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Artist James Peterson pictured working on his installation "Straws," which will be featured at the El Segundo Art Walk June 20, July 18 and August 15.

The El Segundo Art Walk is celebrating its fifth year beginning Thursday, June 20, and according to its director, “it has been a hit from the start.”

George Renfro said the Art Walk, which was founded by Holly Socrates, has grown from 800 to 900 attendees its first year to more than 3,500 last year.

“It's a monster at this point... it ends and we have to start planning for next year already,” said Renfro, a fourth generation El Segundo resident who owns Boundary Digital in the city.

Approximately 40 artists and venues, including restaurants, bars, studios, creative officers and other businesses, around Smoky Hollow and downtown El Segundo, are taking part in the Art Walk, which also takes place July 18 and August 15.

The self-guided walk features art of all mediums, as well as El Segundo artist Damian Fulton painting at El Segundo Brewing Co., interactive art activities for children and adults, food trucks, a beer garden and live music from Dane Drewis, Zeal Levin and DJ Tony Gadachy.

Also featured is the James Peterson art installation, “Straws,” which is 15-feet tall and was made with 12,000 plastic straws that were recovered from local beaches by volunteers from Surfrider and Shark Allies. The sea urchin-inspired installation will be on display at the Art Walk headquarters at 314 Main Street.

“Not that the Art Walk has an opinion on the straw debate, but I think it's a poignant discussion,” Renfro said.

The Art Walk takes place from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit elsegundoartwalk.com.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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