Good teachers have the ability not only to help us learn, but also to inspire us to reach for our dreams and go farther than we ever thought possible.
Many of us have had at least one teacher in our lives to shine that light of inspiration, putting us on a special path to hone our skills and to improve ourselves and others.
On Saturday, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will help to pay tribute to one such teacher with the annual Robert Haworth Memorial Art Exhibit, created several years ago to remember the influence of Haworth, who spent more than 30 years as an art teacher at Weir High School.
According to the event's organizers, Haworth inspired many local students to pursue their passion for art, with many eventually gaining some fame on their own in a variety of artistic media. Each year, the committee selects one of those former students as a focus of the exhibit, but also invites other local artists to showcase their work.
This year, the work of the late William Zdinak, best known for his painting "In His Image," will be the focus when the fifth-annual art show returns from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum.
We have many talented artists in our area, many of whom may have been taught by Haworth or influenced by his work. Many more have established their talents with paint and brush in the years since. They all should be celebrated for their abilities, though, and that's why we are glad to see this event continue for our area.
We urge our residents, no matter where they reside, to attend Saturday's art exhibit. You may see a piece you enjoy, and may even be inspired to try your own hand at art, sharing your abilities and passing on the influence and knowledge to others just as Haworth did for his many years of teaching.