cooley_0022 It seems as though downtown Leesburg has a new art gallery with some celebrity cache. Washington Redskins tight end and fan favorite Chris Cooley is opening an art gallery in downtown Leesburg on Friday, December 10.

The Cooley Gallery, located at 12 South King Street, will regularly feature ceramics, painting, photography, and artwork in other mediums. Much of the work will be Chris’s own pottery and painting, but will also feature other artists. Chris and his wife, Christy, live in Leesburg with their three dogs and two cats.

colley_0018Cooley 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 a 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."

For more information about the gallery and other participating artists please contact or call 703-220-2944. cooley_0019 cooley_0020