In case you haven't made your plans to celebrate Asian Heritage Month, here's a suggestion: the "Manipulation" art exhibit currently at the JPMorgan Chase building. Beth Secor, a Houston native and popular local artist, curated the show, which includes charcoal drawings from Chinese-born, now Houston-based Stephen Sumrall Orsak, who, at 12 years old, is probably one of the youngest artists showing professionally in the area. Sumrall Orsak, challenged by both dyslexia and dysgraphia, started his arts education at the age of 16 months, soon after he was adopted by Americans Paul Sumrall and Michael Orsak. His first solo exhibit was "Six," held in the Houston Foundry in 2005. (The work he showed there was created while he was six years old.) After a stint at the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (where he was often puzzled by the commonly used drawing tools), Sumrall Orsak started his own studio, where he's developed a self-study program. There also will be objects made from paper by Japanese artist/educator/curator Mari Omori and paintings by Chinese artist/educator Weihong, who splits her time between Houston and Beijing. After an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. April 7, regular viewing hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Through May 27. Heritage Hall, 707 Travis. For information, call 713-523-9530 or visit www.artleaguehouston.org. Free.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: April 7. Continues through May 27, 2010