PICA Fundraiser for Plazm Founder Josh Berger

Josh Berger shined a national spotlight on many local artists, and now those artist want to help him in a time of need.

By Randy Gragg February 14, 2013

Some designers design. Others serve as magnets. With the internationally acclaimed Portland-based magazine, Plazm, Josh Berger got to be both. Over the magazine's 20-plus years of life so far, Berger published many of the city's top artists, writers, and designers (often before they were well known), frequently right alongside well-known talents from across the country. Now, after a bike accident left him with a severe brain injury, many of those artists are rallying to his side to give back in the form of a charity art dash, 100 x 100 for Josh, hosted by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art on Feb 24.

Since the May accident, Berger is on the road to recovery, but his rehabilitation has been slow and expensive. He's had to relearn the basics: walking and talking. The accident has left Berger's family facing a mountain of bills—medical and otherwise. The artists contributing to to the event include the nationally renowned, like Milton Glaser and Cris Johanson, and a who's-who of Portland artists: Storm Tharp, Ed Fella, Michael Brophy, Jennifer Armbrust, Dan Attoe, Cynthia Lahti, Heather Watkins, Vanessa Renwick, Zak Margolis, Susan Seubert, Melody Owen, Paul Fujita, Kristan Kennedy, Keegan + Meegan, Malia Jensen, Jolby, Robbie McLaran, Adam Garcia, Chris Haberman, and more.

100 x 100 for Josh takes place at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art on Feb 24. For a donation of $100, attendees will have the opportunity to select from the 100 donated works once their ticket is called by host AC Dickson. They'll also be serenaded by Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmiser), Tuvan throat singer Soriah, Ray Reposa (The Castanets), e*rock, Grey Anne, WC Beck, and a special guest, as well as enjoy beer from Fort George Brewery and food from Tastebud. For ticket info, visit Brown Paper Tickets.

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