Honolulu Community College student discovers art to deal with abuse

Solina Wilhelm's art to be featured at the Honolulu Academy of Arts

Honolulu Community College
Posted: Jul 5, 2011

Solina Wilhelm in the VSA program
Solina Wilhelm in the VSA program
HONOLULU -- Artist Solina Wilhelm, is a product of rape, was abused, abandoned, is living with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and most recently, was severely injured in a hit-and-run car accident. While looking for her husband’s class at Honolulu Community College faith would have her run into art instructor Rebecca Horne who recognized Wilhelm’s suffering. After a heart-to-heart talk, Horne encouraged her to enroll into art classes.
The following semester, Wilhelm attended her first art class at Honolulu CC and she continues to awe audiences today. Her collection consists of watercolor paintings, acrylics, mixed media, sculptures, ceramics, oils paintings, photography and much more. Wilhelm sees something and desires to learn how it was created. She then makes it her own by putting her life experiences in each creation, telling a very personal story. "It is important that I do it with my heart. Each work of art is a gift from me and my heart needs to be in it,” she explains.
Wilhelm is currently studying art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts VSA (Vision, Strength and Artistic access) program under the instruction of Creative Director Kathleen O' Bryan. The program allows Wilhelm to take art class, fosters opportunities for her to sell her work, and allows her to learn about being an artist so that she can independently generate income.
Beginning on Friday, July 8, Wilhelm’s artwork will be on display at the Honolulu Academy of Arts for an entire month. The public is welcome to a special opening event at 5 p.m. Her artwork – "Solina Wilhelm: From The Inside Out" and "The Art of Solina Wilhelm" – is featured on YouTube.
“I am forever grateful to Ms. Horne and Honolulu Community College for helping me discover my talent. Now I have a platform to help, not only myself but others as well, heal from the pain and suffering endured in my life,” shares Wilhelm.
Honolulu Community College
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