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Mental Wellness Through Art at Wailoa Center Show

May 8, 2017, 3:47 PM HST (Updated May 8, 2017, 4:56 PM)
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    As part of National Mental Health Month, the Recovery, Resilience and ReCreation program (via selfdiscoverythroughart.org) opened a thought-provoking exhibit May 5 at the Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center in Hilo.

    Highlighted is art by local artists “whose work shows how artistic expression is a creative way to bounce back and move on, or recover from life’s difficulties.”

    Featured are a variety of media: paintings, sculptures, glass, multi-media, wire sculptures, masks, and mosaics. Each piece tells a poignant story drawing from the program’s focus of recovery, resilience and re-creation.  Signage is posted at each exhibit explaining its meaning and stage of cognitive work.

    On the floor of the gallery are representations of a “river of life,” including rapids, boulders and snags. These symbolize (temporary) obstacles in life.

    Program co-founders Nidhi Chabora and NJ Moses, along with their board, local artists and therapists, developed the Self-Discovery Through Art program. The program uses the creative process “as a powerful method of helping people move forward in their lives.”

    As is evident from the exhibit, they have been successful in guiding participants on a journey into celebrating mental health while expressing themselves through art.

    The exhibit runs through May 25 at Wailoa Center, 200 Piopio St. in Hilo. 

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    The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Ample parking; restrooms available.  Restaurants close by.

    Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center Exhibit. Photo: D. Moses

    Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center Exhibit. Photo: D. Moses

    “Humor.” Photo credit: D. Moses

    Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center. Photo: Marla Walters

    Wire Sculptures. Photo credit: D. Moses

    Josh Akana. Photo credit: Marla Walters

    Debra K. Photo credit: Marla Walters

    Marla Walters
    Marla Walters is a transplant from Humboldt County, California. She has a multitude of writing experience as a Wise Bread staff writer, cookbook editor, and blogger. She has also writes for Backwoods Home Magazine.
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