljohn and his wife Barbara have been residents of Holladay for over thirty years. Michaeljohn born and raised in New York City, Barbara a Salt Lake native have raised their four children in Holladay. Michaeljohn began his career on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, received a BA degree from Texas A&M and is a Certified Financial Planner. His career has always involved rendering investment advice. Michaeljohn is a licensed securities representative, licensed real estate and insurance agent.
In the late eighties when the stock market tanked, Michaeljohn began developing an interest in Native American Art. He currently has a collection in his southern Utah home. In addition, Michaeljohn is passionate about music. As a council member Michaeljohn hopes to bring more community awareness to the already successful arts council and help attract more sponsors so the council can give more scholarships and grants along with increasing more music and art activities for the Holladay City and surrounding area residents.
Maren is an actively involved with community arts and volunteers with various organizations including Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake County's Center for the Arts, Ballet West, Zoo, Arts, and Parks, and is a University Alumni Ambassador. She grew up in Sandy City and is an alumni of Judge Memorial Catholic High School. A graduate of the University of Utah, Maren currently works as Director overseeing Salt Lake County's Records Management and Archives program. Prior to that, she spent 10 years with the Sandy Police Department.
Maren’s parents instilled the love of music and theater in her from a very young age and she is an avid concert and theatergoer.
Maren is honored to be part of an organization that enriches the lives of so many in our community. She currently is serving her first term on the Holladay Arts Council.
City Council Liaison
Steve Gunn has resided in Holladay with his wife, Ginger, since 1993. Steve grew up in East Millcreek and attended Olympus High School and then the University of Utah. He practiced law in Salt Lake City until his retirement in August 2011. During thirty-six of his thirty-eight years of practice, he worked for Ray Quinney & Nebeker. From 1989 to 1999 he served as a part-time instructor at the BYU Law School. He has also served on the Alumni and the Emeritus Alumni Boards of the University of Utah.
Love of the arts is genetic for Beckie. Her mother taught art in the Granite School Continuing Education Program and her sister, Bonnie Posselli, is a professional, working artist.
Her roots run deep in Holladay, She lives on third-generation property and has a great desire to see that Holladay keeps the intimate community atmosphere, that drew her family here, while the city continues to grow.
In addition to HolladayArts.org and several artists' websites, Beckie also maintains art groups' websites which include the Plain Air Painters of Utah, and Plein Air Utah.