Friday, November 6, 2015

Eastern Kentucky painter honored with post office display

(AP) — Paintings by the late eastern Kentucky artist Ralph "Waldo" Dingus are being displayed this month at the post office lobby in Martin in Floyd County.

The post office honored Dingus and his work at a reception last month. The U.S. Postal Service said in a news release that Dingus' work is even more special because he painted most of it while battling Parkinson's disease.

The release says the display is a throwback to the time when post offices were a gathering place for entire communities.

Dingus' art features aspects of the Martin business district, including the Purple Flash Marching Band and Majorettes, the annual Red White & Blue Days, storefronts on Main Street and a montage of former landmarks.

Dingus worked as an educator and art teacher in Floyd County.