Projects:

Soho House Chicago, July 2018

“House Trips: Statue Stories Walking Tour”

Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts collaborated with Chicago’s “Statue Stories” team to treat members to a personalized guided walking tour of Statue Stories Chicago. Funded by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, this citywide arts initiative brings Chicago’s iconic statues to life via audio “phone chats”, including Abraham Lincoln and Bronze Lion. Statue Stories Chicago showcases Chicago's famed actors, writers and artwork, and the Soho House tour featured seven statues, including “Man with Fish” at the Shedd Aquarium and “Cloud Gate” in Millennium Park.

Soho House Chicago, June 2018

“Art as Therapy: Caroline Liu on Memory Loss”

Caroline Liu is a visual artist who creates paintings that visually navigate the inner workings of her concussed mind. In 2012, a wooden door fell several feet onto her head, affecting her short-term memory, which has never fully recovered. Lindsey Meyers of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts hosted a conversation with Caroline about how her work became a therapeutic practice in sourcing memories and experiences she cannot recollect, as well as a vehicle for self-exploration and documentation of her everyday struggles in living with irreparable memory loss.

Soho House Chicago, May 2018

“Community Hour” - Unveiling “Midnight in Chicago”

In November, of 2016, Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts collaborated with Chicago Distilling Company and Soho House members to create a custom beer/whiskey mash-up, replete with a chosen name and flavor profile, and even offered production assistance at the distillery. As the culminating event in a series of three, members and guests enjoyed fantastic conversation and complementary whisky pours during the house’s “Community Hour”.

Soho House Toronto, November 2017

“The Art of The Sketch” - Exploring The Psychology of Creativity”

Chicago house members, Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts lead guests in a unique conversation inspired by the idea of creative flow and Maslow’s theory of the “peak experience”. Participants explored the intimate spaces of sketching and brainstorming in tandem with Art Therapist, Sonya Thursby, and local artist and illustrator, Kirsty Turnbull, who creates picture books, drawings and crafts based around her mental health and relationships. Sketchbooks and art supplies were provided.

Soho House Toronto, November 2017

"The Art of The Protest"

Lead by Chicago house members, Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts, guests participated in an intimate dialogue with local social-worker turned fashion designer, Sheldon Bourne, creator of Social-Anti. Conversation content focused on the power and importance of "artful" protest and attendees create their screen printed custom “protest” images courtesy of the artist.

The Standard Club, Chicago, November 2017

International Women’s Forum (IWF) Annual Event

“Women Disrupting Industries in Chicago and Beyond" - Programming and content development for interactive guest activity and graphic recording curation and facilitation with Chicago artist, Kate Lewis.

Soho House Chicago/Intuit Center for Outsider Art, October 2017

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art hosted a projection mapping dinner celebrating the 125th anniversary of Henry Darger’s birth. A panoramic Darger watercolor landscape was projected onto white “coloring book” tables” and guests were encouraged to engage in a collaborative art piece and to replicate the late artist’s process by tracing over his naive figures and the dark fairy tale that surrounds them. Soho House’s, Chef Alexis, created a unique four-course meal, inspired was inspired by Darger’s life- which was impeccably paired with Suntory whiskey.

Workshop 4200, Chicago, October 2017

EnterpRISE - A Celebration of Fortitude, Creativity & Experience - Artist/Event Curation

Detroitwick, Detroit, September 2017

Footpaths: Keeping Detroit at Home - An Art & Community event benefiting The Tricycle Collective & Humble Design

Soho House Toronto, August 2017

“Jim & Sam”

Los Angeles-based music duo, Jim and Sam, entertained guests for an intimate performance on the club’s rooftop. The set concluded with a group gathering in the stairwell, and the evening was filled with humorous banter and heartwarming stories shared by this talented husband and wife team. Event curation by Chicago house members, Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

The Western 1920, Chicago, Spring/Summer 2017

Vequity Properties - Interior and Exterior Art & Mural curation

Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts curated the building’s lobby, amenities floor, leasing office and one and two-bedroom model units. Meyers & Garcia were also responsible for curating a bike room mural by local Chicago artist, Joe Miller, as well as an incredible exterior mural by Mexico City artist and activist, Libre HEM.

