Melinda Fay is a collector, a shop keeper, a curator, an artist, a connector and a mom– not necessarily in that order. She owns and operates the Good Eye Gallery in Eagle Rock, a brick and mortar store filled with vintage and contemporary art objects and decor to spread her concept of Curativity. It is also her headquarters for what she does best – connect.
The Journey to Good Eye Gallery
Mother of Invention
Motherhood is what led me to this place. I didn’t want somebody else raising my kids. I was working as an MFT and I found it difficult to find clients who could see me during the day in private practice. I wanted to create my own schedule and put a concept (the concept of curativity) I was honing into practice. My training was in art therapy. I considered opening an art therapy studio with a gallery attached. When I had my second son I decided to focus on being with him so my license became inactive. While he was a baby I redecorated my house with the help of Tamara Honey from House of Honey. She encouraged me to help other people find cool art and curate their homes so I did pop up exhibits with a little art consulting/decorating on the side. The run around became too much so i promised myself that when both boys were in school full time i would find a space to showcase what I do.
Making it all Work
I’m not sure i do a very good job at making everything work smoothly but renting a space within walking distance from my house (and auntie em’s) makes it a little easier to bring my kids to work with me. Also I have a handful of people I trust and can call on to take my kids if I need to meet a client. Most of them are young energetic guys who my kids love being with so that helps. I also have a neighbor with the same aged boys I trade off with when I’m at my wit’s end and not doing such a great job
Love, Trust & a Strong Back
Love what you do or you’ll spend a lot of time doubting your choices. I work by myself so I’ve had to learn to really trust my own voice and lean on a few select people who have more business experience than I do. Be generous with your time and talk to everybody. Always remain curious and maintain a sense of humor. A strong back helps for all the schlepping furniture in and out of the old minivan.