Celebrate 2008 At First Friday Bash

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Step into the warmth of Main Street shops during January's First Friday Art and Antiques Walk Jan. 4.

As the weather has turned downright chilly, the 5 to 8 p.m. free event is indoors.

Patrons can listen to music performed by Trouble in Paradise at Bootleg Alley, view new artwork, check out the restoration progress of the 1959 Corvette convertible at Gasoline Alley, purchase See's candy from the Soroptimist Club and watch a rock tumbling demonstration at Galarneau's Gems.

Chuck and Barbara Casey are "Trouble in Paradise."

Chuck's bass guitar, in combination with Barbara's fiddle, make for jazzy, foot-tappin' sounds and melodies that linger.

The duo will perform inside Bootleg Alley.

Conrad Okerwall is the featured artist at Bootleg Alley.

Okerwall's paintings depict the American West, often with a touch of humor.

"The West has always been in my blood," Okerwall said. He has enjoyed painting portraits and landscapes since 1970.

Artists of the Rim will feature Curtis Harp, one of the newest members of the co-op gallery, at a reception Friday evening.

Harp designs and creates segmented, detailed, turned-wood bowls.

He has shown his bowls at craft fairs and his bowls are displayed at the Wild Brush, but Artists of the Rim is Harp's first co-op.

Sven Helle is the January artist at Down the Street Art Gallery.

"Sven is more of an impressionist. Portraits are his favorite thing to do, but he also paints still lifes and landscapes," fellow artist Minette Richardson said.

The Main Street Merchants Guild sponsors the free event. There is on-street parking and most merchants offer refreshments.

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