Morgan’s on Fulton, Chicago, June 2017

Homónimo: Alfredo LIBRE Gutiérrez & Jorge Moedano

Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts were proud to host these two very talented and versatile Mexican artists and muralists- both of whom currently reside in Mexico City. Homónimo was their first collaborative exhibition in Chicago to date. The evening included live work being created on some fantastic Bucketfeet kicks and beer was lovingly provided by Baderbräu Brewing Company. Donations were also collected for Atea- a groundbreaking artists collective in Mexico City.

“Vivian Maier Mural”, Chicago, June 2017

Artist: Eduardo Kobra

Mural curation & Facilitation

Soho House Toronto, April 2017

“Chicago House Party”

Super smooth Chicago-based talent, DJ XZIST, set the stage for club guests with his unique sound blending old school house music, trap and more. Members were treated to hot dogs and PBR and enjoyed the vibes of a funky Chicago-style house party. Event curation by Chicago house members, Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

Soho House Toronto, April 2017

“The Cure Apothecary & Jal Gua Cafe

Soho House Chicago members, Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts, visited Soho House Toronto and highlighted their favourite picks from Chicago and Toronto. Nitasha from The Cure Apothecary lead guests in the creation of custom bath salts and scrubs while Emmanuel Jal brought highlights from his organic cafe, as well as his insights into his peace-oriented philosophies and more.

Soho House Toronto, April 2017

“Jam tasting with Kitten & The Bear”

Artisanal, Toronto-based jam makers, Kitten & The Bear, set up shop to share some of their much-loved recipes and cooking techniques, and offered guests a glimpse into their sweet story. The event also included a jam tasting, accompanied by the brand’s handmade buttermilk scones. Brought to you by Chicago house members, Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

Soho House Toronto, April 2017

“Storytelling and performance with Nathan Graham of The Lucky Dutch”

Soho House Chicago members, Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts, hosted an intimate night of music with their friend, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Nathan Graham. Nathan played an acoustic set of original songs and covers and shared personal stories with members. Before starting his own roots rock band, The Lucky Dutch, Nathan performed with blues greats such as Carl Weathersby, BB king and Kiki Taylor. Last year, The Lucky Dutch released their debut album, Cadillac Coffin.

Soho House Toronto, April 2017

“Pan & Canvas”

Executive Chef Ryan Wilson-Lall of Capra's Kitchen and Personal Chef, Terry Port, created one-off dishes “on the fly” for hungry club members, while free-spirited artists, Kristina Falconer and Daniel Bombardier (Denial), painted a collaborative canvas in the house’s intimate dining room. Both artists and chefs took vibes and energy from one another to showcase their immense talents and collaborative spirits. Curation by Chicago house members, Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

Soho House Chicago, January 2017

“Yarnstallation” with The Annex

Yarnbombing is playful guerrilla street art where instead of using paint or wheat paste, cozies are knitted for everything from bike racks to street signs as an unexpected gift to a neighborhood. Guests joined Yarnstallation founders, Cathy Turley and Sharon Trager, to and yarn bomb the Drawing Room of the house. Event curation and facilitation assistance by Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

Soho House Chicago, February 2017

“Exquisite Corpse Drawing Rally and Rare Beer Swap”

Guests joined Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts and local Chicago Chef, Won Kim of Kimski, for a drawing rally and rare beer swap, featuring a tasting and presentation by Twisted Hippo Brewery. Attendees were also treated to an Exquisite Corpse exhibition curated by Robert Stevenson, featuring ten collaborative scrolls by artists such as: Aaron Wooten, Chris Silva, Lauren Feece, Anthony Lewellen, Sonam Tsering, Robert Stevenson, Paul Africa, Tony Alcatraz and more.

