Personal Power Company Coming November 17

Photo courtesy of Kris Crews

If the kingpins of Mad Men produced renegade spawn, they might look a bit like the Personal Power Company, a collective of artists, musicians and creatives who take a smart, organic approach to new media. The PPC is a multimedia production company and think tank built around the idea that creativity is a sustainable resource. Their collaborative showroom/gallery and production house will showcase work by its members: Kris Crews, Bridgett Nicol, Ben Paris, Nicolas Hartzell, Phil Harty, Allan Boothe, and Jena Leigh-Kathryn Van-Stedtler.

Crews, a visual artist and filmmaker with a day job as a videographer/editor at Microsoft, describes the organically knit collaborative as “vibrant and approachable,” though “avant-garde in theological pedagogy.” Take that, Don Draper! The group’s mission is to deliver a solid creative package to audiences through a variety of media. PPC includes musicians, painters, cartoonists, designers and film professionals seeking to maintain financial sustainability through arts grants and the production of media content suitable for local outlets and public broadcasting networks. “By utilizing emerging Tacoma [talent], we are able to produce brilliant media that both utilizes and supports our community,” he says.

Nicolas Hartzell & Phil Harty of Going Shopping
PPC members bring diverse skills to the group: Bridgett Nicol is a videographer and an entrepreneur who created (and later sold) the successful Seattle children’s toy store, Planet Happy Kids; musicians Paris, Hartzell, Harty and Boothe round out the creative consortium. The PPC are recipients of a six-month Spaceworks Tacoma residency at 913 Pacific Ave., starting November 17. The large studio will do double-duty as a gallery/marketplace featuring and selling CD’s, DVD’s, tees and toys; and a workspace where the artists can produce multimedia, and host workshops (to be announced) for the public.
Carson Churchill & Allan Boothe of Humble Cub

Crews, who is a prolific documentarian of Tacoma’s independent music and art scene, proudly describes the creative trust as, “Recipients of uncultivated knowledge resting in the garden of verdant light.” You won’t find any one-size-fits-all brand of media here. Personal Power Company, 913 Pacific Ave., Nov. 17, 2010 – Jan. 2011.

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