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 11am-6pm
THURSDAY 11am–6pm
FRIDAY 11am–8pm
SATURDAY 11am–8pm
SUNDAY 11am–6pm

Dear Friends, Let me introduce you to Local Artist Linda Schisler at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Linda takes stunning photographs – with a passion for Old Ellicott City. She has been with the Gallery about four months and I am very pleased to introduce you to her.

About Linda Schisler: A lifelong resident of the Baltimore area, Linda began her professional career over 30 years ago. Even as a child, she always had her Kodak Instamatic camera with her, just waiting to capture that perfect photo.

Linda worked as a photographer and videographer for an Aerospace company in the 1980s, spending countless hours in the darkroom learning and perfecting her skills. She also owned her own photography studio in the 1990s, specializing in pet and children’s portraits and weddings.

However, being an accomplished photographer is but one of Linda’s artistic outlets. She presently works as a Graphic Artist with a concentration on graphic design and animations. Over the past 15 years she has completed the design and layout for seven published books. And, purely for the fun of it, she dabbles in painting and pottery.

One of Linda’s current photography passions is her hometown Old Ellicott City. With a superb eye for beauty, she seeks out the details and nuances that make Ellicott City so special to so many. She is also Co-Owner and Artistic Director of Creatives, LLC, a local business providing creative design solutions.

In closing: Please come see Linda’s beautiful photography, along with the original creations of over 45 other Local Artists. I look forward to seeing you soon. Abundant Kindness, 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 Daily 11AM - 6PM+ (Closed Tuesday) Open Friday & Saturday until 8:00 pm
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

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JUST SOLD! Original Art at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery – Paintings by Kay Sandler and Nancy Lee Davis; Clock Sculpture by Dave Hardell; Handmade Gemstone Jewelry by Cecelia Battle; and Hand-painted egg by Wendy Ng! Congratulations to the Happy Owners (and Artists)! Much kindness, 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 Daily 11AM - 6PM+ (Closed Tuesday) Open Friday & Saturday until 8:00 pm
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#ECStrong, #EllicottCity, #HoCo, #ArtGallery, #HoCoArts
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Dear Friends, please come join us this Saturday, 16 September, 1-4PM, for an Art Reception & Demonstration to Celebrate Howard County’s “Road to the Arts” Weekend!

This annual event celebrates the beginning of the 2017-2018 gallery season by inviting art lovers to explore the local visual arts scene. Galleries throughout the county will host openings and special exhibits over the course of the weekend. Participating galleries include the Arts Council, the Artists’ Gallery, The African Art Museum of Maryland, Columbia Art Center, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, The Meeting House Gallery, and Roxy’s Art.

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery’s featured Artists will be Deborah Maklowski (demonstrating the use of colored pencil on drafting paper) and Charlene Randolph (demonstrating hand building pottery techniques). Please come see their beautiful artwork, along with that of 45 other Local Artists!!

And of course, there will be festive beverages, nutritional & non-nutritional food groups!
Abundant kindness, Robin Holliday

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Robin.Holliday@HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
410-461-3505
Open Wednesday – Monday 11AM-6PM+ (until 8PM on Fri & Sat) (Closed Tuesday)
Voted 'Best Art Gallery" in Howard County 2016

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Original Art recently SOLD at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery! - by painters Stephanie Boyer, Nancy Lee Davis & Brenda Kidera; Sculpture by Dave Hardell; Art Quilt by Joyce Ritter; and Photography by Linda Schisler! Congratulations to the happy owners and Artists! Much kindness, 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 Daily 11AM - 6PM+ (Closed Tuesday) Open Friday & Saturday until 8:00 pm
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#ECStrong, #EllicottCity, #HoCo, #ArtGallery, #HoCoArts
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Dear Friends, Let me introduce you to Local Artist Peter Kosterich at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Peter creates beautiful Jewelry. He has been with the Gallery about six months and I am very pleased to introduce him to you.

About Peter Kosterich:
From Peter’s childhood, he has always been fixing, tinkering and modifying bikes, toys, and whatever he thought he could improve. He was the neighborhood “fix it kid.” This evolved over the years into a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute in New York, and his handyman business of 31 years, Perau Associates in Columbia, Maryland.

While at Pratt Institute, many of Peter’s friends were artists in various media, so while he was learning engineering, he was also learning design. And yes, he continued modifying tools for both himself and his friends.

His knowledge of engineering skills coupled with a side education in design, and love of experimenting and modifying, led him to working with precious metals and making jewelry.
Under the guidance of precious gem and precious metal artist Kevin White, Peter began his journey into a second profession, Jewelry Designer.

Peter’s work is generally abstract in nature as he continues to push the limits of his tools and materials. All are completely original designs and completely handmade. Most are 92.5% Sterling Silver and some include embedded cubic zirconia, or diamonds. And some pieces are copper and brass with various patinas. Peter creates his own texture plates for design embossing patterns.

Peter also collaborates with his wife Elizabeth (Beth) Kosterich, also a Jewelry Artist at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, with a primary media of professional clay, to create unique designs incorporating both the precious metals and the clay. Peter and Beth live in Columbia, Maryland.

In closing: Please come see Peter’s beautiful Artwork along with the original creations of over 45 other Local Artists. Look forward to seeing you soon. Abundant Kindness, 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 Daily 11AM - 6PM+ (Closed Tuesday) Open Friday & Saturday until 8:00 pm
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#ECStrong, #EllicottCity, #HoCo, #ArtGallery, #HoCoArts
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