The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Facing the homeless

Homeless portraitThat’s what happened for artist Kristie Bretzke after she moved to downtown Minneapolis. Her response was not to turn away but to talk with the homeless people and then ask if she might paint their portraits. Many agreed. When Bretzke told Kelvin Miller, owner of Premier Gallery where her work is regularly shown, he suggested an exhibit.

Homeless portraitAnd when the painter said she’d like her work to help the homeless, Miller, a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Burnsville, Minn., told her: “The people who know the most about the homeless are at Lutheran Social Service [of Minnesota].” So from October through the end of 2007, 27 portraits were shown at the gallery; 10 were sold and $3,000 contributed to LSS. Now many of the other portraits are touring area congregations.


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