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Barrio Logan Exhibit Highlights Homeless Population

Barrio Logan Exhibit Highlights Homeless Population

Photo caption: Neil Shigley's portraits of homeless people is on display at Bread & Salt Gal...

Photo by Dwane Brown

Neil Shigley's portraits of homeless people is on display at Bread & Salt Gallery, Sept. 23, 2015.

Bread & Salt isn't your typical gallery in Barrio Logan, and neither are the portraits.

Neil Shigley, an arts professor at San Diego State University, currently has his work on display at the gallery. "Invisible Drawings and Prints" features 15 large block prints capturing images of homeless men — most of whom are from the streets of San Diego.

Shigley's latest exhibit was created after meeting a homeless man in 2006.

"I always mention to my students the difference between those people and us: none," Shigley said. "There is no difference. We get up in the morning, we have plans, we have family somewhere."

Shigley donated a portion of proceeds from his artwork to help the homeless population.

"Art has this power to focus attention," Shigley said. "In this case on homelessness."

"Invisible Drawings and Prints" is on display through Oct. 31 at Bread & Salt Gallery at 1955 Julian Ave. in San Diego.

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