More than a hundred people saw the premiere of "The Mystic Herring Run: The Return of 2012 and Beyond" the weekend of June 21. What an amazing film it was: incredible underwater photography of schooling alewives and blueback herrings making their way to the Upper Mystic Lake to spawn, great command of science, and real passion. Congratulations to filmmaker Shervin Ayra, who discussed the long path to this premiere and answered questions from the rapt audience.
And many more people came to the opening reception. Artists Jane Estella, Keith Maddy, Doc Madison, Peg Drummey, Chris Naitza, George McLean, Darlene Stout, Sydney Smith, Bernadette Murah, Susan Altman, Katie Cornog, Henry Olds, Sherry Leffert, and David Mussina won awards for their artwork. Three excellent short films on rivers were screened, and the Hyatt provided a lovely spread.
Enjoy all the photos from the festival on the Mystic Art Gallery's Facebook page.
Reprinted courtesy of the Medford Arts Center.