December 2019
Arts for Community
Connection, Collaboration, Education and 

Our Mission

The Raymond Arts Alliance exists to inspire connection, collaboration, education and enjoyment. Its focus is to enrich our community through the 
arts and present events for all ages. RAA encourages community participation 
and provides a space where cultural diversity is celebrated.

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Hawthorne House Christmas Party!

The Hawthorne Christmas party will be on Sunday, December 8 at 6 PM, with dinner at 7:00 PM, at 40 Hawthorne Rd, Raymond, ME.

This traditional holiday get-together is always a warm and welcoming experience -- a chance to greet old friends and meet new ones.  The house will be decorated with a large tree and lights.  
After dinner there will be a gift grab and a carol sing-along.  

Children are welcome, as are friends who may not be members of the Hawthorne Association.  

The event is BYOB and potluck, so please bring your favorite culinary creation and beverage. 

A 5$ per adult contribution goes to purchase supplies, including soda and coffee. 

Your RSVP will be appreciated to help us plan - please respond to John Manoush at 


"Artists in the Library" is happy to be hosting
Melanie Tornberg

for the months of January and February!

A native Mainer, Melanie Tornberg, started studying art at the Western Maine Arts Group as a child. She stayed with this group, learning the basics of oil and watercolor painting until graduating from high school and enrolling in the BFA program at the University of New Hampshire. There, Melanie studied with gifted painters, John Laurent and John Hatch.   

Settling down in Southern Maine with her husband, Anders, Melanie became a Mom and pursued a degree in biotechnology. She soon learned that she was as accomplished a scientist as she was an artist, receiving two patents and developing numerous veterinary diagnostic tools in a career with IDEXX that spanned 20 years. 

Continuing to paint, exhibit, teach and even docent from time to time, Melanie was delighted to learn that the Western Maine Arts Group was still going strong and quickly renewed her relationship with them. 

Melanie now divides her time between Bethel and her summer camp in Norway where she finds inspiration in the flowers, birds, and wildlife she appreciates in her Western Maine Home.

Look for our "Meet the Artist" event
to learn more about the work and inspirations of this multitalented artist!

And the winner is...Marlene Faurlo! 
Congratulations, Marlene!

Bruce and Gail Small were delighted to choose the winning raffle ticket for his beautiful loon tote.

Our Year in Review

Side by Each joyously kicked off our 2nd year on a cold  January night that filled the Raymond Village Community Church with warm-hearted camaraderie and unbridled enthusiasm for their traditional Americana skills at the fiddles, the piano and Cindy Roy's fancy footwork on the floor!

In  February , we were honored to bring  Nipmuc Nation Musician, Storyteller, and Traditional Eastern Woodland Flutemaker Hawk Henries to Raymond for an  Artist in Residency that brought together our Elementary School, our Library, and the Raymond Village Community Church congregation. Culminating in a sweet and transcendent concert, this true Cultural Ambassador attracted 
audience members from as far as NH, both west and south.

In  March , the talented  Irish Storyteller, Lynne Cullen accompanied by her  husband Kurt on both the guitar and the traditional Irish concertina, vividly  brought to life monsters, trickery, and common sense out-smartery!   

     And...our  Short Set Music Series : a feast for ears and hearts, highlighted Classical Music  with  Paul Kneller (guitar) and Kate Bernier (flute) performing the works of  Bartok and Astor Piazolla;  Cellists Catherine Begin and Elizabeth Phillips performing the work of Beethoven, Bach, and others; and guitarist  Keith Crook spanning 1500's to the early 20th century.

In  July , lawn chairs and coolers abounded at our  2nd Annual Fundraiser at Hacker's Hill with the New England Jazz Band !

August kept us busy with:
     Randy Judkins taking and nurturing our community  pulse again with "How's Your Laugh Life?" - just making sure we are keeping our spirits high, spontaneous, and supportive of robust health and fun relationships.         
     And ... the very popular  "Prompt!" workshop, with published author
Diana Altman, doubled in attendance this year and inspired everyone to continue their writing craft. 
    And... a double-header with  Beekeeper Deborah Gideon and Permaculture Educator David Homa sharing their ecological 
expertise. Feedback included:  "Both Great!" ...  "I wrote down a ton 
of stuff!" ...  "Excellent tips!" ...  "Thank you!" and multiple requests 
to have them back.

September was another busy month, with internationally known
Classical  Guitarist and Composer Peter Griggs  who presented "Cafe Barcelona," a selection of Spanish and Brazillian music, as well as several of his own compositions.   

     And... The inauguration of the Raymond Arts Alliance Scholarship Fund  with no less than 10 musicians who joined us for an afternoon of light rock and  slamming blues to support the aspirations of local artists and musicians.

