Holladay's home for the arts!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Growing up in Millcreek, Ginger Gunn, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Being a professional magician, Doug joined the Arts Council to become a voice for the performing arts, with the goal of helping residents discover and develop their public performance skills.
Although Doug was raised near the beach in Southern California, he loves living in Holladay and being close to Big Cottonwood Canyon.
To say that Doug is ambitious would be an understatement! He’s an independent insurance agent by day and a performing magician at night and on weekends. He has a passion for networking and meeting new people, with a focus on finding out how to help them.
He and his wife also run a mail-order wellness business together. They have eight children between them (4+4), and love to travel when possible.
Doug LOVES to dance, enjoys watching volleyball, basketball, and football, and plays tennis when he has a chance. He is always learning, enjoys reading (but only self-help and educational-type material), and believes that the best investment you can make is in yourself.
Doug loves the opportunities for service and personal development that being a part of the council brings him.
City Council Liaison
Paul Fotheringham has been a resident of Holladay for 20+ years. He grew up just next door to Holladay in the Millcreek area, graduated from Olympus High back in the glory days, and subsequently graduated from the U with a BA in Accounting. Paul is currently Director of Treasury Management at First Utah Bank, a local Community Bank, headquartered just north of Olympus High School.
Paul was elected a City Council member in 2017, has previously served as Holladay's representative on Salt Lake County's Community & Economic Development Advisory Council (CEDAC), and also served on local school community councils. When a vacancy on the Arts Council opened for City Council Liaison, Paul jumped at the chance to join the group. Prior to joining the Arts Council in January 2020, Paul and his wife Lisa have been regular attendees and volunteers at Arts Council events.
Highlighting his interest in the arts, Paul enjoys attending his daughter Megan’s ballet performances. Megan has been featured as Holladay’s Artist of the Month. According to Paul, Megan, currently a Sophomore Dance major at Westminster College, is the finest, most accomplished, and most beautiful ballerina in the Intermountain West. She even invited Paul to see her perform on stage in St. Petersburg, Russia – (it’s advisable to avoid asking Paul about it unless you have a completely free hour).
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 Holladay Arts.org and several artists' websites, Beckie also maintains art groups' websites which include the Plain Air Painters of Utah, and Plein Air Utah.