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Barbara Heywood-Chasey, “Reflections,” to be August Feature at the Art Bank

posted Jul 5, 2016, 11:13 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Jul 5, 2016, 11:39 PM ]
Indianapolis photographer Barbara Heywood-Chasey, and her show, “Reflections,” will be featured for the August IDADA First Friday Art Tour, August 5th, 6-9pm. Admission is free. “Reflections” explores Heywood-Chasey’s fascination with architectural details. Her journey begins with the IPS Coca-Cola building, also on Mass. Ave., and continues throughout downtown Indianapolis, before crossing the Atlantic and presenting Heywood-Chasey’s recent trip to Italy.

“My exhibit will show ‘style,’ ‘heritage,’ and ‘culture,’ all elements of reflections,” said Barbara Heywood-Chasey. “I was impressed with its (the Coca-Cola building’s) artistic designs, and that lead me to become intrigued with the other decorative windows and facades of the older buildings in central Indianapolis. While in Italy, I began to consider the amount of history that surrounded me there, and I wanted to ‘reflect’ our more recent history compared to the Italian architecture.”

A lifelong traveler, Barbara Heywood-Chasey started out in Illinois, before her own wanderlust took her around the world. She recounts having traveled 21,000 miles during a summer in college, as part of a stock drama group, helping to entertain Armed Service members. Later, she traveled with her husband, an insurance adjuster, and taught herself the art of photography while helping him in his work.

“I remember exactly when my interest became a passion for photography,” said Heywood-Chasey. “We were traveling early one Maine morning, when I witnessed the most magnificent winter sunrise. For the next six months, I photographed sunrises. Then, I expanded to sunsets.”

She most recently lived in Oklahoma, before settling in Indianapolis in 2008, but still journeys abroad often, with her camera in tow. “I see beauty in whatever I shoot. The longer I take photos, the more aware I become of unfamiliar people, places, and things. I’m eclectic in my tastes,” said Heywood-Chasey.