As a partner in Shivelbine's Music and longtime saxophonist/keyboardist for the now defunct Acme Blues Band, Bill Shivelbine has been involved in music most of his young life. He co-founded the City of Roses Music Festival 10 years ago and has been one of the people heavily counted on to help pull off that yearly miracle.
Because of his business, Shivelbine owns much of the sound equipment that helps make events like the City of Roses Music Festival, Tunes at Twilight and ArtsCape possible. Shivelbine is the kind of person who pitches in, quietly helping in whatever ways he can.
Last weekend the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri gave Shivelbine its highest honor, the Otto Dingeldein Award. The award named for the silversmith who founded the arts council once again finds its way to a most deserving recipient.
The arts council also honored the Southeast Missourian with the Jeff Maguire Friend of the Arts Award. The award goes to an individual or organization for remarkable support of the arts.
If the quality of life in Cape Girardeau is good, the commitment to the arts demonstrated by many members of the community is partly responsible.