A 16x20 oil on canvas, “Reflections,” 2018, Su Warburton’s latest piece.

     Su Warburton brings her two homes together by painting oceans in Utah. After living in Hawaii for 14 years, there is a comfort and connection between Hawaii and Utah that she cannot shake. Though art was always around her, Warburton found her expression of oil on canvas later on in her journey.
     Warburton has many fond memories of living in Hawaii, going from a newlywed to raising children there. She and her husband had gone on a whim; a friend invited them to come. “We got married in June and at the end of August we moved,” Warburton said.
     They stored their wedding gifts at her grandmother’s and planned on staying for a short time, but fell in love with Hawaii. She taught school there and immersed herself in the culture, even giving her children Hawaiian middle names when they were born. Her daughter Kaira’s middle name is Lani, meaning “heaven” in Hawaiian, her son Cameron’s middle name is Ikaika, meaning “strength,” and her other son Justin’s middle name is Maleuha, meaning “peace.”
    They adored the island life and the different aspects of Polynesian culture not found on the mainland. Important events, such as funerals, kept calling her back to Utah and eventually she decided it would be best if she and her family returned.  
     Warburton never thought of herself as an artist, but she had created pen-and-ink drawings on cards.
     Warburton also played with art in other ways. As a school teacher in Hawaii, she used the game Pictionary to get her students interested in learning other subjects. Art was constantly around her, even from the beginning of her childhood because her father was an artist. “He could pick up a pen or pencil and just draw,” Warburton said. “He could sketch people — nothing formal, it was just kind of a gift that he had.” Technically he was an entrepreneur, but he created logos and many other projects. Warburton’s brother was a jeweler and an artist and her sister is a potter.
     Art is around her in other ways as well. When she was previously a case manager at a drug rehabilitation treatment centers, she saw how much the clients loved art therapy.

     But art finally grabbed hold a few years ago when a friend convinced her to try an oil painting class taught by local artist Susan N. Jarvis.

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     We cross paths with dozens or more people in our communities every day but how often do we take the time to sit down with them and share stories? For Holladay artist Jim McGee the chance to get to know his neighbors came when he applied for and received a grant from the Holladay Arts Council. He proposed a series of portraits and stories of willing subjects in Holladay. The exhibit, Crossing Paths, opened in Holladay City Hall on July 10 and runs through Aug. 6.
     Though McGee was elated to learn his proposal was accepted, he also experienced a stab of fear about starting the project. “I’m this introverted artist dad who spends most of the time at home,” he says. “How would I find the subjects to paint?” he wondered.
When the Holladay Journal ran an article about the project, McGee discovered if you let a newspaper publish your phone number, you will get calls. He invited people who were interested to meet with him at the 3 Cups coffee shop in the center of town. About seven or eight showed up, he recalls. They drank coffee and shared stories, and McGee had his first subjects. Other people were referred to him, or he approached people he had seen around town with an invitation.
     Then it occurred to him that he needed some kids as well as adults. A fellow artist suggested her 7-year-old daughter and a friend. McGee went to her house, jumped on the trampoline with the girls, listened to their stories, and took pictures.
Though McGee did some life sketches of some of his subjects, he found it was easier to work from photographs he took after spending some time with each subject to listen and get acquainted. “I’m not a good photographer,” he admits. “But I soon learned what kind of lighting and points of view were best.”
     Among his subjects are Ketan Shah, who runs the Chevron gas station in Holladay; Rebecca, an immigrant from Chile and 20-year Holladay resident; Wade, a Holladay firefighter and paramedic; Minny, a published poet; Paul Draper, a professional magician and Holladay resident who recalls going to elementary school in what is now City Hall; Jerry, a 48-year resident of Holladay who, at 84, skis, hikes, travels, and plays the organ and piano; and, finally, the two girls, Mariah and Nyakun, whose friendship includes laughing, dancing, swimming, and playing on the trampoline.

     Among his subjects are Ketan Shah, who runs the Chevron gas station in Holladay; Rebecca, an immigrant from Chile and 20-year Holladay resident; Wade, a Holladay firefighter and paramedic; Minny, a published poet; Paul Draper, a professional magician and Holladay resident who recalls going to elementary school in what is now City Hall; Jerry, a 48-year resident of Holladay who, at 84, skis, hikes, travels, and plays the organ and piano; and, finally, the two girls, Mariah and Nyakun, whose friendship includes laughing, dancing, swimming, and playing on the trampoline.

