Chris Knapus


​     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. 

Beckie Rock


      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 Utah Watercolor Society, Plain Air Painters of Utah, Plein Air Utah and her own website, UtahArtists.com.

Maren Slaugh


     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.

Ginger Gunn


     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.

Members

Jennifer Clark
Ginger Gunn
Serene Kergaye
Hank Kesler
Chris Knaphus
Beckie Rock
Maren Slaugh
District 3 - Vacant

Sheryl Gillilan

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. 


Our Executive Board

The Holladay Arts Council is looking for a new member from District 3, which is a triangular area bordered by Murray Holladay Road to the north, Van Winkle Expressway to the west, and Highland Drive to the east.


If you are interested, please contact Sheryl Gillilan, Executive Director, at 801-527-2677 or SGillilan@cityofholladay.com.

Steve Gunn
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. 

Henry Kesler


Hank loves being a part of the community and believes that individual participation in local government is important and sees art as a vehicle to finding common ground one with another. Hank and his family moved to Holladay in 1977 because they wanted to be closer to ski resorts. 

Hank has worked in real estate finance, sales, and appraisal, and is passionate about photography.

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.

Serene Kergaye
Youth/School Coordinator and Artist collective 


     Born and raised in Holladay Utah, Serene graduated high school from the Academy for Math, Engineering, and Science. She’s currently a student at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering but has a huge passion for the arts and she loves watercolor in particular for its unpredictable nature and happy accidents. Life is like that too and she tries to apply the same techniques that she does in art to living life itself.

     She enjoys being able to give back to the community and do what she loves by teaching art classes to refugees and holding art shows for them that help to create social awareness and integrate communities.

     When she’s not in school or holding a paintbrush you can find her on the soccer field with her friends.   

 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.

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.

Holladay Arts Council is committed to providing access to the arts for all residents of Holladay and the surrounding area.  We use ongoing evaluation of events and systematic feedback from participants, which we use as we plan and organize future events. We strive to offer all of our events for free or at a reasonable price to make them available to everyone.

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