This year, Kristin and I have decided to work together to develop a small grant foundation dedicated to the support of art projects all over the world! We decided to develop an online gallery/store filled with products we and our other artist friends create as a way to have the arts support the arts. This store is called Juicy Peach! Here is our mission statement:
Juicy Peach is a not-for-profit gallery and store born as a way to utilize art to support the creation of more art. We are dedicated to harnessing our success and abilities to create a community of support so our contemporaries will have the opportunity to do the same. Basically, we are selling stuff so other people can make and sell more stuff!
Now, some fun facts about this company!
- Our first product we are selling is this beautiful calendar we put together filled with pictures we took while traveling.
There are pics of us in Paris from when we were 21, shots Chad took in China, Mark took in Cuba and India, Kristin took everywhere, and I took somewhere. It also has little â€œMack Eventsâ€ on random days throughout the year, so if you are into doing this with me, you can have a jump on what events will be happening when and spend your year laughing at the goofiness of life and the things we create and enjoy! Each calendar is signed by Kristin and I, and you can buy them straight from www.allisonmack.com until we get the Juicy Peach site up and running properly.
- The next fun fact is addressing the siteâ€™s name, Juicy Peach! Sounds dirty, no? We thought it was fabulous. The name started from a discussion that Kristin and I were having with a friend of ours. This friend was giving me a description of how she saw me living my life; she said it seems as though I look at life as a ripe juicy peachâ€”I bite into everything and let the juice run down my hand. I loved this description of me so much so that I drew this:
So, when Kristin and I were coming up with the concept of an online store, she thought this was a great name for our company because it exemplifies the way we would ideally live lifeâ€”fully and completely, biting in with no fear or suffering, and just enjoying every bite!
I find that the arts are such an amazing part of this way of living life. When I am creating, I feel as though I am making a tangible representation of what I am feeling and then expressing it in a way that is completely unique to me. Through the creation of all these things, I am exploring myself so much deeper thereby deepening my own experience of myself and ultimately my life. This is something I want to share and encourage many people to do and I hope this annual grant will do this.
- As we build and expand this site we will continue to cycle the money through. It will act as a total not-for-profit, with all of the monies earned through the sales going directly into the foundation.
If this is something that sounds interesting or you think is cool, jump on board! Grab a calendar to start off your year or indulge in the â€œMack/Kreuk brandingâ€ and grab a personally-signed head shot! I will keep you updated on the growth and progress of this new experiment, and in the meantime, you can enjoy the process alongside us!
Thanks for all your support on our new and exciting adventures! Yay, 2008! New growth, new ideas, new inspiration!
Ciao for now!