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Date(s) - 01/03/2018 - 01/31/2018
All Day

St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church


Dick Waller started painting in 1974, originally as a release from the strict regimen of performing as principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As his passion for the art grew, he developed a style he calls free association painting. All his pieces bear the title “Contrasts,” inspired by the wonderful Bartok trio for clarinet, violin and piano. It both describes his contrasting styles of painting as well as the contrast of colors he uses. In a way, the Contrast numbers should be considered opus numbers; most works of composers are untitled symphonies or sonatas with an opus number, which gives the listener the freedom to interpret the music with his or her own ear. Similarly, by leaving the paintings without a title, it is his desire that the viewer has the freedom to interpret each piece in their own way.


Dick Waller began his career as a classical musician, including 34 years as principal clarinetist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He also founded the world-renowned Linton Chamber Music Series, serving as artistic director for 30 years. And in 1974, he began his infatuation with painting, finding it to be the perfect artistic outlet—the freedom he found in painting enhanced his performance as a musician. Mr. Waller continues to paint today at his downtown art gallery and studio, Dick Waller’s ArtPlace at 130 West Court Street.


There will be an Artist Meet & Greet on Sunday, January 21st after the 11am service.  We hope you will join us!

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