Hospital Resident Honored For Her Art

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS — Minnie Wilkins, a resident of Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights, is an exceptional individual with artistic skills. Wilkins successfully entered a colorful geometric design done in markers entitled “Colours of Motion” in a recent art competition.

Wilkins’ geometric piece became a winner in the Health Care Association of New Jersey’s (HCANJ) “Works of Heart” artwork competition. Her art will be part of the annual HCANJ 2012 calendar which will be distributed at the organization’s annual convention and exposition in October. The original artwork will also be on display there.


In her childhood, Wilkins said that her artistic talents and interests were encouraged and influenced by her father. She found time for drawing and painting when her chores were done, working in whatever medium she had supplies for be it paint, markers or pencil.

The success of Minnie Wilkins was celebrated at a party in her honor at Runnells.

Minnie Wilkins (front, right) sits proudly by her winning artwork while she accepted a resolution from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders which was presented by Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh (front, left). Among the celebrants at the special occasion were (rear, L-R): Minnie’s son Danny Wilkins of Newark and Joan I. Wheeler, M.S.N., R.N., L.N.H.A., Runnells administrator. Also there to congratulate the winning artist were (not in photo): Minnie’s daughter Sonya Rodas and grandchildren Justin, Jason, Shianna and Selena Rodas all of South Plainfield (Photo courtesy of Runnells)

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