Sylvania man honored for 100 years of dedication to art, community

SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) – Sylvania artist Walter Chapman is known around the world, and often features the city in his works.

Chapman will turn 100 years-old this year, but is still creating art.  He was honored Friday for his contributions to the community at the opening of the Maple and Main Art Fair, which runs through Saturday in downtown Toledo.

Chapman donated five paintings to an auction at the event, which benefited the Walter Chapman Scholarship at Lourdes University, the Sylvania Chamber Of Commerce and the Sylvania Community Arts Commission.

"[It is a] great opportunity to celebrate the man that's contributed so much to the world of art, and again contributed to the city of Sylvania and continues by the scholarship he's set up at Lourdes University," said Jennifer Archer, Director of the Sylvania Arts Commission.  "I think it's just a good record of the great things he's done for the community."

The Maple and Main Art Fair continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Sylvania and features over 35 local artists on display selling jewelry, glass and of course paintings.

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