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Jessica Goodrich loves to dance as artist of the month 
Apr 09, 2018 11:04AM ● Published by Holly Vasic, Holladay City Journal


     Art comes in an array of mediums and so do the artists themselves. Art can stand still in a painting or photograph but it can also move like film or dance, yet it all seems to come to life. Jessica Goodrich has been dancing since she was 4, a pretty common story for most dancers, but her new job has taken her out of the spotlight and given her an opportunity to advocate for the arts like never before. Experiencing movement in a whole new way, she is bringing classroom subjects onto the dance floor for children to learn with their bodies. 
     Goodrich is Utah through and through, born in Salt Lake, her parents still living in Holladay. She always knew she would be a dancer. “When I was growing up I felt like it really helped me find my identity,” Goodrich said. The good feelings wrapped up around dance in her childhood memories led her to major in dance at the University of Utah. 
     “I never even thought twice about it when I went to the U,” Goodrich said about choosing her major. She didn’t expect to be a teacher, but when she was nearing graduation she asked herself, “How am I going to make a career out of this dance thing?” Goodrich was not necessarily interested in going to New York and auditioning, so she stayed an extra year at the U and received a teaching license in English, which she completed in 2016.

​     After spending some time trying her hand at teaching at Evergreen Jr. High, Goodrich was hired as a dance teacher for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). BTSALP’s website explains that they “provide arts-integrated instruction to elementary students, effectively increasing student performance in every subject — from language arts and social studies to math and science.” Goodrich goes to two different schools to teach and has found the experience inspiring


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Su Warburton brings the ocean to Utah in her oil paintings
Jun 28, 2018 09:42AM ● Published by Holly Vasic,Holladay City Journal



Photo Gallery: Holladay’s Blue Moon Festival
Aug 27, 2018 11:54AM ● Published by Jana Klopsch ● Cottonwood Holladay Journal
All Photos by Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com

A 16x18 oil on canvas, “And So It Is,” 2017.

Jessica Goodrich leaping in the air in a beautiful pose, photographed by Sarah Rodriguez and Amy Rau. (Courtesy of Jessica Goodrich

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Ginger Gunn’s vision becomes reality with Reflections in Dance recital 
Apr 09, 2018 11:05AM ● Published by Holly Vasic, Holladay City Journal

     Holladay is a city worth celebrating according to a recital coming up on April 9 at Olympus High School. The evening will showcase private dance studios as well as public Jr. high and high schools in the city with dance numbers that portray different aspects of life in Holladay. 
     Ginger Gunn comes from a lineage of dancers. Her grandfather owned the first dance studio in Utah in 1918, she says. Gunn owned her own private studio for 25 years, the Gunn School of Dance, and then began teaching at Evergreen Jr. High. “They didn’t have a dance program, so I started their dance program,” Gunn said. After retiring from 17 years at the public school back in May of 2017, she had an idea. While at Evergreen, parents would ask for recommendations for their children if they wanted to do dance outside of school. “I’d say, well I’m not really familiar with what the studios do around here,” Gunn said. She was not happy with that answer so the idea began to spark. “Maybe it’s time that we communicate with each other and that we present something beautiful, that isn’t competition, together, and then we will get to know each other better,” Gunn said. 
     Her vision began to come to light when Gunn joined the Holladay Arts Council and realized that many other arts, such as visual, were represented well, but not dance. She called the local schools about a potential showcase and then thought, “Well gosh, I need to include the private studios in Holladay — we’ve got some wonderful strong private dance studios.” So she called them up too. 

     Gunn is hoping to begin a tradition. This year her vision will come together in a recital called Holladay’s Reflections in Dance. “We are all working on the theme,” Gunn said. Each piece included a two–three sentence statement about why living in Holladay is so wonderful. “So, every dance will be a different aspect of living in Holladay and how wonderful it is,” she said.
     This recital means more to Gunn than bringing everyone together to celebrate Holladay. Private dance studios and public-school dance programs have clashed in dates for recitals and programs many times and Gunn hopes bringing these two circles of dance, as she called them, together will smooth out some of these conflicts and connect these two worlds. “We are now going to know who the directors are of all these private schools and if there is a conflict we can call up,” Gunn said. Also, public teachers, like Gunn was, will be able to guide parents and give recommendations based on their kid’s ability and interest if they want to do an outside-of-school program. “It’s just going to be cool, any way I look at it is a win-win. So, I’m excited,” Gunn said. 


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