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–7pm
TUESDAY 11am–7pm
WEDNESDAY 11am-7pm
THURSDAY 11am–7pm
FRIDAY 10am–8pm
SATURDAY 11am–8pm
SUNDAY 11am–6pm

New Art at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery! Come find a unique gift for a friend/loved one at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Old Ellicott City. Choose from the original creations of our 47 local Artists. Christmas is just 7 weeks away! 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
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New Art at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery! Come find a unique gift for a friend/loved one at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Old Ellicott City. Choose from the original creations of our 47 local Artists. Chri...

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New Art at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery! Come find a unique gift for a friend/loved one at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Old Ellicott City. Choose from the original creations of our 47 local Artists. Christmas is just 7 weeks away! 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
... See MoreSee Less

New Art at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery! Come find a unique gift for a friend/loved one at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Old Ellicott City. Choose from the original creations of our 47 local Artists. Chri...

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Dear Friends, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery has teamed with our neighbor – The J. Melvin Group of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - to present Artist Robyn Holl Gavigan’s Art Show “Colorful Spirit”. Come join us for a BIG PARTY with festival food, music and beverages on Friday 17 November, 2017, 6 - 9PM.

Artful Party Location: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, The J. Melvin Group, 8137 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD (just across the street from HorseSpirit Arts Gallery).

Suggested Attire: “Interpretive Artistic Semi-Formal”. Surprise us with fun & festive!

About the Artist: Robyn Holl Gavigan – a practicing artist from a very young age - was recognized by her school system, as well as the National Art Honor Society. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 2003. She then moved to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she volunteered in the Film Klub (Mladi Most) and the Youth Cultural Center, «Abrašević.» She also assisted with the art workshops supported by Cradle in the Pavorotti Music Center, as well as led short term workshops in the Humanitarian Organization, Club Novi Most. While overseas, Robyn had three solo exhibits in Mostar, one at the Bosnian Cultural Center, at Sarajevo, and at the Youth Cultural Center, «Abrašević».
Robyn then moved back to Baltimore MD and had a solo exhibition at Tillie's of Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York. She was also included in group shows at Antreasian Gallery in Baltimore and Perspectives Gallery in Ellicott City, MD. She participated in the exhibition, «Convergence» at MICA where she has expanded her painting practice by completing a Post-Baccalaureate in Fine Arts certificate. She has recently completed a Master's of Fine Arts at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. While there, she was awarded a Venture Fund Grant.
Currently, Robyn is the Gallery Manager at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Old Ellicott City MD. She also teaches art at Columbia Art Center in Columbia MD

In closing: Please come join us for this Artful PARTY! 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, 11:00 am – 6:00pm, Weekend Open until 8:00 pm (Closed Tuesday)
Voted 'Best Art Gallery" in Howard County 2016
#ECStrong, #EllicottCity, #HoCo, #ArtGallery, #HoCoArts
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GUESS WHAT?? Christmas is eight (8) weeks away!! Come find a unique gift for a friend/loved one at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Old Ellicott City. Choose from the original creations of our 47 local 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
... See MoreSee Less

GUESS WHAT?? Christmas is eight (8) weeks away!! Come find a unique gift for a friend/loved one at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Old Ellicott City. Choose from the original creations of our 47 local...

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