About The Real Change Portrait Project

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The Real Change Portrait Project
The Real Change Portrait Project was founded by Jon Williams, Art Director at Real Change. Jon wanted to raise awareness of the mission of Real Change as the non-profit Seattle newspaper expanded from Seattle into Bellevue and Kitsap County. The project gives local artists a chance to paint a portrait of one of the vendors for the paper, all of whom are either homeless, or low income. The portraits give the general public an educated view of the challenges facing the homeless today, showing an ordinary face to the often misunderstood views on homelessness.

Real Change Vendor Nick Maxwell speaks at Artists' Edge in Poulsbo during a reception for the show June 14th


Real Change Portrait Painter Derek Gundy describes his first portrait of Addis Michael Jr.