In plain sight

“At the circus” by Sandra Hoover, acrylic on panel.

“At the circus” by Sandra Hoover, acrylic on panel.

Where: Adamson Gallery, 1021 R Street, Suite 15; (916) 492-2207;
Second Saturday reception: August 10, 6 to 9 p.m. Through September 7.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or by appointment.

The Adamson Gallery

1021 R St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 492-1240

In Sandra Hoover’s “At the Circus,” the brash and choppy brushstrokes of bold colors seem to amount to a jagged abstract painting. Until the viewer’s eye spots a nose, that is. Specifically, a canine’s black nose. And then the dog’s eyes reveal themselves, and the viewer’s gaze trails down to its paws, where another animal is hiding in plain sight. It goes on like this for a while, with more critters and figures emerging from the chaotic swaths of paint. It’s kind of like a fine-art version of a Highlights kids’ magazine hidden-picture puzzle, perhaps. Perhaps.