The photography of Eric McNatt put Brownwood into a major art exhibit, on national television and in the pages of a widely-circulated book.

This weekend, McNatt has returned to Brownwood to attend a reception for the 47 local subjects publishers chose for the book during a special Brownwood Reunion Celebra-tion showing.

His photographs will be on display throughout the weekend at The Turtle Restaurant and Enoteca, 514 Center Ave., with the reception held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today.

All 47 of the people featured in the Brownwood section of the book have been invited to attend, according to Emily Crawford, tourism director of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, which is the reception’s host.

Books will be available for sale, and McNatt and the people photographed who are able to attend will sign books. A silent auction will be held for the mounted photographs, and proceeds will go toward the cost of matting and framing the images. Individual prints will be available for sale.

McNatt, who has Brownwood family roots but now lives in New York City, took his photographs during the summer of 2008 for the USA Network’s Character Project. He was one of 11 prominent photographers selected for the project.

McNatt said his intention was to capture the “spirit of the small Texas town” he remembered from his childhood.

His section in the book is entitled, “Texas Homecoming,” so it is fitting that his work in the Character Project be unveiled locally at the Brownwood Reunion Celebration, Crawford said.

The photographs on display this weekend at The Turtle are presented in the form of an art exhibit similar to the one that toured the country last year as part of the television network’s Character Project. The network promotes the stars of its original programming as “characters.”

The exhibit opened Friday night and continues from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Refreshments will be served during this afternoon’s reception, and bidding in the silent auction will close at 4 :30 p.m.

Parking is available on Center Avenue, and in the City Hall parking lot across the street from The Turtle.