WEIRTON - The Weirton Woman's Club Literary and Art departments held a joint meeting in September at the Mary H. Weir Public Library to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the installation of the "Quiet Moments" statue.
The Art Department, then under President Rita Wickham, and the late Project Chair Bette Hesse, commissioned sculptor Taylor Frazier of Kenova to create a sculpture to be placed permanently at the library. His piece, made of aluminum, depicts a young woman quietly reading from a book and was the first outdoor public sculpture in Weirton. Funds for the sculpture came from the annual arts and crafts festival.
The Literary and Art departments, under chairs Diana Durst and Enid Williams, decided to celebrate with a "birthday party."
‘QUIET MOMENTS’ — Art Department Chair Enid Williams, left, and Literary Department Chair Diana Durst, right, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the installation of the “Quiet Moments” statue at the Mary H. Weir Library. -- Contributed
Library Executive Director Rik Rekowski had the statue cleaned and new sheeting placed around its base, and Iannetti's Flower Gardens performed yard maintenance and planted mums around the library. Rekowski also had bookmarks printed for distribution at the event.
The departments members prepared a light lunch and cupcakes.
Several guest speakers talked about being involved in the process of obtaining the statue. Wickham, Durst, Williams, Rekowski and Mayor George Kondik all spoke and the late sculptor's sisters, Joanne Rife and Gayle McKenzie, thanked the community for their support and commitment to the statue.
Following the ceremony, the two departments held short business meetings and then retired to the front lawn of the library for pictures.
Diane Pastoric is the president of the Weirton Woman's Club.