- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
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.