Artists show off their tal­ent

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

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.

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