September 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.

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Inaugural Artist Scholarship Fundraiser Concert 

The Raymond Arts Alliance is hosting its inaugural Artist Scholarship Fundraiser concert on Saturday, September 7 at 1:00pm. The concert is designed to raise funds to support local artists in need, and is expected to be a yearly event.

 The concept was inspired by the aspirations of David Young, a local singer/songwriter and Raymond resident. David has performed in clubs for several years and has developed a strong local following. He studied guitar for a year at USM and now is moving to Nashville in the Fall. The RAA hopes to donate part of the proceeds raised from the concert to help with his move and start his new life, while also seeding a fund to assist others in the future. 

Performers include: David Young and his brother Deven Young (with special guest, Jani Cummings), Dos Canosos (Raul Freyre and Gary Wittner), and The Disclaimers. The location is 163 Raymond Hill Road. 

This is an outdoor event - please bring a folding chair. There is no cover charge, but as this is a benefit, donations are greatly appreciated.

Bruce Small Photographer of Nature
"Artist In The Library" for September and October

Bruce Small is a freelance photographer based in Maine's Sebago Lake Region. Raised along the Southern Maine coastline, his photography interests include birds, flowers and other wildlife, natural landscapes and coastal scenes.  

 On the topic of his passion for photography Bruce writes:  " I grew up on the coast of Maine where I started photography at an early age. Photography has been an interest throughout my life, but has become a passion, since retiring in 2017. My love of all things natural are evident in my images. Much of my work is of wildlife, landscapes and birds, encountered in my beloved State of Maine"

Come enjoy his gift for capturing wild beauty of Maine and fantastic color  September and October in the Raymond Village Library.   
Watch for a "Meet the Artist" date coming soon!!!

If you would like to see a sneak peek of Bruce Smalls photography take a look at:  
his  Facebook Page or his account on the Fine Art America Website



Take a trip to Spain and Brazil without leaving town, and help support live music in the local community.      

On Saturday September 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm, T he Raymond Arts Alliance will host internationally known guitarist/composer Peter Griggs in a concert right here in Raymond.  Mr. Griggs will present "Cafe Barcelona," a selection Spanish and Brazilian music, as well as several of his own compositions, on this wide-ranging program. 

 A highly skilled guitarist in flamenco, bossa nova, samba and other Latin guitar styles, he is also an expressive vocalist and will perform several classic Brazilian songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa during the concert. 

Peter Griggs has presented more than 600 solo guitar concerts throughout the USA, Germany, United Kingdom, France, the Low Countries, Scandinavia and eastern Europe at art centers, festivals, museums, churches, jazz clubs and other venues.  His recordings are available on Folkways Records, Music Of The World, Treecastle Music and CD Baby.  He was based for more than ten years in Dusseldorf, Germany and now resides in South Harpswell, Maine.  

C ritics in Germany and the United Kingdom have hailed Griggs as 
"a master of expressive sounds" known for his "sizzling guitar playing" and "sophisticated and highly enjoyable" programs.  

Germany's Bergische Morning Post put it this way:  "an almost unbelievable talent -- Peter Griggs performs magic!" 

Raymond Village Community Church is located at 27 Main Street in Raymond ME 04071.   

For more information,visit 

Admission is by free-will donation ($5 suggested).  

To hear music by Peter Griggs, visit: 

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!!!
September and October 2019:
 Bruce Small, Photographer

November and December 2019: 
 Library Art and Craft Show

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:



 A Writing Workshop
Comments and Photos

Diana Altman leading the writing group

"Exciting to meet a published, accomplished author,  to converse, share our writing, and be inspired!"

"This was a great experience . .   solidified my desire to write about my life experiences."

"So much talent to savor on a sunny Sunday. Fun and instructive.  This was a perfect writing group to share . . .  and step beyond our comfort zones!"

"Thank you VERY much . . .   very inspiring!"

Comments and Photos From
Honeybee Medicine and Magic and Self Sustaining Ecosystems: Understanding Permaculture

Dave Homa discussing
Self Sustaining Ecosystems: Understanding Permaculture

"Excellent presentations. . . . " 
"I wrote down tons of info, great stuff!"  
"Good planting inspiration . . . "  
"Nice resource list!    . . ."   
"Enlightening, thought provoking & entertaining."

Deborah Gideon giving her
 Honeybee, Medicine and Myth presentation

Inspiration Strikes Creating MORE Artists In The Library!

Found Object Sculptures by Don Willard

The wonderful magical folks at Raymond Village Library were so excited by local Artist Don Willards' Steampunk Assemblage Sculptures they created a class for kids to design their own sculptures!  Young artists attending the class were lead by Karen Perry to assemble collected items with glue and plenty of imagination.    

The fun, funky and fantastic assemblage art sculptures were on display for 2 weeks at the Library.  If you missed the display never fear! We have a few photographs below and more pictures are available on the Raymond Village Library Facebook page


Some of the finished sculptures on display
All photos taken by Library Staff.

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!

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