Artists show off their talent
Jonathan Ko is high functioning on the autistic spectrum and is a self-taught artist.
Now aged 40, Jonathan has been painting for over 20 years.
His paintings look like a photograph, but on closer inspection the viewer sees the work is a painting.
“I draw a grid from a photograph and then I paint,” explains Jonathan.
He is also a musician and plays guitar for the Agape Fellowship (AF) that he attends with other members.
Jonathan’s painting was in a recent exhibition in rooms behind the Wesley Methodist Church on Broadway where up to 80 AF members regularly meet.
AF has a regular programme where the membership can join the walking or book reading groups. There’s a swimming group followed by a shared lunch then arts and crafts activities.
AF coordinator Craig McDonald said the fellowship was started 31 years ago by Lorna Goodwin who wanted to do something for those who suffered from mental illness.
“Lorna’s home is called Agape Cottage.”
■ Agape Fellowship is part-funded by MSD and explores other options to fundraise. On October 12, 10am-12pm, AF is holding Agape’s Got Talent at the rooms, 264 Broadway, down the driveway to the back of the Wesley Methodist Church. Entry is a gold coin or can of food.
Artist Jonathan Ko with Agape Fellowship support person Angela Benyon.