Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with Virginia Weber-Hay and Art at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Rochester’s Oldest Art Teacher Celebrates Mother’s Day at RHPL

The Rochester Hills Public Library is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special art exhibit from our community’s oldest art teacher and beloved mother. See the work of Virginia Weber-Hay around the library on Saturday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m. 

Attendees can meet the 92-year-old artist and enjoy coffee and treats, while admiring her lifelong work.  

Virginia Weber-Hay

Virginia Weber-Hay

Weber-Hay currently teaches painting at her local senior center. She says art has always been a central part of her life.  

“During the Depression years my mother would take me across town by trolley car to the 49 trolley which would go up the Incline by the Rookwood Pottery to the front entrance of the Cincinnati Art Museum. I sat on the floor along with the other children and drew the statues and artifacts of the museum. It was free. I did this each Saturday in the winter and twice a week in the summer for three or four years until High School. This is where I learned to do water color painting. From a young child through High School I was always known as The Artist. In 1943 after High School I attended the Art Academy followed by evening classes of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati and sometime later I attended Saturday classes at the Art Institute of Chicago,” Weber-Hay said.

Weber-Hay’s work will be on display at the library the remainder of the month. Inspired young artists can make their own Mother’s Day crafts in our youth room May 12 at 3:00 p.m. and May 13 at 11:00 a.m.

“During this craft program kids will make gifts from the heart, we’re sure Moms, Grandma’s and caregivers will treasure,” said Youth Services Manager Claire Lopiccolo. 

Registration for the youth events is required at calendar.rhpl.org. The library will be closed for Mother’s Day, May 14.

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