ArtWalk will return to downtown Longview this evening, with new artists and local favorites displaying their work at various locations along Methvin, Tyler, Center and Fredonia streets. Texas Bank & Trust's downtown location on Whaley Street also will be showing winning entries in the bank's annual photography contest.
The self-guided, free art tour is from 5 to 8 p.m., with more than 60 artists participating, including Longview native Brian Chaffin in his first public exhibit. Chaffin, a Longview High School and Baylor graduate, will display his work at Forbes & Butler at 104 W. Methvin St.
Chaffin has had a lifelong interest in art, winning "Most Promising High School Student" in a Geoffrey Beene 25th Anniversary Fashion Design Competition in 1988. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in fashion design from Baylor and now is senior designer of men's leather accessories for The Fossil Group.
In 2016, a conversation about recycling shredded paper led the "eco-friendly advocate" to use the "sustainable material" in his art outside of his career, according to information Forbes & Butler provided about the artist.
"Taking paper from various resources, shredding it and creating works of art is really enjoyable for me," he said. "Key influences, aside from the sustainable aspect, are architecture and color palettes related to mid-century modern design. The concept behind each piece is the marriage between hard and soft, transforming thousands of rigid paper pieces into soft circular shapes or flowing gradients. I want my artwork to be colorful, textural and conversational. I want it to have the wow factor."
Simon Waranch will be at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts where his glass art exhibit "Young Maestro!" is on display through Sept. 21. Well-known local artists will participate as well, with, for instance, Anup Bhandari at Sugar Magnolia Properties at 210 N. Fredonia St. and Sharon Grimes next door at Copper Tree Med Spa, at 208 N. Fredonia. The Longview Symphony also is participating in ArtWalk for the first time, at its new office at 106 W. Methvin, where Jason Butler's work will be displayed.
For a complete map, visit www.artwalklongview.com or fine ArtWalk Longview on Facebook.