Artist, art conservator, historian and author Blaikie Hines will present a program on the colorization of historic photographs Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. The program, co-sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society and the library, will be followed by refreshments and conversation in the Rockland Historical Society Museum.

Hines was born in New York City in 1949. He studied at Ohio State University, the University of Delaware, the New York Art Conservation Center, the British Museum and the Yale University British Art Conservation Library. In 1988, he traveled to northern California to work with the preeminent fine art conservator William Haney.

In the 40 years of his conservation practice, Hines has worked on more than 8,000 paintings and gilded objects. As a painter, he is known for his portrayal of America’s past in a painting style reminiscent of the mid-19th century Hudson River School. He also is a Civil War author, lecturer and living historian. For the last 28 years, Hines has maintained studios in Thomaston; and in Darien, Conn.

In the course of his research for his Civil War books, Hines has become an expert in 19th-century photographs. This has led him through the advancement of new photographic technology into the field of the colorization of historic photos. Using an elaborate computer-generated painting technique, he has been able to breathe life into old black and white photographs, creating stunning color images. The challenge of the work and the satisfying results motivate him in this new creative endeavor.

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