Robin Holliday

Owner and Curator, 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 short. She decided to leave her career to pursue her life-long dream, to embark on her own personal journey as an artist and to own an art gallery.

Robin envisioned an eclectic, uplifting gallery representing only local artists, a sanctuary from the outside world where artwork could remind people of the goodness of life. She also wanted to create a community of artists who support one another.

In 2013, Robin opened HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, a small, one-room gallery where she exhibited her own artwork and that of a few local artists. In 2015, she moved HorseSpirit Arts Gallery to Old Ellicott City Main Street, where it continued to grow until she represented over 40 local artists. After suffering significant losses from two devastating floods in 2016 and 2018, Robin chose to leave Old Ellicott City.

In November 2018, she reopened her gallery at Historic Savage Mill, MD with 42 local artists. The gallery now includes paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, mosaics, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, and fiber and wearable art.

Robin designs and creates one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry from natural gemstones. 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 using faceted lead crystal prisms (both new and recycled) and hand-made lampwork beads. When the sunlight hits the crystal prisms, it is refracted and creates beautiful rainbows throughout the room. Robin creates everything using sterling silver-plated or 24K gold-covered wire & findings.

  • 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-1995; Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Phil E. Depoy Award for Analytical Excellence-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.

Robin lives in Columbia, MD with her wonderful husband Max Crownover – a cherished blessing in her life.  They share their home with two golden retrievers and five cats. Robin has also been a Group Fitness Instructor since 1990 and teaches Aerobics, Body Pump and Cardio Dance for the Columbia Association.


Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street
Suite 2063

Savage, MD 20763
located in the Cotton Shed (or Barn) building

Gallery Hours

MON-SAT 10am–6pm
SUN 11am–6pm

Dear Friends, Come meet the Artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery on Sunday, 10 February, 1-4pm! Discuss art with your favorite Artists and meet new ones! Enjoy live music, festive beverages and light hors d’oeuvres. Below is a list of the Gallery’s 43 Local Artists (by Art Medium):

1. Trudy Babchak – Acrylic, Oil, Impressionist
2. Geraldine Butler – Oil, Abstracts
3. Stephanie Boyer – Oil, Realism/Still Life
4. Nancy Lee Davis – Oil, Modern Impressionist/Colorist, Plein Air
5. Rana Geralis – Oil and Watercolor, Plein Air
6. Laurie L. Hansen – Oil, Acrylic & Engraved Wood – Abstract, Portraits, Plein Air and Still Life
7. Mary Jo Kehne –Paintings and Drawings, Ball-point Pens, Oil Pastels, Oil Sticks and Paint.
8. Brenda Kidera – Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic, Realism
9. Deborah Maklowski – Pastel, Colored Pencil and Mixed Media
10. Alison Leigh Menke – Oil, Plein Air Paintings, Landscapes
11. April Rimpo – Fluid Acrylic and Watercolor
12. Kay Sandler – Pastel, Watercolor and Mixed Media
13. Andrea Sauer – Watercolor and Mixed Media
14. Molly Sims – Oil, Realism
15. Loreen Western –Watercolor, Abstracts
16. Chris Guercio – Alcohol Ink

1. Rebecca Moy Behre – Fine and Functional Pottery
2. Iris Grundler – Fine and Functional Pottery
3. Nancy Ziegenfus-McIntosh – Fine and Functional
4. Bonnie Zuckerman – Hand-painted Ceramics with Wax Resist Technique

Fiber and Wearable Art:
1. Dalis Davidson – Vibrant Hand Spun, Dyed and Painted Wool and Silk Scarves
2. Joyce Ritter – Unique Quilted Wall Art
3. Loreen Western – Hand Painted Silk Scarves

1. Chris Guercio – Fused Glass, Impressionist, Landscape, Frit Glass Painting
2. Robin Holliday – Crystal Sun Catchers and Mobiles
3. Beverley Hunter – Glass and Ceramic Mosaics
4. Sarah Pick – Fused Glass, Impressionist
5. Alice St. Germain-Gray – Flame Thrower Glass

