The Maine Frontier

Through the Lens of Isaac Simpson: A new film by Sumner McKane
January 12, 7 PM
Androscoggin Theater
Lepage Arts Center
339 Paris RdHebron Academy
Hebron, ME 04238
January 13, 7PM
Bingham Auditorium
Gould Academy
45 Church St., Bethel, ME 04271

On January 14, students of the Telstar Regional Schools will be presented two assemblies with this award winning composer, musician and filmmaker.

TICKETS: purchase online by clicking here or mail a check with full contact information, includding your email to: Mahoosuc Arts Council, PO Box 534, Bethel, ME 04217


The Maine Frontier is a sensory rich performance featuring photography, film, oral histories, sound design, and live music by Sumner McKane. It is an illustration of life, family, and work on the Maine frontier at the turn-of-the-century. FMI: www.themainefrontier.com

In a custom made wagon that he towed behind his horse, Isaac Simpson kept his tools for blacksmithing, mechanics, carpentry & hair cutting; he also fit his handmade violin, woolens to sell which were knit by his wife Effie, and he always fit his large box camera and glass-plate negatives. Isaac traveled throughout northern Maine doing blacksmith and mechanics work in logging camps and farms. His skills brought him through the far reaches of the Maine frontier at the turn-of-the-century, and were the means to help support his family of 13 children. Everywhere Isaac traveled he would take photographs of the families and workers who worked in the camps and farms. By extensively photographing everything and everyone he came in contact with, he created a quintessential social history of northern Maine at a pivotal time.

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Cover art by Lauren Head

Lauren Head has a BA in studio art, over 28 years of experience in art education and is the founder and director of the Gould Blacksmithing program. She has attended numerous workshops at institutions including: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Center for Creative Imaging, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center and Peters Valley Craft Center. Lauren has been responsible for coordinating workshops with visiting artists to support the art curriculum and the Sophomore Four Point Program. Her work has been commissioned for non-profit and private collections.  She currently teaches: Blacksmithing, Metal Design, Sculpture, Freshman Sophomore art and Design.
Along with being an art educator, Lauren is a former member of the United States Telemark Ski Team and a National Champion in Telemark GS and Moguls. Currently she is the head coach of the alpine ski racing development program and is a level 3 nationally certified coach.  When Lauren isn’t teaching or working in the studio she can be found spending time with her family; husband Robert Baribeau and son Alexander, climbing mountains, skiing, tending chickens and participating in activities in the outdoors.

January 12 and 13.

Nonprofit Excellence

Dirigo Award for Nonprofit Excellence

Recipent of the 2011 Dirigo Award for Nonprofit Excellence, the Mahoosuc Arts Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting the advancement of the arts and humanities in the adult communities and schools systems of the Greater Bethel Area since 1986.

Council Executive Director Aranka Matolcsy (far left) and Board Chair Tera Ingraham (second from right) present Outstanding Service Awards to board members Melanie Ellsworth (left of center), Kathy Hodsdon (center) and Linda Stowell (far right)

We Are Proud Members

  • Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Bethel Nonprofit Collaborative
  • Maine Alliance for Arts Education
  • Arts Presenters of Northern New England
  • Maine Assication of Nonprofits