HorseSpirit Art Gallery Rebuilding
Robin was there when the flood happpened and tried to hold the door shut as the waters rose. After the windows shattered and the water was up to her chest, she was able to get to the 2nd floor. She was interviewed by NPR, and you can listen to her story here.
Robin's dream was to have a beautiful gallery to sell art made by local artists so that they can be recognized for their talents. Her eye for beauty and design are exceptional. She has been in business for just over a year, and her gallery has become one of the go-to stops when visiting Old Town. website
This disaster has affected so many of the business owners and residents of the area, and no doubt some of the businesses will not be able to come back from this. The cleanup has just started, and the community has been overwhelmingly supported by people in the area, as well as people all over the country. Photos
At this writing, Robin's insurance company has refused to pay on her flood insurance policy, stating that the policy she was sold was not the proper one for an art gallery, even though they knew she was an art gallery (go figure?). She is appealing and seeking help through the State to try to rectify this.
Robin was too humble to start this page herself, but frankly she needs help to rebuild. Anyone that knows Robin has experienced her big heart and generous soul... she's been such a blessing in my life.
Thanks for any help you can bring.
Friday 28 October:
• 11:00 am – Door RE-OPEN for business!!
• 6:00 pm -10:00 pm – Dressy Re-Opening with an Artistic Flair!
Saturday 29 Oct:
• 11:00 am – Doors OPEN for Business!
• 1:00 pm – County Executive Allan Kittleman with Ellicott City District Representative Jon Weinstein and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce will preside over a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!
• 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm - Costume Party (costumes optional)
Sunday 30 Oct:
• 11:00 am – Doors OPEN for Business!
• 12:00 pm (Noon) – 3:00 pm - Cupcake Social
Please Note: There is no parking on Main Street right now. You are welcome to drop off your friends/loved ones at the Gallery’s door and then park in one of the many lots off Main Street.
In closing: I am SO excited to welcome you back! There will lots of hugs, many of the Gallery's Artists to meet, and tears of joy. Gallery hours for the next several weeks and other information can be found at www.horsespiritartsgallery.com. I feel honored to be part of your life & our community. Abundant
Kindness, Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
RE-OPENING FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER, 11:00 AM!!
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It has now been 3 weeks since Historic Ellicott City was hit with a massive flood that took the lives of two people & devastated most of Main Street and even beyond. Our gallery’s first floor was severely damaged – including the majority of the contents destroyed or lost. Water levels rose to 59 inches on the first floor & to the fifth step leading to the second floor.
THANK YOU so much for all your support, kindness, and generosity during the challenging times. You are a blessing in our lives. Many of you have emailed me to express your compassion and support. It means more than I can say…. And I am COMPLETELY overwhelmed by your generosity contributing to our GoFundMe site which has already raised over $15,000K ( https://www.gofundme.com/2hsvw3g). You make me cry... And we are very grateful to our friend & website developer, Karen Brand, for starting this GoFundMe Site.
Moving Forward - the Good News:
a. We were able to recover ALL the art on the upper floors and a few pieces of the art on the first level in a timely manner. So many gallery items remain in perfect condition and ready to find a new home. Again, if you have had your eye on a piece, please let me know.
b. Recovering the art was ONLY possible because of the tireless efforts of the many of the artists in the gallery, who trekked through the mud and sewage with us for several days to retrieve art, load it in a moving truck, haul it to our home, and then wash and inventory all of it. They are “Angles on Earth” and I feel blessed to be working with them.
c. I would also like you to know that both Jon Weinstein (District 1 Representative to Historic Ellicott City & beyond) and Allan Kittleman (Howard County Executive) have been “busting their backsides” to help all of us affected by the flood. Jon and Allan both have my appreciation, admiration, and respect. Also thank you all the county, state, and federal recovery workers on Main Street and the many volunteers who have stepped up to help. They have been so good to everyone.
