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Weirton museum to observe 19th amendment anniversary

Art piece by Sara Roark

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center is observing the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage with an art exhibition titled, “Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment,” which opens on Saturday and runs through Aug. 28.

The exhibition will feature women-themed artwork by Amy Franey-Cunningham, Elissa Greathouse, Laura Johnston, Kimberly Lawless, Judi Noble, Sara Roark, Savannah Schroll Guz and Liz Walsh.

The timing of the exhibition is intended to honor the 172nd anniversary of the first women’s rights convention, which was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., between July 19 and 20, 1848.

Because of COVID-19 crowd restrictions, in lieu of a traditional opening reception, WAMCC will be hosting a virtual exhibition opening on its Facebook page. However, the museum welcomes visitors to view the exhibition in person on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additionally, the four original, ink-on-paper portraits used to create West Virginia’s stripe design in the national art project known as Her Flag (www.herflag.com/) will be on silent auction at the center throughout the duration of the exhibition. All proceeds from the auction of these four original portraits — which are now part of a national, touring art project — will go to support the museum’s operating budget and upcoming public programming.

The museum is located at 3149 Main St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. It preserves Weirton’s history and culture for future generations. For information about upcoming events or how to become a member, visit www.weirtonareamuseum.com.

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