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Haworth exhibition shows best of area

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 officially opened Saturday and will available through Friday.

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 presentation showcases 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, will be on display during the exhibition, showing the varied talents of our community.

It’s another example of the way officials with the museum and cultural center work to preserve the region’s past while encouraging a new generation to work toward the future.

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