You Are Here announces the grand opening celebration of “Bat Country,” curated by Mary Briggs, Jen Costello and Dan Overdorff, on Saturday, August 17 at 6:00 pm at You Are Here, 406 Clay Avenue, Jeannette, PA. The event is free and open to the public.

In the mythology of many cultures, bats are symbols of the underworld where people live in shadows. But, conversely, some cultures shed a positive light on bats viewing them as a symbol of good luck: a symbol that something good was about to happen. The bat is certainly a creature that is quite mysterious.

Bat Country uses these creatures of the night as a metaphor. The exhibition features the work of three artists, Westmoreland artists Nora Thompson and Brian McCall, and Johnny Dismal from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their individual bodies of work share a worldview that is mysterious, humorous, askew, and just a bit outrageous. Nora Thompson presents portraits of characters called “The Rots” that were included in her own first book, Twisted: Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 1. Brian McCall will exhibit both drawings and sculpture, and Johnny Dismal presents drawings and paintings from his world of “Dismal Things.”

Opening Night of Bat Country will feature the launch of a poetry installation on the rear of the YAH building. YAH “Poetry Czar” Scott Silsbe called for poems then a panel culled through dozens of entries before choosing the work of Don Wentworth and Bart Solarczyk. On August 17 we will celebrate the poets and their work with a group toast and a reading in the alley.

Also on the 17th, enjoy roots music by Teri Hayes and Alice Backer

Bat Country will continue at You Are Here until September 28. You Are Here is open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 6:00 pm and on Sundays from noon until 3:00 pm.

For further information about You Are Here and details about upcoming events and exhibitions, visit www.yah406clay.org

Gallery Hours:
12PM to 6PM - Friday and Saturday
12PM to 3PM - Sunday

Appointments by request by contacting the gallery! 

Curated by Dan Overdorff, check out participating artists above. More details to come!

Join us for future opening receptions as well..

October 12 (opening reception) to November 23  Second Annual YAH Invitational (link to call for artists).

November 30 (opening reception) to December 24  Second Annual “Off the Wall” cash and carry show.


Interested in a gallery exhibition or being a part of our Resident Artist Program?