Born to Create - Aspen Perry

December 1, 2017 * Published by Aspen Perry * Cottonwood/Holladay Journal 

To view the art of Logan Madsen before getting to know the artist, one would never know Madsen suffers from a genetic disorder that affects fewer than 30 people on earth. 

Miller syndrome affects muscle and bone formation, as well as hearing and joint pain, and in Madsen’s case is the cause of malformed arms and hands.

Undeterred by the genetic disorder, which has affected him since birth, Madsen believes he was born to create. 

“I was born with the desire to create. Copying cartoons out of Disney books in elementary school is how I cut my teeth,” Madsen wrote in response to being asked what drew him to art. 

​Madsen’s ability to draw provided him a sense pride as he grew up, which he explained helped him endure constant bullying. 

“Still, today, I earn intense pride of ownership whenever I am using these ‘weird’ hands to make something most cannot,” Madsen said.

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Fisher working on “Poker Man” sculpture. (Craig Fisher Studios website)

Fisher translates photography into sculpture as artist of the month 
Oct 31,201702:05PM ● Published by Aspen Perry ●  Cottonwood/Holladay Journal

Craig Fisher was selected by the Holladay Arts Council as Artist of the Month both for his talent and his continued involvement in community art. 

“We are happy to feature Craig’s work for Artist of the Month. Craig’s work is very realistic whether it’s on a small or large scale. He’s an amazing, gifted artist,” said Lisa O’Bryan, chair of the arts council. 

According to Sheryl Gillilan, executive director of the Holladay Arts Council, the Artist of the Month program began several years as a means of promoting and celebrating both professional and amateur local artists. 

Nominations of local artists are submitted by art council members, local artists and the general public, which are then reviewed by a committee and submitted to the full council for a chance to be featured. 

O’Bryan was especially elated to see Fisher receive Artist of the Month considering he started the program several years ago, when Fisher was chair council. 

Gillilan said as a member of the council in 2016, Fisher assisted in the origination of the Healing Through Art project. The project focused on Salt Lake County refugees sharing their stories through art. 

“Artwork included drawings and paintings of their old homes, their daily tasks in those homes and their aspirations for the future,” Gillilan wrote in an email. 

In addition to receiving accolades from Holladay artists in the know, Fisher’s work can be found coast to coast within the Unites States via his website He also has sculpture pieces residing in New Zealand and Haiti. 

Poker Man sculpture on YouTube:

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New Holladay Arts executive director, Sheryl Gillilan. (Jackilin Slade, photography)

Fifteen-year-olds Bethany and Abbie pose for Natalie Allsup-Edwards as she hand draws the pair at her photo booth for the Blue Moon Festival. (Lexi Peery/City Journals)

Local Holladay artist combines her love of music and painting to create some rocking portraits

Cottonwood/Holladay Journal, Aug 28, 2017

By Lexi Peery |

For Lorraine Robinson, music had always been her creative outlet. 

Growing up in San Francisco in the 1960s — the era of the Beatles, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and Woodstock — Robinson was exposed to music of all
kinds, and was a musician herself.

“It was a phenomenally creative era in the history of the United States. The Vietnam War was ending, the music was so powerful. It was peace, love and rock n’ roll,” Robinson said. “The drug culture came about and kind of blew everything out of the water. The music of the ’60s, ’70s, was just so phenomenal in my personal opinion. It revolutionized all of rock n’ roll.”

It wasn’t until her children grew up, she was living in Holladay and she was in her 50s that Robinson decided to pick up painting. At the encouragement of a friend, Robinson decided to take classes with an artist in downtown Salt Lake. 

“I had no interest whatsoever in art when I was young. I was a musician and all of my 
family were musicians, and we played the piano, guitar, sang — of course it was the hippie era, I never went anywhere without my guitar,” Robinson said. “But now painting is just another creative outlet for me.”

Robinson’s musical roots are still deeply embedded in her as she continues to hone her skills as a painter — her favorite things to paint are portraits of great musicians. However, before she could paint intricate, life-like paintings of some music's most iconic rockers, Robinson started out with the basics — landscapes and sunsets — and worked her way up. 
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Blue Moon Festival provides the beats, eats for thousands of residents 
Cottonwood/Holladay Journal, Aug 28, 2017

By Lexi Peery |

The sixth annual Blue Moon Festival was held at the Holladay City Hall Park on Aug. 5 with thousands of residents from Holladay and the surrounding area converging on the park. Be it the good weather, the popular food trucks, the cold beer, the unique booths or the energetic band — over 4,000 residents made their way to downtown Holladay, filtering through the park on the warm summer day, keeping the park lively well into the evening. Read more . . .

Painting by Lorraine Robinson, Holladay Arts Council Artist of the Month, of Dave Grohl

(Lexi Perry photograph)

Holladay Arts - In The News

New art director in town

Cottonwood/Holladay Journal, Aug 28, 2017

By Aspen Perry  |

When city officials discovered they would lose Margo Richardson as the executive director of the Holladay Arts Council, they knew they had some big shoes to fill. As luck would have it, Sheryl Gillilan was looking to make a change and eager to take this next step with Holladay City. 

“I feel a kinship with Sheryl and think she will do awesome,” said Richardson.

Despite missing being more involved with the city she calls home and working with the arts council, Richardson is enjoying her new venture with the Clever Octopus, Utah’s first creative reuse nonprofit center.

Though her decision to start working with kids once the three-year grant to work as executive director of Holladay Arts Council came to an end was not easy, Richardson felt better knowing the arts council was in good hands. 

“I didn’t feel as bad about leaving when I knew there would be someone there to take the arts program further,” Richardson said.

Gillilan was eager to be part of a community dedicated to the arts when she discovered Holladay was looking for an executive director.

“I was impressed with the city’s recent commitment to fund a part-time executive director for the arts council. That told me they are serious about the role of the arts in building a vibrant community,” said Gillilan.

In addition to the commitment of the city, Gillilan felt Holladay already had a great art community in place. 

“Holladay has a good arts council in place with enthusiastic members, and there is so much potential for offering diverse arts opportunities to residents and visitors,” Gillilan said. Read more . . .