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November 06, 2003|By Sarah Schaffer

Chicago's architecture

Greg Otto's depictions of Chicago's great buildings are on display at the American Institute of Architects.

His acrylic-on-canvas works are painted with an attention to realism seen in the clean lines and uniform details of each window and grid.

But the compositions' bright hues also convey a sense of whimsy, and the plain backgrounds leave the viewer with a fantastic sense of space.

Chicago in Baltimore opens today and will run through Dec. 30.

The American Institute of Architects is at 11 1/2 W. Chase St. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and by appointment. For more information, call 410-625-2585.

`Ancient Earth'

Philip Koch's landscapes are the focus of Ancient Earth/Future Sky at Villa Julie College.

The Baltimore painter, who is heavily influenced by the style of Edward Hopper, creates compositions that are smooth and serene.

The exhibit will run though Jan. 6.

Villa Julie College is at 1525 Greenpring Valley Road, Stevenson. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 410-486-7000 or visit

Layered landscapes

Resurgam Gallery presents Landscapes With Attitude, a group show featuring the paintings of Thomas Ritchie.

Ritchie's diverse works range from bright homesteads to muted, bucolic scenes.

Each of the heavily worked canvases, which have been covered with multiple layers of paint, includes tiny scratches and tool marks, places where he has purposely removed the medium to reveal the work surface below.

Landscapes With Attitude also features the photographic works of J. Michael Whitaker and Wolfgang Justen.

The show opens today and will run through Nov. 30.

Resurgam Gallery is at 910 S. Charles St. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 410-962-0513.

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