Monday, September 28, 2009

My Featured Artist show...along with Steve Sullivan

Big thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth at Mountain Heritage Festival in Harpers Ferry, WV . It was great to see you!

If you find yourself in Cumberland MD before October 25th, please stope by Arts at Canal Place to see my Featured Artist show with Steve Sullivan. Here are the details....

Photographs by Bill Merlavage and pottery by Steve Sullivan will be on display at Arts at Canal Place (AaCP) from September 21 through October 25. A reception, open to the public, will be held in the AaCP gallery loft at the Shops at Canal Place on Saturday, October 24th, from 6-8PM.

Merlavage brings the viewer a unique perspective of local scenes such as "Cumberland at Night." Sullivan's pottery reflects the influence of his years in Japan where he studied ceramic art. A fine sense of composition, form and line quality are evident in each piece.

A program of the Allegany Arts Council, Arts at Canal Place cooperative gallery is located at 16 Howard Street in The Shops at Canal Place. The gallery is open daily from 10AM-6PM, with extended hours until 8PM on Friday & Saturday nights during the summer months. For more information call 301-777-8199 or visit

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stolen camera - a cautionary tale

Well, I had my 40D stolen this weekend (along with a 50 mm lens & a 16 gb card). I’m always very careful with my camera equipment (or so I thought), so I thought I’d tell my story as an example of how quickly it can happen.
I was tailgating at an Eagles game in Philadelphia with a large group of friends. My vehicle was parked right in the central tailgating area, in fact it was so close, several of us were sitting on my hood at times during the tailgate. Throughout the tailgate I’d bring the camera out and take a few pictures and when I was done I’d store it on the rear floor of my vehicle tucked under the seat. The Saturn has tinted back windows, so even if you put your face against the glass and looked through you’d still have a hard time seeing a camera on the floor, under the seat. I didn’t think to lock the doors, after all it was tailgate, we were in and out of the vehicle several times getting supplies, plus I was right near the vehicle at all times.
As it got closer to game time I locked up the car and headed inside the stadium. I didn’t check for the camera because I wasn’t going to bring it into the stadium anyway for concern it could get damaged. I assumed it was still tucked under the backseat.

When I got home that evening & unpacked, I noticed that the camera was nowhere to be found. Sometime between when I took my last batch of tailgate photos and game time, someone must have seen where I was putting the camera & grabbed it when I wasn’t looking. It would have had to be a fast grab, nothing else was moved or misplaced, and several other valuable items were still in place (iPod, cell phone, etc).

Needless to say, it is very disappointing. Not only are the camera and lens valuable, it also had a memory card full of pics from our weekend in Philly. If there’s a less on to be learned, it’s that camera theft can happen very quickly, take extra precaution to protect your gear. Another lesson learned is that there are a small percentage of jerks at every event. An Eagles game is like a huge celebration with fellow fans, there’s a great feeling of community in the lot…so to steal from a fellow fan is just lower than low.

…oh, and if anyone knows of any scumbags who were at the Eagles game this past weekend who are now sporting a new 40D camera, please let me know.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Recent Work" exhibit - Bill Merlavage & Steve Sullivan - Sept 21st through Oct 25th

A dual exhibit at Arts at Canal Place, titled ‘Recent Work’, will feature the pottery of Steve Sullivan and the photography of Bill Merlavage. The exhibit will run from September 21st through October 25th, with a reception open to the public on October 24th from 6-8 p.m.

This is my first local exhibition in over two years, and I’m excited to be displaying many new prints, including several large images printed on canvas. It’s great to be doing a show with Steve, he’s a good friend & his pottery is fantastic, our styles compliment each other very well.
Almost all of the prints in the show have been taken within the past year, and many have been taken within the last 6 months…so a lot of new images will be making their debut at this show. I also plan to add additional pieces as the show progresses, so by the time of our late October reception, the show should look different than it did in late September.

A little about my photography; except for rare instances, anything that I have printed has been the culmination of several repeat visits to a location. I’m fanatical about the light that I shoot in, so I’ll visit a location at different times to determine the best lighting for the scene. The images are carefully composed and the camera settings are carefully adjusted to ensure the image will look good as a print. I do very little post-processing to my images, I strive for a finished image straight from the camera.

I hope that you’ll stop by to view the exhibition and I hope you’ll stop by to meet Steve & I at our reception on October 24th.
You can also view my images online at any time at

Here is more information about Arts at Canal Place, including hours & directions.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mountain Heritage Festival in Harpers Ferry, WV - Coming soon...

I hope to see you all there. The festival is coming up, Sept 25-26-27, 10 am to 6 pm each day (except Sunday, show ends at 5 pm). I'll be bringing lots of new never-before-displayed work, including a bunch of new large canvas prints.

This is my final show of the 2009 season.

Here are the festival details - West Virginia Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival