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    ABOUT BRIDGETTE

    Overcoming Abuse, Finding Passion Through Art & Coming Full Circle to Inspire

Hello there and Welcome! I’m Bridgette Mayer and for the past sixteen years I have been running a top contemporary art gallery in Philadelphia helping my clients and the artists I serve improve the quality of their life through art.

I am here today in a very successful place in my career but I remember many years ago before I opened my business, I was not in the place I am today.

You see I came from the projects of Jersey City and went through the foster care system until I was nine years old and was adopted by a wonderful family. If you had seen the conditions I grew up in, you would not even believe it that someone could come from there and get here.  I had to learn how to read and get started living a life that was not centered around the drugs, alcohol and physical abuse I was surrounded by.

Over the years I have come through many challenges and had a dream of being a top arts professional in the gallery industry.  I have had big dreams my entire life and have dreamed the dreams that others said would not be possible. I am living proof, this is not a Hollywood movie, I literally came from the other side of the tracks and built the life I have created.

That is why I wanted to write a book to share my story with you. Part memoir and part how I got my start in the artworld, this book is for anybody who might need inspiration or might want to know how somebody like myself who came from nothing, was able to build a multi-million dollar business in the artworld.  You see, It is possible.

I hope you will share my journey and see what is possible for you!

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Professional Bio

Art dealer, curator, art advisor, author and entrepreneur, Bridgette Mayer has spent decades cultivating her passion for art, artists, the clients she advises and finding her way to the top of the art world. After suffering an abusive childhood that landed her in foster care homes and on the streets, starving and beat up, Bridgette was adopted by a wonderful family at the age of nine and began her life transformation. Her early and challenging experiences gave her a tenacity of spirit, unbreakable creativity and a desire to make her mark in the art world. Her compassion for artists and managing them to the highest level as well as working with top collectors from around the world has guided her business the past seventeen years. Her expertise encompasses a whole approach to art collecting, creating authentic environments both public and private with art. Her early background and current success has spurred her to write, “The Art Cure: A Memoir of Abuse & Fortune” published by Little Lion press in September 2016. Her mission is to continue to inspire those around her and especially artists, women and entrepreneurs to live the life they dream even in the face of insurmountable obstacles.

Art dealer, curator, art advisor, author and entrepreneur, Bridgette Mayer has spent decades cultivating her passion for art, artists, the clients she advises and finding her way to the top of the art world. After suffering an abusive childhood that landed her in foster care homes and on the streets, starving and beat up, Bridgette was adopted by a wonderful family at the age of nine and began her life transformation. Her early and challenging experiences gave her a tenacity of spirit, unbreakable creativity and a desire to make her mark in the art world. Her compassion for artists and managing them to the highest level as well as working with top collectors from around the world has guided her business the past seventeen years. Her expertise encompasses a whole approach to art collecting, creating authentic environments both public and private with art. Her early background and current success has spurred her to write, “The Art Cure: A Memoir of Abuse & Fortune” published by Little Lion press in September 2016. Her mission is to continue to inspire those around her and especially artists, women and entrepreneurs to live the life they dream even in the face of insurmountable obstacles.

About Bridgette Mayer Gallery

Bridgette Mayer is an art dealer in Philadelphia, PA. She opened Bridgette Mayer Gallery on Philadelphia’s historic Washington Square in 2001. In July of 2016 the gallery evolved to a private gallery and consulting practice. Mayer represents artists from Philadelphia, New York and around the world, specializing in contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. The gallery also deals in secondary market artwork sales and private and corporate consulting.

Gallery artists have won many prestigious awards including the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Guggenheim Grants, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards, the Miami University Young Painters Competition and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Grant.

Bridgette Mayer Gallery has been featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 as a small business “On The Rise” and was recognized as a recommended Philadelphia arts destination in The New York Times Magazine. In 2013, Mayer was named one of the top 500 Galleries in the world by Boulin ArtInfo, and was also featured in the Tory Burch Foundation’s “Women To Watch” series. Mayer has been a featured speaker on many panels in the Philadelphia area and has guest lectured at a number of Universities, where her talks focus on how emerging artists can promote their work and sustain a career in the arts.  A graduate of Bucknell University, Mayer was an active member of the University’s Arts Board for several years. She is currently a board member of the Arts & Business Council, Philadelphia, PA & Vox Vopuli, Philadelphia, PA.

About the Book, “The Art Cure”

How did a young girl who came through the DYFS system and foster care end up in the art world with a multi-million dollar gallery and consulting business? Through the kindness of strangers, fierce determination, and a survivor’s sheer will, Bridgette Mayer’s is a success story for the ages. In her inspirational memoir of gross neglect, violent abuse, and ultimately redemption, she shares her journey from the projects of Jersey City to eventually becoming one of Philadelphia’s most celebrated gallery owners.

By following her heart and passion for art, Mayer’s interests evolved from a means of escape into her salvation and her security. She used her inherent self-assurance, natural curiosity, and scrapper work ethic to overcome the damage inflicted on her as a child and create a harmonious, rewarding, and charitable life — for herself and the artists she represents.

The Art Cure is for anyone who aspires to a career in the arts and who has been told it’s too difficult or impractical to pursue. With bravery and tenacity, anyone can achieve the life of their dreams, no matter how out of reach it may seem. Mayer offers readers a bridge to color and a lifeline of hope for the future.