In  October we went full on Country with mother-daughter duo
Joni and Olivia Harms, as rich and authentic as they come. Their incomparable harmonies were superbly supported by  Don Roy & Jay Hastings . A night both moving & fun!

In  November,   guitarist Tony Gaboury and virtuoso clarinetist and 
jazz whistler Brad Terry , (along with his sweetheart dog, Ella) delighted the audience with  their beautiful improvisations.

All year long, Qigong ( Chee Gong ) continued to offer easy yet profound  movement patterns that strengthen both immunity and muscles are are credited  for sustaining balance and high-level wellness. ( Saturdays at 8 AM at the RVCC! )

AND  we launched two new programs!
  • "Artists in the Library" showcasing the work of local artists in the Raymond Village Library and hosting "Meet the Artist" events for further community exploration and conversation. 
We've enjoyed:  Jen Fuller, glass artist Don Holden, found-object sculptor and his son, Holden ; and  multiple award-winning fine painter and photographer Bruce Small.
Landscape and wildlife painter Melanie Tornberg will 
be next, January through February. 

Our roster is nearly full for the 2020 schedule, so be in touch if you'd like to exhibit! 
  • Lakes Region Writers Guild, a monthly gathering of local writers, providing structure to deepen and expand one's work while enjoying and offering feedback of one another's writings.

Still to Come!

- Annual Tree Lighting with the Raymond Elementary School Chorus, Sunday, 12/1 at 5:00PM at the RVL. 
- Casco Bay Tummlers: Klezmer Music, also known as Jewish Jazz, described  as rabble-rousing creators of joyful chaos with some 10+ instruments in use! Saturday, 12/7 at 7:00PM at the RVCC.  

- Community Sing - Christmas Songs and Carols with Cherie Moore, Saturday, 12/14 at 4:00PM at the RVCC.     


All of us at the Raymond Arts Alliance wish you and your loved ones a Holiday Season of peace and joy!

Merry Christmas!!

Got any great ideas or talents to share? Raymond Arts Alliance is looking for both!

We are looking forward to watching our group grow and invite
 you to  bring your volunteering spirit, talents, good humor, and fun. 

We could use  some extra hands to help with everything from
 bringing baked goods to performances and events, to talented 
folks (of all ages) that are willing to share their ability to make beautiful  posters and fliers!

Contact us if you are interested in joining us for some 
connection,  laughs, sharing good ideas, working with all kinds
 of artists, and all  around fun. We can be reached through 

Below is a list of volunteer activities 
that would be a great help to RAA:

-Helpers with parking at events
-Poster and flier makers/ graphic designer
- Public Relations/Advertising/Media 
-Piano or guitar players
-Community Sing leaders
-Food/snack donations for events
-Photographer for events
-Website creation and upkeep
-Carpenter/Designer to build a back drop
-Designer to help us make cards, fliers, magnets, 
signs, pins and so on.
We are excited to meet new potential members! With your help and new ideas we can bring more Arts Alliance performances and help more artists in the community.

Artists In The Library Schedule

We are constantly reminded of how many talented people live in Raymond.  Why not give them a place to show the community what they can do?  Raymond Arts Alliance and Raymond Village Library have teamed up to showcase local talent!  Every 2 months a new artist will have their work on display at Raymond Village Library at 3 Meadow Road, Raymond. 

Here's the line-up of amazing artists!!!
November and December 2019: 
Raymond Village Library Holiday Sales & Craft Fair

January and February 2020:  
Melanie Tornberg, Painter

March and April 2020: 
Robert Grimm, Wood Carver

May and June 2020:
Christina Kielt , Sculptor

July and August 2020:
Sandra Crowell, Painter

If you would like to exhibit your work in the Raymond Village Library, send inquiries and three sample photos of your work to :

Raymond Arts Alliance seeks to:
  • Present a variety of exhibitions by local artists in the visual and literary arts.
  • Help local artists; including organizations, professionals and amateurs, to increase their public exposure. Works of art may be offered for sale (sales are handled through the artist not through the library). Having artwork for sale is not a requirement.
  • Provide fun, education and creativity in public spaces through artists exhibits. The Community is given the opportunity to learn more about local talent and artists will widen their audience and source of inspiration.
Requests to exhibit art at the Library are taken on a first-come, first served basis. 

Raymond Arts Alliance Successfully Creates A Fund for Assisting Artists

T he Raymond Arts Alliance has successfully created a scholarship fund to help support the  development of artists from the Raymond community.   Aspiring artists of any art form: literary, music, fine arts, etc., are encouraged to apply as needed. 

If you wish to contribute to this fund, simply send your check made out to the Raymond Village Library with a note attached specifying that the donation is for RAA Artist Support Fund.   You can also leave a donation designated for the fund at the Raymond Village Library.  We are happy to send you a receipt if requested.

Raymond Arts Alliance is a program of the Raymond Village Library
in partnership with the Raymond Village Community Church.