The Cooley Gallery, located at 12 South King Street in downtown Leesburg, is owned by Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and his wife Christy, who live in Leesburg with their three dogs and two cats.
The art gallery opening is planned to coincide with the monthly Leesburg First Friday event at 6 pm. The Grand Opening was on Friday, December, 10 at 6 pm. Normal business hours are Wednesday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 6 pm.
The Cooley Gallery will regularly feature ceramics, painting, photography, and artwork in other mediums. Much of the work will be Chris’s own pottery and painting but the gallery will also feature other artists.
Cooley was an art major at Utah State, where he played football. He was drafted in the third round in 2004. Chris was elected to the Pro Bowl twice, in 2008 and 2009. Though football has been Chris’s primary occupation for the past seven years, he has kept alive his interest in painting and pottery. The Cooleys recently built a large pottery studio in their home as well as a wood-burning kiln where his work is fired over a period of 10 to 12 hours to a white-hot temperature of 2350 degrees F.
"I’m so excited to have the opportunity to operate an art gallery in downtown Leesburg," said Chris. "Art has always been a major interest of mine and for the last couple of years pottery has become more of an obsession. I can’t wait to get the doors open and really give everyone a chance to see my work and the work of other regional artists."