We're artists,creating a cross generational co-op in a mall, for local artists of all mediums,regardless of background or social status
We're artists,creating a cross generational co-op in a mall, for local artists of all mediums,regardless of background or social status Read more
My name is Amanda Greenwaldt, and my boyfriends name is Paul Lambert. When Paul and I met, he had a clothing line called Morbid Mob. He had had five different men's tee shirts with his artwork screen printed on them, along with an awesome website to back them up. However, the website had been sitting in cyberspace for two years. His talent was overwhelming and I strongly encouraged him to actively pursue his dream of becoming a recognized, established artist while attending the University of Arizona, where he is now a honor roll senior, majoring in art and psychology. I knew we had to promote and advertise in some way. A vague thought of opening a kiosk at the mall came to mind, and we decided to pursue it. We did not have the money to do it. We agreed to work hard, and not take out a loan. I started working two jobs. One at I HOP and the other as a receptionist for a district manager of a marketing company. I was working at least sixty hours a week. Paul was roofing and attending the U of A. This past summer, we finally made the kiosk a reality. After endless support from friends and family, each other, and working hard, we opened our kiosk June 12, 2014. We named it BAJA AZ/T-TOWN ORIGINALS. Paul did custom work for countless customers, some of which are viewable on our website. The services offered: Sculptures, Installations, Tattoo Flash, Oils and Acrylics on canvas, Automotive Graphic Design, Airbrushing, Graphite, and Mixed Media, a long with selling the shirts, which we had two designs in women's at that point. By that time we had a vision for a store. We had not come this far, to quit. We put a deposit down on PHELONY at the Tucson Mall, on August 12th, the day the kiosk lease was up. The store is 2600 square feet, with a showroom floor. Paul has been doing construction for the last five weeks, while I have been managing all of the business, meeting with countless local artists. Our goal is to open a store, for local artists to get their name out, and represent Tucson. The store will have all different types of artwork, it will not be the same theme or display throughout. Every thing is slowly unraveling and we are learning each day.
We will use the funds to purchase clothing racks, shelves, paint, trim, chairs, desks, curtains, office supplies, wall decorations, fabric, paper, canvasses, pencils, art supplies, display cases, light bulbs, to best show the art work coming in, and also to give us the ability to be creative and make a appealing, fresh, unique store.
We will continue working at the store every day, to make our dream a reality.
Risks and challenges
We have committed to the artists, ourselves and the mall to open our store October 21, 2014, which is also Amanda's 28th birthday, no matter what.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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