May Preservation Month captures the essence of Holladay’s historic buildings

By Collette HayesFor historians, artists and community members passionate about art and history, the historic Holladay City Hall auditorium was a fitting backdrop for two engaging events during Holladay Preservation Month. The Kathy Murphy Historic Holladay Invitational, a showcase of plein air art capturing the essence of Holladay's historic buildings, and the Holladay Historical Commission Guest Lecture Series, titled "The Grand Estates of Holladay," delved into the rich history, opulent estates, and foundational businesses that have shaped the heritage of the Holladay community.

“Several months ago, Kathy Murphy and I envisioned sending local plein air artists out into the city of Holladay to create paintings of Holladay’s historic homes,” Historical Commission member Kim Duffy said. “Sadly, Kathy passed away before this idea came to fruition. The Arts and Culture Director Megan Attermann and past Holladay Arts Council member Beckie Rock and I met and decided to go forward with the project in honor of Kathy."

The event was evidence of the strong partnership and shared vision between the Holladay Arts Council and the Holladay Historical Commission. Together, they brought to life the work of a diverse group of plein air artists across the Salt Lake Valley. The artists' talent and collective dedication to preserving the structures' historical significance were showcased during a memorable gallery exhibition that evening. 

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