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Holladay Fine Art Show celebrates artistic excellence in the community

Apr 09, 2024 11:18AM ● By Collette Hayes

First place, professional acrylic, “Zion,” by artist Elizabeth Walsh. (Photo credit Holladay Arts Council)

The 10th annual Holladay Arts Council Fine Art Show welcomed 228 artists and 369 pieces of art, showcasing the artistic excellence of students, amateurs and professional artists in the Salt Lake Valley. The week-long event included an opening reception at Holladay City Hall on March 16, where cash prizes and awards were presented during an opening reception. 

According to Holladay Arts and Culture Manager Megan Attermann, most art entries were offered for sale with prices ranging from $10 to $7,500. The use of several different artistic mediums and techniques added to the show's captivating display. 

“We are honored to exhibit the work of so many fine local artists in various mediums,” Attermann said. “Walking around the exhibit was a respite and recharge for me, and I hope all who attended felt the same.”

Hannah Barrett and Sarinda Jones were selected to evaluate and rank the entries. As a public art coordinator for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Barrett serves as a museum consultant to the Utah Black History Museum, on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the University of Utah, and as the Utah representative for the Registrar Committee. Jones studied at the renowned Pilchuck Glass School and North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland. She teaches at Corning Museum of Glass, New York, Smithsonian Institute Associates, and at her Salt Lake City studio.

Professional artist Charlotte Mortimer has participated in the Fine Art Show for the last four years. This year, her painting “Guild Master” received an honorable mention in the professional oil category. As a master artist, she is comfortable using any of the three main painting mediums—oils, acrylics, or watercolors, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Colored pencils, charcoal, pastels or a mixture of mediums can often be found in many of her works.

Mortimer’s art has received many awards of recognition, but success to her as an artist is when someone connects with a piece she has created, and it becomes meaningful to the person.

“I feel like I’m a successful artist when I wake up excited to get in my studio and create,” Mortimer said. “It’s not so much about selling my art that makes me feel successful as an artist— although that is a very satisfying part. When someone enjoys my art enough to buy a piece or commissions an original work, I’m happy and honored the person wants to include a piece of my art in their home.” 

Cash awards were presented to all first-place winning entries from professional to student participation categories. 

To see a complete list of Holladay Fine Art Show 2024 winners, visit the Holladay Art Council website:λ