Lindsey Meyers of Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space is a self-taught photographer and mixed-media artist, originally from the Northeast suburbs of Chicago. She has been living and working in Logan Square for over 12 years, and is an active member of her community. Lindsey has displayed her work at and spoken at prestigious institutions, such as the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
Lindsey opened Beauty & Brawn in March of 2012, and keeps herself very busy curating, teaching and running the gallery. She is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters, from whom she derives inspiration by simply being in their presence.
Lindsey Meyers of Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space
Tell us a little about your business/job responsibilities.
Beauty & Brawn is an art gallery, event rental space, arts education space, event space, and community space like none other. We cater to clients looking for high quality art events and arts education opportunities, and are a child- and family-friendly venue. We are a 1,200 sq. ft. storefront space in Logan Square with lots of windows and natural light. I own, operate, curate, teach, manage and direct the daily operations of the gallery—I AM the my business, per se.
What are the ages/genders of your children?
I am a single mama and have two girls, ages 7 and 9-1/2.
Did you start your business before or after having children?
I started the gallery after my ex-husband left my kids and I destitute and in the middle of a conversation. Crazy story and am happy to share! I was a stay-at-home mom and artist and leveraged my house and car and life to open the space—after writing my business plan in the middle of the night and finding minimal funding to open. I was also facing some serious health issues and worked tirelessly to heal myself from a very difficult and painful experience. I literally gutted the entire space with a tire iron and 2 x 4 and with my bare hands. Best thing I’ve ever done. I celebrated our three-year anniversary in March of 2015 which was very exciting. I LOVE what I do!
Describe a typical workday.
6:00 am wake up, drive kids to Lakeview to get to school by 7:55 am, meetings, teaching students, emails, phone calls, follow-ups, installs and/or de-installs, portfolio reviews, creating work of my own, cleaning the space, planning future events and collaborations, off-site teaching jobs or parties, lucky if I get to the gym, household chores, back to school to get kids daily at 3:00 pm, evening meetings or events in the space…it is endless. The list is quite long, but that is a snippet!
What is one tip you can share with other Biz Mamas?
You are your own worst critic—stop beating yourself up. You have the magic within you, so dream big and do good. You only have one shot in life to leave a legacy of awesome.