Good teachers have the ability to not only help us learn, but also inspire us to achieve our dreams and go further than we ever thought possible.

For several years, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has celebrated the impact of one such teacher through the annual Robert Haworth Memorial Art Exhibition.

Haworth was a longtime educator in our area, including spending more than 30 years teaching art at Weir High School. Many of his former students took his lessons to heart and continued their artistic expressions throughout their lives, using pencils and paints, fabric and even metal, to share their insights and pass on their talents to generations. future.

Nearly 15 years ago, the late Dr. Ray Greco decided such a legacy should be celebrated, locating some of Haworth’s work and students and curating the first-ever Haworth art exhibit at the Mary H. Weir Public Library. .

In the years that followed, dozens of Haworth students were recognized, along with other local artists. This year is no exception with the show focusing on the work of Irene Tsapis and the late Timothy Midget.

Residents are invited to visit the Weirton Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to learn more about Tsapis and Midget, as well as Haworth and some of his other students.

Our region is blessed with many talented artists, whether they have been educated and trained by Haworth or another art teacher or have discovered their own natural ability. We are happy that Weirton is hosting such an event to shine a light on these people and urge our residents to take the time this weekend to visit and perhaps even find some inspiration for themselves.

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