June 2019
Arts for Community
Connection, Collaboration, Education and Enjoyment
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.
Meet the Artist
Jennifer Fuller, Glass Artist, Infinitely Fearless Designs
 June 1, 2019, 8:00 am to 11:30 am, Raymond Village Library parking lot.
Meet the first "Artist In The Library" exhibitor, Jennifer Fuller.  Jennifer  will be available for questions and conversation in the Raymond Village Library parking lot June 1, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.  At 9:00 and 10:30 she will be giving demonstrations showing everyone how she makes her very special glass art.      

 In case of rain the demonstration date will be moved to Saturday, June 8.

Infinitely Fearless Designs is based in Maine and features fused glass, lampworking,  blown glass, and stained glass by glass artist Jennifer Fuller. Jen works a variety of  glass processes to create handmade jewelry, plates, decorations, and custom designs.  Her website, www.InfinitelyFearless.com, and her facebook page, " Infinitely Fearless Designs by Jen " are chocked full of photos of her glass work and current  projects.

Be sure to view her artwork on display at Raymond Village Library May 8 through July 7.  
Jennifer is continuing her adventures with glass at the  Corning Museum of Glass in New York. She has set up a GoFundMe page to help her  raise money to attend a second session of classes. With these classes, Jen hopes to  continue to grow her skills and confidence in order to create more visually stunning  work. She is looking forward to bringing others the same joy through teaching the  creative process of glass art.

Her newest  work and daily progress are on her Facebook page "Infinitely Fearless Designs By Jen".

Artists In The Library

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.
Interested in having your work displayed at the library?  Send us an email with your contact information and some photos sampling of your art to: RaymondArtsAlliance@gmail.com.  All ages and all types of art  (writing, sculpture, painting, fiber arts, jewelry and more) will be considered with enthusiasm!!!
Jennifer Fuller, glass artist extraordinaire is the first to be featured. Her work can be seen May 8 - July 7 at the Raymond Village Library. The library is open Mondays and Wednesdays 9am to 6pm, Saturdays 9am to 4pm with Senior hours Tuesdays 9am to 12pm. Stop by and take a look!

Come See us at 
The Raymond Village Library  Plant Sale
June 1, 2019 7am to 12:00pm

This is one day you will want to get up early in order to get the best choice of flowers and plants from the Annual Raymond Village Library Plant Sale. As always, the choices are varied: perennials, 
ground covers, bedding plants, annuals, vegetable and herb plants, all at unbelievably low prices. This event happens rain or shine, so don't miss it!

Tai Chi & Qigong for Better Health

Saturdays 8:00 to 9:00 am

May 18 through June 15, 2019

$5.00/class (suggested donation)
Drop-ins are always welcome! 

R aymond Village Community Church
27 Maine Street

Reduce Stress · Improve Balance · Increase Energy 
· Build Range of Motion

Qigong (pronounced 'Chee Gong') is an ancient, Chinese practice of mindful movement that gathers and cultivates energy for healthful longevity. Shown to reduce stress, calm the mind, condition the body and increase immunity, it is taught in multiple cancer, chronic pain, and health centers around the world. In addition, the AARP has endorsed Qigong as one of its most highly recommended exercise forms for the prevention of falls.

Participants of all levels of physical ability are welcome and are sure to experience benefits from this quiet practice. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and supportive footwear.  Movements are practiced slowly and within one's own comfortable range of motion.  All movements can be practiced seated or standing.

Instructor: Karen Rendall, Maine Center for Taijiquan & Qigong
About the instructor: Karen began studying Taijiquan in 2002, and teaching in 2009.
Lakes Region Writers Guild to Relaunch!

The Lakes Region Writer's Guild, circa 2002 - 2014, is regrouping!  Initially led by Elaine Griffin of Naples and held twice monthly at the Casco Public Library, the group disbanded in 2015 due to Elaine's loss. 
 Having fielded multiple requests for writers to find a home group with which to write, read, find support and learn of resources; and having been granted permission to use the Lakes Region Writer's Guild name, the RAA is happy to announce the inclusion of the group under its umbrella.  
The newly launched LRWG will meet Tuesday afternoons, 1x monthly for now, under the stewardship of Mary-Therese Duffy, long term member of the original group and dedicated writer. 
Come join us for the inaugural meeting:  Tuesday, June, 25 at 2pm at the Raymond Village Library! Writers of every genre and confidence level are welcome, published or not!


 Congratulations Leah Stetson!!!

Raymond Arts Alliance is delighted to announce that past United States Poet Laureate (2001 -2003) Billy Collins, "the most popular poet in America" (NYT), has chosen a poem by Raymond resident, and past Lakes Region Writer's Group member, Leah Stetson, for inclusion in the Fish Anthology, Summer 2019 edition! Due to the parameters of the publication we are unable to share the poem, but we will be sure to provide a link upon publication in July.  Be sure to check in for it!  ~ AND MANY CONGRATULATIONS, LEAH!

Check out Leah's website   Strange Wetlands for more information and a sample of her beautiful writing.

Working Together To Support A Wonderful Place To Gather

Raymond Village Community Church Renovation

The Raymond Village Community Church has been a central point of both religious and community events for over 140 years.  Our mission to serve sees many facets.  From the religious side we are a denomination of the United Church of Christ, from a supporter of the arts we are a sponsor and venue for the Raymond Arts Alliance, from a community outreach perspective, we are the venue for AA, a sponsor organization for the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and a member of the Raymond Age Friendly organization.  Our missions projects have helped those not only in Maine but nationally and internationally.

As we look toward ways of broadening our impact we need to make sure our building is a welcoming place.  Our current infrastructure has not seen an upgrade in many years and our exterior is in need of upgrading.  Our clapboard siding is in need of replacement and we are upgrading to vinyl siding for both long term reduced maintenance and improvement in  draft mitigation.

We are looking for your help in meeting our fundraising goals for the project and any contribution is greatly appropriated

More information about Raymond Village Community Church Inc.:  www.rvccme.org

Click below for the go fund me sight for online contributions:

Hackers Hill Fundraiser Coming in July!

July 20, 2019   
Save the date for the Raymond Arts Alliance Jazz Fundraiser.  Get ready for an afternoon of sun, fun and music!
(Rain Date: July 21)

Do you know somebody....
Who might know somebody....
Who could know somebody else .....
Who might even be you!!!
We are looking for a music leader for our Community Sing.

It could be for a season or just a couple of times or for a continuous program. Please let us know if you have any ideas about this program. Thanks!

Mosaic Stepping Stone Design Class At Raymond Village Library
June 20th, 6:00-8:00pm

Create your unique path with the help of a stepping-stone. Learn how to use mosaic tools while working with an extensive tile collection. Pour your cement and take the form home
to be removed the next day.

Workshop fee: 20.00, includes all materials to make one 9-inch stepping-stone.

This class will be taught by a certified Art Night Out instructors. Art Night Out instructors are experienced artists who provide a relaxed atmosphere, lots of support, and quality materials/tools to ensure a positive experience. Leave class with new skills and an amazing piece you created yourself.  
Call Raymond Village Library to reserve your spot (207) 655-4283.


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