The Space Between

(Left to Right) Therese Tipton, Anne Simpson, Brynne Hunt, Sheryl and James Raisbeck, and Matt Hayes stand near the plaque to promote the new addition to RAHS.
Photo By: Chloe Cho

‘Cosmic Lady’, the oil mural painted by Sheryl Raisbeck, was opened for viewing on 14 May 2018 in the gravel firelane between RAHS and the Museum of Flight near the parking lot. This location is now labeled ‘The Space Between’ and designates a new physical connection between RAHS and the Museum of Flight, allowing for students to traverse between the two locations easily.
As CEO of the Museum of Flight, Matt Hayes felt that something had to be changed in order to connect the Museum and RAHS.
“The connection between the highschool and the Museum has always been there, but the physical connection has not been,” said Hayes. “And so creating something that could inspire the students and create that physical connection almost seemed obvious once we thought of it.”
Hayes is proud to have students interested in aviation on his campus and wanted there to be an easier way of moving between the Museum and RAHS.
“We’ve always had a great connection,” said Hayes. “We’re so proud to have you, the students, and the faculty to be on our campus, but there never was an easy way of moving between one to the other. It was like 2 countries right next to each other without a bridge or border crossing or anything.”
Hayes believes having art as the physical bridge provides more inspiration than a fence.
“When we came up with a concept of trying to come up with a physical bridge between the highschool and the museum itself, we couldn’t think of a better way of doing it than to actually have some artwork so it wasn’t just a piece of concrete or a couple fences but something that could help inspire.”
Sheryl Raisbeck wanted to make sure that the community realizes that art is everywhere, even in science.
“As far as what I want people to take away from these paintings is that I want you to think that art is everywhere in your life,” said Ms. Raisbeck. “That life and science have been tied forever, and that all arts and sciences can work together and nothing happens unless there’s the viewer, or the doer, or the learner, or the teacher.”
Ms. Raisbeck decided to paint this image because of her husband, James Raisbeck, who believed that it would connect to our school.
“The inspiration of the painting is hubble imagery, this is the galaxy M-82. The red coming out of there is ionized hydrogen blowing out out of the galaxy. But to me, it kinda reminds me of a Valentino model,” said Ms. Raisbeck. “James suggested that I do this painting here because phoenix is your mascot, phoenix rising. This painting reminded him of that.”
Working with oil isn’t an easy task. Ms. Raisbeck had to work with the properties of oil, good and bad.
“It was mostly trying to make gloppy oil look like gas, to make sure that I was letting layers dry so that I wouldn’t have mud,” said Ms. Raisbeck, “In an oil painting there’s refractions going on, so light that comes into these bubbles get bent, and then when light comes back out of the painting these lights rays [allow] you to see different, subtle layers”
Overall, Ms. Raisbeck wants others to realize there is more than just themselves
“I’m hoping that if there is an interaction in the school and someone notices something and maybe thinks of something else besides themselves, that’s probably cool,” said Ms. Raisbeck.
Students are now allowed to freely walk to the Museum of Flight’s Aviation Pavilion from the lobby of RAHS.

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