6/29/2008

Dick Miller

"Richard John Miller, age 85: sculptor, philosopher, bricoleur, decorated veteran (Distinguished Flying Cross), husband, great grandfather, 50 year resident of Hyde Park, teacher at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Gephardt Art School." He died Friday...
http://www.mountshang.blogspot.com/
http://www.dickspeaks.blogspot.com/
http://mountshang.blogspot.com/2008/03/rjs-last-birthday-party-exhibit.html

I wrote a Bildungsroman once that had him in it...
Dick Miller was my parents’ long-time sculpting teacher: a tall, bald-headed, elderly beatnik who wore a beret and glasses and sort of sounded like Mr. Magoo. His wife, Mary-Jo, was a wonderful woman who liked to tend to the lush garden that composed their backyard and had the voice of a queen bee in her hive. They nursed a coy pond and encompassed the world around them with their finger tips. It was Dick's birthday and they decided to celebrate it by inviting all their friends to a party. Mary-Jo would make her famous pizzas and Dick would talk on about old tales of competition and the art market, and other things I couldn't interpret at my age...
I don't know if I ever will...

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