WESTPORT - The Westport Downtown Merchants Association's first-ever Art About Town event kicks off tonight, giving local artists the opportunity to show off their work. With part of Main Street closed down and live music playing, organizers say the evening will be a big party for everyone.

Artwork created by Fairfield County artists will be displayed at all downtown stores, where guests have the opportunity to both view and purchase everything from paintings and ceramics to photography. Most of the stores will remain open late until 8 p.m., and restaurants will be serving food and drinks outdoors as well.

Organizers of the event say it's the perfect way to kick off Memorial Day weekend and recognize the artistic talents of the community. All the artwork will be on display downtown until June 26.