The incorporation of symbols, hidden meanings and hidden images into art is an extensive, worthy tradition.
From the popular controversies of the hidden letters and numbers in Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," to Salvador Dali's hidden clues into his psyche, to the robust hidden symbolism found in Jan van Eyck's "The Marriage of Giovanni Arnolfini," artists have long enjoyed creating works with hidden meaning.
In February, Laura Moore Fine Art Studios in McKinney posed the topic of "Hideout" for its annual open call to artists.
The resulting exhibition includes more than 80 works of art from 45 different artists.
The exhibition features many intriguing examples of the "Hideout" theme, including animal and human forms found in nature, both cleverly disguised and concealed text, beguiling forms in abstract compositions, and a watercolor painting of the old Weatherford train station that says the artist includes "10 hidden pictures."
Patrons are asked to vote for the People's Choice Best of Show award on opening night by bringing a bottle of Tide or making a $5 donation to the Oktoberfest Walk a Mile labyrinth to benefit The Samaritan Inn in McKinney.
Meet the "Hideout" artists on opening night on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.
The exhibition runs through Sept. 5 at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios, 107 S. Tennessee, and in a second location at the Heard-Craig Carriage House, 205½ West Hunt St. in McKinney.
Gallery hours for both locations: Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Second Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., or by appointment.
Admission is free admission. For more information, call 214.914.3630 or go online to lauramooreart.com.