Art show kicks off UFO Fest

July 4, 2013 • Local News

Local and state artists submitted more than a dozen UFO or alient-related entries for the UFO Art Show at The Gallery on East Fifth Street Wednesday. Ufologist and author Don Schmitt judged the entries. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)

The alien-themed art show in the back of The Gallery on East Fifth Street downtown, Wednesday, was small in size but big on creativity.

One green alien stood in a circular yard looking aggravated as his flying saucer hung precariously in a tree. A younger green guy was boarding a school bus.

After all, it has been a while since the ships landed near Roswell. Maybe they have integrated.

“It’s a fun folk art kind of thing,” said Nancy Phillips, from The Gallery.

The art gallery opened the show to artists from all over the world and [auth] received entries from as far away as Santa Fe. Most artists were from Roswell, Phillips said. In all, 15 artists submitted 12-inch in diameter pieces of board, ceramic or canvas.

Included in the submissions were photographs, paintings, three-dimensional works and a tortilla with an alien-shaped burn mark on it.

Christana Martel won Best of Galaxy, Lauren Miller took first place, Melissa Wright won second place and Bill French was given third. The show was judged by ufologist and author Don Schmitt.

The pieces provided a glimpse of what to expect a few steps away from the artists’ cooperative gallery on Main Street this weekend during the UFO Festival.

Organizers of this weekend’s UFO Festival have scheduled three days of exciting family events, parades, shows and informative lectures Friday through Sunday.

“In the past, it’s mostly been for adults. Now it will include the whole family,” said Dusty Huckabee, director of MainStreet Roswell. “We have all family entertainment. We’ve got some surprises that will blow people’s minds. It’s going to be fun.”

UFO Festival opening ceremonies start at 8 a.m. Friday at the UFO Museum on North Main Street. Vendors will open and downtown entertainment will kick off at 11 a.m.

Guest lectures will begin at the Civic Center Exhibit Hall with Stanton Friedman lecturing about “Flying Saucers and Science,” and Kathy Marden will talk about “New evidence in the Betty and Barney Hill abduction.”

Jesse Marcel Jr. will speak about “The Roswell Legacy,” and Tom Krikbride will speak about “New Space Aliens Versus The Government: Who will win?” at the museum.

Derrel Sims will give a presentation from 10 a.m. to noon called, “Aliens, Angels, Ghosts and Spirits: A Look Beyond the Veil,” upstairs at the museum for $10.

More lectures will take place throughout the afternoon and evening. Check for details.

At 11 a.m., Stern Ivory will play at the entertainment stage, followed by Robin Scott Trio at 1 p.m., Amy LaVere at 3 p.m., La Mezkla at 5 p.m., Josh Ward at 7 p.m. and the James Douglas Show at 9 p.m.

The Robert H. Goddard Planetarium will hold a show at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

A free family movie will show at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area at 8:30 p.m.

Main Street will be blocked from vehicle traffic between Second and Fifth streets, except during the Electric Light Parade at 9 p.m., Saturday.

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