Hero Media Arts celebrates the pioneering spirit and the common threads of our divergent paths.

'Heroes', our blog, is meant to expand our field of vision and highlight passionate people doing inspiring things.


April 4, 2018

Lisa Pixley and PrintCraft, an Affordable Art Destination

As long as I’ve known Lisa Pixley, she’s been devoted to her craft. She was always willing to “pull an all-nighter” to complete a project. She’d forgo running water to live in her studio space and she’d easily sacrifice window shades if she’d run out of blank painter’s canvas...
March 19, 2018

Brewster Burns, Freezing Time at the Races

I first met Brewster Burns at altitude. That’s what it felt like, at least, after trudging 500 yards up a steep and snowy ski hill in Rumford. Slightly winded and wishing I’d strapped some traction on my boots, I spotted him on the other side of the course...
February 21, 2018

Pat Elsman, Believing in the Bottle Bill

What strikes you when walking into Pat Elsman’s converted horse barn-garage is what it doesn't smell like. This is a bottle redemption center, after all, but its missing the tell-tale stench of stale beer. In fact, it's the cleanest bottle redemption center I’ve ever been in. The Central Maine radio station was pumping out classic rock and Pat was keeping time while counting, sorting, and tossing cans into their respective bins...
January 2, 2018

Julie Cundiff, Baking Up a Storm at Wayne General Store

Ownership of a classic Maine General Store, the kind that have anchored small towns for generations, is not your typical small business venture. Hours are long, margins are thin, and the threat of chain-store dominance casts a long shadow. Maintaining a viable business model has become more difficult, and many “mom-and-pops” across the state have closed in recent years...
November 13, 2017

Brian Wood, Letterpress and Design

In a world that gets more technologically focused by the day, it’s refreshing to learn about others who are going back to their industrial roots. Brian Wood, owner of Dogs and Stars Letterpress and Design studio, has always had a love for the designs of yesterday; old muscle cars, rusting signage, and vinyl...
September 13, 2017

Kristin Mutchler, Natural Healer

The moment you meet Kristin Mutchler, you know you are among good people. When her young children pop around the corner to confidently greet you, it’s confirmed. Her kitchen smells like your favorite health food store and the sweet, slightly sour taste of her own batch of kombucha seals the deal. I want to be just like Kristin when I grow up...
September 6, 2017

Hélène Farrar, Artist and Art Educator

There is no doubt that it’s heroic to teach a painting class to fifteen 3-5 year olds. I actually wasn’t even sure it could be done, but Hélène has 15 years of experience being an art educator...and no fear...
August 30, 2017

New Name and an Expanded Vision

Welcome to Hero Media Arts. The launch of this brand and the web site have been a long time coming, in a number of ways. In some respects it feels like it took 50 years. Each of us are the sum of our experience at any point in our lives, of course, and Hero could have only happened given everything that came before it...

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