Sandler Center Art Gallery hosts “Chromatic Phantasie” by Bruce Dietrich

Monday, August 01, 2016

​The Sandler Center Art Gallery is honored to announce that it will host Bruce Dietrich's exhibit, "Chromatic Phantasie," beginning Aug. 3.

Bruce Dietrich's work explores the assimilation of both painting and music as the same language. He uses the Scriabin key/color paradigm, which associates a color to a musical key to a feeling. Dietrich is inspired by what he sees and hears through a piece of music.

The bulk of his work is "Chromatic Phantasie", which is a compilation of musical allusions, painted as translations of classical music. Dietrich's favorite work in the collection is "Bach: Toccata In F Major – For Organ Only" for its extra complexity. This piece contains 13 different whole canvas paintings in which each painting is revealed through parts of the painting over it, which reflects the multiple layered structure of Bach's music. 

Bruce Dietrich's exhibit will be on view in the second floor lobby, Aug. 3 through Oct. 10 during normal operating hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or during any performance at the Sandler Center, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach.

There will be a free artist reception held at the Sandler Center on Aug. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for this special opportunity to celebrate the work of this talented artist.  The reception is made possible by a generous gift from Tom and Juanita Felton to the Sandler Center Foundation.


The role of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to develop the vision and direction of the cultural arts in Virginia Beach, assist and direct the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, coordinate the city's Public Art Program, provide contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, provide administrative leadership to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts' 501(c)3 Foundation and serve as staff liaison to local arts and humanities organizations.

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