Images courtesy of Brian Peterson/Faces of Santa Ana

We interviewed Brian Peterson last Fall about his ongoing project, Faces of Santa Ana, and this Saturday, in conjunction with Downtown Santa Ana’s Art Walk, his work will be on display at Gallery 211.

Peterson, when not working as a full time car designer at KIA Motors, devotes his time focusing on Santa Ana’s homeless with his art.

Brian Peterson in his home studio.

“I started reading a book called Love Does and the author challenges us to let your love take action,” said Peterson. “I decided to address Santa Ana’s big issue which is the homeless population down here, and device sort of a plan to paint them, tell their stories and sell the pieces for charity, and give back to them.”

Since starting the project six months ago, Peterson has painted more than a dozen portraits. He sells each portrait for $1,500, and the funds go directly to the subjects of the painting.

“This project isn’t trying to solve homelessness as an issue,” he recently told The LA Times. “It’s just trying to connect people with people. It’s a person-to-person connection. It’s an incredible thing.”

Meet Peterson and some of the faces of Santa Ana this Saturday at Gallery 211. There will also be a 15-minute documentary also called “Faces of Santa Ana” premiering at the Frida Cinema at 2 p.m. followed by a Q&A.

The exhibit is on display until Friday, February 19, 2016.

“Faces of Santa Ana by Brian Peterson” at Gallery 211
Free | Saturday 2/6 5:00pm – 10:00pm | 211 N. Sycamore St. Santa Ana, CA 92701

Faces of Santa Ana: A Film by Eye Skate Media w/ Q&A at Frida Cinema 
$12 | Saturday 2/6 2:00pm | 305 E. 4th St. Santa Ana, CA 92701

Complementary Starbucks Coffee and Downtown Mini Donuts provided. With the purchase of a movie ticket, you are entered into a raffle to win a stretched canvas replica print from the Faces of Santa Collection.