1. Cecelia Battle – Fanciful Torch Fired Enamels, Hand-forged Metals and Glass Beads
2. Nancy Ennis – Sterling Silver Chainmaille, Bead-weaving, and Hand-forged Metal
3. Dave Hardell – Sterling Silver
4. Robin Holliday – Natural Gem Stone Jewelry
5. Elizabeth Kosterich – Contemporary Fine Art Jewelry
6. Peter Kosterich – Sterling Silver Jewelry
7. Carlos Zepeda – Fine Silver, Natural Shell and Gem Stone Jewelry

Mixed Media (other than paintings):
1. Wendy Ng – Decorated Eggs with Pysanky Technique
2. Allison Pasarew – Intricate Antique Clock Part Sculpted Designs, Framed Wall Art
3. Eileen Williams – Contemporary, Original Mixed Media and Fabric Three-Dimensional Wall Art
4. JeJennifer Hudson – Papercut Art. Framed Intricate, detailed & Original cut paper designs

1. Stephanie Boyer – Still Life
2. Linda Schisler –Cityscapes and Nature, Local and Abroad

1. Dave Hardell – Metal Sculptor
2. Ed Kidera – Steampunk Metal Sculptor
3. Bill Knapp – Sculptor and Fine Furnishings

Specialty Cards:
1. Kathy Daisey – Handmade Specialty Cards with Watercolor Painting, Collage, and Stamping
2. Brenda Kidera – Prints of her Oil Paintings
3. Cecelia Battle - Prints of her Acrylic Paintings

1. Allen Alexopulos – Hand-turned Wooden Artistic Platters, Vases, Urns, and Sculpture
2. Max Crownover – Hand-turned Bowls & Vases
3. Jim Oliver – Hand-turned Bowls, Plates and Vases

In Closing, I look forward to welcoming you to this big event! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
Cotton Shed (Barn) Building
8600 Foundry Street, Suite 2063, Savage MD, 20763
Gallery: 301-490-2001
Robin’s Cell 410-782-5677

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OPEN OPEN OPEN! HorseSpirit Arts Gallery is open today, Monday 14 January, from Noon - 6:00pm! Look forward to seeing you. Abundant Kindness, Robin ... See MoreSee Less

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Dear Friends, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery is CLOSED SUNDAY, 13 Jan 2019 due to Snow. Look forward to seeing you on Monday! Stay safe. Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday ... See MoreSee Less

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Dear Friends, Let me introduce you to Local Artist Geraldine Butler – the newest member of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery! Geraldine creates beautiful abstract paintings and I am thrilled to have her join us.

About the Artist: Geraldine Butler is a Maryland based painter whose work is seemingly abstract, although inspired by nature and her surroundings.

Butler received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), where she now teaches painting part time and is a visual arts instructor in their after-school TWIGS program.

During her time at MICA, Butler studied under several renowned contemporary painters such as Mark Karnes, Barry Nemett, James Hennessey, Timothy App, and Sharon Yates, all of whom influenced her work in different ways. Butler has received several awards including juried placement and a scholarship through MICA to study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. She also received MICA’s Painting Department Recognition Award.

Butler’s work bridges the gap between abstract and representational painting challenging established ideas of what paintings are classified as, and in doing so, diversifies the type of art her viewers can relate to. Butler’s work is founded on her love of these two seemingly different types of painting and following many years of working directly from observation.

Butler exhibits regularly and has participated in several group and solo exhibitions throughout the country and abroad over the last two decades. Butler also participates in several art festivals throughout the region. Her studio in located in Howard County.

In closing: Please come see Geraldine’s paintings along with the original creations of over 40 Local Artists. I look forward to seeing you soon. Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
Cotton Shed (Barn) Building
8600 Foundry Street, Suite 2063, Savage MD, 20763
Gallery: 301-490-2001
Robin’s Cell 410-782-5677

#hocoarts #hoco #ArtGallery #handmade #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #local #HistoricSavageMill #SavageMill #SavageMD #visualarts #art #fiberart #oilpainting #watercolor #ceramics #artist #woodturning #acrylicpainting
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Come check out @bonnie.zuckerman’s new hand painted ceramic work!
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