Mission & History of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
After working in National Security for 26 years, Robin Holliday experienced several life-changing events that helped her realize that life is precious, and also short. So, she left her career behind to pursue her life-long dream to embark on a personal journey as an artist and to one day own an Art Gallery.
In 2009, Robin created HorseSpirit Arts, LLC and began exhibiting her own art in local juried art shows. In 2013, she opened HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, where she exhibited her work and that of other local Artists. The gallery was originally located in western Ellicott City on the edge of Glenelg inside a store called Westwood Unique. Just one year later, Robin tripled the size of her gallery and the number of Artists she represented.
In the fall of 2015, Robin moved HorseSpirit Arts Gallery to Historic Ellicott City’s Main Street. It is now an eclectic, up-lifting collection of the original creations of 41 local Artists whose work includes: Paintings, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Glass & Mosaics, Jewelry, Ceramics, Woodworking, and Fiber & Wearable Art.
Robin hand selects each Artist who joins the gallery based on their amazing talent, as well as their personality. Both kindness and integrity are key characteristics of the Gallery’s Artists.
Robin chose the name HorseSpirit for her business because she believes in the healing power of connection with animals, and horses in particular. And like a horse’s spirit, in her gallery, creativity runs wild…
When Robin started her art business, she made a promise to herself to give back to others in some way. She first supported the House of Ruth and then Maryland Therapeutic Riding. She currently supports LeCheval Stable – a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding to those in need – physically and emotionally. The LeCheval Stable owners, staff & volunteers are “angels on earth” helping so many people heal.
Robin loves her life creating her own art and promoting and encouraging the work of other artists. The joy art brings to the lives of the Artists and her gallery patrons continues to energize and inspire Robin.
Robin Holliday’s aspiration as an Artist is to inspire, and bring joy and hope to people through her art and in her gallery. She was raised in an abusive home, and it is this harsh beginning that now enables her to understand the importance of being kind. It is also this background that drives Robin to create “uplifting art,” as well as to develop relationships with others that are authentic and meaningful.
Robin designs and creates one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry from natural gem stones. She also creates crystal sun catchers and mobiles. Her jewelry is made from stones such as Amethyst, Pearls, Turquoise and Black Onyx, combined with her metalwork. Her sun catchers & mobiles are styled from faceted lead crystal prisms (both new and recycled) & hand-made lampwork beads. When the sunlight hits the crystal prism, it is refracted and creates beautiful rainbows throughout the room. Robin creates everything using sterling silver-plated or 24K gold-covered wire & findings.
Robin lives in Columbia Maryland with her wonderful husband Max Crownover – a cherished blessing in her life. They share their home with two golden retrievers and six cats. Robin has also been a Group Fitness Instructor since 1990 and teaches Aerobics, Body Pump and Zumba for the Columbia Association.
Education: Bachelors of Science, Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1983. Masters of Science, Nuclear Engineering (Minor Mathematics), NCSU, 1986
Honors & Awards: Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award in 1995; Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Phil E. Depoy Award for Analytical Excellence in 1996; International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation Fellows Recipient 1998/1999 (co-sponsored by the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for International Studies SEMINAR XXI Fellow 2005/06; and Appointment to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Principal Professional Staff 2007.