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Continuing to honor the legacy

For 12 years, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has worked to honor the legacy of J. Robert Haworth and those he inspired.

This year’s Haworth Memorial Art Exhibition will officially open Saturday, with residents welcomed to the museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit then will be available through Oct. 24.

Haworth spent close to four decades as an educator in Hancock and Brooke counties, teaching and inspiring the artistic works of an untold number of students. Many of those students have continued to find ways to display their own talents, handing down what they learned from Haworth to future generations.

This year’s show, which will include a members’ only reception Friday night, will showcase the works of two of Haworth’s students — Diane Kessler and the late John A. Francis.

They join the rolls of previous featured artists Bill Ameredes, Harry Ameredes, Virgil Cantini, Herman Capito, Irene Crago, Mary Ann June, Lewis Kesling, Kathryn Wright Mortimer, Anthony Sellitti, Robert Watson and William Zdinak.

Pieces from some of these previous artists, as well as those of local residents, also will be on display during the exhibition, showing the varied talents of our community.

We thank the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center for hosting this event each year.

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