“L” Property Window Installation, Chicago, January 2017

Local Chicago artist, Miguel Del Real, created a vibrant window installation in the common space of the “L” Property in Logan Square. Artist curation and project facilitation by Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space, Chicago, November 2016

“Once Upon A Wall - The Details Series”

Together, Garcia and Meyers chose to extrapolate the finer points in and of the vibrant and unique mural exhibition, "Once Upon A Wall: The Details Series", which was originally exhibited as “Once UpOn a Wall: Infinite Life”. Where Garcia initially focused on the narrative that each creative collaboration was telling as part of a whole, this re-envisioning of the show highlighted the technical aspects of the work with select panels from all eleven murals- breathing new life into the pieces and showcasing the innate talent of each contributing artist.

Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space, Chicago, November 2016

“L” VIP Preview Event

Guests from the “L” Property in Logan Square were treated to an exclusive viewing of “Once UpOn A Wall - The Details Series”, in addition to a panel discussion with exhibiting show artists.

“L” Property Street Art Bike Ride and Tour , Chicago, November 2016

Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts created a two-hour bike tour showcasing several art  locations in and around the Logan Square neighborhood. The spaces reflected a variety of artwork by a number of artists, and offered guests exclusive access to murals, installations and locations. Discussions at each location also provided guests with an overview of the spaces, as well as insights and awareness into highlighted pieces, artists and the importance of public art and community.

Soho House Chicago, November 2016

“Prototyping Malt Whiskeys with Chicago Distilling Company”

Guests collectively brainstormed the flavor profile of Chicago Distilling Company’s next seasonal release and provided inspiration through sharing unusual bottles of craft beer. Event curation and facilitation assistance by Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

Soho House Chicago, November 2016

“Pan and Canvas”- A celebration of street art and street food where Chicago’s top chefs and artists came together to riff off of one another’s creations in an anarchic house party environment. Event curation and facilitation assistance by Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

ACTIVATE, Chicago, October 2016

(Chicago Loop Alliance partnership) - Lead curators for the FIVE SENSES

Soho House Chicago, September 2016

“Etch-A-Sketch” with Chicago artist, Jane Labowitch

Interactive artist workshop, presentation and discussion. Event curation and facilitation assistance by Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

ACTIVATE Chicago, August 2016

(Chicago Loop Alliance partnership) - Mural curation for Perrier with Chicago artist, Justus RoeAdditional art and experiential curation.

ACTIVATE Chicago, July 2016

(Chicago Loop Alliance partnership) -Mural curation for Zipcar with Chicago artist, Anthony Lewellen at Hard Rock Hotel, Chicago

ACTIVATE Chicago, June 2016

(Chicago Loop Alliance partnership) - Mural curation for Lagunitas Brewing Company with Chicago artist, Ceasar Perez

Soho House Chicago, June 2016

“How To Fly A Drone”

Guests were treated to a viewing of Underscore Film’s “Homesick for Chicago” film, and gathered for an intimate conversation with Rick Wayne and Brad Johnson on art and technology. Attendees were also given the opportunity to participate in real-time drone flying from the SoHo House Chicago rooftop.  Event curation and facilitation assistance by Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

Columbia College/Wabash Arts Corridor, Chicago, May 2016

Big Walls Mural Festival- In partnership with Columbia College and the Wabash Arts Corridor

Participating muralist curation on behalf of Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery/Sinergia Arts: Eduardo Kobra (Brazil), Marina Zumi(Argentina), Ricky Lee Gordon (South Africa), Morley (Los Angeles) and Tararchy (Chicago).

Soho House Chicago, April 2016

Vivian Maier Pop-Up Dark Room Event”

Guests were invited to print a photograph from a Vivian Maier negative in a custom-made pop-up darkroom, as well as to participate in a panel discussion with Sandy Steinbrecher (Master Collection Printer), Jeff Goldstein (Gallerist and owner of a portion of the Vivian Maier collection), and Anne Zakaras (Project Manager).  Event curation and facilitation assistance by Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts.

15th & West Gallery, Chicago, March 2016

"Once Upon A Wall: Infinite Life"

Chicago's most talented and highly-recognized graffiti and street artists were asked to push themselves creatively by working collaboratively with one other artist on a specific theme of their choosing- the result being eleven "one off" and imaginative murals by 22 different talents. The murals were presented as chapters - similar to those in the progression of life. These "chapters" encompassed the myriad emotions and experiences one has on the journey from creation to death.

 

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