A collaborative exhibit of unique views of Hannibal’s history will run Saturday, Nov. 10 through Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Hannibal Arts Council (HAC), 105 S Main St.

A collaborative exhibit of unique views of Hannibal’s history will run Saturday, Nov. 10 through Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Hannibal Arts Council (HAC), 105 S Main St.

The limited-engagement exhibit is a collaborative project of local artist and educator Stephen Schisler and local historian and author Steve Chou. All proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit the A.D. Stowell Art Department. An opening reception and sales kick-off will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Hannibal Arts Council.

For Time Machine, original black and white photographs of Hannibal are painted in full color to allow the viewer to see them in a different light. The exhibit is titled Time Machine because photography and paintings are two of the greatest ways we can look through the window to our past. Some information is always lost in the transfer, so viewers never have the full story, but they do have artifacts, bits and pieces that when put into the right hands, can give a clearer view. Steve Chou is one such caretaker. Chou’s collection of photos spans nearly all of Hannibal’s history, showing the passage of time through industries that have come and gone, changing methods of transportation, grand buildings and cityscapes, some of which still stand, and some of which exist only in our memories.

Schisler wanted to breathe life into these images, so that others might find them just as interesting as he does.

“There is just something about color that brings these images out of the past and helps us to connect with them in the present. There are changes and alterations that have been made, admittedly,” said Schisler. “Some of these changes were for compositional reasons, others were due to a blurry image, or a lack of information. So long as the spirit of that moment was preserved, I was less concerned about the accuracy of every tiny detail. Colors of buildings, streetcars, and clothing were all a guessing game. Some research could narrow things down, but in the end, it was a toss of a coin that gave us a red and green streetcar, or a yellow building with green trim. Some of my guesses may be right, others wrong. I just wanted all of the elements to work together harmoniously, without straying too far from the truth.”

HAC gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The HAC gallery is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays. For more information on the current exhibit and other HAC programs, contact the Hannibal Arts Council at findit@hannibalarts.com , 573-221-6545 or visit them on the web at www.hannibalarts.com .