Library Presents "Marvels by the Water"

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “Magia dell’acqua: Marvels by the Water,” a showing of photographs by Marcello Mellino, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 29. The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m.

The exhibit will highlight natural light and weather to capture the mood and the essence of the landscape. The images on display come from various cities, countries and seasons. However, all share the magical beauty of water, which holds a special fascination for Mellino. It is the mutable essence of life, with ever-changing colors, moods and appeal, he says. It reflects its natural surroundings as well as being a part of nature itself. 

Marcello Mellino's subject of choice is water.
Marcello Mellino's subject of choice is water.

Mellino made an effort to record the image seen by the eye without significant technological manipulation, so that the final result remains truly a reflection of what was naturally occurring. These images can be serene, dramatic or quite intimate, aiming to induce the viewer into a challenging search for such a moment, Mellino says.

Mellino was born in Italy and has lived in Cleveland for more than 30 years, establishing an active medical career specializing in cardiology and internal medicine. He has been interested in photography for many years, having recently become involved in digital imaging while still keeping active with traditional film techniques. Mellino enjoys nature and landscape photography, capturing images of his adopted home of Cleveland as well as Florida and his native Italy, where he often travels to produce polychrome and monochrome prints.

Because of his professional commitments, Mellino is currently a part-time artist, hoping to enhance his photographic activities in the future. He has been an active member of the Lakewood Photographic Society and the West Shore Art League, a trustee of Bay Arts and a passionate supporter of the Beck Center for the Arts. Mellino currently resides in Lakewood with his wife Shelley.

The exhibit will be free and open to the public and may be viewed during library hours: Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information about the exhibit, contact Karen Zoller, director of the Clara Fritzsche Library, at 216.373.5267 or kzoller@ndc.edu.