June 2008


Oregon Historical Society bends it’s mission slightly to present the art and puppetry of Michael Curry Design, June 26 through October 19.

Michael Curry, a resident of Scappoose, has achieved an international reputation as a master of puppetry and kinetic theatrical design. He creates iconic, exhilarating, profoundly moving performance experiences for such global entertainment brands as The Walt Disney Company, Cirque Du Soleil, Universal Studios and The Olympics, as well as many international opera and stage companies.

The exhibit will show Curry’s pieces seen in Julie Taymor’s The Lion King.

EXTRA – Portland Public Art reviews The Magic Flute with Michael Curry Design

from the Gresham Outlook, June 20, 2008

Police have recovered the body from the Willamette River of a missing local man who committed suicide.

Jason R. Ogan, 32, of Gresham was reported missing by his mother on Tuesday, June 17. He’d last been seen at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, at his parent’s southwest Gresham home where he lived. On Tuesday morning police towed his abandoned Ford Escort from the Marquam Bridge in Portland. His wallet also was found in Scappoose minus his driver’s license and a credit card.

Ogan, a talented musician, suffered from depression and other mental illnesses but stopped taking his medicine, his family told police.

Multnomah County River Patrol discovered Ogan’s body at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the Willamette River not far from the bridge where his car was found, said Deputy Travis Gullberg, sheriff’s office spokesman.

The medical examiner ruled Ogan’s death a suicide and suspects Ogan’s wallet floated downstream, where it was found in Scappoose, Gullberg said.

Ogan graduated from Centennial High School in 1992 and was director of choirs at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. He graduated from Portland State University in 1998 and earned his master’s degree in music from the University of Houston, where he also sang with the Houston Grand Opera.

In 2004, he returned home to Gresham and co-founded the Oregon Lyric Opera with the hope of bringing music theater and opera to East Multnomah County.

His professional credits also include Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Seattle Symphony and the Oregon Symphony.

A service of remembrance will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Also, friends and family can log on to www.mem.com to share memories and sign an online guestbook. Memorial contributions can be made at any branch of MBank in the name of Jason Ogan.

EXTRA – Remembering Jason Ogan: tenor, conductor, impresario on the ascendant

The large oil paintings Michael Brophy was working on last year before a nighttime fire blasted through his house and studio seem oddly prophetic now. Brophy’s vision of the Northwest landscape has always tended toward the subtly cataclysmic: forest clear-cuts, burned-out shells of buildings, ominous skies, the log-strewn aftermath of unspecified disaster. In Brophy’s current show “Here — There” at G. Gibson Gallery, the darker aspect of his paintings gets more personal. Five big oils were among those salvaged from the studio after the September fire. One, called “Pallet Fire,” depicts a vertical sweep of flames that has little effect on the surrounding night.

The artist restored the paintings, which were marred by smoke and water. Fortunately, the work had been photographed before the fire. You can see them as they were in a new catalog, “Here There Nowhere,” available at the gallery.

Read the rest by Sheila Farr @ the Seattle Times, June 13