- Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of tax dollars (6/16/18)2
- Stormy Daniels to visit East Cape Girardeau (6/13/18)20
- Longtime downtown Cape bartender Marcellus Jones remembered by friends (6/12/18)2
- Committee to start planning process for indoor aquatic center in Cape (6/20/18)1
- A community rallies behind Honorable Young Men's Club (6/16/18)1
- Southeast to spend $150,000 to refresh brand with Ohio firm (6/19/18)6
- New urban dance studio opens on Broadway (6/15/18)2
- Jackson natives compete in 260-mile canoe race (6/16/18)1
- Couple charged in beating death at Brick's (6/13/18)
- Mother, child reportedly hit by car in Cape Girardeau (6/18/18)
Chapmans richly deserve arts award
The awarding of the Otto Dingeldein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts was so poignant this year it bears a moment's reflection.
Otto Dingeldein was an accomplished silversmith. He also was Dr. Jean Chapman's patient. Thirty years ago, he badgered Chapman about joining him on the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's board of directors.
Busy Chapman, though he joined the arts council, declined the responsibility of board membership. Dingeldein went on to have the award named for him and become the first recipient in 1975. He died in 1991.
But Chapman remembered the invitation and, three years ago, became an arts council board member along with his wife, Nona Chapman. Both are accomplished in the medical profession. He's an allergist. She's a Harvard-certified pollen and mold counter. But more important to them is their adoration of all things artistic. She sings, plays the flute, carves and is accomplished in the fiber arts. He paints and sculpts.
It would be difficult to find a more suitable couple for the award. No doubt its originator would have been elated.