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Continuing to honor the artistic legacy

For 13 years, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has worked to honor the legacy of long-time educator J. Robert Haworth and those he inspired.

The Robert Haworth Memorial Art Exhibition was founded through the efforts of the late Dr. Ray Greco, who, during house visits and other conversations, began to notice the influence of Haworth’s teaching in the local artistic community. What started with a list of 17 of Haworth’s students grew to close to 100, and, each year, the museum showcases some of that work.

This year, artistic pieces from Helen Sweeney and the late Mitchell Anthony Sagan will join the roll of previous featured artists, which have included Bill Ameredes, Harry Ameredes, Virgil Cantini, Herman Capito, Irene Crago, John A. Francis, Mary Ann June, Lewis Kesling, Diane Kessler, Kathryn Wright Mortimer, Anthony Sellitti, Robert Watson and William Zdinak.

The exhibition will begin Friday night with a “members’ only” reception at the museum, then open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 23 in the event residents are unable to make it to the museum this weekend.

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. They have become painters, quilters, knitters, architects and sculptors. Many of those students have continued to find ways to display their own talents, handing down what they learned from Haworth to future generations.

In addition to pieces from Sweeney and Sagan, pieces from some of the previous honorees, as well as Haworth, will be included in the exhibition, with other local artists also invited to participate. It is another great opportunity to showcase the artistic talents of our community.

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

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