"Mari Omori"

Mari Omori draws from her Japanese heritage to make her art. She transforms unconventional materials like salt blocks, bars of soap, tea and the homemade Japanese paper called washi into compositions. For her most recent exhibition, in the Rebecca Cole Gallery at the Pearl Fincher Museum, “Mari Omori,” she has made all of her works in shades of white, creating a tranquil atmosphere. “You feel like you are walking into a special place, almost a sacred place,” says the museum’s education director Rosemary Hickman, who organized the show.

One work consists of four lanterns made out of washi. Three remain static, while the fourth revolves and emits light, with images of rabbits con-necting it to the current year on the Chinese zodiac. For Omori, the work symbolizes change and the passage of time, which, considering the disaster in Japan this year, has especially powerful implications. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday sand Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through August 7. 6815 Cypresswood Dr. For information, call 281-376-6322 or visit www.pearlmfa.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 14. Continues through Aug. 7, 2011

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