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. 

Melinda and her husband Mark’s home has been featured in Apartment Therapy and the Good Eye Gallery has been featured in the LA Times. Melinda, a die-hard baseball mom, is often seen (and heard) cheering on her son and ace pitcher, Boon, and chasing after 5 year old Haskell.  She sat down with Paulette Light of Momstamp to talk about how a marriage and family therapist ends up with a sweet gallery in Eagle Rock and the intersection of entrepreneurship and motherhood. 

See Melinda’s North East LA Momstamp Collection HERE… and all of her Momstamps HERE

The Journey to Good Eye Gallery

My route was circuitous. In my 20’s I was living in San Francisco working in the vibrant arts and music scene of the late 80’s/early 90’s booking bands, curating art shows, and living a creative life. I moved to LA with the hope of learning photography and opening a gallery. I got my masters in art therapy because that seemed like a better way to make a living, but I never gave up my dream of having my own space to showcase my love of curating and the arts.

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.


See Melinda’s North East LA Momstamp Collection HEREand all of her Momstamps HERE.  

Shop Melinda’s rotating collection HERE