Saint Joseph Martin receives gift from local artist

November 20, 2013

MARTIN — Saint Joseph Martin, part of KentuckyOne Health, was recently the recipient of a special gift from local resident and artist Ralph Waldo Dingus. Dingus donated a painting he created of the hospital to be displayed in the facility.

Dingus was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease several years ago, but he continued to paint. His work has been displayed at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

“Ralph is one of the most giving, generous and thoughtful people one would ever meet,” said Valerie Jackson, lab director at Saint Joseph Martin, who is also Dingus’ niece. “That attitude is behind the painting that Ralph gave to our hospital. He was probably walking through the house and saw the painting and thought, ‘I bet they’d like to have that. I think I’ll just take it down there and give it to them.’”

The painting will be displayed at Saint Joseph Martin in the hospital’s administrative conference room.

“We appreciate Ralph’s generosity very much and are proud to have one of his paintings on display in the hospital,” said Kathy Stumbo, president of Saint Joseph Martin.

Dingus is a native of Floyd County, Kentucky and resides in Martin. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Morehead State University. After college, he went to work for the Floyd County Board of Education.

He began his career as an art teacher at Prestonsburg Elementary and then later taught art at Adams Middle School. He would serve five years as assistant principal at Adams before retiring in 1998.