d. My fellow dance instructors (who are AWESOME) held a fundraising Dance Event for my gallery where over 200 people “danced their little hearts out” and contributed over $2500 in two hours. Reporter Andrew Michaels wrote about it in the Howard County Times: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ellicott-city/ph-ho-cf-dance-fundraiser-ellicott-city-0825-20160818-story.html
e. My sweet husband, Max Crownover (who is the best thing that ever happened to me), and I met with representatives of the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Loan Program yesterday. It looks very promising that we will be able to secure a loan to pay our Artists and assist us in getting up and running again. So I am feeling quite hopeful.
f. Our Gallery will rise again in the same location, 8090 Main Street. Our brick building – which was originally built as a bank in 1886 – has been found to be structurally sound. Yesterday, we visited to check out the progress of repairs, and it is looking very good. The Landlord (Don Reuwer) has already cleaned out the downstairs, replaced the Floor, the front door, and the HVAC, and is putting up new drywall downstairs, and carpet on the stairs. Thank you Don.
g. We are hoping to move HorseSpirit Arts Gallery back into our building before the holiday season, depending on the timeline for the County/State to get Historic Ellicott City to a point where it can be reopened, including some flood mitigation. While this might be wishful thinking, I am keeping my eye on this goal. If this is not possible, I will let you know where we will temporarily relocate. Either way, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery will be operational for the holiday season. I will keep you posted.
h. We are also going to pursue selling some of the gallery’s art on our website in this interim period of time before we can get back into our building.
i. When we do reopen on Main Street, we will have a GRAND Re-Opening Party like no other!!
a. Like us, many businesses in Ellicott City are having their insurance claims denied. Some are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses. There is an excellent article in the Baltimore Sun this weekend by Fatimah Waseem that documents what is going on: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ellicott-city/ph-ho-cf-flood-insurance-0825-20160819-story.html
b. We purchased a flood insurance policy for $150K of coverage in September 2015 from PSA Insurance and Financial Services (Insurance Broker) / Selective Insurance (Insurance Carrier). They knew we were an Art Gallery, and said they understood our business model. Now, they have told us that they are only going to pay up to $2,500 total for all the art damaged in our art gallery – which is very different from the $150K of insurance we purchased. We have submitted a complaint to the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA), hired an attorney, and most recently written a letter to Senator Ben Cardin asking for his help – not just for us, but for all those adversely impacted by denied insurance claims in the Ellicott City Flood.
c. While it may take months to resolve our insurance problems, we will not let it dissuade us from moving forward and reopening our gallery as soon as safely possible.
In closing, two of my favorite movies are “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “True Grit,” and one of my favorite songs is “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. All three of these are about people who don’t give up and who will not go down without a fight… and that’s what I am doing. I will rebuild my dream – HorseSpirit Arts Gallery - with the help of my strong and loving husband Max, the FABULOUS Gallery Artists & Sales Associates, and my dear friends. I will be in touch soon. Love to you all, Robin Holliday
I am going to share Robin's words about the situation. " I learned that our insurance company is not going to pay for the flood damage to our art gallery even though we have flood insurance. In September 2015 we purchased $150K of flood insurance for $1100. The claims adjuster (who is independent from the insurance company) said that our insurance policy is not the right one for an art gallery and he will not allow it to be paid. So through no fault of our own, it looks like we are getting screwed!! Today we are going to the emergency center & meeting with the Maryland Insurance Agency to see what can be done. If the claim is not covered, I have no idea what we are going to be able to do. I am angry beyond measure & have not been able to sleep. Thanks for listening" .
In light of this situation, we will be raising the goal of our fundraising campaign to $200,000. Our intent to rise up and rebuild is strong and we plan on making it happen anyway possible. Again we cannot thank you enough for the donations already made and to further support us please continue to share this fundraising campaign for HorseSpirit Arts Gallery's rebuilding.
The most recent update: This past weekend a team including Robin and Max and a number of artists from the gallery were able to recover artwork from the gallery. This was a risky endeavor with resulting heat strokes and illnesses. Thankfully all are on the road to recovery and the goal of the mission was achieved.
There is a long rocky road ahead of us but we will persist one step at a time!
The HorseSpirit Arts Gallery Team
How on earth can they deny her claim!!!???!!!
Howdy Robin: So sorry to see and hear about the damage to your beautiful gallery. I have great confidence in you and your ability to get the shop open, and look forward to visiting and supporting you and your artists again.