Harriet Chase Brings ‘Photo-Art’ to Gifford Gallery

Harriet Chase, Bulldozer

A bulldozer dangles in this 2007 photo of new bridge construction in Randolph. Provided by Harriet Chase

RANDOLPH – Randolph resident and historian Harriet Chase brings her love of the area to the Gifford Medical Center art gallery Jan. 30-March 27 with a show of local photographs.

She is calling the show “photo-art” after learning to apply graphics to her photographs.

“I first learned computer graphics and was pleased with the simple effects that a few enhancements could give to a really nice photograph,” Chase says. “None of these enhancements ever overpower the image itself, but subtle actions that perhaps highlight an area, a frame consistent with the picture or a computer ‘matting’ make a good photograph all the nicer.”

Chase says her interest in getting creative with photos took off when digital photography became common. Until now, she’s shown her work only at the local artist show at Chandler, on the halls of the building where she lives, to friends on Facebook and through submissions to local television stations.

She takes mostly outside images of sunrises, snow and foliage. “I make sure I am up in time for some ‘Kodak’ moments of the sun rising or fresh snow just before daylight,” Chase says.

Last spring she had the opportunity to photograph a couple in Randolph for their wedding. The couple was married outside of the railroad depot, says Chase, but wanted pictures taken at every significant building in Randolph. “Capturing this young couple inspired me to focus a showing on downtown Randolph,” Chase says. This resulted in images such as a series of sunsets and sunrises, the progression of a flowering tree and the flag furling before a brilliant red sunset.

Chase describes her work as “crisp and clean – the way we see an object, though sometimes the camera lens ‘points out’ things we never notice with the naked eye.”

With her variety of images, yet common theme, Chase is optimistic that her Gifford show – her first show at the Randolph hospital – will offer something of interest to all who view it.

The Gifford Gallery is located just inside the hospital’s main entrance at 44 S. Main St. (Route 12) in Randolph.

To learn more about this show or displaying your works in the gallery, call Volunteer Coordinator Julie Fischer at (802) 728-2324.

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