The creativity of one local artist now welcomes folks to Bossier City. Chris Opps designed, hand-painted and installed the new "Welcome to Bossier City" signs, which are now up at five entry points around the city.

You can find them at: I-220 just east of the Red River Bridge, I-20 near Louisiana Downs, Hwy 80 just west of Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery, Hwy 3 just north of I0220 and Hwy 71 at Shady Grove Drive.

Opps approached Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker back in March with the idea for the signs, which city officials say were in need of a new look. The city commissioned Chris to create them at a cost of just over $6,000. He started the project around the end of April and the signs were in place in about a month.

Opps' artwork can also be seen at Airline and Green Oakes High Schools, Apollo Elementary, the Marshal Building in downtown Shreveport, the Bossier Arts Council and several businesses.

You can check out some of Opps' creations in an exhibit this month at the BAC on Barksdale Boulevard.