Well, this is getting fun. Artwork’s in the house, friends are dashing madly to printing houses & wine sellers around town, and nearly 90% of the Art Dash pre-registration tickets are already sold. (You can come to the event without an Art Dash ticket.)
Lots of official 100 x 100 for Josh event details are on this page. Of course. But take a moment to look at these logos and read the thank-yous at the bottom of this page. It’s weird how a terrifying accident and near-death experience can bring so much love & goodness bubbling to the surface.
Back to details: Remaining tickets for the Art Dash are at tinyurl.com/joshpica. You can be part of it even if you can’t show up to the event in person. If any tix remain on Sunday, you’re welcome to buy them at the event itself.
=== EVENT DETAILS =====
100×100 for Josh
Sun . Feb 24 . 3-6 pm
PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art)
415 SW 10th Ave, Suite 300, Portland
Short musical sets from Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmiser), Ray Raposa a.k.a. Raymond Byron (Castanets, White Freighter), Tuvan throat singer Enrique Ugalde (Soriah), Grey Anne, WC Beck, and a special guest. And the inimitable e*rock will spin, too. Performative auctionary experience by AC Dickson. Beer from Fort George Brewery, food from Tastebud, love and good vibes from all of you.
Suggested donation $10-20
Pre-purchase Art Dash tickets for $100 (includes admission) at tinyurl.com/joshpica (links to brownpapertickets.com)
===== HELLO, EVERYONE =====
Hello, people of Plazm… On February 24, our friends at PICA are very kindly putting on an event for Josh due to his bike accident, with help from many wonderful friends and compatriots. We hope you’ll come. There’ll be art from 100 artists and designers, from Milton Glaser to Storm Tharp to Kristy Edmunds, with music from Sam Coomes of Quasi, e*rock, and others.
As you may have heard: Plazm art director & Liquid Agency creative director Joshua Berger was in a serious bicycle accident last May, and sustained a TBI, aka Traumatic Brain Injury. He will be there to say hi to everybody—though keep in mind it will be pretty overwhelming for him and he will spend some time resting elsewhere in the building. His recovery is still ongoing, but going very well. He’s now working ten hours a week, bicycling (!!!)*, and continuing his speech-language cognitive work and other therapies.
In addition, if you’d like to participate in the “Art Dash” that’s happening in lieu of an auction, the organizers ask that you please oh please purchase your art-ticket as soon as possible. You can be part of it even if you can’t be there in person. The Dash described below, but basically? You spend $100 and walk home with a work of art. Tickets are available at www.tinyurl.com/joshpica (Brownpapertickets).
==== ART DASH ====
The dash involves donating $100 and when your ticket number is called by the inimitable AC Dickson, you select a piece of art off the wall. You choose from 100 works by artists like Storm Tharp, Ed Fella, Cynthia Lahti, Milton Glaser, Harrell Fletcher, Susan Seubert, and Kristy Edmunds. Nan Curtis and Marty Houston are creating a special series of portraits of Josh as well. If you can’t be there in person, PICA will assign a proxy to dash for art on your behalf. More artists are listed below.
===== MORE INFO & YEP, JOSH WILL BE THERE =====
Back when Josh’s friends and family first began planning this event, we didn’t know when or whether Josh would able to walk or work, much less show up at his own party. His recovery is going well, so he’ll be there to say “hi” to all of you. His family has been blessed with incredible support of all kinds from friends, family, and community, but they’ve experienced medical expenses and a significant loss of income, and are grateful to PICA and friends for making this happen. Josh’s recovery is documented erratically at getwelljosh.com
===== THANK YOU! =====
Enormous thanks to PICA, Melissa Delzio, Tastebud Farms, Fort George Brewery, Pushdot Studios, AIGA, Premier Press, Derek Ecklund, Thomas Bradley, Jeremy Bittermann, Karl Lind, Sarah Cline, Jon Raymond, Gus Nicklos, and Liquid Agency.
Thanks also to Chris & Celeste of Extracto coffee roasters, Tony Raynor of Galaxy Wine Company, Jack Harris at Fort George, Matt Berson of Love & Squalor and Behemoth wines, Quinn & Katherine of Foxfire teas, and Mark Doxtdater at Tastebud, for keeping us in beer, wine, tea, coffee, and food. Special thanks to Rebekah Scheer for helping organize all that!
And thanks to all the donors, sponsors, volunteers, artists, organizers, musicians, and friends who’re making this possible.
We’d like to offer Elise Bartow at PICA a cigar, a blue ribbon, and a tiara for her awesome accomplishments.
===== FEATURED ARTISTS & DESIGNERS =====
Keegan + Meegan
Kristen Rogers Brown
Nan Curtis & Marty Houston
* – worried exclamation points courtesy of Josh’s wife and Plazm co-editor Tiffany)