Meet George Jenkins, a 20 year old artist and long-term participant at Easter Seals of West Georgia, Inc. George was born with autism, and has found art to be an incredible avenue of expression for him.
Throughout his life, Easter Seals has made a very positive and prolonged impact on his growth by providing countless programs and services designed to enrich the lives of their participants.
In addition to the regular programs George attends, he recently began taking art lessons with Columbus artist Cora King. Through these lessons, George has produced many paintings that provide a unique insight into the world as seen through his eyes.
A painting by George Jenkins at King Gallery.
To celebrate his 21st birthday, George is having an art show at King Gallery and donating all of the proceeds back to Easter Seals. The show will be on April 13th from 6PM - 8PM and feature the body of work he's developed with King by his side. George's work is very expressionistic in style with vibrant colors playing a large role in their creation.
"George is a beautiful person who sees the world through a very unique lens," said Cora King. "Our mission for this show is to uplift George as he nears a new chapter as a young adult, and continues to pursue his artistic career."
Examples of George's work flank an image of George during a lesson with his teacher, Cora King.
George's parents are excited about the show. "I've always strived for George to live our world," said his father, Ed Jenkins. "Now, we get to look at the world through his eyes and it's GREAT!"
Want to show your support? Great! Here's what to know before you go...
All of George’s art at the show will be available for purchase at King Gallery. The address is 3211 Howard Avenue, and the show will take place from 6PM - 8 PM. If you’d like to add a donation, or know someone who’d like to support this effort remotely, donations can be made through the designated Easter Seals link. (To use this option, simply select “donate” in the top right corner and reference George Jenkins' art.)
Donations can also be made in-person at the show, or by mailing a check to: Easter Seals West Georgia 2515 Double Churches Rd Columbus, Georgia 31909
Contact us via email at email@example.com and we'll do our best to help connect you with the right person. Thanks for your support of the arts in our community. It matters. ◾️
*It's important to us to acknowledge that April is also Autism Awareness Month. Please consider supporting this event to celebrate this worthwhile cause, and the many ways Easter Seals of West Georgia serves participants throughout our region.