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You may need your magnifying glass and thinking caps for this art show.

The Mansion House Gallery at City Park in Hagerstown Md, hosts an opening art reception from 2-4:30 p.m. Mar. 1 titled “My Story.”

The exhibit includes paintings by Greencastle artist Nicole Troup featuring portraits of local and national individuals along with their written inspiring stories.

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Artist Nicole Troup at work. (Submitted photo)

What makes these paintings unique is not only the story associated with each person, but hidden messages and codes in the artwork. Some of these hidden messages tell a little about the person in the portrait. It lets viewers interact with the art and search for the hidden messages.

Troup‘s inspiration was her fascination with old masters such as Jan van Eyck and Leonardo, who often hid messages or codes in their artwork.

First and foremost Troup wanted to create paintings focusing on special individuals who have a story that may encourage or inspire someone else.

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“It is the whole idea that we are not alone, but have all been through challenging things,” she said.

Art That Inspires, Is Interactive

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Four of Troup’s portraits to be on display during the month of March.

In addition to the narrative purpose of the exhibit, Troup wanted her paintings to have a mysterious lure. She wanted art that not only inspired, but was interactive. The result was work that engages the viewer to look further and attempt to find the hidden messages. Or crack the code in some of the paintings.

So put your thinking caps on when you come to the opening reception for this art exhibit.

Enjoy light refreshments as you view portraits, read their inspiring stories and search for hidden messages in the paintings.

Clues will be given to visitors at the opening show.

Troup’s work is on exhibit Mar. 1-29 at the Mansion House Gallery, 500 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740. The gallery is in the Hagerstown City Park.

For more information and hours call the gallery at (301) 797-2867 or contact Troup at 717-331-1003.

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