Where art can flour­ish

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN - By Jes­sica Ritz home@la­times.com Twit­ter: @la­timeshome

Af­ter a ca­reer in psy­chother­apy and art ther­apy, Melinda Fay dis­cov­ered an un­ex­pected way to ply a new trade. Now she in­ter­acts with in­te­rior de­sign, fine art and re­tail clients out of her own Good Eye Gallery, lo­cated in a brick-clad 1920s store­front on Ea­gle Rock Boule­vard.

Good Eye Gallery’s an­te­room holds purses, small fur­nish­ings and other goods, as well as a ro­tat­ing gallery of ex­hi­bi­tions cu­rated by Fay.

Al­most ev­ery­thing in the gallery is for sale. Charm­ing and var­ied vignettes made up of fur­ni­ture, art and ac­ces­sories oc­cupy the large cen­tral space. A van­ity that be­longed to Fay’s aunt, for in­stance, is stocked with es­sen­tial oils from Ojai’s Moss Botan­i­cals.

Fay likes “to find un­usual ways to dis­play things,” she says, so wall­mounted sal­vaged doors fit­ted with chicken wire in the win­dow open­ings show off neck­laces. An old bike rack fit­ted with re­claimed wood and finials pro­vides an un­usual way to hang vin­tage and new purses by South­ern Cal­i­for­nia leather crafter Lili T.

Fay sees her­self as “a con­duit” link­ing clients to vin­tage re­sources, lo­cal mak­ers and artists. In the rear room of the gallery, walls are packed with pieces by “peo­ple who are emerg­ing as artists or re­con­nect­ing with their for­mer cre­ative selves,” Fay ex­plained.

She also wants “to help peo­ple get con­fi­dent about col­lect­ing art,” as well as to coach artists about seek­ing un­ex­pected op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Danielle Krysa of the Jeal­ous Cu­ra­tor, em­broi­dery artist Stephanie Kelly Clark and painter Lisa Go­lightly are among those with whom Fay works fre­quently.

Good Eye Gallery, 4538 Ea­gle Rock Blvd., Ea­gle Rock; open noon to 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day through Sun­day and by ap­point­ment; (323) 2554538; www.good­eye­gallery.com

Eron Rauch

GOOD EYE GALLERY’S an­te­room dis­plays purses, small fur­nish­ings and ro­tat­ing ex­hi­bi­tions cu­rated by owner Melinda Fay.

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