HOLLADAY ARTS COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT

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Sheryl Gillian

Executive Director

 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.  

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Lisa O'Bryan

President

 

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.

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Kathy Murphy

Vice Chair/Treasurer

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.

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Sheri Sohm

Secretary

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. 

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Natalie Bradley

At Large

 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. 

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Council Members

Jenifer Clark

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     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.

Jeffrey Conrad (JC)

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     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

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     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. 

Chris Knapus

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     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 Kudlik, CFP

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     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.

Clint Salisbury

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     Clint  grew up in Pleasant Grove, UT, and has now lived in Holladay for 10  years and counting. Clint is married to his loving wife Lorraigne, from  Venezuela, and has 3 children who attend Olympus High School and Olympus  Junior. Clint previously served in the community by coaching several  baseball and basketball teams. 

     Clint graduated with an English  bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from BYU and with his Juris Doctrate  from J. Rueben Clark Law School. After practicing law for 13 years,  Clint moved to a sales and marketing position at his company and enjoys  developing business. 

     Although not an artist, he believes the arts are an  integral part of any healthy community and is excited to work with  great people in serving the community by promoting the arts and bringing  people together to support the arts, with an emphasized interest in  literature and Utah authors.

  

Maren Slaugh

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      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.

Steve Gunn

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 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.

Beckie Rock

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Webmaster

      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.

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