Covington Emerging Artist Award, 2018

Given by HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
Presented at “Howard County Open” Art Show, January 2018

The Covington Emerging Artist Award is given in honor of Ms. Mable Covington Holliday, a talented artist and art teacher and a strong believer that all people have innate creative abilities. In the late 1950’s, Ms. Covington built an art studio outside her rural home in eastern North Carolina. Many of the women in her community had never expressed themselves outside their roles as wife and mother. With patience and kindness, Ms. Covington welcomed, encouraged, and taught these women how to express their creativity through oil painting, ceramics, quilting, clothing design and fabrication, and other art forms. She ran her studio for over 25 years. Along the way, she lovingly taught her granddaughter to create and appreciate art.

Ms. Covington was also a determined, strong woman who persevered through the Great Depression, World War II and the Korean War, losing husbands to both wars.   Through all this adversity, she kept creating art, welcoming people into her studio, extending kindness, and showing generosity to those in need. Above all, she held on to her belief in the goodness of humanity and the healing power of art.   Ms. Covington was an extraordinary person – and the grandmother of Robin Holliday, owner and curator of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery.

Artist Eligibility: Artists are eligible who have been exhibiting and/or selling their art for less than three years. (Participation as a student in sales or events that are part of an academic program or curriculum does not affect eligibility.) Artists affiliated with HorseSpirit Arts Gallery are not eligible for this award.

Art Media: Artists working in any art media will be considered for this award.

Selection Criteria: The Covington Emerging Artist Award recognizes the artist whose work demonstrates not only technical excellence but also most clearly echoes Mable Covington Holliday’s belief in the power of the creative spirit.

Award Amount: $500

Selection Committee:   Robin Holliday and two other artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery will select the award recipient.

For More Information:
Robin Holliday, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Cell: 410-782-5677 (Primary) | Gallery: 410-461-3505

LeCheval Stable

LeCheval Stable's Logo (6 Jan 2015)HorseSpirit Arts Gallery is honored and proud to support LeCheval Stable, a nonprofit organization in Glenwood Maryland that provides Therapeutic Riding to those in need – both physically & emotionally.

The mission of LeCheval Stable is “to educate the community about therapeutic horseback riding, provide counseling and equine-facilitated support services for the purposes of recreation, exercise, sport and rehabilitative therapy in an inclusive setting.”

stableTherapeutic riding instruction is provided by instructors certified through Professional Association Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.  Hippotherapy and consultation with occupational, physical or speech language therapists is available. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is available by appointment.

horseLeCheval Stable also teaches riders ages 5 to adult the basic standards necessary for safe riding. Lessons are geared to the strengths and needs of the rider after an initial evaluation. Horsemanship, skill progression and equitation are taught using the guidelines of the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and Maryland 4H Horsemanship Program. Beginning and intermediate riders work towards independence to build equestrian knowledge to support the ongoing process of skill progression. Riders learn to use the natural aids of voice, seat, hands and legs to influence and communicate with their horse.

In 2018, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery will hold special events for LeCheval Stable – including a Silent Art Auction to raise money for scholarships for individuals in need. 

Please join us in raising our community’s awareness of and support for LeCheval Stable. Volunteer opportunities are available!


Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street
Savage, MD 20763
located in the Cotton Shed (or Barn) building

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TUESDAY closed
WEDNESDAY 10am–6pm
THURSDAY 10am–6pm
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