To say Dick Waller has lived a full, interesting life is an understatement. The Clifton resident was a member of the U.S. Navy band from 1954-1960, played clarinet in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1960-1994 and founded the Linton Chamber Music Series in 1978, where he was artistic director for 30 years. He’s performed in music festivals across the country and taught at the College-Conservatory of Music. Waller began painting for pleasure in the ‘70s and has since shifted his artistic focus to that medium. This week, ahead of his 85th birthday, he opens new downtown gallery Dick Waller’s Art Place. His inaugural show New Contrasts will be on display, featuring 50 of Waller’s paintings from the last 40 years.