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June 30, 2005|By Mason Marcus

Marsalis' `Tha Bloc'

Ellis Marsalis III (aka the poet Luce) turns his lens to life on the city block at his exhibition black & white and gray meet on tha bloc showing this month at Minas. The New Orleans native (and brother of Wynton and Branford Marsalis) has taken these black-and-white photographs over the past decade, depicting the wide variety of life on a Baltimore city block. By highlighting such divisive differences as income, religion and age, he forces the viewer to notice the idiosyncratic features of his subjects. A number of the pieces come from Marsalis' new photo narrative book, Tha Bloc: words, photographs and baltimore city, white and gray.

black & white and gray meet on tha bloc opens tomorrow at Minas, 815 W. 36th St. and runs through July 25. A reception will be held July 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Marsalis will give a poetry reading July 17, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Call 410-732-4258 for more information.

`Land of Extremes'

The photos of Paul Marycz will be on show in July at the Artist's Gallery show Chile -- Land of Extremes. His photographs depict the beauty of the most remote areas of Chile, from the mountains and inlets of Patagonia to the Atacama desert in the north. Taking scenery, wildlife and native peoples as his subjects, Marycz's photos visually explore the hidden splendor of one of South America's most remote regions.

The Artists Gallery is in the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. The exhibition runs Tuesday- July 29. Public reception July 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 410-740-8249 for hours and more information.

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