Mission & History of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery

locationAfter 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 over 45 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.

brassRobin 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

hollidayRobin 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.

turqRobin 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 Dance 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

suncatchHonors & 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.

We’re located in Historic Old Town Ellicott City at
8090 Main Street

Gallery Hours

MONDAY 11am–6pm
TUESDAY closed
WEDNESDAY closed
THURSDAY 11am–6pm
FRIDAY 11am–7pm
SATURDAY 11am–7pm
SUNDAY 11am–6pm

Dear Friends, When I created HorseSpirit Arts Gallery over four years ago, I wanted it to be a place of refuge - a sanctuary from the outside world. I decided to carry only “uplifting art” in hopes of allowing people the opportunity to remember the beauty of life. I believe that by making this connection, we can find the best instantiation of ourselves. And this can encourage us to offer whatever strength and light we have to help others find their way. This is my hope for us all in 2018.

You are a blessing in my life. I look forward to seeing you soon. Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016
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Dear Friends, I hope that you had a wonderful Holiday Season. May 2018 be your best year yet! You are a blessing in my life. Look forward to seeing you soon. Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016
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Dear Friends, may we all offer whatever light we have to help others find their way. You are a blessing in my life. Happy Holidays. Abundant kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday-Thursday, 11AM-7PM+, Friday & Saturday 10AM-8PM+, Sunday 10AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016
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Dear Friends, Shopping left to do? Or just want a break from the world & enjoy some Art? HorseSpirit Arts Gallery is OPEN: Saturday (23 Dec) 10:00am – 9:00pm and Sunday (24 Dec), 10:00 am – 3:00 PM.
We will greet you hot coffee, cookies, candy, festive beverages & attire! We look forward to seeing you! Much kindness, Robin Holliday

CLOSED Christmas Day.
OPEN DAILLY: 26 December to 1 January.
CLOSED Tuesday: 2 January – Taking a nap.

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday-Thursday, 11AM-7PM+, Friday & Saturday 10AM-8PM+, Sunday 10AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016
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Oh, the relentless joys of the holiday season!

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