By Christina Stock
Now that 2019 is almost at its end, here are some of the positive highlights of this past year, which were featured in the Vision section of the Daily Record:
The newest gallery, Bone Springs Art Space, kicked off 2019 with its exhibit by ceramic artist Jami White.
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The Roswell Artist-in-Residence (RAiR) program brought in new exhibits from young and well-established artists, such as Qwist Joseph who focused with his “A Splinter Forever” exhibit at the Roswell Museum and Art Center (RMAC) on how something transitions from an idea to the physical world. Other RAiR exhibits and lectures followed, such as those from Anne Muntges and George Rodart, to name a few.
A selective few of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra musicians were introduced before the kick-off of its 60th season.
We featured many highlights from Artesia’s Ocotillo Performing Arts Center (OPAC), as well as the local Roswell Community Little Theatre (RCLT); and Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company (WWOB) celebrated its fifth season. There were comedies, plays and musicals, such as Artesia’s “Harvey,” WWOB’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and RCLT’s production of “The Man of La Mancha.” WWOB artist and author, Kyle Bullock, held the first Southeastern New Mexico Playwright Festival at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.
Some of the most newsworthy musicians were featured ahead of time, to give everybody a chance to get a ticket, such as Trout Steak Revival, Yarbrough Band, Glenn Miller Orchestra; The New Mexico Military Institute hosted its 43rd annual Military School Band and Choir Festival; the United States Navy Concert Band; Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart; Sons of the Pioneers; and many Austin-based singers and songwriters who traveled through town and stopped for a performance at one of the venues.
The making of movies in our area was featured, including releases, such as “The Kid,” starring well-known actors Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio. We wrote about former Goddard student Jenn Garcia and her film “Pozole,” that won “Best Narrative Short” at the Oscar-qualifying Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival.
Janice Dunnahoo, chief archivist at Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico (HSSNM), featured fascinating and almost forgotten stories of the area in her weekly column Historically Speaking, including ghostly houses, heifers and cowboys; historical characters such as Capt. John Wallace “Jack” Crawford with a multitude of historical photos that are housed in the archives of HSSNM.
Historian John LeMay wrote monthly about new books and about events, such as HSSNM receiving an antique copy of the famous book, “The Scarlet Letter,” and its connection to Roswell.
A wide spectrum of UFO theories were presented by Donald Burleson in his Looking Up column, which included answering questions for skeptics of the phenomena that is in the heart of Roswell’s lore.
Aubrey Hobart, RMAC’s curator of collections and exhibitions wrote about special exhibits and its connections, such as “Ghost Dance,” by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
The children’s story “Wrong Turn to Roswell,” by award-winning USA Today and The New York Times bestselling author S.E. Smith ended, but new columnists stepped forward, such as Native American researcher Veronika Ederer from Austria who visited the area this year, and zoo expert Ray Pawley.
A favorite among young and old readers were our weekly comics with adventures in the old West (Cowpokes) and in space (Grayzone).
Biologists and the Friends of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge featured events at the refuge, including the annual migratory path of the Sandhill cranes.
Highlighted in our column Young Artists to Watch were Tamara Sanchez, Samantha Thorsted and Maya Campuzano.
We started a new column in October introducing nonprofit organizations.
The Vision editor’s column, “Comfort Food and Books for Comfort,” featured many recipes from all over the world and book recommendations, from black corn Hopi soup and raspberry surprise dessert to today’s New Year special.
We featured events organized by nonprofit organizations, such as WESST who kicked off a series to inspire female entrepreneurs in January; and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) fundraisers.
Interesting personalities came to town to speak, such as 6,000-mile rider Bernice Longrider, Chaves County Veterans hosted its second annual Valentine’s Ball dinner and dance benefiting veterans and their families; as did The Roswell Refuge with its That ‘70s Dance.
Altrusa International of Roswell organized for the first time the popular Denim & Diamonds event, honoring the Marley family.
We featured free art events throughout town and at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, HSSNM, the new Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum, Bone Springs Art Space and Artesia’s Historical Museum and Art Center.
Other events covered as previews were art fairs and shows, fundraisers, charity events, festivals with detailed times and programs, including Roswell Chamber of Commerce’s and Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s Cinco de Mayo and Chile Cheese and Piñata Festival. The highlight of the summer was the UFO Festival, and in the fall, the Jazz Festival.
We also featured some events out of town, such as the celebration for Capitan’s 75th anniversary of Smokey Bear and Mayfair in Cloudcroft as well as gallery and studio tours in Magdalena and Ruidoso.
New Mexico Military Institute choirmaster and music department chair, Steve Thorp retired.
UFO researcher Stanton Friedman, the “Father of Roswell,” passed on.
Historian, chief archivist of HSSNM and Vision columnist Elvis E. Fleming, as well as historian Morgan Nelson passed on.
These are just a few of the stories we covered in the Vision section of the Daily Record. Next week we’ll have a glimpse of what the future brings.
Until then, from our family to yours,
Happy New Year 2020.