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Juicy Peach Update

Hey all! Just a quick update on the Juicy Peach front!

  • We’re planning a special, non-“Smallville” photo shoot for the headshots that you purchase from Juicy Peach. Our photographer is out of town until the end of the month, so we’ll be sending the shots out in February. Just wanted to let you all know so that you’re aware of the slight delay in receiving the pics you order.
  • There have been a few questions regarding international details for the company. We are, in fact, shipping internationally, and those details will be on the site shortly. The grant will only be a national grant, for now.
  • We’re still refining the criteria for grant approval, and we’ve evaluated our initial financial stipulation. We’ve decided not to put a cap on the amount earned in a year. We really want to keep the grant open to all artists that have the goal of creation and a belief in the power of authentic expression.
  • We’ve decided to put a cap on the amount of calendars we’re putting out. So, we’re only going to be selling 150 calendars for the year! But don’t worry– we’ll keep coming out with more fun things as we make them!

As we’re growing and changing, we’ll keep you all updated!

The actual store will be up very soon!

This is very exciting! It’s all happening!

Xoxo

Ciao,

Allison and Kristin

More on Juicy Peach

Hey, gang! I want to start off by saying how rad you all are and how amazing it is that you’re so up for supporting Kristin and me in our creative ventures! That being said, I think it’s important that I explain a little more about what we’re doing. In typical me fashion, I got so excited about what we were doing that I really threw the cart before the horse!

So let’s take a few steps back and share with you all what it is that we’re attempting to do with this crazy little store venture! Here’s the blurb Miss Kreuk so eloquently came up with. The store itself will be launched in just a few days, and the first 10 calendars are going out as soon as the post offices open!

Not-for-profit
Juicy Peach will be a not-for-profit company based in the U.S.A. and will be official in January 2008. All products sold will come with a receipt.

Criteria for artists:

  1. Must be making less than $26,000 per year directly from your art.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen
  3. Artists who receive this grant will be creating authentic, unique, and innovative work in any of the following fine art fields: writing, performing, and visual arts, including film. Juicy Peach supports and encourages the brave act of authenticity in the pursuit of skilled professional artistry. Part of being human is to encounter and work through adversity. As an artist, there are times when adversity feels like a massive concrete wall directly in front of you, reaching just beyond where you could feasibly leap on your own. Juicy Peach is part of helping you find a way through that big, giant concrete wall.

Grant
The first Juicy Peach grant will be $1,000 and will be given when we have raised that much money. If you would like to donate your work to the store, please send your submissions to info@juicypeach.org. When your work is sold, Juicy Peach will reimburse you for your raw materials, but not your time. Profits will go directly into the grants. Juicy Peach will begin to take submissions for grants shortly.

Inspired. Authentic. Juicy.
Allison Mack and Kristin Kreuk

I know a few of you have expressed concerns about the details of the not-for-profit status, but know that we’re in the process of getting together all the government and legal stuff necessary to get that finished and, in the meantime, all the profits being made are simply hanging out in an account waiting for an artist to support. :) Yay! I can’t tell you how cool this whole process is! Thank you so much for being a part of this!

Ciao, all!
Allison

Juicy Peach Announcement

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!

  1. Our first product we are selling is this beautiful calendar we put together filled with pictures we took while traveling.

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    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 “Mack Events” 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.

  2. The next fun fact is addressing the site’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 peach—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:
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    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 life—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.

  3. 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 “Mack/Kreuk branding” 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!

A Cappella Innovations

Hey all! I am going to be judging this competition with Kristin Kreuk December 1-2. If you’re into music or people or “Smallville” or any or all of the above, come out and join us for the weekend! It’s going to be a rocking time! Hope to see you all there!

A Cappella Innovations is a festival being put on by my friends, the acappella group Simply Human, the weekend of December 1-2.

A Capella Innovations intends to “promote innovation, evolution and unity in the acappella community, as well as fostering an appreciation in the general public of what can be done with the human instrument.” The two-day event/conference/festival will include 11 different workshops of acappella techniques, constructive evaluations, and professional performances and networking and community-building opportunities, culminating in a celebrity-hosted performance of acappella groups.

The workshops will focus on vocal instrument emulation, arrangement techniques, voice (singing) techniques and vocal percussion and “beatboxing.” Participating groups will have the opportunity to perform for a professional judging panel that will provide rich feedback. A Capella Innovations will be a living, evolving process of talent sharing where, through the exposure to each group’s different techniques and approach, participants will arrive to a whole new level in their performance and experience of acappella music. The public performance at the end of the weekend will showcase the results of this mutual enrichment process.